907 Updates March 28, 2019

One bullet.
By Chris Klint: Wasilla man charged with murder in Williwaw shooting
Lorentsen appeared in court an arraignment Wednesday afternoon in Palmer. His bail was set at $750,000 cash performance with electronic monitoring supervision.
One bullet.
By Heather Hintze: Houston man gets 30 years for ‘execution-style’ murder
Judge Vanessa White said she considered how the sentence length would address the elements of community condemnation and reaffirming societal norms.

“The methamphetamine and opioid crisis we are experiencing in our state is killing a generation of people,” White said. “The bottom line is if the drugs don’t get you, the violence associated with the drug milieu every well might. That’s what I’m looking at here.”

She sentenced Brunsvold to serve 30 years, with 10 years of probation following his release.
KTOO Public Media: Which Native voices? On ANWR, lawmakers practice selective listening; Feds charge six tied to white supremacist prison gang in Alaska and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: AC Plans New Liquor Store In Sammy’s Market Location; Hunters Take Out Wild Dogs That Killed Muskox and more ->
Alaska Native News: Coast Guard Demobilizes St. Paul, Cold Bay Forward Operating Locations; Support Group Airmen Welcome Former Enlisted Coworker as Newest Commander; Wasilla Man Arrested for Christmas Eve Murder of Father and more ->
Fairbans News Webcenter 11: Air Ambulance company ends 2 month search for crew; MILITARY REPORT: Vietnam Veterans to be honored Friday; Tlingit Code Talkers feted in Alaska for World War II role; Trial for accused cop killer started today and mnore ->
Time for Tammie Wilson to step down. What type of support does the community “owe” murderers, rapists, pedophile, meth traffickers, etc? Where is the support for the victims and destroyed lives?
By Sean Maguire: House Committee: More electronic monitoring, no inmates sent out of state
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – An Alaska House of Representatives budget subcommittee has approved a proposal that would see more use of electronic monitoring and alternatives to prison for criminals being reintegrated into society.

As reported by the Anchorage Daily News earlier in the week, the budget subcommittee also rejected the governor’s plan to send 500 inmates Outside, a proposal that was estimated to save $12.8 million per year.

Rep. Tammie Wilson, R – North Pole, the chairwoman of the corrections subcommittee, said the governor’s plan had no specific directions for where Alaskan inmates would go, and she expressed doubt that contracts could be finalized before July 1.

The controversial policy of sending prisoners out of Alaska began winding down in 2012. Wilson doesn’t believe it should start up again, saying Alaskan prisoners should serve their time in-state where they are supported by their community.
By Steve Quinn: Senate panel dives into PFD’s complexities
By Jackie Purcell: A close-up encounter with a pod of orca whales in Icy Strait
Anchorage North/South Runway Project Update – 3/28/19
Please visit our website for project updates, to view our updated FAQs, and to submit comments.

The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) North/South Runway Renewal project is about to begin the final phase of construction. The magnitude of this construction effort will require a full runway closure April through October, allowing construction to occur 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. During construction, air traffic will be shifted to the East/West Runways. Most arrivals will land from the west, and most departures will take off to the east, creating a temporary increase in air traffic and noise over the city. Airport operations and noise levels will return to normal upon completion of the project. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete the final phase of construction.

As the main runway at ANC, the North/South Runway is critical infrastructure for Alaska air travel and for supporting the 5th-busiest cargo airport in the world. The ANC North/South Runway Renewal project is improving airport efficiency and safety by replacing the aging pavement and widening the runway to comply with new design standards needed to accommodate the largest cargo airplanes in the world.

Please visit our website for project updates, to view our updated FAQs, and to submit comments.
By Dave Lueneberg: Fort St. John authors promote positive body image with new kid’s book
By Liz Raines: Alaska Nurses Association remembers industry advocates