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Hope Miller

I’m thrilled to be living in the Last Frontier and working in the journalism field. I’m always on the lookout for stories and interesting ways to tell those tales.

Stories by Hope Miller

  • Health

    Suicide prevention project creator returns to Alaska with 1,000 cranes

    by Hope Miller on Sep 24, 16:32

    In 2011, tragedy struck a Western Alaska village when a young man drowned. He attempted to water-skip across a lake in his snowmachine when it stalled. Villagers tried to rescue the 23-year-old, but he did not survive. Leslie Kimiko Ward was in St. Michael as a visiting artist with the Bering Strait School District at […]

  • Health

    State receives $9.1 million to address student mental health

    by Hope Miller on Sep 23, 17:54

    The state has received millions of dollars in federal grant funds to help address mental health issues in school-age children. The $9.1 million grant — which is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) – is set to run for five years with $1.8 million to be distributed each year, according to […]

  • Crime

    Mat-Su center for disabled, owner charged with Medicaid fraud

    by Hope Miller on Sep 23, 11:22

    A center for the disabled in the Mat-Su Valley that allegedly overcharged the Alaska Medicaid Program by hundreds of thousands of dollars is facing fraud charges. The Mat-Su Activity and Respite Center, LLC suspended its services in June amid an investigation by state. Monday, the Alaska Department of Law’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced the center […]

  • State

    Missing Juneau hunter found

    by Hope Miller on Sep 22, 10:56

    Updated 3 p.m. A 20-year-old man reported missing Sunday evening on a mountain near Juneau has been found, authorities say. Monday morning, an employee at the Last Chance Mining Museum in Juneau reported seeing “a disoriented young man in the area,” according to an Alaska State Troopers online dispatch. Kevin Michaud — who had been ptarmigan hunting on […]

  • State

    Governor names general to lead Alaska Guard response team

    by Hope Miller on Sep 19, 15:50

    Gov. Sean Parnell announced Friday that Brig. General Jon K. Mott will lead a special team tasked with restoring confidence in the Alaska National Guard’s leadership. Mott serves as an assistant adjunct general for the Connecticut National Guard and was recommended by the National Guard Bureau to head the Alaska team, according to a statement […]

  • State

    Coast Guard suspends search for man near Auke Bay

    by Hope Miller on Sep 16, 12:34

    Updated Wednesday, Sept. 17 The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 52-year-old man in the area of Coghlan Island near Auke Bay. The Coast Guard, Juneau SEADOGS K-9 search and rescue team and Alaska State Troopers searched about 190 square miles for approximately 32 hours before canceling the effort to find Paul Keithahn, said Coast Guard […]

  • Crime

    Former Alaskans indicted for PFD fraud

    by Hope Miller on Sep 15, 22:08

    Two former Anchorage residents have been indicted for receiving Permanent Fund Dividends when they were allegedly living out of state. On Sept. 3, a grand jury indicted 38-year-old Nichelle Smith on 18 counts of first-degree unsworn falsification, 21 counts of second-degree theft and one count of scheme to defraud. The jury also indicted 35-year-old Olivia […]

  • Crime

    2 arrested for DUI, child endangerment

    by Hope Miller on Sep 15, 11:27

    Two people were arrested for driving under the influence while they had children with them, Alaska State Troopers say. In the first incident, reported Saturday evening, troopers were patrolling the Richardson Highway near Mile 271 when they noticed a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee going 95 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to an online […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Auction honors first responders, military personnel

    by Hope Miller on Sep 10, 16:46

    A Thursday event aims to honor military personnel and first responders with art by the very people who have served our country overseas and at home. Called “Service Before Self,” the silent art auction will take place the evening of Sept. 11 at the new UAA Alaska Airlines Center. About a dozen pieces — including […]

  • State

    Human remains found on Shuyak Island

    by Hope Miller on Sep 10, 12:05

    Human remains have been found north of Kodiak, Alaska State Troopers say. Monday around 2:30 p.m., troopers in Kodiak received a report that a beach clean-up volunteer had found human remains on the east side of Shuyak Island, according to an online dispatch and AST spokeswoman Megan Peters. The island is about 70 miles north […]

