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Hope Miller

Stories by Hope Miller

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Portland dance group hosts high school workshop ahead of weekend performances

    by Hope Miller on Mar 24, 17:24

    Dozens of high school dancers crowded into a studio at West Anchorage High School Tuesday for a workshop hosted by BodyVox, a Portland-based contemporary dance company that will perform in Anchorage this weekend. It started out like a typical dance class. Led by BodyVox’s Josh Murry, dancers of varying levels leaped, turned and sashayed across […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UPDATE: Police ID victim in apparent homicide in Fairview

    by Hope Miller on Mar 20, 7:17

    Last updated Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. A 54-year-old man died in an apparent homicide in Fairview Friday morning, police say. Shots were reported just after 4 a.m. near 12th Avenue and Hyder Street. When police arrived on scene they found a male victim unconscious in a body shop parking lot, according to a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bath and Body Works coming to Anchorage Fifth Avenue Mall

    by Hope Miller on Mar 16, 13:42

    Bath and Body Works — a chain popular for its fragrant lotions, shower gels and other beauty supplies — is coming to the Anchorage Fifth Avenue Mall this year. The store, slated to open in May, will be located on the mall’s second level, according to Kari Skinner, director of marketing and business development. The […]

  • State

    Senate passes bill to kill daylight saving time in Alaska

    by Hope Miller on Mar 11, 13:12

    A bill to axe daylight saving time in Alaska passed the state Senate in a 16-4 vote Wednesday. Sen. Anna MacKinnon, one of Senate Bill 6′s sponsors, has been fighting to abolish daylight saving time since 2006. During her time in the Alaska Legislature, several constituents have contacted her about eliminating it, she said. “They’ve expressed […]

  • Alaska

    Revered Yup’ik leader Paul John dies

    by Hope Miller on Mar 09, 12:27

    Following months of heart problems, Paul John — a well-respected Toksook Bay elder — passed away in Anchorage Friday, according to his family. In his mid-80s, John – Association of Village Council Presidents traditional chief and Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation honorary board member — was known for his efforts to preserve the Yup’ik language and culture. He is […]

  • 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 […]