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By Jill Burke: Taking back control: how a remote island in Alaska tackled domestic abuse

Generations of sustained traumas haunt the Aleut Community of St Paul Island, but shelters, social workers and programs aim to help.

About 500 people, mostly Alaska Natives, live on St Paul Island. The tribe estimates as many as 90% of the relationships on the island expose individuals to verbal or physical abuse.

National data shows about two out of three American Indian and Alaska Native women experience domestic violence, sexual and physical assaults in their lifetime.

Kristie Traver, victim services division manager for the tribe, believes rates on St Paul are higher. Last year, officers responded to about 160 calls involving domestic violence and assault, according to Zachery Lamblez, St Paul’s chief of police.
Read complete article -> Taking back control: how a remote island in Alaska tackled domestic abuse

907 Updates February 13, 2018

One bullet for each.
By Heather Hintze: Parents of suspect in Grunwald murder testify
By Nathaniel Herz: Can the Permanent Fund save Alaska’s budget, without taxes? The Senate says so – but it depends.
By Kalinda Kindle: Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Opposes Prop 1
Proposition one would require that a person only use a bathroom or locker room, “on the basis of sex at birth, rather than gender identity.”
By Liz Raines: As Anchorage gets older, survey aims to attract millennials
Anchorage is getting older. According to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, the average age in the city jumped from 31 to 33 within the last decade.
By Juan Montes: Allen Moore 2018 Yukon Quest champion
Chickaloon hosts its first Native Youth Olympics Invitational
By Daybreak Staff: Tundra Vision lecture series celebrates Alaska’s youth
By Samantha Angaiak: Alaskans working to develop radon database
Jennifer Athey, a geologist for Alaska’s Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, said the goal is to better map out where higher and lower levels of radon exist in the state.

“Right now there is very little information about radon in Alaska, we have some projects that were done in the ’80s and then we’ve been collecting a little information here and there, but really we need much much more information,” Athey said. “One of the problems with Alaska is that people are so concentrated along the rail belts and scattered into remote villages so it’s hard to say especially in those outlying areas as more construction develops what the radon potential is going to be.”
By Megan Mazurek: Teacher of the Week: Brittany Nerland
Aside from the academics, Nerland wants her students to remember one thing.

“I want them to know or remember how I made them feel,” she said. “The lessons are going to come and go… But how I made them feel, that’s what they’re going to remember.”
By Mike Ross: A taste of Mardi Gras in AK : Valentine meal for two… for under $20

One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

Fellow Alaskan –

Vice President Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence stopped in Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf and Richardson (JBER) on their way to South Korea for the opening of the 2018 Olympics. Vice President Pence and I met with Major General Laurie Hummel and General Lori Robinson, NORTHCOM Commander for a security briefing about missile defense and Alaska’s strategic location.

This week, Lt. Governor Mallott along with Senator Dan Sullivan met with Senior Canadian Government officials on transboundary mine issues, water quality, and climate change. The joint meetings conveyed unity and action from the state government and federal government.

The Governor’s Office recognizes February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and First Lady Donna Walker shared her insights as a parent about an issue which impacts too many of Alaska’s youth.

First Lady Donna Walker, Lt. Governor Mallott and Mrs. Toni Mallott and I hosted China People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, officials from Sichuan Province as well as a delegate from Hainan Airlines at the People’s House in Juneau. China is Alaska’s biggest trade partner and trade with China directly benefits thousands of Alaskans, including fisherman and miners.

My administration continues to explore efficiencies and streamlining of services including, PFD Automatic Voter Registration Opt-Out Legislation, which would allow applicants the opportunity to opt-out of voter registration during the PFD application process rather than having to send an “opt-out” notice to each applicant. This legislation would allow the Department of Elections to more effectively manage the new program without costing the additional state funds by sending out expensive mailers and would register voters immediately, eliminating the 30-day requirement under current law. Office of Information Technology estimates that this would save the state $210,000 each year beginning in 2019.

Lt. Governor Byron Mallott and I look forward to addressing members of the Southeast Conference this week. We will discuss the challenges facing the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), an integral part of life in Southeast Alaska and the valuable work of the AMHS Steering Committee.

Read more-> One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

Only In Your State: Alaska

Good morning, Alaska! Grilled Cheese and French Onion Soup are classic comfort food, and South makes amazing versions, steeped in rich flavors and butter. They also have vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options for those who prefer.

This Alaska Restaurant Serves Food So Good You’ll Swear You’re Down South
This popular tapas place is perfect for an evening out with friends, maybe post adventuring. South Restaurant + Coffeeshop prides itself on its casual highbrow style. The kitchen certainly takes pride in minimalist presentation and delicious, modern cuisine. Read more ->
These 7 Towns In Alaska Have The Strangest Names You’ll Ever See
Alaska is a large state but much of the territory is undeveloped wilderness. Some towns have thousands of residents but it’s interesting to hear about some of the lesser known ones. See if you’ve been to any of these oddly named Alaskan towns! Read more ->
8 Places Alaska Still Has That Are Practically Historical Everywhere Else
It is said that Alaska is ten years behind the times, but sometimes it seems more like hundreds of years. People still sled down snowy hills and mine gold for fun. Many people in rural areas live without running water, some even without electricity. Read more ->
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Suzanne Downing, Editor: Must Read Alaska

Must Read Alaska Monday Newsletter – Chucklehead Award, Far-Away Mayor, Begich Power Move
Late Sunday night, someone named “Reformed Snowflake” released a second YouTube video montage of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, who still has nothing to report meeting after meeting. This one is entitled “Galaxy Far, Far Away Mayor.”

