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907 Updates May 29, 2019

KTVA/ADN: 2 Alaskans killed in airplane crash outside Whitehorse
 
 
 
 
By Heather Hintze: Vandalism closes Big Lake fish viewing platform
 
 
 
 
One bullet.
By Hank Davis: In Wasilla, Troopers make arrest for unlawful exploitation of minor
He’s currently being held at Mat-Su Pre-Trial facility without bail, pending arraignment.
 
 
 
 
By KTVA Web Staff: US attorney general in Anchorage for roundtable on Alaska Native justice
 
 
 
 
KTOO Pubic Media: Photos: Juneau residents honor fallen service members in Memorial Day ceremony; Red Carpet Concert: QUEENS, ‘Know-So’; Wrangell’s king salmon derby is canceled again, leaving locals longing; Spruce pollen blooms look ominous, but they’re nothing to sneeze at and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Restrictions To Conserve King Salmon Take Effect On Kuskokwim and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Seaweed Farmers in Alaska Gear Up for Large Haul Seaweed Farmers in Alaska Gear Up for Large Haul; Red Cross Volunteers, Partners Install 959 Free Smoke Alarms in Alaska’s Homes; Anchor Point Strangling Assault Suspect Apprehended in Anchorage and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: West Valley graduate thriving after heart transplant; Man accused of sexual abuse of a minor pleads guilty to harassment; Fairbanks Child Support Services office closing permanently and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Derek Minemyer: UPDATE: Office of the Governor responds to concerns over Pioneer Homes rate increases
 
 
 
 
By Beth Verge & Kim Daehnke: Kotzebue kids travel to Anchorage for vital water safety skills session
 
 
 
 
By Hank Davis: FAA: Taquan Air could resume passenger flights this week
When Taquan Air’s passenger flights do resume, the Juneau FSDO will be tasked with incorporating multiple risk-mitigating strategies.
Gregory says the FAA also brought in two additional safety inspectors with Alaska floatplane experience to help conduct the surveillance and inspections.
 
 
 
 
The Alaksa Landmine by Jeff Landfield: The Sunday Minefield – May 26, 2019

907 Updates May 28, 2019

By Angela Krenzien: APD: Man attacked mother, then blamed a bear
 
 
 
 
By Dave Leval: Vandalism discovered at Cartee softball field over the weekend
 
 
 
 
By Bryan Dunagan: Anchorage woman launches ‘The 49th Degree,’ an urban Alaska publication
The idea for an all-urban Alaska publication has been on Sophia Metters’ mind for more than 30 years. On May 25, it became a reality.

The 49th Degree magazine was unveiled at a launch party at the Wilda Marston Theatre. There was music, demonstrations, food and awards.
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel City Council To Vote On Next Fiscal Year Budget, Legal Issues; Waterfowl Hunting Closing In Y-K Delta For One Month During Nesting Season and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: North Pole Man Caught with Three Pounds of Meth, .5 Pounds of Heroin; Soldotna Woman with Several Warrants Caught Under Camper Bed and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Sights and sounds of today’s Memorial Day; Construction Report: keeping up with construction and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Cassie Schirm: Anchorage veteran surprised with hot tub over Memorial Day weekend

907 Updates May 26 & 27, 2019

By Lauren Maxwell: Video of teen beating prompts principal to report
 
 
 
 
By Derek Minemyer: New cruise ship in Whittier assisted in 9/11 evacuation
“It was actually one of the boats that responded after 9/11, to do the evacuation, which was one of the largest maritime evacuations in history,” Kyle Enright, the ship’s captain, said Wednesday.

It was also on standby when U.S. Airways Flight 1549 lost engine power and made an emergency landing on the Hudson River — you may know this as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Dunleavy spokesperson: Next special session could be outside Juneau, with Mat-Su as an option; Under a new pilot program, several Anchorage elementary schools will have longer lunch and recess next fall; Gardentalk – How do you get rid of cow parsnip? More ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Fourteen-Year-Old Girl Missing In Bethel For Two Days and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Quake Wakes up South Peninsula/Kodiak Island Residents Early Monday Morning and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Local research divers survey Harding Lake, no sign of Elodea yet; Annual month long food drive benefiting Fairbanks children raises over $30,000; Fire crews fighting the Oregon Lake fire work to protect structures and more ->
 
 
 
 
The Arctic Sounder: Congressman works to rid Alaska’s waters of fish farms; Runway protection materials vandalized in Noatak; GCI renews grant program for suicide prevention and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Hank Davis: Watch: Flying piece of history delivers fuel to the roughest Alaskan terrain
Hot Stuff has two R2800 engines. Galyean says he burns more fuel getting from one end of the airstrip to the other than most planes will burn in an hour, but according the Osborne, the plane’s size and power make it more than efficient as for cargo operations in an Arctic environment.

