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Hope Miller

Stories by Hope Miller

  • Alaska

    In Alaska, inmate health care costs continue to climb

    by Hope Miller on May 29, 12:04

    Alaska’s inmate population has grown and aged in recent years, a period that has also seen a sharp spike in inmate health care costs for the state.  In fiscal year 2002, the state spent $17.6 million on inmate health care, which includes behavioral and physical health care expenditures. By fiscal year 2014, that number had […]

  • Alaska

    Argentinian climber discovered dead on Denali

    by Hope Miller on May 14, 12:48

    The body of an Argentinian solo climber was discovered at the 17,200-foot high camp of Mount McKinley Sunday, officials say. Heraldo Javier Callupan, 39, of General Roca appears to have died from “unknown medical issues,” according to a statement from the National Parks Service. His remains have not yet been recovered from the 20,237-foot mountain in […]

  • Alaska

    Shell’s revised Chukchi Sea exploration plan gets conditional approval

    by Hope Miller on May 11, 11:09

    After a review period and public comment window, officials conditionally approved Shell’s revised plan for drilling in the Chukchi Sea Monday. Shell’s multiyear exploration plan, which details the oil company’s revised proposal to use two drilling units off Alaska’s Arctic coast, was considered submitted in April. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) then had up […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After 2 human-triggered fires Monday, a reminder from AFD of dry conditions

    by Hope Miller on May 04, 14:34

    Anchorage firefighters responded to two human-triggered fires Monday, prompting a reminder from officials to be aware of dry, fire-prone conditions, especially because a burn restriction is in effect. The first — a small, outside fire at the midtown area Alpine Apartments — was likely sparked by a cigarette that was not properly disposed of, said […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage woman honored at therapeutic court commencement

    by Hope Miller on May 01, 11:19

    More than three years ago, Catherine Adcock was living in her car, had lost her job and was strung out on opiates and alcohol. And to make matters worse, she had racked up 47 drug-related charges and was facing 5 years on each charge. A lot has changed since then. Thursday, people in a packed […]

  • Alaska

    Second man dies in Talkeetna shooting

    by Hope Miller on Apr 30, 10:28

    A man who initially survived an April 18 shooting died of his injuries at a hospital late Wednesday, authorities say. Alaska State Troopers have identified the man as 57-year-old Billy Kidd of Willow. His next of kin has been notified, according to an online dispatch. Kidd has also been identified as the man who called […]

  • Local

    Berkowitz leads fundraising in Anchorage mayoral runoff race

    by Hope Miller on Apr 29, 14:54

    It’s less than a week until the runoff mayoral election between Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz, and the former legislator reported double the income of his Assembly member challenger in a recent campaign disclosure report. Spanning from March 29 to April 25, Berkowitz reported $220,848 in income from 1,471 donations and about $100,550 closing cash […]

  • Alaska

    AST: Overdue Seldovia boater found dead

    by Hope Miller on Apr 29, 7:53

    An overdue boater from Seldovia was found dead Monday after a pilot searching for him spotted the missing man’s skiff still running near MacDonald Spit in Kachemak Bay, authorities say. Around 6 p.m. Monday, Alaska State Troopers received a report from pilot Keith Gain, 50, of Seldovia, who said he was searching Kachemak Bay for overdue […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fish & Game captures entire Government Hill bear family

    by Hope Miller on Apr 28, 14:13

    Update: Thursday, 10:30 a.m. With the fourth cub captured by wildlife officials Thursday morning, the Government Hill bear family is all accounted for. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game captured the final cub around 9 a.m. Thursday, near where the mother was nabbed Wednesday morning, according to Fish and Game spokesperson Ken Marsh. The […]

  • Alaska

    Woman with warrant tries to dodge authorities by hiding in car trunk

    by Hope Miller on Apr 28, 8:04

    A Sterling Highway traffic stop ended with a wanted woman in custody after she was spotted trying to crawl her way into a car trunk to avoid troopers, authorities say. Around 8 p.m. Sunday, Anchor Point Alaska State Troopers stopped a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier near mile 142 of the Sterling Highway for speeding. When troopers […]

