Category: 907 Updates

Alaska Info

907 Updates February 25, 2017

Banish predators, drug sellers and users to live where? 
Chris Klint:  Allakaket tribe banishes 4 amid claims of meth use


Annie Zak: After fatal Anchorage fire, officials advise bedridden residents to consider living on ground floor



Nathaniel Herz: Alaska Senate’s GOP-led majority unveils new Permanent Fund bill, with spending cap



Nathaniel Herz: US Sen. Sullivan steers clear of health care controversy in speech to Alaska lawmakers


Buffer zones under review where you live?  If so, for what animals?
Zaz Hollander:  Alaska game board shoots down bid for Denali wolf buffer


Stephan Wiebe: Roxy Wright leads Fur Rondy race by nearly 5 minutes after first heat


Idlewild: 6 Things to Do in Alaska in March

907 Updates February 24, 2017

Nathaniel Herz:  House considers slashing daily expense payments to Alaska lawmakers


Suzanna Caldwell: New details emerge in mishandling of University of Alaska sex assault cases



How disappointing.  Gov. Bill Walker has issued a disaster declaration for Alaska’s opioid epidemic. Wasting time and money to focus on recreational marijuana?
Erica Martinson: Rep. Young’s Cannabis Caucus wants to ‘educate’ Trump administration on pot


FYI From Senator Dan Sullivan’s Office:

Many of you have called and written into my office to weigh in on nominees. One of the many great things about our state is how passionately people feel about issues. I want you to know that no matter how I vote on a nominee or an issue, I value your input. If you are ever having trouble getting through on the phone, you can email me on my contact page. My staff and I do review your messages. We are here to serve you.

On that note, before diving into our work in the Senate, I wanted to highlight two cases that my constituent relations staff completed on behalf of Alaskans. In just the past two months, we were able to help a Vietnam Veteran from Fairbanks and a Vietnam Veteran from Mat-Su receive the service medals they earned but never received. Click the links to see their stories.

If you are a veteran trying to receive the awards you have earned, or an Alaskan having difficulties with a federal agency, please know that we are here to help. While we can’t always guarantee a positive outcome, I can guarantee we will work our hearts out on your behalf.

I’ve had the honor these past few weeks on the Senate floor of sharing the stories of Alaskans doing good work all across our state. So far, I’ve recognized Ernestine Hayes of Juneau, Eileen Dubowski of Salcha, Andrew Kurka of Palmer, AlexAnna Salmon of Igiugig, and Mona Painter of Cooper Landing. If you know of an Alaskan you think deserving of recognition, send me a note at

Congratulations to Sabra Neyman on winning our fall 2016 Frontier in Focus photo contest with her beautiful capture of a bull moose in a snowy Alaskan winter scene. Check out our other outstanding finalists here.

I want to invite all Alaskan photographers to participate in our winter Frontier in Focus contest. As in the past, we’ll announce five finalists on my Facebook page for Alaskans to vote and choose our next honoree. Send your best shots of Alaska’s beauty to by Friday, March 10th.

907 Updates February 23, 2017

Jerzy Shedlock: Suspects in Hatcher Pass kidnapping face federal charges


 Michelle Theriault Boots: He gave his roommate fentanyl. Now he’s facing manslaughter charges.


Nathaniel Herz: Permanent Fund bills held in committee, highlighting split in Alaska’s Senate majority


Laurel Andrews: Sullivan talks health care with Alaska business leaders as protesters rally outside


Nathaniel Herz:  Murkowski tells Legislature she’ll consult Alaska leaders before voting on repeal of Medicaid expansion


Beth Bragg: From missionary work to football to basketball, UAA’s Parrish is happy with his journey


Doyle Woody: Financially struggling Alaska Aces will fold at season’s end



Anchorage Z. J. Loussac Library
It’s time to plan on growing your personal library!

**Please note the Book Sale is occurring much earlier than in previous years.

Current Friends of the Library members can attend the Book Sale at the Z.J. Loussac Library on Friday, March 3, from 6-9PM, for a members-only shopping day. Be first to browse thousands of books, CDs, and DVDs for all ages while enjoying light refreshments.

If you’re not a member yet, but want to shop early – no worries! You can become a member at the door or click here to join online.

The Book Sale will be open to the public on Saturday, March 4, from 10AM-4PM, and on Sunday, March 5, from 12-4PM.

Follow signs to the event entrance on the northwest side of Loussac parallel to 36th Avenue. Parking is available in the Library’s south lot.


This year, materials are priced low to go so there will not be a half-price Sunday. Prices depend upon the item but most range in the $1-$5 range. Rare Alaskan books may go for higher. Money raised at the Book Sale supports collections and programs throughout the Anchorage Public Library.

