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Hope Miller

Stories by Hope Miller

  • Crime

    Marshall man accused of killing father’s fiancee

    by Hope Miller on Sep 29, 10:38

    Updated on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 2:40 p.m. ANCHORAGE – A Western Alaska man has been charged with murder for allegedly killing his father’s fiancee while she was sleeping. Nick Coffee, 31, of Marshall, is charged with first- and second-degree murder, according to court documents. Coffee is accused of fatally shooting 62-year-old Anna Rossman — […]

  • Alaska News

    Shell halts offshore drilling in Chukchi Sea

    by Hope Miller on Sep 27, 23:00

    Updated on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. ANCHORAGE – Citing high costs, changeable federal regulations and insufficient quantities of oil and gas, Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced it is abandoning exploration in the Chukchi Sea. After spending roughly $7 billion on Arctic offshore development, the oil company says it will cease exploration activity in offshore Alaska […]

  • Alaska News

    Bethel teen finds his groove with dance, community outreach

    by Hope Miller on Sep 24, 15:22

    On a sunny evening in September, Mike Bialy showed off some of his moves at the Bethel harbor. With a small Bluetooth speaker in tow to play music, he glided across the concrete, his arms whipping around in an almost bird-like fashion. Nearby, small boats came and went from the harbor. “Freestyling is what I […]

  • Sci/Tech

    New dinosaur species found on North Slope

    by Hope Miller on Sep 22, 8:19

    Researchers say they have uncovered a new dinosaur species on the North Slope. It is a new species of hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur that roamed the North Slope in herds, according to a statement from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis grew up to 30 feet long and had hundreds of teeth to eat coarse vegetation. They […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska’s 2015 Permanent Fund Dividend amount is $2,072

    by Hope Miller on Sep 21, 9:46

      ANCHORAGE – Good news for eligible Alaskans — this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend check is $2,072 — a record-breaking amount. Mat-Su Valley seventh-grader Shania Sommer announced the amount Monday morning at the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage. Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott — a former CEO of the Permanent Fund — spoke […]

  • US/World

    Asthmatic otter from Alaska being trained to use inhaler

    by Hope Miller on Sep 17, 15:53

    After being diagnosed with asthma, the Seattle Aquarium is training an otter from Alaska to use an inhaler. Mishka was found entangled in a fishing net in Port Moller and brought to the Seward Alaska SeaLife Center in July 2014 for rehabilitation. After gaining weight, learning how to groom and becoming a stronger swimmer, she […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    RurAL CAP aims to increase compassion in classrooms with elder mentor program

    by Hope Miller on Sep 13, 12:47

    On her second day in Jean Mitchell’s kindergarten classroom at Muldoon Elementary School, Sandra Hughes immediately noticed when a student was missing. A foster grandparent through the national Senior Corps for six-plus years, the 72-year-old volunteers her time in classrooms around Anchorage. Even though they’re not her biological grandchildren, Hughes says she cares deeply for the […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Estimated 35,000 walrus come ashore near Point Lay

    by Hope Miller on Sep 10, 16:00

    An estimated 35,000 Pacific walrus have come ashore on Alaska’s northwest coast, wildlife officials say. Personnel with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew near Point Lay and photographed the animals Sept. 2, said Andrea Medeiros, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson, in an email. The photos were taken during a permitted, scientific survey. The estimate […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Special education hiring challenges persist for ASD

    by Hope Miller on Sep 07, 11:52

    A new school year has kicked off, and the Anchorage School District continues to grapple with an ongoing issue — not enough special education teaching positions are filled. ASD has two-dozen vacant special education teaching positions, according to Susan Schmidt, executive director for human resources. The shortage isn’t a new problem, says Cindy Anderson, executive […]

  • Obama in Alaska

    President’s trip to Alaska to include stops in Seward, Kotzebue, Dillingham

    by Hope Miller on Aug 24, 10:30

    A White House spokesperson has released more details on President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Alaska. In addition to Anchorage, the president will also travel to “the Seward area” on Sept. 1, “where he will have the opportunity to view the effects of climate change firsthand,” according to a statement from spokesperson Hallie Ruvin. On […]