  • Alaska

    Snowmachiner rescued after sustaining serious injuries

    by Hope Miller on Apr 27, 12:08

    A Valdez man snowmachining with a group near Thompson Pass was hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries in a crash Saturday, authorities say. Andrew Doherty, 29, was flown to a hospital in Valdez before being taken to Anchorage for treatment, according to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers. Allie Hendrickson, spokeswoman for the City of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    For some, Anchorage Wellness Court offers a road to redemption

    by Hope Miller on Apr 23, 7:21

    More than a decade ago, a DUI charge left Doreen Schenkenberger with two options. She could face months in jail — and be separated from her kids, 6 and 8 at the time — or she could enter the Anchorage Wellness Court. “I was ready, I was ready to do something to change my life,” […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ‘Nerds of the North’ robotics team heads south for world championship

    by Hope Miller on Apr 15, 16:48

    They may not have the most sponsors or be the largest team, but a group of high school students from Anchorage has earned their way to a world robotics competition taking place in Missouri later this month. Made up of students from East, Dimond and Bartlett high schools, “Nerds of the North” will compete in […]

  • Alaska

    Shell’s Arctic exploration plan submitted, comment periods announced

    by Hope Miller on Apr 10, 13:50

    A 30-day countdown has begun to the decision of whether or not Shell’s revised exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea will be approved. Shell’s multiyear exploration plan, which describes the international oil company’s revised proposal to use two rigs to drill in the Chukchi, was deemed submitted by officials Friday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ML&P warns customers of scam

    by Hope Miller on Apr 09, 11:23

    Municipal Light & Power is warning customers of a recently reported scam. In the scam, first reported late Wednesday night, customers are given an 800 toll-free number to call for payment so they can avoid being disconnected or to receive a discount on their bill. A “sophisticated” voice-recording system similar to the utility’s voice recognition […]

  • Alaska

    Governor declares state disaster for Dalton Highway flooding

    by Hope Miller on Apr 08, 11:42

    In response to unprecedented flooding that has made the Dalton Highway impassable, Gov. Bill Walker declared a state disaster Tuesday. Starting in mid-March, the Sagavanirktok (Sag) River overflowed the Dalton Highway — a corridor to oilfields in Prudhoe Bay — in multiple spots between miles 390 and 405. The overflow level reached up to 30 inches above […]

  • Crime

    Bethel woman indicted in connection with her father’s death

    by Hope Miller on Apr 07, 12:04

    A 35-year-old Bethel woman was indicted on manslaughter and drug charges after she allegedly injected her father with heroin at an Anchorage apartment in September 2014. Bethel police took Shannon Cooke into custody April 3 after she was indicted March 26, according to a statement from the state Department of Law. If convicted of manslaughter, […]

  • Crime

    Woman charged with murder after man is shot to death in Wasilla home

    by Hope Miller on Apr 06, 8:45

    Updated Tuesday, April 7 at 8 a.m. A woman has been charged with murder after she admitted to killing a 76-year-old man in his home on Easter Sunday and asked for help burying the body, authorities say. April Cox, 27, of Wasilla was charged with second-degree murder after Phillip Gray, also of Wasilla, was found […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Seeing information gap, UAA creates Alaska Native business management minor

    by Hope Miller on Apr 02, 11:08

    Before Sharon Lind began working at Aleut Corporation in the ‘90s, she would have welcomed a crash course on the ins and outs of Alaska Native corporations. “I would have loved being able to take a class before I went to my Native corporation, but nothing existed,” said Lind, who is an Aleut Corp. shareholder. Instead, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD: Driver strikes 4 parked cars, building after losing control of vehicle

    by Hope Miller on Apr 01, 10:11

    A driver struck four parked vehicles and caused “extensive damage” to a building in Eagle River Tuesday night after losing control of his vehicle, police say, but no one was harmed. Around 8:45 p.m., Anchorage Police Department dispatch received a call that a Chevrolet Suburban, which was towing three all-terrain vehicles on a trailer, had […]