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Hope Miller

Stories by Hope Miller

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Providence in Anchorage receives trauma care upgrade

    by Hope Miller on Feb 27, 15:07

    Providence Alaska Medical Center has become the second hospital in the state to earn a nationally recognized status in treating patients needing critical care. Providence received the level II trauma center designation after a review by the American College of Surgeons. The new label means Providence has surgeons, operating room staff, anesthesiologists and emergency department nurses […]

  • Alaska

    Thousands of gallons of fuel spilled in Dalton Highway crash

    by Hope Miller on Feb 26, 11:06

    A tractor-trailer hauling fuel from Fairbanks lost traction, slid backward and rolled into a ditch Wednesday, authorities say, spilling an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of diesel. The rear compartment of the Colville tractor-trailer ruptured when hitting a tree stump near Mile 86 of the highway, located about 30 miles north of the Dalton Highway Yukon […]

  • Alaska

    Tlingit and Haida tribal council adopts statute allowing same-sex marriage

    by Hope Miller on Feb 23, 15:13

    In a unanimous vote Friday, the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s Executive Council adopted a new statute that allows same-sex couples to marry under tribal law. “We are pleased to expand our Tribal Court to meet the needs of our tribal citizens,” said Tribal Court Chief Justice Debra O’Gara in […]

  • State

    Walker appoints 3 to gas line board

    by Hope Miller on Feb 19, 14:22

    Gov. Bill Walker named three new members to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s Board of Directors and announced his plans for gas line development in a Thursday press conference. Former Senate president Rick Halford of Dillingham, attorney Joe Paskvan of Fairbanks — a former state senator — and former Bethel mayor and businessman Hugh Short of […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Creative space opens to Anchorage needleworkers

    by Hope Miller on Feb 18, 19:51

    “Hacker wear” is a concept that fascinates Keren Lowell. It’s the act of taking a mishmash of clothing and repurposing it, she explained Sunday night as she made alterations to the waistband of a bright orange skirt, originally a puffy vest likely from a thrift shop. Hacker wear is one of many facets she hopes […]

  • Crime

    Man who murdered VPSO sentenced to 99 years in prison

    by Hope Miller on Feb 12, 14:36

    A man found guilty of killing a Village Public Safety Officer in 2013 was sentenced to 99 years in prison Thursday. Leroy Dick, Jr., 44, was found guilty of first-degree murder last year for shooting and killing Officer Thomas Madole in March 2013. Madole — who was unarmed — was responding to a domestic violence call in Manokotak, located about […]

  • Alaska

    YKHC seeks federal funds in health care expansion to Bethel area

    by Hope Miller on Feb 10, 18:44

    The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is looking to renovate its hospital and construct a new outpatient clinic, a venture the corporation says would increase health care access and yield hundreds of jobs. The corporation made it through one hurdle of many when it was rated first out of 37 applicants the Indian Health Service received from […]

  • Crime

    APD releases names of 2 officers who fired weapons in Sunday police chase, shooting

    by Hope Miller on Feb 10, 12:07

    Anchorage police have identified the suspect killed in a shootout Sunday after he reportedly rammed police vehicles in a stolen truck and fired shots at authorities with a firearm that did not belong to him. A preliminary investigation indicates 33-year-old John Martin Whittaker died from shots fired by Anchorage Police Department officers. The two officers who […]

  • Crime

    Juneau police see spike in heroin, meth seizures

    by Hope Miller on Feb 06, 15:11

    There was a sevenfold increase in heroin seizures and a nearly fivefold spike in methamphetamine confiscation in Alaska’s capital last year, according to statistics released by the Juneau Police Department Friday. In all, JPD seized 4,650 grams of heroin, which had an estimated street value of $46.5 million. Heroin is usually sold as a “point” […]

  • Crime

    Troopers: Teens steal $60K from Galena Liquor Store

    by Hope Miller on Feb 03, 8:54

    Three Galena teens are facing a slew of charges after they broke into the Galena Liquor Store and stole $60,000 in cash, along with tobacco, alcohol and food, authorities say. Around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, 19-year-old Kyle Nickoli, a 15-year-old male and a 16-year-old male forced themselves into the store and caused about $400 in damage. […]

