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907 Updates December 14, 2018

By Daniella Rivera: David Grunwald’s father takes witness stand in Johnson murder trial
By Joe Vigil: Alaska DOT identifies 100 areas of earthquake damage
So was this a high-risk pregnancy or just an opportunity to hang-out in Anchorage for a very low, if any, cost?
By Dave Leval: Rural families make Ronald McDonald House home away from home
The Saltzmans had their baby at the Alaska Native Medical Center, two weeks after they arrived in Anchorage. But they didn’t stay at a hotel.

“It would have been tight to try and stay in a hotel for a couple of weeks,” Saltzman said.

His family stayed at Ronald McDonald House, located on the ANMC campus.

“You think about how much a hotel is for one night, then, how much money you have to spend for the diapers, the wipes, and other things,” said Clay’s mother, Alison Saltzman.

This coming January will mark the second anniversary of Ronald McDonald House. It’s set up primarily for families from rural areas with high-risk pregnancies, as well as pediatric patients and their families, who use ANMC. House manager Dianne McKinley says the house is designed to be more than just a hotel.

“This Ronald McDonald House provides a family room,” McKinley said. “We have volunteers who do dinners for our patients, who really appreciate it, and we have a van that can take them shopping.”
By Dave Goldman: Alaska Sports Hall of Fame makes room for 4 more
By John Thompson: Anchorage’s Polar Plunge is coming Saturday
By Bryan Dunagan: JBER to host Saturday wreath-laying ceremony
KTOO Public Media: ‘We’re still not safe’: Nome reckons with sexual assaults, Last month, Ruth Botstein argued Alaska’s case at the Supreme Court. This month she was fired. Zoning proposals for Auke Bay leave some residents anxious. More ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel City Manager Gets A Raise After A Public Annual Review More ->

907 Updates December 13, 2018

By Leroy Polk: Spam email with bomb threat sent to multiple Anchorage businesses, police say
By Leroy Polk: UPDATE: Police arrest Anchorage man for shooting his girlfriend on Wednesday
No information about the alleged shooter was released in Wednesday morning’s crime alert.

APD is now turning to the public for help in this case, asking for anyone with information about this investigation, including surveillance video, to call APD Dispatch at 311 or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP.
Defense attorney being charged?
By Leroy Polk: Troopers recover cache of stolen firearms, arrest Alaska suspects

By Daniel Kirby: Juneau man in custody for felony escape makes another break for it

JPD learned that Moy had unlawfully left the custody of his attorney. The defense attorney allegedly did not notify the police or the jail of his client’s escape.

In August, Moy was being taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center in an Alaska State Troopers prisoner transport van when he reportedly kicked out a window and jumped from the vehicle while wearing belly chains and a Lemon Creek inmate uniform. Moy evaded capture for about 20 minutes, after which he was found hiding in an abandoned car and arrested again.

JPD is seeking Moy on multiple arrest warrants Wednesday, and is asking for the community’s assistance in locating Moy.

He’s described as an Alaska Native male, around 5’7″ tall, 175 pounds, black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who sees Moy or has information about his location is asked to call JPD at 907-586-0600.

JPD also is reminding the public in Juneau that anyone aiding Moy while he is wanted is subject to felony criminal charges for hindering prosecution.

By Peter Zampa: Governor Dunleavy meets with President Trump at the White House
By Dave Goldman: Former UAA track star dies in car crash
According to the Andover Police Department, Cheseto’s 2003 Nissan Altima crossed the center of the road at about 10 a.m. local time and collided head-on with a garbage truck.

Cheseto, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel’s First Christmas Tree Lighting, Col. Wayne Don’s $15M Challenge, K300 Season Opener Will Kick Off Sled Dog Race Season Saturday and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Diocese of Juneau taps panel to investigate claims of sexual misconduct, Fairbanks City Council delays LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance after outcry, Red Carpet Concert: Mike Truax, ‘That’s Me’ and more ->
By John Thompson: Anchorage dogs set to go digital
By Angela Krenzien: Trump signs national bill modernizing earthquake safety programs
36 years later, still no conviction in Alaska mass murder
In unprecedented move, voters ousted Judge Corey. What happens now?

907 Updates December 12, 2018

By Leroy Polk: Woman shot multiple times in early morning Anchorage gunfire
By Jill Burke: Know Your Rights: Fair housing and protections for renters and homebuyers
By Rebecca Palsha: Cyrano’s Theatre Co. will drop an actor who is a registered sex offender after social media backlash
Tuesday afternoon, Cyrano’s updated its Facebook page and said registered sex offenders will be prevented from working at Cyrano’s in any capacity.

“We know the community would prefer that we don’t have someone who is on the sexual offender registry in our shows, and that is absolutely fine,” Pond said. “We support all of those people those who have been victims, anybody who has found this to be difficult and upsetting, and that’s far more important to us.”

