Category: 907 Updates

Alaska Info

907 Updates June 10, 2019

KTVA The News of Alaska: Dividend vote expected in Alaska Senate and more ->
KTUU News: Man who fell near the handtram in Girdwood was helping others cross, Police say; Alaska National Guardsman identified as man who drowned in Copper River; Three additional suspects arrested in connection with the Cynthia Hoffman case; Mountain Bike for Women Festival kicks off the season for bikers and more ->
KTOO Public Media: US House calls for more research on ocean acidification and more ->
Christopher Solomon: The Detective of Northern Oddities
When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska—be it a sea otter, polar bear, or humpback whale—veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek gets the call. Her necropsies reveal cause of death and causes for concern as climate change frees up new pathogens and other dangers in a vast, thawing north.
Only In Your State Megan McDonald: The World’s Longest Zipline Is Right Here In Alaska And It’s The Adventure Of A Lifetime

907 Updates June 09, 2019

KTUU: Operating budget on final passage, PFD taken out of bill; Allie Ostrander wins 3rd consecutive NCAA 3000 meter steeplechase title; Family will move into new home after helping Habitat for Humanity build it and more ->
KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Family, friends honor 18-year-old killed in Chester Creek Trail shooting; 1 dead after falling from Girdwood’s Winner Creek hand tram; Police investigate homicide on E. 66th Avenue and more ->
KTOO Public Media: In a rainforest, Southeast Alaska towns face extreme drought; Protected Alaska Permanent Fund would grow by $10.5B under committee proposal and more ->

907 Updates June 08, 2019

KTUU News: Two more gray whales found dead near Kodiak Island; Smoke in south Anchorage may be from Kenai wildfire; Anchorage woman beats cancer with help of her four-legged friends and more ->
KTVA News: 2nd suspect arrested in murder of 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman near Thunderbird Falls; Beneath the streets: Underground tour gives glimpse of Palmer’s past; Proposed Merrill Field plan calls for raising leases, fees; Advisory issued after harmful bacteria found in waters of Kenai North Beach; Alaska State Troopers: Don’t fall for this scam;
KTOO Public Media: Community remembers Guardian Flight crew lost in January plane crash; Alaska schools now have more guidance on how to teach science in the classroom; Meet the Juneau couple who brush their teeth next to history and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: John Active’s Friends And Colleagues Tell Stories And Reflect On His Legacy One Year After His Death; A Year After His Death, John Active Remains NPR’s Only Indigenous Commentator and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: GARDENING REPORT: Planting Beets and more ->
Rasmuson Foundation: Time to renew, gain insight, reflect

907 Updates June 07, 2019

KTVA News: Veteran volunteer group clears dead trees at Talkeetna’s Battle Dawgs camp; Movie in the Park comes to Downtown Anchorage; UAA looks to expand nursing school to help with increasing demand for nurses in Alaska and more ->
KTUU News: Two murders, two minors, and a case for charging juveniles as adults; Mayor Ethan Berkowitz defends city response to illegal homeless camps; Anchorage woman finds biological father through ancestry test; APD graduates 16 recruits from academy; Alyeska Resort’s downhill mountain bike park opens for the season and more ->
KTOO Public Media: New book reveals the history and ephemera of salmon canneries in Southeast Alaska; Gardentalk – Summer’s second planting season now underway and more->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Wildfire Burns 80 Acres Near Napaimute; June Fishing Openings In Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge and more ->
Alaska Native News: The Sound of Silence in Russell Fjord; Alaska Army National Guard Engineers Train with Romanian Counterpart and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Morning News Update A 6-07; Banks of Chena River Restoration project underway; UA Board of Regents announce student representative and more ->
The Homer Tribune: Homer surpasses 100 million steps goal; Eco-friendly bus company debuts on Peninsula; HCOA recognizes community participation in arts; Literary reading festival set for June 15 and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Selawik holds walk for life; Seaweed farms grow as mariculture gains popularity and more ->
Julia O’Malley: Come write and eat with me in JUNEAU!

907 Updates June 06, 2019

KTVA News: Charging docs: Teen ‘blacked out,’ burned gun used to shoot 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman; Hemp pilot program moves Alaska closer to legal production; Fairbanks area pet owners warned of fatal disease spread by hares; Inside the Gates: Military veterans flock to Anchorage for 2019 Golden Age Games; Anchorage senator proposes $900 PFD check; Workforce Wednesday: Young Alaskans train as summer guides for railroad and more ->
KTUU News: What happened to CeeCee? A daughter’s disappearance, her murder, and a father’s quest for answers; Lightning sparks 3 wildfires in Southwest Alaska Tuesday; State awards contract to study Medicaid block grant system; Glenn Highway commuters, expect Southbound shoulder closures for expansion project and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Haines athletes go for gold at National Senior Games; As some sea star populations make a comeback, scientists may have found cause of ‘wasting disease’; Red Carpet Concert: Justin Smith, ‘Rolling Tune’ and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel City Council Member Fritz Charles Released, Hearing Set For July; Bethel City Council To Vote On Approving FY 2020 Budget At Next Regular Meeting and more ->
Alaska Native News: Napakiak Man Arrested in 2018 City Burglary and Safe Theft; Early Lives of Alaska Sockeye Salmon Accelerating with Climate Change and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Military Report: UAF provides fee waiver to deploying soldiers; Defendant in sexual abuse case takes the stand; Accurately defining pain and more->

