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907 Updates May 02, 2018

By Tegan Hanlon: JBER soldier killed by gunfire in Afghanistan was near the end of his deployment
By Daniella Rivera: Reduced bail denied for accused child sex abuse suspect
By Mary Simton: Docs: Driver who dragged man ‘too drunk’ to talk to APD
By Michelle Theriault Boots: A brother’s long, lonely fight to solve the city of Kodiak’s only unsolved murder
By Michelle Theriault Boots: Attempted sexual abuse charges against trooper highlight 2014 investigation for inappropriate texts
By Liz Raines: Former prosecutor tried to warn state about Peronto
By KTUU News: Fire Lake Elementary School hit by repeat vandalism
By Associated Press: Alaska House passes school safety resolution
By Steve Meyer: An outdoors writer gets his first assignment, and it yields an unexpected tale
By Kalinda Kindle & Sidney Sullivan: New study finds more than a third of Alaska’s children live in poverty
By Heather Hintze: Solar companies capitalizes on Alaska’s midnight sun
By James Gaddis: Teacher of the Week: Annette Alward
By Kalinda Kindle: This seasons pollen count has begun
Click here to view the weekly pollen and air quality count.
By Donna Freedman: Get your garden on: First outdoor market of the year offers flower and veggie starts
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Jalapeno brownies

907 Updates May 01, 2018

By Chris Klint: Manager held up at gunpoint in Red Robin robbery

By Jay Weaver, Miami Herald: Feds won’t seek death penalty for Alaskan accused in Florida airport shooting
By Laurel Andrews: 16-year-old charged with murder in Mountain Village shooting
By Zaz Hollander, Michelle Theriault Boots, Laurel Andrews: Alaska state trooper showed up in patrol car for hotel date with girl, charges say
By Leroy Polk: 2 charged in Anchorage Wells Fargo robbery, FBI says the bank’s location makes it a target
One bullet.
By Daniella Rivera: Child sex abuse suspect seeks to reduce bail from $300K to $16K
By Lauren Maxwell: Neighbors vent concerns about abandoned properties
By Michelle Theriault Boots: Point Hope whaler seriously injured during spring bowhead hunt
By Associated Press: Alaska Legislature urges feds to reconsider marijuana as a controlled substance
By Richard Mauer: Legislation to modify state refuges faces growing opposition
By Alex DeMarban: Gold seekers with big plans for Nome area – including TV show – draw opposition

Interesting, misleading headline~ Will they be raising the minimum age for driver’s licenses?

By Rebecca Palsha: No school starts before 8 a.m. — new start time options for Anchorage schools
The first option keeps all start and end times as they are now.

The second option would mean no schools would start before 8:00 a.m. That would mean schools would be in session from 8:00 to 2:30, 8:45 to 3:15 and 9:30 until 4:00. It’s not been decided which ages would start when.
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Nenana Ice Classic tripod tips, but doesn’t trip clock
Keep an eye on your pets, please!
By Associated Press: Wolf kills dog on Juneau trailhead
Congratulations Lori Brewer!
By Ted Fioraliso: Anchorage business owner wins Small Business Person of the Year Award
By Justin Mitchell, Reuters: In Interior Alaska, soldiers relish their role in U.S. missile defense
Steller Watch May 1st: ~16 Sea Lion of the Month
By Wyatt Curtiss: The aviation-grade aluminum anniversary: Alaska Airlines celebrates 10 years of Aviation Day
Captain Tom Rogers has had a remarkable career in aviation. Since starting his career in the 1970s, he’s flown more than 100 types of aircraft on four continents (including the F-15), racking up more than 21,000 hours as a pilot.
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Mexican style corn

Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska April 30, 2018

Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska April 30, 2018
Good morning from Somewhere in Alaska … 43 years ago today was the fall of Saigon … Marines who were lifted off of the U.S. Embassy roof were the last men out as the Viet Cong swooped in … 25 years ago today CERN put the World Wide Web into the public domain … The first full-sized cruise ship, the Ruby Princess, docks in Juneau this morning … And Must Read Alaska is sent a photo of a neon palm tree that may have inspired the latter incarnation of the Paradise Inn palm tree in Spenard, which is now in the custody of federal marshals … We’ll post more pics of the old palm tree online later today … But first …

One Alaska Update April 30, 2018

One Alaska Update: Keeping Up With Governor Bill Walker
Governor’s Note

Fellow Alaskan –

While April 30 marks the end of sexual assault awareness month, supporting survivors of sexual violence continues as a priority for our administration.

In Alaska, we have troublingly high rates of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault – across the board. People from regions and communities that experience historical and intergenerational trauma have even higher rates of victimization. Most victims are very young: 14 years old.