Seifert is in a production with Cryano’s that will run two more weeks. Pond said he will continue in those plays but they will be his final performances.
By Richard Mauer: Evangelists win right to proselytize in city park
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Iconic Palmer water tower part of new holiday tradition, Assembly votes to temporarily waive dump fees and more->
KYYK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Winter Dividends From Calista, Bethel City Council To Reconsider Avenues Water Project and more->
KTOO Public Media December 12, 2018
Rasmuson Foundation new awards: wilderness cabins, youth programs, a rural elders home and more
Film Festival on Friday: Magnetic stories of 6 Alaskans
By John Thompson: Head of the Class: Megan Webb

907 Updates December 11, 2018

By Liz Raines: Alaska’s first TV station celebrates 65 years
By Leroy Polk: Whirlwind of violence in Alaska village; man stabs father, attacks mother, brother
There, troopers say Sallison stabbed his 56-year-old father in the back with an ulu blade, strangled his 18-year-old brother, and broke down a door and assaulted his 44-year-old mother.

Troopers said alcohol was involved in this crime. Sallison was arrested and no bail was set for his release.
By Elizabeth Roman: Juneau couple sentenced in drug trafficking conspiracy
Tiffany Spaulding, 35, of Juneau, pleaded guilty to one count of drug conspiracy. She was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Christian Peters, 46, also of Juneau, was previously sentenced to serve 30 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, on the same charge.
One bullet for Christopher Sadowski.
By Associated Press: Trial underway for North Pole father charged in son’s death
By KTVA Web Staff: 3 suspects arrested following armed robbery of Anchorage Walmart
Teenage men?~
By Leroy Polk: UPDATE: Two men who killed each other during gun deal were teenagers, APD says
The victims have been identified as 19-year-old Daniel L. Bender JR and 19-year-old Davon M. Dodge. APD identified the men only as victims, and not as suspects in any case, as the two are deceased.
“Ranch” usually has a negative connotation in reference to healthy children.
By Taylar Perez: Gruening Middle students join Chugiak High at ‘The Ranch’ after quake damage
The teachers are calling the combination Chugiak Mustangs and Gruening Colts school “The Ranch” to encompass both schools into their new home.
By Elizabeth Roman: Homeowners asked to retest for radon after earthquake
For more information on how to get a test kit, contact the Alaska Radon Hotline at 1-800-478-8324.
By Associated Press: Fairbanks police say officer stole money from lost wallet
By Joe Vigil: APD searching for man who attacked girlfriend over phone call
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 311. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or online at
KYUK Public Media: Emmonak Lands $23M Infrastructure Grant, Colder Weather Good News For Ice Travel In Y-K Delta, But Still A Lot Of Open Water and more->
KTOO Public Media: Dunleavy among new leaders to meet with Trump Thursday, Sitka officials make the case for a secondary water source, Judge dismisses challenges to oil lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and more ->
By Rebecca Nagle: The Violence Against Women Act Doesn’t Include the Majority of Alaska Native Women

907 Updates December 10, 2018

By Elizabeth Roman: APD: Victims of double homicide shot each other
By Elizabeth Roman: Pedestrian, dog, struck and killed by vehicle on Egan Drive
KTOO Public Media: After misdiagnosis and amputation, Anchorage woman wins $21M
By Sean Maguire: 8 out of 42 Eagle River condos unsafe to occupy after 7.0 quake
By Derek Minemyer: Path to Independence gives homeless a chance at new life
KYUK Public Media: Festival Films Feature Climate Change In The Y-K Delta
By Associated Press: Alaska Native tribes seek help from human rights commission
Must Read Alaska Suzanne Downing: Bristol Bay public housing faces meth remediation
By Seth Augenstein: Alaskan Meltwater Releases DDT into Aquatic Ecosystem
By Dave Leval: 23 years missing: Family holds out hope they will find loved one

907 Updates December 09, 2018

By Elizabeth Roman: USGS: 4.8 magnitude aftershock registered near Big Lake
By Associated Press: Ketchikan couple charged in felony heroin, meth case
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Assembly members’ votes deny waiving landfill fees temporarily following earthquake, Exhibit helps raise awareness for Valley Hospice Resources and more ->
By JACOB MANN Local Palmer author published her first book
PALMER — Longtime Palmer resident Toni Truesdell recently published her first book, “Tessa Speaks Her Truth,” and after a book signing at Fireside Books and selling out her first bundle of online sales, she is eager to keep writing.