907 Updates June 05, 2019

KTVA News: Teen gave candy to 5-year-old in exchange for sexual contact, troopers say; Troopers searching for burglar who damaged, stole from Wasilla property; Anchorage mom creates vending machine for baby supplies; Legislators want city to move faster on abating homeless camps and more ->
KTUU: 19-year-old Anchorage woman found dead, teen arrested for her murder; Update: 12-year-old arrested in connection with Chester Creek Homicide; Proposed legislation aims to minimize human-bear interactions in Anchorage; Spotlight on youth: YANA or You Are Not Alone spreads awareness of suicide prevention; At the Alaska Native Medical Center, path to recovery is aided by what comes out of the kitchen and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Bill to fund $3,000 PFD fails narrowly in Alaska Senate; NOAA is trying to encourage more observers to report sexual harassment; Felony charges climb to 13 in sexual assault case against Sitka doctor; Juneau Assembly passes city budget as state budget impacts loom and more ->
Alaska Native News: Driver of Dalton Highway Commercial Tanker Accident Dies at Scene, Cleanup of Spill Continues; Congressman Don Young Introduces Resolution Recognizing International Year of the Salmon; Alaska National Guard delivers torch for Veterans Golden Age Games from helicopter and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Trial begins for man accused of sexually abusing minors and incest; UAF volleyball program announces 2019 recruiting class and more ->
By Tess Thackara: The Hand of Native American Women, Visible at Last The role of women art-makers in Native communities has gone widely ignored. Now a bold museum show, by and for these women, is shining a light on 1,000 years of their art.
By Brannon Finney: Alaskan Girl captain speaks her piece

Nathan Pilling, Kitsap Sun: Bainbridge-based Team Sail Like a Girl sets sail for second Race to Alaska title

Anchorage Police Department – It’s WHAT NOT TO DO WEDNESDAY 🚓 #WNTDW

One of the top requests we get from citizens is that we conduct more traffic enforcement. Many of the people who actually receive the tickets tend to voice the opinion that we should “go after the real criminals” and “find something more important to do.” Sometimes these opinions are peppered with colorful language when delivered. Regardless of your opinion, increased traffic enforcement and the writing of tickets greatly reduces traffic fatalities and injuries. Keeping citizens safe and enforcing the law is our job and is what we do. Even when it makes some folks angry. It falls under the “it’s for your own good” category.

Another reason why traffic enforcement is so important is because traffic stops very often lead to other things. Here are two stories that exemplify that very thing. They are a few years old but are excellent examples:

Story #1: An APD officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a regular traffic violation. After the officer exited his patrol vehicle and was in the process of approaching the car on foot, the driver shot himself in the head and died immediately. Further investigation revealed the driver had gotten fired from his job that morning and told his coworkers he’d be back to shoot the place up. It appeared that is where the driver was headed when the officer intervened. That was a rough day for the officer and devastating for the driver’s family. The stop also very probably put the kibosh on a workplace shooting.

Story #2: One of our officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle had four occupants inside and the officer ID’d all of them. A few hours later we responded to a homicide. Witnesses were able to provide the getaway vehicle’s description but could not say who was inside. Low and behold the getaway car was the same one the officer had stopped earlier that day. Because of the information gathered from that stop the perpetrators were identified quickly and led to arrests for the murder.

Use your inside voice, play well with others, and remember we’re all in this together.

907 Updates June 04, 2019

KTUU News: Melting glaciers create new market for Alaska tour operators; Onsite marijuana smoking could conflict with smoke-free ordinance; Alaska thins its playlist for Music on Hold project; Anchorage Little League team builds new dugouts with help of local business and more ->
KTVA News: Thunderstorms lead to flash flooding in Palmer; UA Board of Regents appoints task force for possible campus consolidation; ASD’s new apprenticeship policy to get second review; Caught on camera: Moose with calves lunges at bear and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Red Carpet Concert: Burnt Down House, ‘Weary Bones’; Dunleavy taps former aide for vacant Board of Fisheries seat; This ice cream stand was constructed out of local wood. Here’s why that’s unique. More ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Bethel City Council Member Fritz Charles Arrested For DUI; U.S. Attorney General Barr Says ‘Everything Is On The Table’ To Solve Public Safety Crisis and more ->
Alaska Native News: Alaska Congressional Delegation Applauds Justice Department Announcement on Initiative to Combat Violent Crime; Governor Dunleavy Responds to Senate Bill to Cut PFD and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: THE DAILY DISPATCH 6-3-19; Alaska joins 23 states in upholding the Second Amendment; Jury selection started for man accused of incest, sexual abuse of minors; Senate proposes $1,600 PFD and more ->
Alaska Highway News The Canadian Press: Study shows sediment from fishing choking out British Columbia’s sea sponges

