907 Updates March 20, 2019

By Chris Klint: Dump truck driver medevaced after Wasilla collision
“Preliminary investigation has revealed the driver of the passenger car pulled in front of a northbound dump truck,” troopers wrote in the dispatch Tuesday.

Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said Wednesday morning that injuries to both drivers were still being evaluated.

He said the driver of the dump truck attempted to stop and collided with the car, causing both vehicles to spin. The dump truck rolled over on its side, DeSpain said, causing the driver to be entrapped and partially ejected. The driver was extricated by emergency personnel and flown by air ambulance to an Anchorage hospital for care.
By Derek Minemyer: Anchorage Assembly ordinance could change legal tobacco purchasing age to 21
Young Choi, owner of Blazing Smokes tobacco shops in Anchorage, says implementing Tobacco 21 would not only affect municipal tax revenues — it would reduce his opportunity to hire younger employees.

“I’m going to lose the labor pool of the 19 and 20 year olds,” Choi said. “And that’s kind of sad, because this is a great job for college students.”

But Choi says his biggest concern is how the city of Anchorage would make up the tax revenue lost when 19 and 20 year olds stop purchasing tobacco products.

“If that tax revenue isn’t coming in, where is the city going to get it from?” Choi asked.
By Derek Minemyer: Anchorage Assembly votes to formally oppose the governor’s proposed budget
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Two Men Die Falling Through Open Water On Snowmachines; Bethel Gives Hero’s Welcome To Iditarod Champion Pete Kaiser and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Anchorage Assembly weighs options for $1.9B Port of Alaska project; New report confirms major problems at Alaska Psychiatric Institute and more ->
Alaska Native News: Ketchikan Woman Busted on DUI/Reckless Endangerment Charges; Proposal Would Allow PFD Donations to General Fund and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks welcomes new appellate judge; Ft. Wainwright Kicks Off Army Emergency Relief Fund Campaign; HEALTH REPORT: Fairbanks Doctor Offers Free Meditation Classes to Help Others Improve Health and more ->
By Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage: Iditapod: A new trio of elite women mushers
By Heather Hintze: Talkeetna’s new baler makes cardboard recycling a reality
By Jennifer Summers: Healthy vocabulary sends Romig 8th-grader to National Spelling Bee
By Chris Klint: More chicken? Anchorage restaurants say there’s room for Raising Cane’s
Baby Moose slips on ice