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Hope Miller

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  • Sci/Tech

    Web Extra: An inside look at Alaska’s renewable island

    by Hope Miller on Aug 01, 12:23

    Planted on Pillar Mountain, Kodiak’s six wind turbines are a fixture in the community. At 80 meters tall each — a bit smaller than a football field — they perch above the town and serve as a symbol for the area’s movement toward renewable energy. In fact, Kodiak Electric Association — which serves the City of […]

  • Crime

    Authorities nab 4 in early morning drug raid in Kodiak

    by Hope Miller on Jul 27, 11:27

    Authorities in Kodiak arrested four people and seized an estimated $74,000 worth of heroin and methamphetamine early Sunday after serving search warrants at three homes. The search netted roughly 120 grams of heroin and about 146 grams of meth, according to a release from the Kodiak Police Department. In Kodiak, a gram of heroin and […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Kodiak Island couple weaves old fishing line into art

    by Hope Miller on Jul 27, 6:47

    When Anita and Robert Shane quit smoking, they needed something to do with their hands. The pair lives at the decommissioned Port Bailey cannery on Kodiak Island, which saw 100-plus workers a year during its heyday in the 20th century. The cannery was also the source of their stress and what led them to smoking. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage sees 5th homeless death in 2-week period

    by Hope Miller on Jul 24, 12:36

    A 61-year-old homeless man was found dead outside in Anchorage Thursday, police say, marking at least the fifth homeless death in less than two weeks. Thursday around 5 p.m., Anchorage police received a call about a man not breathing. According to witnesses, John Lory Good either sat down or lay down next to the sidewalk near […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage jail escapee indicted for fatal 2008 shooting

    by Hope Miller on Jul 24, 9:34

    A man who escaped from the Anchorage jail earlier this year was indicted Thursday for a 2008 fatal shooting in Mountain View. Kevin Tuckfield, 29, was indicted on one count each of first- and second-degree murder in the shooting death of Travis Villa. Tuckfield was also indicted on one count of first-degree attempted murder for […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage teacher charged with defrauding elderly woman

    by Hope Miller on Jul 23, 10:29

    An Anchorage school teacher has been charged with fraud and identity theft after she allegedly swindled thousands of dollars from an elderly woman, authorities say. Susanna Difranco, 52, was charged with three counts of fraud and one count of identity theft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alaska said in a Thursday release. An indictment alleges […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks adds unsolved homicide page to city website

    by Hope Miller on Jul 22, 11:17

    Fairbanks officials unveiled a page on the city’s website this week dedicated to unsolved homicides spanning from 1983 to this year. The page, made public Monday night, includes the names of 14 victims from 13 cases as well as photos and short summaries of the circumstances surrounding each death. “Homicide cases in the City of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Assembly votes to change election date back to April

    by Hope Miller on Jul 15, 16:32

    In a 7-3 vote, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance Tuesday to move regular municipal elections back to April. Back in February 2014, Assembly members voted to change municipal elections from April to November in an effort to increase voter turnout. The ordinance was scheduled to go into effect in 2017 and would have allowed […]

  • Alaska

    Authorities, treatment providers work to combat Kodiak’s drug problem

    by Hope Miller on Jul 15, 12:07

    State health officials released a report Tuesday that shows how a spike in heroin use in Alaska has lead to more drug-related deaths and hospitalizations in recent years. In Kodiak, the community’s resilient drug trade is a continuing concern for police and treatment providers alike. More common Heroin is the leading drug in Kodiak, according to a […]

  • Alaska

    Governor appoints 5 Marijuana Control Board members

    by Hope Miller on Jul 01, 15:30

    Gov. Bill Walker announced his five appointments Wednesday to the newly created Marijuana Control Board, the body that will develop pot regulations for the state. The board was created after voters passed a ballot measure in November to legalize recreational marijuana. Its members are tasked with hashing out regulations regarding the cultivation, processing and commercial […]

