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Eric Ruble

Stories by Eric Ruble

  • 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 […]

  • Outdoors

    Assembly member says ballot measure could solve problems for Hillside hikers, property owners

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 11, 10:57

    A measure on the April ballot would significantly increase the domain of the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department. Ballot measure 7 would expand the Parks and Recreation service area eastward to occupy a much larger portion of the Anchorage Bowl and parts of Chugach State Park. Assembly member John Weddleton said the measure would allow the parks […]

  • Aviation

    FAA records show pilot killed in Nome-area crash was not permitted to fly at night

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 07, 19:00

    The Alaska pilot killed when his plane crashed about 10 miles east of Nome should not have been flying at the time, according to records from the Federal Aviation Administration. Thomas Grainger’s last communication was at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Alaska State Troopers. Grainger, 28, has been a licensed private pilot since 2006, according […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Tree sweater art installation destroyed for second time in one month

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 06, 19:30

    A public art exhibit designed to brighten Westchester Lagoon was destroyed almost immediately after it was installed. A group called Anchorage Guerrilla Knitters wrapped 50 handmade sweaters around trees near the lagoon Friday evening. By noon Saturday, they were all gone. Linda Phillips, one of the people who created the sweaters, said someone appeared to have […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Environmentalist group hangs anti-Trump banner at Iditarod ceremonial start

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 05, 18:18

    An Alaska environmentalist group made a bold statement at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ceremonial start on Saturday. Alaska Rising Tide, the mission of which is to confront the root causes of climate change, hung a banner that said, “We’d rather be led by dogs,” from the EasyPark garage at the corner of Fourth […]

  • Iditarod

    The Last Great Race begins: IditaRiders join mushers on journey through Anchorage

    by Eric Ruble on Mar 04, 22:15

    Thousands of locals and visitors packed the sidewalks of downtown Anchorage Saturday morning for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s ceremonial start. Temperatures near zero degrees did little to hamper the excitement as sled dog teams leapt across the start line at Fourth Avenue and D Street. Each team’s sled carried an IditaRider, someone who […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Assembly member pushes for Turnagain Arm police service area through special election

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 27, 18:26

    Alaska State Troopers will stop regularly working in Turnagain Arm communities on May 1. While some people in the area do not view that as a problem, others are scrambling to find a solution. Anchorage Assembly member John Weddleton is hoping people who live in communities between McHugh Creek and Portage will be able to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hostetler Park renovation project includes new plan for Alaska Victims Memorial

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 26, 18:45

    A small park in the northwest corner of downtown Anchorage will soon have a new look. Hostetler Park is located where Third Avenue becomes L Street. Since 1994, the eastern portion of the park has been occupied by the Alaska Victims Memorial. It includes the names of more than 350 Alaskans who died because of […]

  • Alaska Politics

    State lawmakers talk budget crisis, solutions with constituents at Anchorage caucus

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 25, 18:28

    The lawmakers representing people in Alaska’s largest city met with their constituents Saturday morning. Twenty Alaska state senators and representatives discussed issues facing the state at the Anchorage caucus at the new legislative information offices in Midtown. They divided into small groups led by a few lawmakers each and talked about a large number of issues. The […]

  • Crime

    ‘I’m going to protect what I got’: Elderly Fairview man robbed 3 times in a month

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 24, 23:24

    A 71-year-old Fairview man said thieves robbed him at his home three times between Jan. 19 and Feb. 20. Lee Perkins has lived in an apartment on Karluk Street for about one year. He said during the first incident, a man knocked on his door asking for a cigarette. When Perkins turned around, the man […]

  • Politics

    Alaskans weigh in on new deportation rules from Trump administration

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 21, 22:27

    New rules from the Department of Homeland Security regarding illegal immigration will allow for increased deportations. The rules, announced Tuesday by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, outline a number of ways the government will speed up deportations. It requests the hiring of 10,000 new Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel, publicizing crimes illegal immigrants […]

  • Crime

    ‘We want to stop it’: Coast Guard, DEA explain efforts to curb drug use in Alaska

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 21, 8:27

    In a recent interview with KTVA, Anchorage police Capt. Bill Miller said increased drug use is part of the reason why crime is rising in Anchorage. Chief Chris Tolley said finding the source of drugs like heroin, however, is the responsibility of federal agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration, as drugs come from outside of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Grassroots effort asks for help after being overwhelmed with donations for fire victims

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 19, 20:33

    Since two people were killed and dozens were displaced by the Royal Suite Lodge fire, clothes, children’s toys and other donations have poured into McClain’s Car Doctor in South Anchorage. The garage has become a distribution point for a donation effort that originated on social media. The garage’s former owner, Dan McClain, is the former […]