“So, yes, it burns a lot of gas,” he said, “But when you get to the grand scheme of things — the fuel burn versus what you can haul, there’s nothing else out there that can touch it.”
 
 
 
 
By Hank Davis: Mat-Su landfill accepting spruce beetle killed trees, free of charge
There’s currently no deadline in place for dropping off spruce beetle kills; however, any logs measuring at greater than four inches in diameter must be cut to under eight feet in length. Logs greater than twelve inches in diameter must be shorter than four feet in length.

Hours for drop sites are listed below. All sites will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Central Landfill: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Big Lake Transfer Station: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Limited to 5 cubic yards per trip)
The Sunshine Transfer Station in Talkeetna: Sundays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Commercial haulers are not eligible to dump spruce beetle killed trees at these locations for free, based on the terms set by the borough.
Residents may also pick up logs from any of these sites, as the wood remains suitable for use as lumber or firewood.
 
 
 
 
By Joe Vigil: Homeless campers forced to move offer solutions to relocation issues
 
 
 
 
By KTVA: Inside the Gates: Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt

907 Updates May 24, 2019

Judge Wolverton has failed the children of Alaska. An adult knowingly starves and abuses children is not a monster?
By Daniella Rivera: Echo Terry sentenced in child starvation, abuse case
Thursday’s hearing was the third in a series of sentencing hearings in which Wolverton heard arguments from the state and the defense, a statement in support of Terry and victim impact statements from the new parents of the girls she abused.

The judge said the state should not have allowed Terry, a single person with no parenting experience, to take on the responsibility of four adopted daughters with little supervision, but he was still “taken aback” by its sentencing recommendation.

“Echo Terry is not a monster,” Wolverton said. “She’s committed serious crimes. She’s convicted of serious crimes. But the job of a sentencing judge would be much easier if we were only called upon to sentence monsters.”

Terry was also sentenced to serve five years probation.
 
 
 
 
By Heather Hintze: With mass spruce beetle kill, Mat-Su Borough urges caution over holiday weekend
 
 
 
 
By Sean Maguire: Dozens call opposing House PFD plan that would change the dividend formula
 
 
 
 
Great comments!
By Rebecca Palsha: Less concrete, lower hills, no more stairs and wooden benches–Town Square Park gets a new design
Parks and Rec is still asking for input about the plan and what people want from the park. There’s a public hearing on June 13.
 
 
 
 
By Laura Holman: National defense spending bill includes Arctic military operations
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Climate change looks different in Southeast Alaska. Here’s how tribes are planning for that. More ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Suspect In Long House Hotel Attack Arrested and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Fairbanks Driver Arrested after Driving to Bar Drunk then Assaulting Victim; ‘Alaskan Girl’ Skipper Sentenced for Clean Water Act Violation ‘Alaskan Girl’ Skipper Sentenced for Clean Water Act Violation; House Passes Resolution in Support of Renaming Saginaw Bay as Skanáx̱ Bay and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Listen Connect Help: ARCSP, a resource for those who have lost a loved one to suicide; THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-23-19; What’s happening this weekend at Pioneer Park! More ->
 
 
 
 
The Homer Tribune: Antique Auto Mushers make annual pit stop in Homer; Mark Kirko hired as new HVFD chief; Work will begin on new police station and more ->
 
 
 
 
How Alaska Eats Julia O’Malley: Newsletter #49: Dip wins
 
 
 
 
Science Daily University of Alaska Fairbanks: Melting small glaciers could add 10 inches to sea levels
For example, Alaska’s 25,000 glaciers will lose between 30% and 50% of their mass by the end of this century. Once they do, Alaska will be the largest global regional sea level contributor in Northern Hemisphere, apart from Greenland.