A Juneau Empire article this week recounted the story of MacKenzie Howard, a 13-year-old girl who was murdered in Kake five years ago. Friends and relatives guarded her body while they waited for Alaska State Troopers to fly to the village. Dedicating more funding to trooper travel to rural areas is one of the specific items I requested in my budget this year: a proactive Trooper presence in rural communities can help communities like MacKenzie’s.

No one, let alone survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, should have to wait years for justice. Last year, we ordered local law enforcement statewide to send their backlogged rape evidence kits to the Alaska Department of Public Safety. By improving technology and streamlining the work, we’ve reduced the backlog — and the wait-time to get sexual assault evidence DNA tested down from 300 days to 90 days.

90 days is still too long to wait, but progress is encouraging. We hired retired Alaska State Trooper Michael Burkmire to work as a sexual assault cold case investigator last week, thanks to a $1.1 million federal grant we worked to get from the U.S. Department of Justice. Last week’s arrest of the Golden State Killer in California, based on a DNA match, highlights the importance of testing every single kit, to bring closure to survivors and to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable.

Other elements of our Public Safety Action Plan to address sexual violence include changing regulations to ensure Alaska courts can enforce out-of-state protective orders. We’re working on building a statewide Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault hotline, and a comprehensive modernized statewide 911 system, to ensure that survivors always have somewhere to turn, for advice, or in emergencies.

If you have other ideas, or things you’d like to see our administration pursue, please reach out. Domestic violence and sexual assault are a nationwide issue, but the especially high rates here in Alaska make them personal: we must work hard to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice and survivors have the support and care that they need.


907 Updates April 30, 2018

One bullet. No worries about finding room in prison or the cost of supporting him. No worries about him abusing any more children. The children know they are safe from him. If he plays the religious card, then he has the chance to meet Jesus, be re-born, yada yada yada.
By Associated Press: Alaska man charged with sexual abuse of 15-year-old girl
By Victoria Taylor: Charges under consideration for Palmer shelter dog theft case
By Sean Maguire: Stolen $1,200 handgun recovered by Mountain View gun store employee
By Daniella Rivera: ‘He’s done this before’: Parent of alleged Loggins victim believes there are more
By Sidney Sullivan: DATA VIZ: Nenana Ice Classic…when to expect the ice to go out
By Devin Kelly: Audit flags questionable expenses at Anchorage School District
By Nathaniel Herz: In public, Alaska lawmakers have been making scant progress. But ‘we’re not stalled,’ says House speaker.
By Annie Zak: People spent $1.3 billion visiting Alaska’s national parks last year
By Associated Press: SeaLife Center gets daunting chance to raise baby octopuses
By Kalinda Kindle: ‘Go Baby Go’ event helps toddlers with mobile disabilities
Moms Everyday Alaska Meal under $10: Margarita chicken with tabbouleh

907 Updates April 29, 2018

By Annie Zak: Fairbanks man dies in Parks Highway crash amid wet, icy conditions
By Chris Klint: Legislature OKs bill on parental rights in rape cases
By Beth Verge: ‘Impersonators’ use site to push porn, pharmeceutical sales web pages
By Joe Vigil: Veterans in Alaska react to Korean peace overture
By Nathaniel Herz: Inside the Alaska broadband company whose former CEO is charged with wire fraud
By Annie Zak: ‘Between a rock and a hard place’: Volunteers clear out longtime Anchorage homeless camp
By Seth Kantner: Moments of truth: Life and change on the Kobuk River
By Annie Zak: Shop Talk: Stewart’s Photo survived the ’64 earthquake. Now, it survives smartphones.
By Ned Rozell: Why some birds smell like tangerines, and others smell like lavender
By Victoria Taylor: Bunk beds provide new sleep space at Brother Francis Shelter
By Associated Press: Rocket launch at Kodiak spaceport complex scheduled for May
By Jack Carney: Former Pro Snowboarder inspires young Alaskans at 2018 NYO games
By Rhonda McBride: Frontiers Preview: The Anchorage Pioneer School House

907 Updates April 28, 2018

By Leroy Polk: Sitka man arrested for attempted murder after violent stabbing incident
By Kyle Hopkins: Man charged in pepper spray attack attempted to recruit others to ‘storm’ Anchorage gay pride parades
By Heather Hintze: Judge allows Grunwald body photos in murder trial
By Leroy Polk: Over 500 Anchorage reisdents victimized in mail fraud crime spree
By Tegan Hanlon, Marc Lester: Mountain View Elementary School had its first talent show in years. It was adorable.
By Devin Kelly: Election cost doubles as Anchorage turns to vote by mail
By Rebecca Palsha: 300 people defending 300 million, a tour of Fort Greely’s missile defense facility
By Shannon Ballard: Tudor Elementary earns $60K for winning education contest
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Friday is final public input meeting on school start times
By Heather Hintze: 7-year-old gets Good Deed award for helping homeless
By Tracy Sinclare: Riding safely and keeping your bicycle secure
Spring cleaning your digital clutter: Tips from tech experts