  • State

    Pacific walrus population declines

    by Hope Miller on Sep 09, 15:45

    Scientists are working to get an accurate count of the Pacific walrus population before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides if the species should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 2017. The Pacific walrus population declined by about 50 percent — a “historic population decline” — from 1981-1999, according to the U.S. […]

  • Crime

    1 medevaced, 1 arrested following shotgun shooting

    by Hope Miller on Sep 05, 12:09

    A Kaltag man sustained serious injuries after a 43-year-old man fired at him with a shotgun, Alaska State Troopers say. Thursday around 3:30 a.m., troopers received a report from a third party that Todd Nickoli had shot Rusty Arkell, 35, at a Kaltag home, said AST spokeswoman Megan Peters. Arkell was treated locally and then […]

  • Crime

    Inmate runs away from authorities in Fairbanks

    by Hope Miller on Sep 04, 12:53

    Alaska State Troopers are looking for a 37-year-old inmate who ran away from authorities as she was being transported from a halfway house to a correctional center in Fairbanks Wednesday afternoon. Laura M. Mulcahy of Fairbanks was being moved from the Northstar Center to Fairbanks Correctional Center for a medical appointment when she opened the […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Sterling artist carves her niche in community

    by Hope Miller on Sep 02, 14:55

    It all started with a bet. In 2012, Twyla Showalter struck a deal with the man who is now her husband and agreed to sell her eggshell carvings at a Kenai Central High School holiday bazaar. If it went horribly, he would stop bugging her about turning her art into a business. If it went […]

  • Crime

    Troopers call for help locating detention center escapee

    by Hope Miller on Aug 28, 16:53

    Alaska State Troopers are calling on the public for help tracking down a 24-year-old man who escaped a halfway house near Ester Thursday morning. Vincent Blue-Matheny ran from the Northstar Center lobby around 10:30 a.m. while paperwork for his transfer from Fairbanks Correctional Center was being processed, said AST spokeswoman Beth Ipsen in a statement. […]

  • State

    Man accidentally shoots himself at state fair

    by Hope Miller on Aug 26, 20:48

    A man was flown to a hospital for treatment Tuesday evening after he accidentally shot himself at the Alaska State Fair, authorities said. According to Jon Owen — director of the Palmer Department of Public Safety — the man, his wife and children had left the fair and were in a parking lot near the […]

  • Crime

    Men indicted in 2013 Anchorage crime spree

    by Hope Miller on Aug 25, 18:19

    A grand jury returned an indictment Friday against three men accused of going on a six-week crime spree in October and November of last year. Miracle Tulimasealii, 24; Lonnie Reed, 23 and Siaosi Sila, 21 were indicted on dozens of counts following an Anchorage Police Department investigation of alleged robberies at multiple local businesses and […]

  • State

    Troopers: 4 critically injured in plane crash

    by Hope Miller on Aug 24, 18:37

    Click here for an updated version of this story. Four people were critically injured in a plane crash near Atigun Pass Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said. Around 1:45 p.m., an Alyeska Pipeline security employee reported a crash near Mile 243.5 of the Dalton Highway, located in the North Slope Borough, said AST spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Travel enthusiast, painter shares her skills with students

    by Hope Miller on Aug 22, 16:52

    Linda Infante Lyons didn’t plan on spending time producing much art when she arrived at Denali National Park and Preserve for her 10-day stay as part of the Artist-in-Residence program. But it’s hard not to be in inspired by the vast beauty of the area, and the landscape painter found herself reaching for her oils […]

  • State

    Man suffered life-threatening injuries in highway head-on collision

    by Hope Miller on Aug 20, 16:40

    A man remains hospitalized following a Monday afternoon Parks Highway head-on collision that left him with critical injuries, Alaska State Troopers say. Glenn Williams, 66, of Kentucky was heading southbound near Cantwell in a pickup with a camper when he noticed 26-year-old Joshua Huerta of California passing another vehicle and driving northbound in Williams’ lane, troopers […]