  • National

    Murkowski takes first stab at Obama’s ANWR proposal

    by Hope Miller on Jan 29, 11:10

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski made her first countermove to the Obama administration’s controversial Arctic conservation proposal Wednesday. The U.S. Senate shot down her amendment that would have put time limits on when Congress must designate wilderness study areas. It received 50 “yes” votes and needed 60 to pass — a three-fifths majority. The Keystone pipeline bill […]

  • Alaska

    Obama places parts of Beaufort, Chukchi seas off-limits for future oil and gas leasing

    by Hope Miller on Jan 27, 8:42

    The Obama administration is placing parts of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off-limits from consideration for future oil and gas leasing, citing the need to protect areas critical for subsistence use by Alaska Natives. The Tuesday announcement comes as the administration is also proposing to open up a broad area of the Atlantic Coast for […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Assembly members discuss millions of dollars worth of bond proposals

    by Hope Miller on Jan 23, 14:53

    Anchorage Assembly members gathered for a work session Friday to get specifics on bonds voters could see in the April election. The biggest item up for debate, up to about $17 million, would fund road and storm drainage improvements. In all, the proposals discussed Friday comprise up to $33.7 million and would go toward things […]

  • Crime

    One injured in Northeast Anchorage shooting

    by Hope Miller on Jan 22, 9:27

    A man was injured in an early morning home invasion shooting in Northeast Anchorage, police say. Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, police were called to the 200 block of Zappa Place near Muldoon Road after three men wearing ski masks reportedly broke into a home and tried to rob one of the people inside. A 26-year-old […]

  • Crime

    Nunaka Valley Park shooting suspect charged with attempted murder

    by Hope Miller on Jan 22, 8:12

    Update, Tuesday: Puipuia Alaelua, 31, has been indicted for first-degree attempted murder, multiple counts of first-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence, and third-degree misconduct involving a weapon. Alaelua faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted. Also indicted was 27-year-old Troy Mills on the charge of tampering with physical evidence. Mills, if convicted, could be […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD: Female passenger dies after driver rams into tree

    by Hope Miller on Jan 21, 10:50

    An early morning crash is under investigation after a 30-year-old passenger was found dead and the driver fled the scene, police say. At about 2:22 a.m. Wednesday, a citizen notified the Anchorage Police Department that a silver Oldsmobile Bravada had struck a tree in the Riviera Terrace Trailer Court, located near the intersection of 34th Avenue and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Family escapes fire in 2-story commercial building in Wasilla

    by Hope Miller on Jan 20, 8:20

    A family was able to escape a large fire in a two-story commercial building in downtown Wasilla Tuesday morning, authorities say. Crews from around the Mat-Su Borough responded to the fire on Wasilla-Fishhook Road near Nelson Avenue shortly before 5 a.m. The building contains Crescent Electric Supply Company, another shop and a nonprofit. There is also […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UPDATE: Friends remember APU student who died while climbing Mount Yukla

    by Hope Miller on Jan 19, 8:00

    Last Updated Tuesday, Jan. 20 A celebration-of-life service is being planned at Alaska Pacific University after one of the school’s students died in a fall Sunday while climbing Mount Yukla in the Chugach Mountains. Dasan Marshall of Portland, Oregon, was reportedly climbing with a friend when he fell roughly 1,000 feet from Mount Yukla, located about […]

  • Alaska

    Missing Kwethluk man found dead

    by Hope Miller on Jan 16, 10:09

    A 67-year-old Kwethluk man who went missing earlier this month has been found dead, Alaska State Troopers say. Andrew Andrew was reported missing Jan. 9. Ground searchers discovered his body Thursday near the Kwethluk Airport, according to an AST dispatch posted Friday morning. No foul play is suspected. He was known to travel the area […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Commission report outlines ‘unfair’ property tax exemptions

    by Hope Miller on Jan 14, 16:56

    After months of number crunching and compiling data, a report was presented at City Hall Wednesday afternoon that recommends the Municipality of Anchorage revise what it considers unfair property tax exemptions in the wake of falling oil prices and the state’s uncertain financial future. The review, compiled by the Anchorage Budget Advisory Commission, could impact […]