“Globally, there’s almost 10 inches of sea level rise by 2100 only from the smaller glaciers, whereas everybody thinks it’s only Antarctica and Greenland,” Hock said. “But these relatively small glaciers in the world have an enormous impact.”

The paper was published in the Journal of Glaciology.
 
 
 
 
KFSK Angela Denning: Petersburg Community Foundation grants $30,000 to local nonprofits
 
 
 
 
UW News Michelle Ma: Hot spots in rivers that nurture young salmon ‘flicker on and off’ in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region
 
 
 
 
By Patrick Enslow: KTUU Sports Podcast: Alissa Pili & Kathleen Navarre
 
 
 
 
By Jackie Purcell: Beaver-photo-bombs-traffic-stop!
 
 
 
 
By Megan McDonald: Alaska’s Annual Strawberry Festival Belongs On Your Summertime Bucket List

907 Updates May 23, 2019

By Shayne Nuesco: Teen charged for Palmer High school shooting threat
 
 
 
 
By Sean Maguire: 70-year-old paragliding lawmaker rescues friend injured in a crash
JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) – An Anchorage lawmaker regularly paraglides from the top of Mt. Roberts above Juneau, and Monday afternoon he was forced to help a friend who suffered a skull fracture from a paragliding fall.

Rep. Laddie Shaw, R-Anchorage, 70, is a retired Navy SEAL with nine years of active duty experience and 24 years in uniform. He tries to make the steep hike up Mt. Roberts three times a week.
 
 
 
 
By Scott Gross: ‘Largest military fishing tournament in the world’ gives Alaska’s combat veterans a change of pace
“Last year I had a military member come up to me,” Lee said. “He wasn’t even on my charter. He thanked me and said he’ll be deployed for the third time to the Middle East soon. He said, while he’s surrounded by desert, this is a day he’s going to think about to get him through.”

It’s also an opportunity for the service members in Alaska to see what else the state has to offer.

“Many of them have not been outside where they are permanently stationed in Alaska,” Riffen said. “Whether that is Fairbanks or Eielson, JBER or Juneau, this gives them a chance to see another part of our state.”
 
 
 
 
By Laura Holman: Anchorage woman charged with stealing over $7,000 from local elementary school
When interviewed about the transactions, Faaloua originally said they were all authorized. She said the purchases were for food and clothes for the PTA, and the cash was for landscaping during the summer. The detective interviewing Faaloua said there were no receipts for any of the transactions.

Faaloua later admitted that she made one of the cash withdrawals over the summer when her car broke down. She also admitted all the cash withdrawals were made by her, even if she had forgotten about them.

Faaloua is being charged with count of theft in the second degree, and one count of misapplication of property.
 
 
 
 
By Scott Gross: ‘You will get caught’: 2 playground fires spotlight school vandalism
“What people, especially families, have to remember is this stays with you,” Hargraves said. “This individual will now have a criminal record on his juvenile report. It affects the family and the community.”

ASD carries a property insurance policy with a $100,000 deductible. Anything under that is out-of-pocket expenses for the district, Hargraves said, and when things like vandalism happen it tracks costs and confers with attorneys.

Any juveniles found responsible and their families could be on the hook for the full amount or a portion of the repairs.
 
 
 
 
By John Thompson: Workforce Wednesday: U.S. Navy seeks Alaskan recruits
United States Navy’s commander of recruiting Rear Admiral Brendan McLane says Alaska’s position makes it even more important to have people serving in the Navy.

Rear Adm. McLane says he’s visiting Alaska’s four Naval recruiting stations in Anchorage at the Dimond Center and Tikhatnu Commons, Wasilla and Fairbanks to find more Alaskans who want to serve.

“Alaskans join at an increasing rate,” McLane says. “In 2017 we had about 108 join; last year 168. We have already had 65 ship off to boot camp and another 87 signed up, so it’s growing.”

