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Hope Miller

Stories by Hope Miller

  • 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,” said […]

  • 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 […]

  • Alaska

    Shell one step closer to Arctic drilling in Chukchi

    by Hope Miller on Mar 31, 14:35

    After halting its drilling program in Alaska in 2013, Royal Dutch Shell is closer to being able to resume operations in the Arctic after federal officials affirmed a corrected analysis for a years-old lease in the Chukchi Sea. A statement issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior Tuesday stated: “After thorough environmental analysis and […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Endangered beluga whale population sees slight increase in 2014

    by Hope Miller on Mar 30, 15:47

    An endangered beluga whale population saw a slight increase in 2014, but researchers say it’s not a significant jump. The 2014 Cook Inlet beluga population estimate is 340 whales, an increase from 2012 when the population was roughly 312, according to a release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They were first listed as […]

  • 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 […]