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Hope Miller

Stories by Hope Miller

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    In Anchorage, youth prepare for life after foster care

    by Hope Miller on Nov 27, 13:31

    In less than a month, Jasmine Ratcliff will turn 21 years old. But she says she doesn’t feel the expected excitement about the milestone of a birthday. On. Dec. 23, Ratcliff will be too old to remain in foster care. She’s been in the system since she was a baby, she says, and has lived […]

  • Alaska News

    Statoil energy company announces it’s leaving Alaska

    by Hope Miller on Nov 17, 11:35

    Following Shell’s pullout from the Chukchi Sea, another international energy company has announced it is also leaving Alaska. In an online post, Statoil says its leases in the Chukchi are “no longer considered competitive within Statoil’s global portfolio.” “Since 2008 we have worked to progress our options in Alaska. Solid work has been carried out, […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska DOC review highlights weaknesses, calls for change

    by Hope Miller on Nov 16, 11:33

    ANCHORAGE — Investigation of several inmate deaths and policies of the Alaska Department of Corrections found outdated procedures, lax consequences for staff misconduct and troubling treatment of inmates, a recently released review found. Back in August, Gov. Bill Walker ordered an administrative review of the DOC, aiming to pinpoint problem areas and find recommendations for […]

  • Only in Alaska

    2016 Fur Rondy pin designs unveiled at Alaska Zoo

    by Hope Miller on Nov 12, 15:01

    You have not one but two new pins you can wear at the 81st Fur Rendezvous next year. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz unveiled the designs at the Alaska Zoo Thursday afternoon. The decision to reveal the pins at the zoo — next to the lynx exhibit — made sense after the first pin design was revealed. […]

  • Alaska News

    NTSB releases preliminary report for Haines-area crash

    by Hope Miller on Nov 10, 13:46

    The pilot of a plane that crashed in Alaska waters outside Haines last week said he thought the Cessna 180 was experiencing an electrical malfunction before the aircraft lost power, a preliminary report says. The pilot, 56-year-old Michael Mackowiak, had three passengers with him — 51-year-old Martha Mackowiak and two juveniles — when the plane went down […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage woman serves up healthy, sweet performance snack

    by Hope Miller on Nov 03, 14:14

    When you have to eat every couple hours, you probably want what you’re chewing on to taste good while also providing proper sustenance. That thinking was the motivation behind Kat Hubble’s cookie-shaped creation — Kat’s Epic Trail Bites. Packaged and sold at coffee shops and other venues around Anchorage, Hubble’s performance snack is designed to […]

  • Crime

    3 arrests made in connection with May homicide in Fairbanks

    by Hope Miller on Oct 29, 10:55

    Three people have been arrested in connection with the May homicide of a 23-year-old man shot to death in a parking lot near the Rock n Rodeo bar in Fairbanks, authorities say. U.S. Marshals and New Braunfels Police Department detectives arrested 26-year-old Joel Roland Joseph Tuesday in Selma, Texas, on a first-degree murder warrant. Joseph — […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage gears up for 11th annual Day of the Dead celebration

    by Hope Miller on Oct 29, 10:47

    Steeped in tradition, Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday to honor loved ones who have passed. In Anchorage, people are preparing for the city’s 11th annual Day of the Dead celebration this Sunday. The event features altars by local artists, community groups and a community altar for anyone wanting […]

  • Crime

    UPDATE: Anchorage authorities nab suspect in child sex abuse case

    by Hope Miller on Oct 28, 12:08

    Update on Thursday, Oct. 29 Anchorage police say Thomas Goodwin has been arrested. In an update sent out just before 2 p.m., police said Goodwin was being taken to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning and will then be brought to the Anchorage jail. Earlier story ANCHORAGE – Anchorage police are trying to track down […]

