907 Updates August 10, 2021

KTUU Alaska’s News Source: 88-year-old woman dies in building fire in Butte; Wireless Emergency Alert test to appear on millions of cellphones Wednesday; Food Bank of Alaska makes the move into new home; Back to School: Alaska’s top health official weighs in on return to classrooms and more ->
KTOO Alaska’s Public Media: For the first time in recorded history, smoke from wildfires reaches the North Pole; Bitten on hand, Alaskan remembers bear’s bad breath 25 years later and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: High School Seniors Can Apply for ‘Tengluni/Take Wing’ and more ->
Alaska Native News: This Day In Alaska History August 10th, 1728 and more ->
Farbanks News Webcenter 11: Body found buried in freezer near Tok identified; FBI seeks information in child pornography case and more ->
KINY: Tlingit Artist Designs IRONMAN Alaska Logo; IRONMAN announces Juneau as host venue, first race in 2022 and more ->
The National Law Review: VAWA Reauthorization Efforts Continue, Including Focus on Expanding Jurisdiction for Alaska Native and Other Tribes
By Beth Bragg, ADN: An Anchorage woman’s struggle between duty to family and pursuit of sport is captured in USA Rugby documentary
By Elsie Powers, RandRLife: The new line will connect the United States and Asia
By Patrick Burke, Outside: When the River Took John Squires For years, three old friends from California had been making an annual pilgrimage to fish Alaska’s wild and pristine waterways. But in 2018, only two came home.
By Megan McDonald, Only In Your State Alaska: Snorkel With Killer Whales In This Unbelievable Underwater Adventure In Alaska
It’s time for the school bells to ring!

WHAT HAPPENED TO SUMMER? We ask this every year, but that doesn’t matter. The dawn of a new school year still seems to sneak up on us. School starting is just the first of a list of complaints we seem to start spewing every August:

Have you seen all the dead yellow leaves in the yard? Who is going to rake those!?!
Why is 40 degrees so cold now when the same 40 degrees in the spring are so warm?
My windshield is frozen! Where is the ice scraper??
Are the studs on my winter tires seriously worn down that much?
What is that noise? Oh – it’s the furnace. The furnace is kicking on….

Alaska problems. Despite all our protests – here we are.

Beginning Tuesday, August 17th, the kiddos (who have grown out of all their winter-time clothes by the way) are headed back to class in the pursuit of higher learning.

Please keep an eye out for all the students walking to and from the bus stops.
Speaking of busses, do NOT drive past them when the STOP arm is extended, and the red lights are flashing. Doing so will result in a ticket worth $300 and six points (AMC 9.24.070A). Plus, it’s dangerous.
Speaking of driving during the school year, make sure you slow down to 20mph in all marked school zones. Speeding through those areas results in fines that are much higher than normal speeding tickets. Having a lead foot can cost you anywhere between $135 and $540. If you’re traveling 50mph or more through an active school zone, the penalty is $40 for every mile you’re over (AMC 9.36.030D). It’s super expensive. Just don’t.
The snow isn’t falling quite yet which means some of our children will be heading off to school on their bicycles so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for them too.

Also keep in mind that since June 2019, it is illegal for drivers to use a cell phone in an active school zone (except for hands-free voice only use). Breaking that law will cost you 6 points and $500 (AMC 9.28.055E1).

We are still living in strange times, but we can keep our kids safer by adhering to all the above-mentioned rules. Our SRO’s (officers assigned to the School Resource Unit) are looking forwarding to welcoming students back into the classroom. Let’s make this a great year!!

Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900