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Hope Miller

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  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 […]

  • Crime

    Authorities nab 4 in early morning drug raid in Kodiak

    by Hope Miller on Jul 27, 11:27

    Authorities in Kodiak arrested four people and seized an estimated $74,000 worth of heroin and methamphetamine early Sunday after serving search warrants at three homes. The search netted roughly 120 grams of heroin and about 146 grams of meth, according to a release from the Kodiak Police Department. In Kodiak, a gram of heroin and […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Kodiak Island couple weaves old fishing line into art

    by Hope Miller on Jul 27, 6:47

    When Anita and Robert Shane quit smoking, they needed something to do with their hands. The pair lives at the decommissioned Port Bailey cannery on Kodiak Island, which saw 100-plus workers a year during its heyday in the 20th century. The cannery was also the source of their stress and what led them to smoking. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage sees 5th homeless death in 2-week period

    by Hope Miller on Jul 24, 12:36

    A 61-year-old homeless man was found dead outside in Anchorage Thursday, police say, marking at least the fifth homeless death in less than two weeks. Thursday around 5 p.m., Anchorage police received a call about a man not breathing. According to witnesses, John Lory Good either sat down or lay down next to the sidewalk near […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage jail escapee indicted for fatal 2008 shooting

    by Hope Miller on Jul 24, 9:34

    A man who escaped from the Anchorage jail earlier this year was indicted Thursday for a 2008 fatal shooting in Mountain View. Kevin Tuckfield, 29, was indicted on one count each of first- and second-degree murder in the shooting death of Travis Villa. Tuckfield was also indicted on one count of first-degree attempted murder for […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage teacher charged with defrauding elderly woman

    by Hope Miller on Jul 23, 10:29

    An Anchorage school teacher has been charged with fraud and identity theft after she allegedly swindled thousands of dollars from an elderly woman, authorities say. Susanna Difranco, 52, was charged with three counts of fraud and one count of identity theft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alaska said in a Thursday release. An indictment alleges […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks adds unsolved homicide page to city website

    by Hope Miller on Jul 22, 11:17

    Fairbanks officials unveiled a page on the city’s website this week dedicated to unsolved homicides spanning from 1983 to this year. The page, made public Monday night, includes the names of 14 victims from 13 cases as well as photos and short summaries of the circumstances surrounding each death. “Homicide cases in the City of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Assembly votes to change election date back to April

    by Hope Miller on Jul 15, 16:32

    In a 7-3 vote, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance Tuesday to move regular municipal elections back to April. Back in February 2014, Assembly members voted to change municipal elections from April to November in an effort to increase voter turnout. The ordinance was scheduled to go into effect in 2017 and would have allowed […]

  • Alaska

    Authorities, treatment providers work to combat Kodiak’s drug problem

    by Hope Miller on Jul 15, 12:07

    State health officials released a report Tuesday that shows how a spike in heroin use in Alaska has lead to more drug-related deaths and hospitalizations in recent years. In Kodiak, the community’s resilient drug trade is a continuing concern for police and treatment providers alike. More common Heroin is the leading drug in Kodiak, according to a […]

  • Alaska

    Governor appoints 5 Marijuana Control Board members

    by Hope Miller on Jul 01, 15:30

    Gov. Bill Walker announced his five appointments Wednesday to the newly created Marijuana Control Board, the body that will develop pot regulations for the state. The board was created after voters passed a ballot measure in November to legalize recreational marijuana. Its members are tasked with hashing out regulations regarding the cultivation, processing and commercial […]