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Hope Miller

Stories by Hope Miller

  • State

    Native corporation will pay $2.5 million fine to settle fraud case

    by Hope Miller on Dec 16, 11:58

    Subsidiaries of Eyak Alaska Native Village Corp. will pay the federal government $2.5 million and give up rights to additional payments to resolve allegations that they submitted false claims to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the Anchorage-based Native corporation had agreed to settle the fraud case. From […]

  • Crime

    Power theft investigation leads to Wasilla pot bust

    by Hope Miller on Dec 12, 11:59

    Alaska State Troopers discovered more than 200 pot plants growing in a Wasilla home after a man was suspected of stealing power from Matanuska Electric Association, charges say. Kevin Mielke, 37, was in the midst of cooking crack cocaine when authorities arrived at the Yadon Drive home Thursday afternoon, according to a sworn affidavit signed […]

  • Crime

    Charging docs reveal jealousy as possible motive in fatal shooting of Barrow attorney

    by Hope Miller on Dec 10, 11:37

    Charging documents reveal jealousy may have played a role in the fatal shooting of assistant district attorney Brian Sullivan, who was allegedly killed by 47-year-old Ronald “Bun Bun” Fischer — a felon with more than 21 convictions. Sullivan, 48, had been working in Barrow since the spring of 2012. A sworn affidavit signed by Lt. […]

  • State

    Troopers: Driver dies in 2-vehicle collision near Fairbanks

    by Hope Miller on Dec 08, 10:48

    A motorist reportedly driving 80 mph was killed in a two-vehicle collision near Fairbanks late Sunday evening, Alaska State Troopers say. Medics declared 52-year-old David Haase of North Pole dead at the scene, according to an online dispatch posted Monday morning. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Around 11 p.m., troopers in Fairbanks received a […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Decades in the making, scientists confirm identity of prehistoric reptile

    by Hope Miller on Nov 25, 15:57

    The first of its kind discovered in Alaska, researchers have finally identified a fossil of a reptile discovered 64 years ago on the North Slope that lived when dinosaurs roamed the earth. A 12-foot partial skeleton of an ichthyosaur — a prehistoric marine reptile that resembles modern dolphins and whales — was found in 1950 by geologists […]

  • State

    Fairbanks teen killed in rollover crash

    by Hope Miller on Nov 20, 8:07

    A Fairbanks teen has died after she lost control of her car and crashed on a Fairbanks road Wednesday evening, Alaska State Troopers say. Rebekah Navrot, 16, was killed when her Chevrolet Cavalier went off the road and rolled near Steele Creek Road around 6:30 p.m., according to an AST dispatch. Road conditions were icy at the […]

  • Crime

    Captain charged with DUI after landing craft grounds near Kodiak

    by Hope Miller on Nov 18, 12:18

    The skipper of a 152-foot landing craft has been charged with driving under the influence after he allegedly grounded the vessel while “highly intoxicated,” police say. Sunday evening, the Kodiak Police Department received a call from a crewmember of the Polar Bear who said that Capt. Edward Dyer, 50, was intoxicated when he grounded the […]

  • Crime

    Kodiak man dies after being stabbed with foot-long blade

    by Hope Miller on Nov 18, 10:08

    A 59-year-old Kodiak man died after he was allegedly stabbed by a man who says the fatal injury was an accident. On Sunday, the Kodiak Police Department responded to a reported stabbing at a Kodiak home along Ole Johnson Avenue. When officers arrived at the residence, they found Dennis Fathke on the floor, not breathing. […]

  • State

    Missing Stebbins man found injured

    by Hope Miller on Nov 17, 11:18

    A 27-year-old man who went missing earlier this month was found in Stebbins with serious injuries, Alaska State Troopers say. Before he went missing, Darren Tom of Stebbins — a Western Alaska city of about 600 — was reportedly last seen Nov. 7 when he rode his ATV to Saint Michael and back to Stebbins, […]

