907 Updates November 28, 2017

By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Earthquake shakes Southcentral Alaska

By Mike Ross: Ice jam causes flooding in Peters Creek area
By Kalinda Kindle: Girdwood businesses feeling the crunch from late ski season start
By Beth Verge: Breaking down SB 54: What you need to know about Alaska’s newest crime reform bill
By Leroy Polk: Alaska woman found dead, her son arrested for first degree murder
By Heather Hintze: Caught on camera: Burglar steals stuffed zebra head
By Daniella Rivera: Alleged leader of drug ring denied reduced bail

By Scott Gross: Aurora Flooring hit hard by local vandals
By KTVA Web Staff: Anchorage man sentenced 20 years for child porn

By Leroy Polk: Marijuana officials to meet, possibly address smoking at Alaska retail stores
In a public notice, the control board said that the public meetings scheduled for Nov. 28 and 29 would consider these issues, as well as proposed marijuana establishments whose owners have applied for licenses. Also included, are “updates on implementation of marijuana establishment licensing, ongoing and proposed regulations projects, and other matters that may come before it,” the notice said.

The public meeting will be held at the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Anchorage, getting underway at 9 a.m. on both days.
By Kyle Hopkins: How Alaska non-profits spend your donations from ‘Giving Tuesday’
You can search for recent 990s by using free online watchdog services such as Guidestar or Charity Navigator. Both services require registration but there is no fee for research.

To learn more about a given non-profit:
1. Sign up for the service using your email address.
2. Look for an immediate email asking you to verify your registration.
3. Go the Guidestar or Charity Navigator home page and enter the name of the charity in the search bar.
4. Click “show forms 990” (Guidestar) or “click to view” (Charity Navigator) to see the charity’s most recent tax filings.
5. Go to page 10 of the 990 form and look at Row 25, “Total Functional Expenses.” This row shows you how the non-profit is spending its money. You can divide column B (program expenses) by column A (total expenses) and multiply by 100 to see the percentage that the charity is spending directly on services and programs.

It’s not a fast or efficient process, but it provides a level of detail on local non-profits that is not readily available through the Pick Click Give or state consumer protection division web sites.

By Daybreak Staff: ‘A Very Electric Christmas’ performs this weekend
By Moms Everyday: Garlic tarragon roasted beet sandwiches

Heating it up: Compost Heated Greenhouses
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By JACOB MANN Frontiersman.com: Midshipman returns home to speak to Naval Academy hopefuls
On one of his stops, he met with Laelle Robinson, a junior at Wasilla High School.

“She’s in a good spot right now, but there’s always room to improve,” Farmland said.

Robinson comes from a military family. She also used to be home schooled. Farmland talked with her for a while to go over what it takes to qualify. He also gave her advice on how to become more competitive and how to stand out more in her application process. He noted that she was in extracurricular activities, which is a good notch in her belt. Robinson is currently in Wasilla High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program. Although it isn’t required to be in JROTC prior to joining the academy, it does help introduce young people into the military way of life and will certainly be useful when they decide to enroll.

Pride and a Paycheck – Heidi Morris, page 4
Congratulations Catina and Blaine Shaishnikoff, Aleutian Greens owners
Author: Laurel Andrews Fresh greens from a shipping container in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands? Believe it.

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