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907 Updates January 08, 2017

Are there fault or responsibility issues?
Annie Zak, Suzanna Caldwell:  Anchorage police returned gun to Florida shooting suspect after ‘mental health crisis’


Eminent Domain
Devin Kelly: City of Anchorage poised to head to court with property owners on Spenard Road


Alice Rogoff: A New Year’s update from the publisher of Alaska Dispatch News


Annie Zak: Alaska’s next big crop will be … rhodiola? These farmers and researchers hope so.




907 Updates January 07, 2016

One bullet. Be interesting to know the folks that “survived” what quality of life will they have?  Quadriplegic, coma? Those are harsh, but real examples of what is medically termed as “survived.”
Nathaniel Herz, Chris Klint, Suzanna Caldwell, Jerzy Shedlock: Esteban Santiago, the suspect in Florida airport shooting, was an Anchorage resident


Tegan Hanlon: State review concludes Juneau police officer was justified in using deadly force


Chris Klint: Anchorage police form group to strengthen community bonds


Possible options? Private property fences, community service patrols, park camera’s, park fee’s?
Devin Kelly: Some Anchorage homeowners don’t pay taxes for park upkeep. An assemblyman wants to change that.


Rasmuson Foundation announces new board member, new staff 


Rasmuson Foundation: Artists Invited to Apply for Grants



This is a reminder of the upcoming deadline for providing input on possible changes to Alaska’s regulations at 18 AAC 75 Oil and Other Hazardous Substances and 18 AAC 78 Underground Storage Tanks related to petroleum cleanup levels and how they are calculated for spills, leaking underground storage tanks and contaminated sites.
Please see the notice at Alaska Online Public Notices or visit our website created for this regulations scoping project. The deadline for providing comments and input to the department is Jan. 15, 2017.
The department greatly appreciates your time and effort in reviewing the notice and providing comments on this important area of our regulations.  For any questions please feel free to contact me by phone or email.
Sally Schlichting
Unit Manager for Technical Services, Policy & Regulations
Contaminated Sites Program
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservatio
410 Willoughby Avenue, Juneau, Alaska 99811
Phone: 907-465-5076

907 Updates January 06, 2017


First tax the churches and see how much fiscal relief they provide.
Devin Kelly: Mayor: Anchorage needs sales tax for property tax relief and Seward Highway patrols


Jerzy Shedlock: Man indicted in Christmas Eve killing in downtown Anchorage


Jerzy Shedlock: ‘I lost so much blood’: Utqiaġvik taxi driver stabbed 20 times is recovering in Anchorage


No holds barred?  Can we watch on YouTube?
Nathaniel Herz: New Alaska Senate president on upcoming session: ‘It’s OK for politicians to fight’


Annie Zak: 2016 was bad for the Alaska job market. 2017 might be worse


Website menu is worthless
(907) 337-6274
317 W 104th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99515
Mara Severin: Dining review: Fast and flattened at Smashburger

907 Updates January 05, 2017

Zaz Hollander: Complaints of too few troopers and tales of drug-fueled crime dominate Wasilla town hall



The Minnery mania is frightening.
Devin Kelly: Group seeks vote on changing Anchorage gender-rights law




Is garbage gas a source of power where you live?
Devin Kelly: City to pay Eklutna Inc. $5.75 million in legal settlement over gas sales




Lisa Maloney: Now’s the ideal time to book a public-use cabin for a midsummer Alaska getaway



The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Spill Prevention and Response, Contaminated Sites Program (CSP) has revised the Vapor Intrusion Guidance for Contaminated Sites. This guidance, which can be reviewed here, is provided to assist the regulated community in evaluating the vapor intrusion pathway.   The guidance was revised to update the Agency for Toxic Substance Registry inhalation minimal risk levels (MRLs) and vapor intrusion target levels based on a review of more recent chemical-specific toxicity data.  Please note that only Appendices B through G have been revised to reflect updated MRLs and vapor intrusion target levels. If you have questions regarding this guidance or the updates to Appendices B through G, please contact Todd Blessing at or 907-269-7699.

If you know of anyone who may like to receive program updates, have them join the
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907 Updates January 04, 2017


Yereth Rosen: Alaska gulls are picking up antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could infect humans


Laurel Andrews: Alaska collects first full month of marijuana tax revenue



Thorny, pesky Ethics issues~
How a late flight kept Alaska Rep. Don Young out of a thorny ethics vote



Devin Kelly: Anchorage’s 4th Avenue Theatre gets its demolition permit, but owners say they won’t raze it yet


Seth Adams: Noteworthy Alaska climbs of 2016 include harrowing Mount Foraker double


Jeannette Lee Falsey: Are newspapers dead? Upstarts in Girdwood and Eagle River don’t think so.


Winter fun for the whole family: 5 ways to stay active in the cold
SPONSORED Presented by Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: Don’t let short Alaska days give you and your kids a case of cabin fever.


BP Teachers of Excellence
Nominations are now open!
Please submit by February 1, 2017.



907 Updates January 03, 2017

Nathaniel Herz: Agency for Alaska’s mentally ill tests legal limits with $40 million real estate investment


Jeannette Lee Falsey: Alaska’s retail sector is shedding jobs after years of growth


Alaska Dispatch News: New Year’s Day fundraiser brings in $57,000 through the power of coffee


Annie Zak: Alaska folk schools offer lessons in countering ‘convenience culture’


Alaska Dispatch News: U16 girls shine in opening-day giant slaloms at Alyeska race series


Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post: In Ohio, fighting to survive an epidemic of self-destruction

907 Updates January 02, 2017

Someone (Thank God) was looking over that child.  What criminal charges are filed against each party?  Mom left the child in a running car.  Another person(s) stole the car, with a child inside. 
Michelle Theriault Boots: Car recovered after being stolen with 3-year-old girl inside; child ‘unharmed’


Annie Zak: The US will now measure the economic impact of outdoor recreation. What’s that mean for Alaska?


Zaz Hollander: Discovery producer goes off-grid in search of Alaska’s next reality TV show


Michelle Theriault Boots: Anchorage’s Hmong community rings in the New Year



907 Updates January 01, 2017

Annie Zak: Hours of SWAT team negotiations end in arrest


Michelle Theriault Boots: Anchorage’s deadly year: With 34 homicide victims, violence hits home


Alaska Dispatch News: Here are the most-read Alaska Dispatch News stories of 2016


Charles Wohlforth: 50 lobbyists stand between Alaskans and health care reform


David Kohn, Special to The Washington Post: A powerful new form of medical marijuana, without the high

907 Updates December 31, 2016

Alex DeMarban: Tiny Nikiski makes ambitious bid to become Alaska’s biggest city


Chris Klint: Skiers walk away after being caught in Turnagain Pass avalanche, but danger remains


Zaz Hollander: Feral rabbit peril: Owner blames Lazy Mountain bunnies for dog’s near-death


Chris Klint: Facebook puts a freeze on North Pole Santa Claus’ page for Christmas


Mike Dunham: What Teri Rofkar taught us through her art