Miss the first “Nothing to Say Mayor” video? Here is the YouTube link.
Rep. DeLena Johnson fell down a rabbit hole belonging to Rep. Geran Tarr, and by the end of it, Tarr was essentially telling her, “Vote for my resolution, or you support child beating.”

Must Read Alaska’s random committee hearing of the week.

Libertarian-leaning William Weatherby in Bristol Bay’s District 37 has a hate group following him on social media, and nearly all the members of the House Democrat-led majority are in it.

Is this the Democrats’ war on a working class handyman and school bus driver who dared to file for office against Speaker Bryce Edgmon?

Why does the ringleader of the group appear to be Amory Lelake, Edgmon’s top legislative aide? Reflects poorly on the Speaker.
On the March-April Anchorage ballot, voters will be asked to approve the sale of city-owned utility ML&P to Chugach Electric, a nonprofit, member-owned cooperative. This would make all rate-payers in the city a member of that nonprofit.

The questions include: Shall the city charter be changed so that only a 50 percent voter approval is needed for the sale, and shall the city-owned ML&P be sold to Chugach Electric.

The proposal came out of the blue from Mayor Ethan Berkowitz several weeks ago, but observers say in the weeks leading up to the announcement, Mark Begich was seen at City Hall on numerous occasions.

Begich has also been in the back of the room at Assembly meetings lately. His former press secretary Julie Hasquet, works for Chugach Electric.

The ties people are making to the sale are unavoidable: It has Begich thumbprints on it.

What is Begich being paid to ensure that the IBEW-controlled Chugach Electric wins the entire Anchorage power prize?
If a city-owned utility is sold to a nonprofit utility owned by citizens, isn’t that the citizens selling something to itself?
Why not just transfer the assets?
Who gets a kickback on this sale?
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907 Updates February 12, 2018

By Julia O’Malley: DA: Teens shot into a home, then into a party bus. Now they’re facing charges in a woman’s death.
By Sean Maguire: Gold Star Peak honors families of the fallen in the Chugach Mountains
By Sean Maguire: Alaska’s 211 service celebrating its 10th anniversary
By Assoicated Press: Juneau considers new rules for anchoring in city waters
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Dark chocolate souffle

14 Mile Farm: Are you a knitter? I need pattern help! Santa’s Village 12 Days of Christmas spinalong


If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have seen bits and pieces of this spin come together: it was a really fun spinalong with Inglenook Fiber’s group over on Ravelry.  Spun from fluffly batts of a blend of wools, silks, and sparkle, I ended up with a (mostly) worsted weight yarn. 

Read more -> Are you a knitter? I need pattern help! Santa’s Village 12 Days of Christmas spinalong

14 Mile FarmHandweaving & Homesteading in Alaska

907 Updates February 11, 2018

Christoper Espiritu-Simpson and juvenile male arrested in homicide and shots fired investigation
The adult male suspect has been identified as Christopher Espiritu-Simpson (19-years-old). He faces charges including Murder 2 and multiple counts of Misconduct Involving a Weapon. Charges are pending against the juvenile male.

If you have information to help solve a crime and are afraid to give your name, call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or go online at You can remain anonymous and still help us catch the criminals.
By Sean Maguire: Wasilla 17-year-old charged as an adult for sexually abusing 11-year-old girl
The 17-year-old is from Wasilla and is being remanded to Mat-Su Pre Trial Facility for five counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree and one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. He is being held in lieu of a $50,000 cash only bail with a court ordered third party custodian.
These Anchorage drivers are part of an unhappy, but growing club
After a record year for car thefts in 2017, the rate of stolen vehicles reported across the city has remained high into the new year. And some drivers say that even when they get their car back, they don’t always keep it for long. (NOTE: Dawn Dupps is a car theft victim, not a police officer.)
By Annie Zak: How one cargo ship delay sends ripples through Alaska’s food supply chain
ByHeather Hintze: Winter Trails Day celebrates greater Mat-Su parks access
I doubt this will “get off the ground.”~
By Charles Wohlforth: They’re making a ‘Flying Boxcar’ into a mobile coffee shop. Because it is too cool not to.
By Devin Kelly: 5 Southcentral Alaska road projects that could change the way we get around
Moms Everyday Alaska: Parents’ cell phone use impacts kids’ learning
by Lisa Demer: Life in Bethel: Richness and despair, sometimes all in a single day

907 Updates February 10, 2018

By Rebecca Palsha: Concerns in Big Lake about “vigilante justice”

South Anchorage Homeowner Sign

By Heather Hintze: Hot Plate Madness: YouTube series teaches homeless youth to cook
Hot Plate Madness
By Tegan Hanlon: Iditarod board president will not step down
Nice hair!~
By Richard Mauer: Gov. Walker names replacement for Dunleavy
By Liz Thomas: Republican Senators lash out at Walker Senate appointment
By Rhonda McBride: Zuill Bailey: On a mission to spread the love of classical music across Alaska
by Liz Thomas: Body of missing man found in S. Anchorage
By Daybreak Staff: Register for the 4th Annual Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic
By Daybreak Staff: Workforce Wednesday: Youth Job Fair 2018
The job fair is Saturday, March 3 at the Northway Mall from 1 – 5 p.m.
By Liz Thomas: State Fair announces new concert ticket option, performers
By Victoria Petersen, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage: 49 Voices: Hannah Dorough of Anchorage
This week we’re hearing from Hannah Dorough in Anchorage. Dorough is an English graduate from UAA who is a ski coach for Junior Nordic.

Mountain View Post Community -> calendar: February 2018

From school events and library activities to church services, community council meetings and other neighborhood groups and gatherings, in Mountain View, there’s something for everybody.


Community calendar: February 2018