“It’s never too late to follow your dreams,” Truesdell said.
KTOO Public Media: Ethics enforcers let former Juneau lawmaker’s unpaid ethics fines slide, Anchorage Museum archives earthquake with viral memes, Twitter poetry and more->

907 Updates December 08, 2018

By Associated Press: Hilcorp: Worker ‘fatally injured’ on North Slope
By Daniel Kirby: UPDATE: Fairbanks man charged with first degree murder in suspicious death investigation
By Hank Davis: Hardest hit Mat-Su Schools share architectural similarities
By Cassie Schirm: Anchorage family facing foreclose on home after earthquake causes major damage
By Shannon Ballard: Marijuana Money: How the state is spending its cannabis cash
KYUK Public Media: What It Is At LKSD: Wrestling And Lego Robotics Competition, Warm Temperatures Push Back K300 Season Opener and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Fundraiser promotes two-spirit inclusivity with indigenous drag show, A week after the Anchorage earthquake, city continues to find damaged homes, Alaska state marijuana tax collection hits $1.8M in October, When a step back into prison is really a jump forward on the road to recovery and more ->
By Jeff Bridges: Anchor Point man guilty of 21 wildlife violations after poaching moose

907 Updates December 07, 2018

UAF Alaska Earthquake Center: Recent
By Joe Vigil: Pickup truck used as air traffic control tower at Anchorage airport
By Hank Davis: Cluster of Jewel Lake homes significantly damaged in earthquake
By Daniella Rivera: When a landlord-tenant relationship gets tricky, there’s a hotline to help
The nonprofit offers a help hotline specifically for tenant and landlord questions twice a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Goss, who coordinates pro bono services, said attorneys volunteer to staff the phone line and answer questions each week.

Anchorage residents can call in at 907-743-1000, and people who live outside of Anchorage can call toll-free at 855-743-1001.

Anyone who doesn’t get through can also call ALSC during its normal business hours, with any civil legal issues, including landlord and tenant law.
KTOO Public Media: New education program is a good ‘MATCH’ for adult learners, Alaska Native groups ask Dunleavy to investigate missing and murdered indigenous women and more->
KYUK: Bethel Spirits To Close This Weekend and more->
Editor’s Letter: December – Fantastic, strong, notable, tough, adventurous, Alaskan women: you’ll find plenty of them in this month’s issue.

907 Updates December 06, 2018

KTUU: Former Alaska hockey coach sentenced for abusing children, possessing child porn
By Leroy Polk: 30 years later, ex-Alaska karate instructor arrested for sexually abusing girls
By Daniel Kirby: Fairbanks police investigating August shooting death of husky
By Megan Mazurek: Rhonda McBride honored for storytelling by Anchorage Assembly
By Cassie Schirm: WATCH: Anchorage couple catches ‘ding dong ditching’ moose
By Victoria Taylor: Earthquake emotions, words on paper: Spenard business to host special story time
By Elizabeth Roman: Gruening Middle School students relocating to Chugiak High School
By Leroy Polk: The M7.0 left Alaska shaken, and the aftershocks keep coming. Here’s how it looks in the Earth’s crust
By Taylor Perez: Businesses are offering sales after the earthquake to give back to the community
KTOO Public Media: Dunleavy and his supporters celebrate inauguration in Wasilla, Juneau officials seek public input on how to spend marine passenger fee revenue, Human rights complaint filed over transboundary mining in British Columbia and more->
What’s shakin’ at the Anchorage Public Library
EVENT: Episode Screening “1964 Earthquake”
PBS and Alaska Public Media are providing a free screening of “We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry” to Anchorage Public Library! This episode will be trying to reunite friends separated by the 1964 earthquake. Anchorage Public Library staff were thrilled to participate in the production of this episode. Staff members provided research assistance, and some filming took place in Loussac Library. Come share in the experience before it airs on TV, learn how you can find your story using library resources and meet the community members featured in the episode. Learn More HERE

EVENT: Teen Open Mic @ Loussac

Recently featured in a story on Alaska Public Media our teen open mic nights give performers age 13-18 a chance to take center stage. Need to sing? Do you play an instrument? Want to read your poetry? Join us for some open mic sessions to practice your skills in front of a live audience. Teens email our Teen Librarian to sign up.
Winter updates from Amy Meissner
‘And Now We Rise: A Portrait of Samuel Johns’

907 Updates December 05, 2018

KTVA: Warehouse murder suspect said he was ‘afraid for his life’
By Heather Hintze: Grunwald murder suspect’s mom arrested over subpoena
By Leroy Polk: Some Anchorage students, teachers, return to school Wednesday after earthquake
By Derek Minemyer: Massive boulder nearly kills trucker on Seward Highway
By Heather Hintze: Mat-Su Assembly votes down free dump days following earthquake
KTOO Public Media: Don ‘Moose’ Young says farewell to George H.W. Bush, Alaska DOT is in crisis response mode — and it just got a new boss and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: CVRF Tests If Tiny Homes Could Serve As Big Solution For Region’s Housing Crisis, Lower Kuskokwim River Report: Stay Off The Ice, Y-K Delta Boarding School Discovers Cheating On Math Program 
KTUU: Alaska spaceport plans new building as demand increases