Rear Adm. McLane says he appreciates the high-quality sailors Alaska produces and he’s focusing on connecting with more young people to share the benefits of joining the Navy.
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Negotiations sour on tribal child welfare agreement; House bill seeks full PFD this year, with lower amounts in the future; State agencies at odds over new law to address ‘orphan’ oil wells and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: If You’ve Reported A Sexual Assault To Troopers, This Researcher Wants To Hear From You; Domestic Assault In Kalskag Results In Village Lockdown and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Dunleavy Plans Increased Pollution in Cook Inlet Fisheries; Murkowski Questions Interior Secretary on Priorities to Benefit Rural Alaska and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-22-19; Military Report: Fort Wainwright Installation Safety Day helps families explore Alaska safer; Interior softball players invited to national camp; Guilty plea entered for man accused of abusing minors; Murder suspect pleads not guilty for earlier charges and more ->
 
 
 
 
Whittier celebrates its 50th birthday With tourists coming in by train and car from Anchorage, as well as cruise ships through Passage Canal, the historic town is becoming one of Alaska’s most popular stops.
 
 
 
 
By Kristen Durand: Workshop aims to help first responders deal with emotions after continued exposure to tragedy
 
 
 
 
By Laura Holman: Allegiant Airlines touches down for the first time at Ted Stevens International Airport

907 Updates May 22, 2019

By Elizabeth Roman: Owner of Anchorage assisted living home business sentenced for medicaid fraud
The owner of an Anchorage assisted living home business has been sentenced after she and three others were accused of stealing over $1 million from Alaska’s Medicaid program.

Margaret Williams, of Flamingo Eye LLC, was sentenced Monday to serve a term of 18 months in jail, with an additional three and a half years suspended, totaling a potential sentence of up to five years. According to a release from Attorney General Kevin Clarkson’s office, her corporation was sentenced to a $2,050,000 fine.

The state also asked the judge to issue a $1.1 million restitution order to compensate for the funds that Williams and her corporation fraudulently obtained from Medicaid, but a hearing to determine the restitution amount was set for July.
 
 
 
 
By Associated Press: Coast Guard cutter captain sidelined after fatal accident
 
 
 
 
By Hank Davis: Man who dumped chemicals on Karluk Street receives his sentence
Since the incident, Alleva has sold the land where he spread those chemicals to the municipality for around $750,000.

Judge Leslie Dickson sentenced Alleva to 40 hours of community service with Habitat for Humanity, along with an order to pay just under $6,500 in restitution for the clean up costs. His business, Grubstake Auction Company, will have to pay back around $19,400.

Alleva will also be required to complete a state-approved, 12 week anger management course.
 
 
 
 
By Hank Davis: UPDATE: Assembly passes school zone cellphone restrictions
“The language we are looking at right now is 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days-a-week in areas that are marked with signs as school zones,” he said.

The 24/7 “active” classification pertains to all school zones with a speed limit of 25 mph or lower, as well as 45 mph school zones (when signage lights are flashing), according to Assemblyman John Weddleton.

The assembly will likely vote on any needed amendments before considering the actual ordinance, which would carry a fine of $500 for offenders. The law doesn’t pertain to vehicles that are parked, or drivers that are attempting to reach response agencies in the event of an emergency.
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Juneau explores using fines to address ‘chronic nuisance properties’; From Texas to Colorado to Scotland, ANWR drilling opponents take their case to CEOs; Juneau protesters rally in support of abortion access and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Search And Rescue Recovers Unidentified Body From Kuskokwim River and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Coast Guard Releases Results of Investigation Into the Death of a Cutter Hickory Crewmember Coast Guard Releases Results of Investigation Into the Death of a Cutter Hickory Crewmember; Eureka Street Credit Union Robbers Convicted by Jury Trial and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Active shooter exercise held on Ft. Wainwright; Childhood trauma topic of Fairbanks chamber luncheon; Three people sentenced in connection with 2015 murder; THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-21-19 and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Alexis Fernandez: Brothers from Nome first to summit Denali this season
 
 
 
 
By Liz Raines: Bronze statue honors first VPSO killed in the line of duty
For the first time, an Alaska Village Public Safety Officer killed in the line of duty has been memorialized with a bronze statue. It only stands about two feet tall, but the man behind the project says he hopes it can send a much larger message to other officers and Alaskans.

“I’m Alaska Native, Officer Ron Zimin was Alaska Native also, it’s part of Alaska Native cultures to honor those heroes who have been slayed in the line of duty while protecting our villages,” said Mark Livingston, the former Anchorage police officer who has spent more than ten years working on the project.