  • Alaska News

    State focuses on minority groups, women with ‘Earn and Learn’ campaign

    by Hope Miller on Aug 19, 21:56

    The State of Alaska and community groups are teaming up to diversify Alaska’s workforce by trying to recruit women and minorities for apprenticeship programs, saying it will help strengthen Alaska’s middle class. Labor and transportation officials, along with representatives from community groups, gathered at the Northway Mall Wednesday to talk about the “Earn and Learn” […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Skateboarding and art series targets Anchorage youth

    by Hope Miller on Aug 15, 21:37

    For Jim Murphy, skateboarding is about more than the tricks. When he was 13, his dad left him, his siblings and his mom. He says skateboarding kept him on the right track and gave him an outlet for his anger and frustration. “I just funneled it into skateboarding. And you can measure how angry I […]

  • Alaska News

    Kodiak’s new crane will be powered by renewable energy

    by Hope Miller on Aug 13, 20:29

    A new crane that will be powered by renewable energy arrived in Kodiak Thursday, replacing a decades-old diesel crane half its size. The 65-ton crane, which will help load and offload containerships at Matson’s Kodiak Terminal about 100 times a year, is more than 340 feet tall at its peak and is the latest renewable-related […]

  • Crime

    Former Bethel network manager nabbed after 76-count child porn indictment

    by Hope Miller on Aug 12, 14:20

    Updated Thursday, Aug. 13 at 1:15 p.m. ANCHORAGE – A former network manager for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation was indicted Wednesday on 76 counts of possessing and distributing child pornography. An Anchorage grand jury indicted Gene Geisler, 38, based on allegations he distributed images of child sexual exploitation to an undercover investigator while he was […]

  • Alaska News

    Assistance deadline looms for Sockeye, Card Street Fire victims

    by Hope Miller on Aug 11, 12:29

    Tuesday, Aug. 18 is the last day victims of two large wildfires can apply for the state’s Individual Assistance program. Back in June, Gov. Bill Walker issued two disaster declarations that triggered the assistance program for Alaskans affected by the wildfires. The declarations were for Kenai-area fires, including the Card Street Fire, as well as […]

  • Alaska News

    Police: Man dies after Ketchikan stabbing

    by Hope Miller on Aug 11, 7:57

    A man died after he was stabbed at a Ketchikan home Monday morning, police say. According to a release from the Ketchikan Police Department, another man stabbed 33-year-old Wayne Nathan in the stomach around 9 a.m. at a Ketchikan home on Park Avenue. Nathan was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The State Medical Examiner’s […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska oil and gas producer faces accounting fraud charges

    by Hope Miller on Aug 07, 10:53

    A Tennessee-based company and its former chief financial officer and chief operating officer are facing accounting fraud charges after allegedly inflating values of oil and gas properties in Alaska. Miller Energy Resources allegedly overstated the value of oil and gas properties in the Cook Inlet area, which boosted the company’s net income and total assets, […]

  • Alaska News

    Commercial setnet ban initiative certified for 2016 ballot

    by Hope Miller on Aug 06, 8:30

    Alaska voters could decide if the state will ban setnetting in urban areas. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott told the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance president in an official letter that the initiative was certified for the August 2016 primary ballot unless the state Legislature adopts the measure during its next session. Another caveat — oral arguments […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UAA unveils budget cuts in wake of $13M shortfall

    by Hope Miller on Aug 05, 13:24

    Facing a $13-million shortfall, the University of Alaska Anchorage has unveiled a plan to overcome its deficit while avoiding mass layoffs. The anticipated shortfall, which is for fiscal year 2016, is “largely” because of a decrease in operating funds from the state, according to a release from the university. UAA says that “[a]lthough 203 positions are […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Web Extra: An inside look at Alaska’s renewable island

    by Hope Miller on Aug 01, 12:23

    Planted on Pillar Mountain, Kodiak’s six wind turbines are a fixture in the community. At 80 meters tall each — a bit smaller than a football field — they perch above the town and serve as a symbol for the area’s movement toward renewable energy. In fact, Kodiak Electric Association — which serves the City of […]