907 Updates May 23, 2019

By Shayne Nuesco: Teen charged for Palmer High school shooting threat
By Sean Maguire: 70-year-old paragliding lawmaker rescues friend injured in a crash
JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) – An Anchorage lawmaker regularly paraglides from the top of Mt. Roberts above Juneau, and Monday afternoon he was forced to help a friend who suffered a skull fracture from a paragliding fall.

Rep. Laddie Shaw, R-Anchorage, 70, is a retired Navy SEAL with nine years of active duty experience and 24 years in uniform. He tries to make the steep hike up Mt. Roberts three times a week.
By Scott Gross: ‘Largest military fishing tournament in the world’ gives Alaska’s combat veterans a change of pace
“Last year I had a military member come up to me,” Lee said. “He wasn’t even on my charter. He thanked me and said he’ll be deployed for the third time to the Middle East soon. He said, while he’s surrounded by desert, this is a day he’s going to think about to get him through.”

It’s also an opportunity for the service members in Alaska to see what else the state has to offer.

“Many of them have not been outside where they are permanently stationed in Alaska,” Riffen said. “Whether that is Fairbanks or Eielson, JBER or Juneau, this gives them a chance to see another part of our state.”
By Laura Holman: Anchorage woman charged with stealing over $7,000 from local elementary school
When interviewed about the transactions, Faaloua originally said they were all authorized. She said the purchases were for food and clothes for the PTA, and the cash was for landscaping during the summer. The detective interviewing Faaloua said there were no receipts for any of the transactions.

Faaloua later admitted that she made one of the cash withdrawals over the summer when her car broke down. She also admitted all the cash withdrawals were made by her, even if she had forgotten about them.

Faaloua is being charged with count of theft in the second degree, and one count of misapplication of property.
By Scott Gross: ‘You will get caught’: 2 playground fires spotlight school vandalism
“What people, especially families, have to remember is this stays with you,” Hargraves said. “This individual will now have a criminal record on his juvenile report. It affects the family and the community.”

ASD carries a property insurance policy with a $100,000 deductible. Anything under that is out-of-pocket expenses for the district, Hargraves said, and when things like vandalism happen it tracks costs and confers with attorneys.

Any juveniles found responsible and their families could be on the hook for the full amount or a portion of the repairs.
By John Thompson: Workforce Wednesday: U.S. Navy seeks Alaskan recruits
United States Navy’s commander of recruiting Rear Admiral Brendan McLane says Alaska’s position makes it even more important to have people serving in the Navy.

Rear Adm. McLane says he’s visiting Alaska’s four Naval recruiting stations in Anchorage at the Dimond Center and Tikhatnu Commons, Wasilla and Fairbanks to find more Alaskans who want to serve.

“Alaskans join at an increasing rate,” McLane says. “In 2017 we had about 108 join; last year 168. We have already had 65 ship off to boot camp and another 87 signed up, so it’s growing.”

Rear Adm. McLane says he appreciates the high-quality sailors Alaska produces and he’s focusing on connecting with more young people to share the benefits of joining the Navy.
KTOO Public Media: Negotiations sour on tribal child welfare agreement; House bill seeks full PFD this year, with lower amounts in the future; State agencies at odds over new law to address ‘orphan’ oil wells and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: If You’ve Reported A Sexual Assault To Troopers, This Researcher Wants To Hear From You; Domestic Assault In Kalskag Results In Village Lockdown and more ->
Alaska Native News: Dunleavy Plans Increased Pollution in Cook Inlet Fisheries; Murkowski Questions Interior Secretary on Priorities to Benefit Rural Alaska and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-22-19; Military Report: Fort Wainwright Installation Safety Day helps families explore Alaska safer; Interior softball players invited to national camp; Guilty plea entered for man accused of abusing minors; Murder suspect pleads not guilty for earlier charges and more ->
Whittier celebrates its 50th birthday With tourists coming in by train and car from Anchorage, as well as cruise ships through Passage Canal, the historic town is becoming one of Alaska’s most popular stops.
By Kristen Durand: Workshop aims to help first responders deal with emotions after continued exposure to tragedy
By Laura Holman: Allegiant Airlines touches down for the first time at Ted Stevens International Airport