Volunteer at the Book Sale

Almost every person working the book sale is a volunteer. If you are interested in helping out with setup, working the sale, or the event tear-down – all on the first floor of the Library, contact Rick at for more information.

907 Updates February 22, 2017

Nathaniel Herz: Alaska medical board at center of fight over abortion


Tegan Hanlon:  Anchorage School Board cuts dozens of teaching positions, and the situation could get even worse


Zaz Hollander: Family of a Mat-Su teen wanted him home. Instead, he died at a ‘flophouse,’ they say


Laurel Andrews: Anchorage land-use specialist tapped to head Alaska’s alcohol and marijuana office


Charles Wohlforth: How Kay Brown’s toughness and ethics helped shape Alaska


Avery Lill: Dillingham residents dance to raise awareness about violence against women


 Dermot Cole: Billions in ‘unrealized earnings’ held by Permanent Fund need more controls


By Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel: Sheet metal apprenticeship organized in rural Alaska


By Emily Kwong, KCAW – Sitka: Sitka author’s “Alaskan Laundry” wins statewide award


Meet 2016 Individual Artist Award recipient Sarah Mitchell


Steve Meyer: Does your Alaska fly-in hunting trip really pencil out?


Updated Photos: Best of February 2017

907 Updates February 21, 2017

Tegan Hanlon: University of Alaska to reopen 23 sexual assault and harassment cases


Erica Martinson: Civics 101: Here’s how to let your lawmakers know what you think


Alex DeMarban:  Alaska is trying to slice some land out of ANWR


Alaska Dispatch News:  Photos and video: Hillside lynx put on a show in Anchorage twice in one week

907 Updates February 20, 2017

Nathaniel Herz: Juneau’s 3 lawmakers live at home. So why are they collecting $160 per day each for expenses?


Yereth Rosen: Could this giant polar bear skull be from the legendary ‘weasel bear’?


Call the waaaambulance~ They live where the tank farms vent, the railroad and military jets.  Yet the streetlights are too bright. What do they do in the summer months?
 Devin Kelly:  Some in Government Hill hate a new LED streetlight


Suzanna Caldwell:  Alaska’s population of backyard chickens is booming

Ashley: What’s Wrong With My Hen’s Comb? The Mystery of the Molting Chicken


Posted by Tele : Gearing Up for the 20th Annual FisherPoets!

907 Updates February 19, 2017

I remember when this first happened.  A doctor was telling me about Evan’s home life and bullying, etc.  He was not Evan’s doctor, nor was he telling me anything confidential.  He just had more information than was printed/in the news.
Lisa Demer:  Evan Ramsey’s tattered life filled him with rage. Then he brought a shotgun to school.


Laurel Andrews: 2 dozen federal agents probing cause of fatal Anchorage apartment fire



 Michelle Theriault Boots: A morning in Alaska’s little-known federal immigration court



Laurel Andrews: Searching for Alaska’s most legendary cannabis strain

907 Updates February 18, 2017

Charles Wohlforth: How a veteran cop talked his way through Anchorage’s wild nights


Ned Rozel: How the Cold War inspired the Poker Flat rocket range’s first launches


Who to bet on to crush the record, win the race, and dominate the field… the woman that biked 2100 miles to get to the 2800 mile race. She was just getting warmed up. You better not bet against her.



Suzanna Caldwell: Alaska music festival director Zuill Bailey wins Grammy award


Alaska —Veneman, Elizabeth Linhart, author.
Insight Guide Alaska is a comprehensive travel guide to one of the world’s most exciting destinations. Full-color photos throughout combine with the lively text to help you discover this vast state. Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas, is home to 17 of the nation’s 20 highest peaks, and has more active glaciers than the rest of the inhabited world.

907 Updates February 17, 2017

Alaska Dispatch News:  Troopers kill Big Lake-area man after hours-long standoff involving child


Alaska Dispatch News : Anchorage man charged with murder in shooting of wife


Devin Kelly : Swelling summer overtime is busting the fire department budget


Alaska Dispatch News : Iron Dog user manual: Schedule for weekend action in Anchorage and Big Lake


Mike Campbell:  Is one of Alaska’s most amazing bear-viewing sites losing its luster?

907 Updates February 16, 2017

Michelle Theriault Boots: Alaska governor declares opioid abuse public health disaster


When is the least time the Legislature took a pay cut?   SB 91 is a disaster for victims.
Nathaniel Herz: Lawmaker: State cash better spent on prosecutors than on victim advocates



One bullet each.
Julia O’Malley: Accused sex trafficker targeted and terrorized Alaska Native teens, prosecutor says




Congratulations Laura Cole and Carlyle Watt!
Suzanna Caldwell: Chefs from 229 Parks, Fire Island bakery snag prestigious James Beard award nominations