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Thank you Alice – Craig Medred

Source: Thank you Alice – Craig Medred


With Alaska’s largest newspaper today bankrupt and frightfully close to the verge of disappearing forever from the scene, there are a lot of people lining up to bash owner and publisher Alice Rogoff.

For some of them, those emotions are understandable. Mark Miller of M&M Wiring has every reason to want to burn the Alaska Dispatch News to the ground. Miller has been screwed out of almost $500,000 by the news company and to any small businessman that is a fortune.

It hurts not just Miller. It devastates the small crew that works not only for him, but with him. Miller is not one of those bosses who sits in an office or arrives at the work site to order people around. He’s a guy who buckles on a workbelt and puts in a day with the crew.

I admit to a lot more respect for the Miller’s of the world than for the Rogoffs of the world, but one cannot dismiss Rogoff as simply some rich lady from the East Coast trying to rip off Alaska because she most definitely was not that.

Rich lady’s from the East Coast don’t roll out their sleeping bag on the floor of someone’s unfinished, unheated, under-construction home in rural Alaska and say, “thank you very much for letting me have a place to sleep.”

The Rogoff picture is a complicated one, and the job of journalists is to stand back, put aside their emotions, and look at the realities of complicated pictures.


907 Updates August 18, 2017

By Sean Maguire: Authorities looking for Tuluksak teacher on child pornography charges
By Ashleigh Ebert and Clinton Bennett: Riot charges possible after Fairbanks inmates create disturbance
By Travis Khachatoorian: Man sentenced to decades behind bars after execution-style murder
Joshua Beebe, 36, received a 60 year prison sentence, 25 years suspended, with no eligibility for discretionary parole for the killing of Christopher Seaman. With good behavior, Beebe could leave state custody 35 years later, facing another 10 years of probation.

The sentence was the result of a plea deal reached between the State and Beebe. The victim’s mother said the lighter punishment was an acceptable exchange for avoiding a potentially lengthy and painful trial.

“I don’t want to relive that in a trial setting, so I accepted him to take a plea deal, so I can move on in that part of my life,” said the victim’s mother Terria Walters.
By Mike Ross: 10-cent per gallon gas tax in Anchorage proposed
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: State finalizes Education plan for new federal law

By Sidney Sullivan MAP: Aircraft Crashes in Alaska

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Togiak child, 6, fatally shot during gunplay

By KTVA Web Staff: Driver charged with hitting stopped Glenn Highway motorist

by Daniella Rivera: NTSB concludes investigative hearing on deadly Togiak plane crash
The investigative hearing held at the Captain Cook Hotel Thursday is the first of its kind in Alaska since 1989, following the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and the first field hearing the National Transportation Safety Board has held outside of Washington D.C. in 18 years.

The hearing centered around Hageland Aviation Flight 3153. The Cessna 208 was headed to Togiak from Quinhagak on Oct. 2 when it crashed into steep mountainous terrain about 12 miles northwest of Togiak. Both pilots, 43-year-old Homer resident Timothy Cline and 29-year-old Drew Welty of Anchorage died, as well as 49-year-old passenger Louie John from Manokotak.
Mic Check in the Morning: Ken Peltier for Rondy Summer Roundup

907 Updates August 17, 2017

Snow on the mountains this morning~


By Rebecca Palsha: Facing more violence, some fire stations are responding with security
By Associated Press: Judges hear appeal of Fairbanks militia leader’s conviction
By KTUU Staff: Unlike the rest of Anchorage’s economy, air cargo sector is taking off
By Steffi Lee Photojournalist: John Thain U.S. Trustee files objection to proposed loan by The Binkley Company to Alaska Dispatch News
By Liz Raines Photojournalist: Ken Kulovany Anchorage store owners report increase in shoplifting
John Staser, co-owner of Mountain View Sports says he believes it stems, in part, from Senate Bill 91 — a criminal justice reform bill passed by lawmakers last year that eliminates jail time for some offenses.

District Attorney Clint Campion agrees that’s part of the problem.

“The deterrent value is not really there, and people believe that they can commit crimes, including up to felony thefts, including vehicle thefts, without really any consequence,” Campion said, who was a victim of theft himself earlier this month.

