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Eric Ruble

Stories by Eric Ruble

  • Alaska News

    March for Science draws large crowd in downtown Anchorage

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 22, 17:33

    About 1,500 Alaskans gathered in downtown Anchorage Saturday morning to stand in solidarity with science. The March for Science is part of a national movement to increase the visibility of the scientific community and voice concerns about President Donald Trump’s policies regarding issues like climate change and healthcare. Bryan Box, a lead organizer for the Anchorage […]

  • Alaska News

    Hillside residents make preparations as wildfire season begins in Southcentral Alaska

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 22, 12:22

    Wildfire season has begun in Southcentral Alaska. People who live on the south end of Anchorage’s Hillside neighborhood got a scare Thursday night when police shut down the Seward Highway so firefighters could work on a fire near mile 105. It took 10 firefighters to get the two-acre fire under control. Michelle Corburn, who lives […]

  • Alaska News

    New Alaska DOC program welcomes inmates to church, aims to reduce recidivism

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 16, 17:55

    Regular worshipers at Eagle River’s Alliance Christian Fellowship (ACF) Church likely noticed many new faces at Easter Sunday services, but several stood out in particular. Seven inmates from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center attended the church for the first time. The Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) has started a pilot program to get prisoners nearing release […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Car wash fundraiser brings in donations for family of slain Mountain View teen

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 15, 18:24

    Dozens of vehicles lined Mountain View’s Price Street Saturday afternoon as they waited for a wash. A large group of volunteers washed vehicles outside the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club as part of a fundraising effort to help the family of Leroy Lawrence. The East High School student was shot in the head on his 17th birthday on […]

  • Outdoors

    Hillside opposition tanks Proposition 7, but still no solution for problem it aimed to solve

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 15, 11:09

    Proposition 7, which would have greatly expanded the Anchorage Parks and Recreation service area, failed, according to unofficial election results released Friday. In order to pass, the ballot measure had to receive the majority of votes in both the current and proposed park service areas. It passed in the current service area — which includes […]

  • Alaska News

    Re-entry without relapse: New DOC program aims to help prisoners with opioid addiction history

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 11, 20:08

    Alaska’s fight against opioid addiction has a new battleground behind the walls of its prisons. The Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) has begun a pilot program to administer Vivitrol to inmates with a history of opioid addiction. The injection blocks opioid cravings and prevents a person from getting high for 28 to 30 days. Qualifying […]

  • Crime

    Sister describes Beluga Point standoff suspect found dead

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 10, 19:43

    Last updated at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 Before the Anchorage Police Department was called to Beluga Point to assist with a standoff involving 36-year-old Kevin Thibodeau, detectives had already spoken to him earlier that day about another case, according to court documents. A criminal complaint related to the standoff revealed APD spoke to Thibodeau […]

  • Education

    Senate bill aims to save state millions annually by eliminating popular scholarship

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 04, 18:39

    A new bill in the Alaska Senate could save the state millions of dollars each year by phasing out the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS). Senate Bill 103 proposes eliminating the scholarship and the Alaska Education Grant Program. It would begin a new “education innovation grant program” for K-12 schools. They would receive additional funding for teaching with […]

  • Business/Economy

    Alaska homebuilders push for action in Juneau for housing market success

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 03, 19:19

    Alaskans in the homebuilding industry are looking to state lawmakers to ensure their industry’s future is successful. Andre Spinelli, the design and redevelopment manager at Spinell Homes, said he is cautiously optimistic about the housing market. “We were so under built for the last six years that we still have some demand,” Spinelli said. He […]

  • Alaska News

    Senator proposes non-discrimination bill for LGBT Alaskans

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 01, 11:13

    A new state Senate bill would extend legal protections to LGBT Alaskans. Senate Bill 72 would prohibit “discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression,” meaning people could not be fired from their job or be denied housing because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Similar laws currently exist on municipal levels in both […]