  • Alaska

    Shell gets new authorization in Arctic drilling pursuit

    by Hope Miller on Jun 30, 15:39

    Updated Wednesday, July 1 ANCHORAGE – Shell has secured another federal authorization for drilling off Alaska’s coast. However, wildlife protections apparently prevent the oil company from simultaneously using two rigs in the Chukchi Sea this summer as planned. The decision means Shell may have to revise its plans in using two drilling rigs — the Polar […]

  • Alaska

    For some, military service paves the path to citizenship

    by Hope Miller on Jun 25, 11:03

    For Airman Luis Murillas, U.S. citizenship is just one interview away.  Like many immigrants in the U.S., he faced a lengthy, daunting road to becoming an American citizen. It started with a visa. Eventually, a green card. The path to citizenship was expedited when Murillas enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. In search of a […]

  • Alaska

    Suspect caught after man seriously injured in Wasilla area shooting

    by Hope Miller on Jun 23, 7:22

    Updated 2:30 p.m. ANCHORAGE – Authorities have nabbed a suspect allegedly involved in a Wasilla area shooting that left one man seriously injured. Last Wednesday around 11:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received word of a shooting at a mobile home in the Vienna Woods trailer park. When AST arrived at the residence they found a […]

  • Alaska

    Reporter’s Notebook: Watching and waiting in Sterling

    by Hope Miller on Jun 18, 0:42

    Bill Basinski meandered down a residential road in Sterling Wednesday evening, taking in the rows of charred black spruce trees surrounding him. He sipped coffee from a plastic cup as he surveyed the destruction, his white beard peeking out from under the shadow of his Carhartt cap. Basinski almost had to evacuate last year during […]

  • Crime

    Fairbanks priest sentenced to 10 years for child sex crimes

    by Hope Miller on Jun 08, 14:29

    A Fairbanks priest was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was caught using a work computer to receive images of child pornography, authorities say. Clint Michael Landry — who was employed as a priest with the Catholic Diocese in Fairbanks since 2011 – will be under a lifetime period of supervised release after serving […]

  • Crime

    AST: 1 arrested, 1 at large after Ninilchik robbery and assault

    by Hope Miller on Jun 08, 8:20

    One man was arrested while another remains at large after they allegedly stole from a man they were getting a ride from Thursday evening. Sean Carpenter, 25, was arrested at a home in Homer and taken to the area jail Saturday, according to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers. The Homer man is being […]

  • Crime

    German company sentenced to pay $750K for dumping oil off coast of Alaska

    by Hope Miller on Jun 04, 12:44

    A German shipping company already on probation was sentenced in Anchorage federal court Wednesday to pay $750,000 for intentionally dumping more than 1,700 gallons of oily water off the coast of Alaska and then giving the U.S. Coast Guard in Dutch Harbor false records. Herm. Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. KG will also see a new three-year […]

  • Alaska

    Missing Kenai family update: Boyfriend killed family, self

    by Hope Miller on Jun 03, 10:03

    A Kenai family that went missing last year and was discovered dead less a mile from their home in March died after the boyfriend shot his girlfriend, two children and dog before killing himself, authorities say. The Kenai Police Department has received the State Medical Examiner Office’s findings, which indicate Brandon Jividen shot and killed […]

  • Fairbanks

    Police: Wanted man arrested after hours-long standoff in Fairbanks

    by Hope Miller on Jun 03, 8:22

    A Fairbanks man with two outstanding felony warrants was arrested early Wednesday morning after an hours-long standoff in which the man used his cellphone to report a shooting that didn’t happen. Tuesday, the Fairbanks Police Department received a report that 37-year-old Brandon Barron was on the 2300 block of Gillam Way. Barron had two outstanding […]

  • Alaska

    UPDATE: Body found after missing Yute Air plane located in Kwethluk River

    by Hope Miller on Jun 02, 11:01

    First published Monday, June 1. Last updated Tuesday, June 2 at 2:30 p.m. ANCHORAGE – A day after a missing Yute Air Cessna was spotted in a river near Bethel, authorities said they found a body Monday that has been tentatively identified as the pilot. In a release Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers said the body […]