  • Alaska News

    A decade in the making: ConocoPhillips drill site in NPR-A produces first oil

    by Hope Miller on Oct 27, 15:54

    ConocoPhillips has announced the first commercial oil development on Alaska Native lands in an Indiana-sized reserve. In a release Tuesday, the oil company said its CD5 drill site — the second new ConocoPhillips North Slope drill site to come on stream this month — began producing oil in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). “First oil at CD5 is a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage nonprofit helps retirees continue learning later in life

    by Hope Miller on Oct 26, 11:25

    If you walked into the Lucy Cuddy Hall on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus this past Friday around noon, it wasn’t backpack-wearing, smartphone-holding students in their 20s you would have seen. Instead, people in their 50s and older — some carrying sack lunches — meandered around the dining area. The open space buzzed with […]

  • Crime

    UPDATE: Victim, suspect identified in Juneau murder investigation

    by Hope Miller on Oct 21, 10:23

    Updated on Wednesday, Oct 21 at 3:50 p.m. ANCHORAGE – A Juneau man has been arrested for murder after 30-year-old Brandon Christopher Cook was found dead in a home Tuesday evening. Christopher D. Strawn was arrested on a first-degree murder charge and taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center Wednesday, police said. Tuesday around 10:30 p.m., […]

  • Fairbanks

    UAF apologizes for mishandling of sexual assault cases

    by Hope Miller on Oct 20, 16:10

    The interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks apologized Tuesday for the school’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases. “It is not acceptable and we’re deeply sorry for how mistakes affected our students and our families and their friends,” Mike Powers said Tuesday afternoon. The University of Alaska is one of 60 schools under review and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mayor Berkowitz proposes resolution, ordinance to crack down on spice

    by Hope Miller on Oct 20, 11:00

    Following a surge of suspected spice-related medical transports in recent months, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is proposing increased fines and jail time to crack down on spice distribution. The mayor’s proposal — scheduled for the Oct. 27 Anchorage Assembly agenda — will increase penalties for spice distribution to up to a year in jail and a […]

  • Alaska News

    NTSB report reveals more details of fatal crash near Houston High School

    by Hope Miller on Oct 20, 9:11

    A recently released report is shedding more light on the moments before a fiery plane crash in the Big Lake area earlier this month that left pilot Joseph “Joe” Mielke, 23, dead. On Oct. 8, witnesses watched as Mielke, of Big Lake, made a left climbing turn and flew crosswind over the runway after takeoff from the […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage woman arrested for smuggling spirits to dry village

    by Hope Miller on Oct 19, 13:09

    A 22-year-old Anchorage woman was arrested and charged after she allegedly tried to smuggle alcohol to a dry village in Western Alaska. Nicole Parduhn is charged with alcohol importation and possessing alcohol for sale without a license or permit — both of which are class C felonies, according to an online dispatch from Alaska State […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    In Muldoon, man cleaning out car stabbed multiple times

    by Hope Miller on Oct 16, 8:05

    Updated on Friday, Oct. 16 at 8:50 a.m. ANCHORAGE – An investigation is underway after a young man was hospitalized with non-fatal stab wounds from an attack by unknown males early Friday, police said. Shortly after 4 a.m., Anchorage police received a report of the man — in his early 20s — showing up at […]

  • Alaska News

    Healthy habits highlighted at Alaska Federation of Natives Convention

    by Hope Miller on Oct 15, 18:09

    The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention is known for being a gathering with cultural performances, discussions and speeches, but it’s also a chance for Alaska Natives to keep tabs on their health. In its seventh year, people can get a flu shot, find advice on quitting smoking, receive healthy eating tips and more at the […]

  • Alaska News

    State of Alaska, Anchorage officially recognize Indigenous Peoples Day

    by Hope Miller on Oct 12, 11:40

    As the U.S. observes Columbus Day today, Alaska joins a growing effort to declare the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. The State of Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage both issued proclamations rebranding the holiday. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz made the announcement Monday morning at day one of the Elders and Youth Conference […]

  • 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 — […]