  • Politics

    Trump executive order undoing Obama climate regulations draws mixed reactions from Alaskans

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 31, 8:45

    One of President Donald Trump’s latest executive orders is generating strong feelings from both Alaska conservationists and representatives of the energy industry. The order, signed Tuesday, demands the withdrawal of former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), an effort to decrease fossil fuel emissions. Alaska was one of a small number of states and U.S. […]

  • Crime

    Gang graffiti grows in east Anchorage, former APD officer weighs in on solutions

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 29, 9:23

    An east Anchorage neighborhood near Russian Jack Springs Park is plagued with gang-related graffiti. Spray-painted symbols and words related to the Crips, Bloods and other gangs line a number of fences near the intersection of Reka Drive and Bragaw Street. “Graffiti is the first sign that you’ve got an issue in your neighborhood,” said Scott […]

  • Alaska News

    State report: Number of violent deaths on the rise

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 21, 19:10

    A new report published by the Alaska Division of Public Health shows a rise in the number of violent deaths between 2012 and 2015. During that four-year period, 998 Alaskans died violently. The leading cause of violent death was suicide, making up 71 percent of the deaths. Homicide was the second-largest cause at 19 percent. […]

  • Crime

    Mail stolen from more than 300 Anchorage mailboxes

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 20, 21:54

    People waiting on important letters in one east Anchorage neighborhood were disappointed Monday when they discovered someone had broken into the shed housing their mailboxes and stolen everything inside. The Anchorage Police Department is investigating the incident. Dustin Billings said he called APD after he went to get his mail with his girlfriend, only to realize […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After Anchorage family loses everything in fire, a neighbor helps them start over

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 19, 18:59

    The inside of Brenda Rainey’s apartment at Chester Creek Estates is charred. A fire on Feb. 18 started in her kitchen while she was cooking and quickly spread, destroying her unit and damaging others. Rainey fell and was unable to get out of the apartment. Her teenage granddaughter dragged her outside to safety. Rainey was […]

  • Lifestyle

    New Girdwood brewery could boost year-round business for ski town

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 19, 10:28

    Alaska’s newest craft brewery opened its doors Friday. The Girdwood Brewing Company fills a new building off the Alyeska Highway. Its taproom is filled with natural light and has an airy feel thanks to high ceilings supported by Sitka spruce beams. “We’re trying to have a real local vibe to it,” said Josh Hegna, one […]

  • Crime

    ‘It took everybody by surprise’: Party attendee describes shooting

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 14, 20:06

    A fight at a massive high school party led to one person being sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound early Tuesday. The Anchorage Police Department said it happened around 2:30 a.m. on the 1600 block of Tammy Avenue in south Anchorage. Jacob Noblett, who attended the party, said there were at least 100 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD’s small vice unit key part of new plan to fight drugs

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 13, 18:24

    Detectives in the vice unit at the Anchorage Police Department often go unnoticed, as their work necessitates going undercover to track down people involved in prostitution, illegal gambling and drugs. The latter is now a more important part of their mission, as APD recently announced it would refocus the vice unit’s long-term drug investigative efforts […]

  • Iditarod

    The business of booties: Anchorage company helps protect paws on the Iditarod trail

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 12, 18:14

    An Anchorage business is helping mushers take on the challenge of keeping dogs comfortable and safe during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Louise Russell, the owner of dogbooties.com, moved to Anchorage from Duluth, Minnesota three years ago. She creates as many as 300,000 dog booties in her Anchorage warehouse and factory each year. “I’ve […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Thousands of Alaskans unite against hunger at Empty Bowl Project

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 11, 17:51

    An annual tradition of charity continued at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Saturday. Thousands of people participated in the Empty Bowl Project, Bean’s Café’s biggest event of the year. Its executive director said the fundraiser is particularly important this year, as Alaska’s economic crisis is taxing local non-profit organizations. “It’s a great opportunity for […]