907 Updates May 21, 2019

By KTVA: The Latest: FAA says Alaska air carrier suspends operations
 
 
 
 
By Daniella Rivera: David Yesner appeals ban from University of Alaska property, events
 
 
 
 
By Sean Maguire: Alaska House overwhelmingly passes compromise crime package
Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, the House minority leader, applauded the passage of bill but cautioned that keeping the controversial pretrial assessment tool in effect meant the Legislature couldn’t claim to have completely repealed SB 91.

Others weren’t as impressed.

Hopkins expressed concerned at the cost of HB 49, estimated at close to $100 million over the next two years and that increasing sentencing ranges would “disproportionately affect minorities and the poor, here in Alaska.”
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Gardentalk – Banish and bury those dandelions and buttercups; Juneau Assembly considers raising property taxes; Judge dismisses Pebble-funded lawsuit against BBRSDA and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Paul Basile Named New Kuskowkim 300 Race Manager and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: Felon with Weapon at Juneau International Sentenced to 21 Months and more->
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks Aviation Day draws crowds and awards scholarship; Ester Volunteer Fire Department pins new chief; Phase 1 of summer construction starts in Fairbanks and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Megan McDonald: This Tiny Seaside Town Is The Unassuming Music Capital of Alaska
 
 
By Casea Peterson: This Is What Life In Alaska Looked Like In The 1940s
 
 
 
 
By Dave Leval: Anchorage medics’ class aims to Stop the Bleed
 
 
 
 
By KTVA: Head of the Class: Service High’s Jeff Bassett helps students become problem solvers
 
 
 
 
By Laura Holman: Portugal. The Man surprises Shishmaref students with video shout out
 
 
 
 
By Rebecca Palsha: Nonprofit says it won’t be able to help everyone if the budget continues to shrink
The governor’s spokesperson, Matt Shuckerow, said a discussion over the budget is good and that these kind of talks should have started years ago. He said the governor’s priorities continue to be a full PFD and cutting government spending, saying we’re in a “fiscal crisis.”

“Generally speaking the governor’s view is that Alaskans are probably better off spending their dollars than the government is,” Shuckerow said. “Sometimes the government can be wasteful, it can be excessive, maybe not looking for reform, so this is a big conversation. We’re glad Alaskans are engaged.”
 
 
 
 
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By Heather Hintze: Palmer mom raises money to pay off school lunch debt

907 Updates May 20, 2019

By Leroy Polk & Taylar Perez: UPDATE: Police name woman found dead in home this weekend
A medical call for a woman who died Saturday turned into a deeper investigation, and now police have identified the victim.

Brittany Johnson, 24, was named by police early Monday as the woman found dead in a trailer home on Brayton Drive over the weekend.

So far police have not specified what observations made at the scene of Johnson’s death “prompted police to take a closer look at the incident.”
 
 
 
 
By Elizabeth Roman: APD: Juvenile arrested after setting Turnagain Elementary playground on fire
 
 
 
 
By Dave Leval: Law enforcement, community members run in support of Special Olympics Alaska
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Kipnuk Celebrates The Life Of Keoni Aliralria At Graduation and more ->

Immediately following Keo Aliralia’s death, his cousin, Clint Slim, had a baby boy with his girlfriend, Summer Brown. While Brown was pregnant, she had dreams of Keo. Of course, they named the baby Keo. So Keo lives on: in his name, and also in memories of a joyful life, lived strong. Keo Strong.
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News: April Employment up 0.9% from Last Year; Unemployment Rate at 6.5% and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Derek Minemyer: ‘I feel the disabled have been forgotten’ – Anchorage woman wants new transportation system for disabled commuters
 
 
 
 
By Kristen Durand: Alaska Zoo celebrates our feathered friends on World Migratory Bird Day
 
 
 
 
By Kristen Durand: Newly formed African American art group shows off their work at Northway Mall
“We had some young African American kiddos in here not too long ago, and they were so excited to see other brown and tan people that looked just like them on the walls, so that’s also why we do this, and it’s been a great turnout.”

The group is currently recruiting more artists, so if you’re interested you can visit their Facebook page, here.
 
 
 
 
By Liz Raines: Summer of Heroes programs seeks youth nominations
 
 
 
 

907 Updates May 19, 2019

By Dave Leval: Coast Guard honors Kotzebue man who saved friend from drowning more than 20 years ago
Governor Mike Dunleavy joined the guests for the ceremony, which he said held extra meaning for him. He said Smith and Lambert were students of his at the elementary school he taught at in Kotzebue.

