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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

    Self-expression through art helps student veterans at UAA

    by Hope Miller on Oct 29, 18:24

    Two counselors at the University of Alaska Anchorage are using an unconventional method to help student veterans who may be having a tough time. It’s called “Operation: Self Expression” and the mission is to use art to get student veterans to open up about their emotions. “It’s theraputic, but we’re not trying to push it […]

  • Local

    Lanterns with positive message surprise drivers, air traffic controllers

    by Hope Miller on Oct 24, 11:48

    Paper lanterns were launched into the sky in East Anchorage Thursday night with a message of hope for victims of domestic violence. The lanterns, however, came as a surprise to some in the area, causing officials to briefly reroute airplane traffic at Merrill Field. “Shed the Light” is an event aimed at starting the conversation […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Video game with Alaska Native storyline unveiled in Anchorage

    by Hope Miller on Oct 22, 12:03

    The first of its kind, a video game rooted in Alaska Native culture is set for release next month. Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is a one- to two-player puzzle-platform game. Set in the harsh and beautiful northern Arctic, it follows a girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as they try to figure out what’s causing […]

  • Health

    Alaska mothers band together to overcome child loss

    by Hope Miller on Oct 16, 18:32

    The air was crisp and cold as a group of about a dozen parents congregated at Reflections Lake Wednesday night at sunset. One by one, they lit Chinese lanterns made of paper, allowed the flame to heat the air inside them and released them into the air. They floated upwards, like miniature hot air balloons, dancing […]

  • Crime

    Wasilla school placed on lockdown following report of armed teen

    by Hope Miller on Oct 14, 12:50

    A welfare check turned into a lockdown Monday afternoon after a 19-year-old showed up near a school with a gun, Alaska State Troopers say. The Wasilla man was charged with second-degree misconduct involving a weapon, a felony, after he was found near Burchell High School with a semi-automatic rifle, court records show. Monday around 10:30 […]

  • Crime

    Wasilla man charged with murder after allegedly shooting daughter

    by Hope Miller on Oct 08, 11:34

    A 69-year-old Wasilla man is facing murder charges after he allegedly shot and killed his daughter late Tuesday night. Michael Wolverton has been charged with first-and second-degree murder and fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon, according to court records. He made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Wolverton called 911 to report […]

  • Local

    Elderly man lost in Chugiak found after he walks to Anchorage

    by Hope Miller on Oct 03, 6:52

    Updated story A 72-year-old man who became separated from a friend in Chugiak Thursday was found Friday morning after he walked for hours overnight to reach a relative’s house in Anchorage. Thomgsa Onemany had gotten separated from his friend while gathering mushrooms in the woods near the Old Redeemer Lutheran Church in Chugiak, located on the Old […]

  • Local

    Coast Guard responds to natural gas platform fire in Cook Inlet

    by Hope Miller on Oct 02, 10:14

    A fire at a natural gas drilling platform in Cook Inlet near Nikiski Thursday morning forced an evacuation with no reports of injuries or fuel spills, authorities say. Four people were on the Alaska Hilcorp-owned Baker platform when the fire was reported to the U.S. Coast Guard around 8:30 a.m., said Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert. […]

  • 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 […]