907 Updates April 27, 2018

By Zaz Hollander: Anchorage man with violent history arrested in Spenard pepper-spray attack
By Laurel Andrews: Police seek more victims as man formerly of Eagle River is charged with sexually abusing minor
By Associated Press: Fairbanks teen faces charges for stealing guns, bringing them to school protest
By Steve Quinn: Jonrowe’s visit inspires lawmakers to reflect, appreciate
By Alex DeMarban: Alaska Supreme Court weighs possibility of altering Yes for Salmon initiative before vote
By Beth Bragg: Native Youth Olympics brings the pain while honoring a culture
Congratulations Brianna Bundick-Kelly!
By Samantha Davenport: This Alaskan’s re-creation of Beyoncé dance moves went viral – and got her on ‘Ellen’
By Annie Zak: Williwaw aims for a reboot by teaming up with Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
By Richard Mauer: Alaskans testify that the Senate’s latest budget bill is too cheap
By Lauren Maxwell: Sam the wayward python has a new home in the Valley
By Daybreak Staff: Go 100 miles in May for a healthy future
By John Tracy: Reality Check: Taxis versus technology

907Updates April 26, 2018

By Laurel Andrews: Crews rescue 2 camping groups stranded by Tuesday’s storm in Alaska Range and Mat-Su
By Chris Klint: 120-mph Glenn Highway driver held after suicide threat
By Chris Klint: Stabbed ADN carrier keeps delivering papers
By Liz Thomas: Jerry Active, 7 others indicted in prison drug conspiracy
By Liz Thomas: ‘Redneck’ wanted in Wasilla road rage incident
By Nathaniel Herz: Report: Outgoing Juneau Democratic state House member faced sexual harassment complaint
By Chris Klint: Man arrested in Spenard spraying has prior history with APD
By Devin Kelly: Auctioneer sues Brother Francis Shelter, Bean’s Cafe and the city over his business losses
By Devin Kelly: Dumpster justice: The feud between 2 Anchorage men over a water heater just got weirder
By Liz Raines: State making progress on backlogged rape kits
By Beth Bragg: East High grads reunite at Boston Marathon, where one pushed the other 26.2 miles
By Zaz Hollander: Palmer OKs permit for contentious gun range — but it’s not likely to be in the old Fred Meyer
By Alex DeMarban: Severely iced-over cellular tower causing service disruptions in Western Alaska
The Commission for Human Rights defends Alaskans from discrimination
By Heather Hintze: U-Haul to move into old Fred Meyer in Palmer
Courtesy Callie Ashcraft: Outrunning an avalanche

907 Updates April 25, 2018

By Liz Thomas: 3 charged in mail theft, bank fraud scheme
By Laurel Andrews: Spenard armed robbery suspect in custody; Anchorage police seek 3 others
By Jackie Purcell & Leroy Polk: UPDATE: Hundreds still without power Wednesday following massive windstorm
By Anchorage Daily News: Photos: Gusty winds damage structures and topple trees across Anchorage
By Laurel Andrews, Michelle Theriault Boots, Zaz Hollander: Windstorm slams Southcentral Alaska with gusts over 80 mph
By Tegan Hanlon: Yukon Quest bans 2-time champ from 2019 race after examination of dead dog
By Annie Zak: Anchorage police release photos of man suspected in pepper spray attack
By Associated Press: Arc of Anchorage to pay $2.3 million over alleged false Medicaid claims
By Erica Martinson: Young aims to protect Native crafters from federal restrictions
By Lauren Maxwell: Seward woman fights to save Jesse Lee home but says time is running out
By Associated Press: Anchorage Representative likely violated ethics rules for street fair fundraising
By Daybreak Staff: The North by North Festival returns to Anchorage
The North by North Festival takes place Thursday, April 26 through April 29 at the Anchorage Museum. For more information and to register, click here.
By Daybreak Staff: 49th annual Walk and Roll for Hope
By Zaz Hollander: Human waste is making a Denali glacier toxic. The park service is demanding change from climbers.
By Nancy Thornton Acantha reporter: Outdoor writers in Choteau this week
By Associated Press: Church of Scientology hosts awards ceremony in Ketchikan
By Steve Edwards: Fresh Alaska vegetables are weeks away, but local eggs and seafood can tide you over
Moms Everyday Alaska Family Features: Southern style succotash