907 Updates June 03, 2019

KTUU News: Longtime community activist Mother Lawrence dies at 83; Juneau outdoor program seeks to officially name challenging peak ‘Gorgon Spire’; Fairbanks utility company suspends compost sales due to contaminants; Unangan culture impacted by mass die-off of seabirds in the Bering Sea and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Sitka women discuss leading without losing themselves; Gardentalk – Preparing for early vegetable and garlic scape harvest and more->
Alaska Native News: Alaska Army National Guard Aviation Prepares for Future Operations and more ->
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Alaska life hack: Bringing home firewood — and spruce beetles and more ->
By Megan McDonald: The Best Bread In Alaska Is Served Out Of An Unassuming Airstream

907 Updates June 01, 2019

KTUU: Sen. Murkowski recaps U.S. Attorney General Barr visit to Bethel to discuss public safety crisis; Preliminary report reveal details about pilot’s experience, landing conditions in two deadly crashes and more ->
KTVA News: Tlingit & Haida president impressed with Attorney General and public safety tour; Gov. Dunleavy forgives victim’s debt that caused garnishing of PFDs; Suspected car thief: ‘I didn’t do it’; Mic Check in the Morning: DJ Spencer Lee and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Juneau climber dies in Mount Rainier rock fall; Juneau scores $1.8 million grant for Brotherhood Bridge Trail; NTSB releases preliminary report for Metlakatla floatplane crash; Remove your rings and get out your card blanket: A table-side view of one of Utqiaġvik’s most animated card games and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: U.S. Attorney General Barr Says ‘Very Basics Of Public Safety Are Lacking In The Villages’; Police Release Identity Of Body Pulled From Kuskokwim River and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: UAF Hosts Arctic Research Open House; Fort Wainwright soldiers train for upcoming deployment to Iraq and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Institute honors NWAB clerk with international award; Kotzebue poet wins statewide writing contest and more ->

907 Updates May 31, 2019

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Stakes High In U.S. Attorney General’s Visit To Bethel, Napaskiak and more ->
By Ellie Baty: ‘I’m going to do my best to actually improve the situation’ U.S. Attorney General visits Galena
“All I can say is that I’m not a politician. I’m not here scurrying from flower to flower making promises. If I take on a problem I’m going to do my best to actually improve the situation,” Barr said, ” I’m here trying to learn more about it because I think back in Washington people are talking and they really can’t visualize the situation. You have to be able to hear it and see from the people.”

On Friday, the Attorney General will visit Bethel for the third day of his journey.
KTOO Public Media: BP and ExxonMobil commit up to $20 million to Alaska LNG; First phase of downtown Egan Drive construction begins Monday; Kids in space: Dillingham fourth-graders challenge the stars; Anchorage ‘re-entry walk’ offers glimpse of path out of prison; City struggles to keep up as junk cars continue piling up in Juneau and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-30-19; Koyukuk man charged with murdering his mother’s boyfriend out of ‘anger and vengeance’; Not guilty plea entered for man accused of pulling gun in road rage incident; Alaska Native News: JROTC Cadets Visit Alaska Air National Guard Wing and more -> Space Adventures offers aerial learning and more ->
The Homer Tribune: Students give school a facelift; Bunnell Street Arts Center unveils 2019 CSAs and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: FISH FACTOR: Study tracking North Pacific fish sees rise in variability; Lady M’s collect three golds at state track meet and more ->
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Excessive call ordinance trapped; ‘Power of prayer’: local minister meets rescue crew that rescued him two years after his close encounter with fire and death; A love letter to Palmer and more ->
By Shane Lasley Mining News: Revealing Alaska’s critical minerals
Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Tlingit history, culture thrive as Hoonah expands as destination and more ->
By Jill Burke: Use this online tool to research campus safety
By Scott Gross: Inside the Gates: Alaska soldiers deploy to Kosovo
By Cassie Schirm: May 31 is officially Katie John Day in Alaska
A senate bill establishing a day for Katie John is now law.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed Katie John Day into law Thursday, marking May 31 as the official day to celebrate John’s legacy.
By Hank Davis: Guardian Flight to hold memorial service for those lost in January accident.
The event is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 7th at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

The memorial will be held in remembrance of Pilot Patrick Coyle, Flight Paramedic Margaret Langston, Flight Nurse Stacie Morse and unborn daughter Delta Rae.
By Grant Robinson: MatSu study finds sportfishing economic impact falls $150 million since 2007
By Associated Press: Fifth gray whale found dead in Alaska near Chignik Bay
More than 60 dead gray whales have been found from Mexico to Alaska. NOAA Fisheries has declared the elevated rate an “unusual mortality event,” triggering a scientific investigation.