By Associated Press: Governors of 2 pot states push back on Trump administration
ByDaybreak Staff: Workforce Wednesday: Dental laboratory technician
By Associated Press: Moisture disclosures now required in firewood purchases in Fairbanks
By Daniella Rivera Photojournalist: Jared Mazurek Business owner unveils plans for unoccupied building downtown

By Dave Bendinger / KDLG Peter Pan Seafoods Port Moller plant devastated in overnight fire

By KTVA Web Staff: Penn. man fined $9K over false residency claim in Alaska bear hunts

907 Updates August 16, 2017

By Suzanna Caldwell, Laurel Andrews: Man killed while trying to break into house, Anchorage police say

Author: James Bennett Video: Bystander saves kayaker’s life in daring whitewater rescue near Hope
By Sarah Dubowski: Fairbanks man found guilty of murdering 31-year-old woman
Both the Assistant District Attorney and the victim’s family would like to thank the jury, the witnesses and the Alaska State Troopers for their work on this case.
By KTUU Staff: Department of Homeland Security launches anti-trafficking initiative in Alaska
By Ann Pierret: Training doctors, nurses to identify human trafficking victims
By Leroy Polk: Fred Meyer employee arrested for sexually abusing minor in makeup aisle
By Samantha Angaiak: Indoor downtown market seeking vendors
By Mike Ross: Sullivan Arena managers dismissed after financial loss
By Daybreak Staff: Travel Tuesday: Southcentral culture in Chugach Living

Chugach Living
By Maria Downey: Iditarod Musher Joee Redington Dies

907 Updates August 15, 2017

By Daniella Rivera Photojournalist: Beth Peak Homeowner explains sign, calling out drug dealers on Hyder Street
By Travis Khachatoorian: Ferris wheel tubs stolen from local carnival operator
By Associated Press: High levels of wastewater bacteria found at Alaska beaches
By Mike Ross: New addiction rehab center preparing to open in Mat-Su
By Heather Hintze: Homeless murders highlight greater community violence issue
“It’s not a homeless problem, it’s not a Bean’s Cafe problem, it’s a community issue. And we’re seeing increased violence due to increased drug use and unfortunately it goes hand in hand,” Sauder said.
By Laurel Downing Bill: Story Time with Aunt Phil: The Fairbanks flood of 1967

By Steffi Lee Photojournalist: Jared Mazurek Downtown Improvements Committee wants more community involvement
By KTVA Web Staff: Photo gallery: First day of school for students in the Mat-Su
Author: Tegan Hanlon Alaska Pacific University goes smoke and tobacco free

Author: Devin Kelly Anchorage’s port is already falling apart. With the clock ticking, who will pay to fix it?

Author: Yereth Rosen This ultra-rare plant that only grows on Adak is getting new attention

907 Updates August 14, 2017

By Austin Baird: Alaska’s largest newspaper will keep printing if a federal judge approves sale
By Victoria Taylor & Sean Maguire: UDPATE: Juvenile suspect in custody after reportedly firing shots inside a residence
By Victoria Taylor: Troopers: Driver made fake 911 call in attempt to divert officers during pursuit
Nelson is currently being held without bail at Wildwood Pretrial.

He faces charges including felony eluding, terrositic threatening and reckless driving.
By Juan Montes: Driver escapes his vehicle right before it splashes into the Matanuska River
By Associated Press: Federal government stalling construction of new Alaska ferry

By Associated Press: Alaska mayor questions tax cap for local government
Author: Michelle Theriault Boots Here are all the personalized license plates the Alaska DMV rejected for being offensive

Last year, a total of 115 personalized plates were rejected, according to the state.

So far this year, 173 plates have been rejected — just through Aug. 4.


Author Laurel Andrews: Is the marijuana industry actually making money for Alaska?


Author: Lisa Demer Dust busting: Bush Alaska clouds with choking dust, and residents want to do something about it
But one woman in Bethel is trying a simple, inexpensive fix. Jody Drew, a relative newcomer to the Southwest Alaska hub, is handing out 15 mph speed limit signs for people to post wherever they choose, even if the legal speed limit is higher. The signs, made of plastic, are showing up all over town. In some areas, traffic is slowing.

Congratulations Elissa Brown!
Author: Suzanna Caldwell: How Wild Scoops went from farmers market darling to downtown ice cream destination
Author Beth Bragg: Rugged new race at Alyeska challenges mountain runners

Author: Ned Rozell Reflections from the last miles of a trans-Alaska trek

Author: Vicky Ho Whether paddling in place or going in reverse, this amateur is a work in progress

If you’re looking for expert advice on kayaking or packrafting, you’ve come to the wrong place. All I know about paddling here can be boiled down to two points:

1) Water in Alaska can kill you.

2) I still have so much to learn.