“If he let me go away with that current, then I probably never would have been found,” Smith said. “So, I love you, I’ll always love you and you’ll always be my hero.”

Lambert was the first person to save someone with a life jacket from the Kids Don’t Float program, which the Coast Guard says has been attributed to saving a total of 31 lives to date.
 
 
 
 
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Knik-Goose Bay: Hurry up and wait; JBER’s first Flight Leaders Course helps shape exceptional leaders; Mat-Su Career and Technical High School and Redington celebrate graduations as the second wave of class of 2019 and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Bear viewing industry brings in millions of dollars to Southcentral’s economy, study says; Major grant funds end-to-end work on Treadwell Ditch Trail; Counting the hooligan swimming through Haines streams; Legislators approve $46M for Alaska ferries to avert fall shutdown and more ->
 
 
 
 
NPR Renee Gross: ‘Get Off The Boat’ — Women In Commercial Fishing Industry Fight Sexual Harassment
Elma Burnham is the founder of Strength of the Tides. It’s a grassroots movement asking fishermen, boat captains and others to sign a pledge demanding zero tolerance for sexual harassment and assault.

Burnham herself fishes commercially in Alaska, and she started the organization in 2017.

“So I first put the pledge online and sent it out to people I’d worked with in the past,” she said. “It got picked up more quickly than I expected.”
 
 
 
 
By Heather Hintze: Bridge cleanup aims to beautify Matanuska River banks
 
 
 
 
By Grant Robinson: Teacher ‘passing baton’ after 30 years in Anchorage schools

907 Updates May 18, 2019

Paige Bohall is disgusting. Great comments.
By Daniella Rivera: ‘Who steals from the sick and the poor and the dying?’: Woman pleads guilty in fraud scheme
Four A’s board member Candace Bell addressed the court on behalf of the organization.

“Who does that, your honor?” she asked. “Who steals from the sick and the poor and the dying?”

Bell detailed the extensive fallout from the embezzlement. She said while the restitution is helpful, the measurable cost to date is closer to $160,000. Bell said more than 500 staff hours have been spent dealing with the fraud instead of supporting clients. They’ve had to trace every instance of theft to try to make things right and pay thousands of dollars in the process for things like forensic audits.

“I would be remiss if I did not admit to the fact that the lightness of the sentence stings,” said Bell, “but Four A’s as an organization is more inclined toward restoration than retribution and, therefore, we acquiesce to this plea agreement.”
 
 
 
 
By Ellie Baty: A first-of-its-kind investigation, ‘Lawless’: sexual violence in Alaska
 
 
 
 
If lightening had hit the plane why did the captain not execute an emergency landing?
By Angela Krenzien: Dashcam captures lightning striking airplane
 
 
 
 
KTOO Public Media: Feds demand armed officers to keep Prince Rupert ferry terminal open; Murkowski sticks with GOP to confirm anti-abortion nominee to bench and more ->
 
 
 
 
Alaska Native News April Hale | National Indian Health Board: First Nations Actor, Physician Gives Keynote Address at the American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference
 
 
 
 
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks motorcycle safety instructor talks fundamentals, summer safety while riding; Long-time local entertainer reflects on the Blue Loon fire; University FD and Red Cross ‘sound the alarm’ at Gold Rush Estates this weekend; GARDENING TIPS: Early Planting Julie Swisher gives you tips about early planting and more ->
 
 
 
 
The Homer Tribune: Shorebird Festival celebrates 27 years of birds and birding; Dr. Hal Smith to host last Walk with a Doc until September and more ->
 
 
 
 
Rasmuson Foundation Lisa Demer: Foundation announces 2019 Individual Artist Award recipients
 
 
 
 
By KTVA Web Staff: Man attacked by moose in Eagle River subdivision
 
 
 
 
By Laura Holman: Air Force plan will permanently station six more F-22 fighter jets at JBER
 
 
 
 
By Laura Holman: Alaska Music on Hold project is back online
Alaska Music on Hold is a project to install hold music on State of Alaska telephones that promotes Alaska recording artists; Portugal. The Man, Paul Rosenthal, Feeding Frenzy, and The Native Jazz Quartet.