Oral Health Outcomes for Alaska Native Communities Served by Dental Therapists Better Than for Those Without, Study Finds | Rasmuson Foundation

Source: Oral Health Outcomes for Alaska Native Communities Served by Dental Therapists Better Than for Those Without, Study Finds | Rasmuson Foundation

907 Updates August 13, 2017

Comments? Difficult to have faith in the police force given the secrecy in the department.
By Austin Baird: Anchorage police chief was secretly suspended in 2015, court documents reveal
City officials kept the punishment secret in 2015, and even today, under a new mayor and new police leadership, the department remains quiet about details of the suspension.
By AP: Governor Walker calls for more defenses amid N. Korea threat
By Chris Klint: Deadly Midtown stabbing caught on video, charges say

By Chris Klint: Suspect in woman’s Anchorage strangling case granted conditions for bail
By KTVA Web Staff: Alaska Dispatch News poised to change owners amid bankruptcy filing
Author: Ryan Binkley and Jason Evans: A message from the new publishers of Alaska Dispatch News
Author: Julia O’Malley Internet threats hound teen subsistence hunter after he kills bowhead whale

By Chris Klint: ‘Cardiac event’ likely cause of fatal 2014 Birchwood helicopter crash, NTSB says
By Samantha Angaiak: Families honor children who passed away through “Walk to Remember”
Anyone in need of help through the grieving process can contact Providence Bereavement Council at 212-3344.
Good Luck Kate Cannon!
By Victoria Taylor: Residents start street safety petition in Mountain View
By Victoria Taylor: Wildlife Troopers investigate alleged case of sheep poaching
By Daybreak Staff: Mic Check in the Morning: Emily Anderson
By Daybreak Staff: Author and Entrepreneur Leland Jones


Alaska is simultaneously the most northern, the most western, and the most eastern state in the US

Wait, what? Look on a map and it’s easy to see that Alaska is the United States’ most northern and western state. But eastern? That’s because the Aleutian Islands are part of Alaska and stretch beyond the 180° line of longitude (which is measured from Greenwich) thus placing some of the islands technically in the Eastern hemisphere, since the dividing line for the eastern/western hemisphere is at 180° (source)

907 Updates August 12, 2017

By Bonney Bowman: Inside the Gates: Alaska’s missile defense program

By KTVA Web Staff: 3 charged in fatal Midtown stabbing
By KTVA Web Staff: DHHS issues health advisory after mumps diagnosis
By Mike Ross: UPDATE: ADN publisher reponds to eviction by GCI
By Travis Khachatoorian: Plastic trash finding its way into digestive system of local wildlife
Kari Bustamante teams up with Wade Williams The Fishing Report: Reel Fly Adventurez
By KTVA Web Staff: DHHS issues health advisory after mumps diagnosis

907 Updates August 11, 2017

By Beth Verge and Cameron Mackintosh BREAKING: Police addressing standoff in Abbott Loop area
By John Tracy: Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Does Stacey Graham deserve reduced sentence?
But now, Graham is appealing his sentence because he thinks it’s too long. He wants a do-over– and under state law, he gets one. And, the families of the girls are feeling less forgiving. They are angry and confused– and they should be.
By Sidney Sullivan: MAP: See how 2017 Anchorage homicides compare to the deadliest year on record

By Dan Carpenter: Federal sexual violence investigation targets Anchorage School District

By Sean Maguire: AST says 42 iPads were stolen from Tok School

Tech security tips for back to school shopping
By Shawn Wilson: Operation Homefront gets JBER students ready for school

By Kalinda Kindle: Blending in alternative schooling options for Mat-Su students
By Tracy Sinclare: Early season storm will bring snow and high surf to northern Alaska
As the storm moves through, snow will fall in the Brooks Range. It will begin Friday in the western mountains. And it will move to the eastern passes by Sunday. Some passes in the Brooks Range could see 6 inches, or more, of snow.
David Samson: Colorectal Cancer Death Rates Rising in People Under 55
By Steffi Lee Photojournalist: Rachel McPherron With the ban on the sale of May Day trees, what more can Anchorage do to stop the spread?
Rodda said he’s received calls from private homeowners asking the municipality for tree removal help, but the city can’t work on private property.

By Megan Schnese, University of Alaska, Anchorage The Pros and Cons of Living in Alaska
Lake Tahoe authors win first at Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference
In his 20s, Bruce Rettig worked at least 12 hours each day of the week — on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

“We were trapped in a time warp, interactions almost exclusively limited to the confines of a camp consisting of seven barges and 10 tugboats anchored off a thin spit of land jutting into the Arctic Ocean,” he states in his new nonfiction novel “Refraction.”

Now 30 years after his summers spent on Alaska’s North Slope, Rettig has chronicled his experience working in the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field in his memoir, which took first place in the nonfiction/memoir category of the 2017 Pacific Northwest Writers Association contest held from Thursday, July 20, through Sunday, July 23.