  • Crime

    Seafood facility supervisors get jail time for Clean Air Act violation

    by Hope Miller on Nov 13, 15:19

    Two former supervisors at a Dutch Harbor seafood processing facility were sentenced in federal court Wednesday to jail time for Clean Air Act violations. James Hampton, 45, was sentenced to 70 days in jail and Raul Morales, 53, will serve 45 days for falsifying data to cover up that they were intentionally not operating required […]

  • State

    Troopers: Ketchikan man believed to have died in house fire

    by Hope Miller on Nov 13, 11:06

    A 49-year-old man is believed to have perished in a house fire after he fled his burning home, fired shots outside and then reentered the building, Alaska State Troopers say. Wednesday evening, troopers in Ketchikan received a report of a house fire and shooting on Blackberry Lane, according to an online dispatch. The homeowner, 49-year-old Ralph […]

  • Crime

    18-year-old charged in connection with Kenai youth facility riot

    by Hope Miller on Nov 10, 12:35

    An 18-year-old is facing felony charges after a premeditated riot broke out at the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility Friday night. Cody E. Rosenthal has been charged with second-degree theft, rioting and second-degree escape, all of which are felonies, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kenai. Six others were charged, but their case information is […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage woman sentenced for assaulting child

    by Hope Miller on Nov 07, 14:26

    A 40-year-old woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after she was convicted of striking a 5-year-old boy with a pool cue and back scratcher. The child and his family had been living with Cindy Atofau for months at her home when the January assault was reported to the Anchorage Police Department, according […]

  • Crime

    Tobacco shop owner found guilty for role in $1.3 million tax evasion

    by Hope Miller on Nov 06, 15:28

    An Alaskan tobacco shop owner has been convicted for his role in swindling $1.3 million worth of cigarette taxes from the Municipality of Anchorage. Michael Butler was indicted on charges of mail fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to make false statements related to cigarette distribution, according to the Alaska U.S. Attorney’s Office. […]

  • State

    Hunter kills 2 bears after partner mauled near Kodiak

    by Hope Miller on Nov 05, 13:58

    A man killed two brown bears after his hunting partner was mauled near Kodiak, authorities say. Coast Guard watchstanders received a call from the master of a fishing vessel Tuesday that a group of hunters had been attacked by a sloth of bears and that one hunter needed immediate medical attention, according to a statement […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage celebrates a decade of Day of the Dead

    by Hope Miller on Nov 03, 8:05

    Eleven years ago, Indra Arriaga moved to Anchorage. Originally from Mexico, Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is an important holiday for her. It’s a time to pay homage to deceased loved ones so they’re not forgotten. “It’s the belief that on this day our ancestors come back and they visit with us,” she […]

  • Health

    Self-expression through art helps student veterans at UAA

    by Hope Miller on Oct 29, 18:24

    Two counselors at the University of Alaska Anchorage are using an unconventional method to help student veterans who may be having a tough time. It’s called “Operation: Self Expression” and the mission is to use art to get student veterans to open up about their emotions. “It’s theraputic, but we’re not trying to push it […]

  • Local

    Lanterns with positive message surprise drivers, air traffic controllers

    by Hope Miller on Oct 24, 11:48

    Paper lanterns were launched into the sky in East Anchorage Thursday night with a message of hope for victims of domestic violence. The lanterns, however, came as a surprise to some in the area, causing officials to briefly reroute airplane traffic at Merrill Field. “Shed the Light” is an event aimed at starting the conversation […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Video game with Alaska Native storyline unveiled in Anchorage

    by Hope Miller on Oct 22, 12:03

    The first of its kind, a video game rooted in Alaska Native culture is set for release next month. Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is a one- to two-player puzzle-platform game. Set in the harsh and beautiful northern Arctic, it follows a girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as they try to figure out what’s causing […]

  • Health

    Alaska mothers band together to overcome child loss

    by Hope Miller on Oct 16, 18:32

    The air was crisp and cold as a group of about a dozen parents congregated at Reflections Lake Wednesday night at sunset. One by one, they lit Chinese lanterns made of paper, allowed the flame to heat the air inside them and released them into the air. They floated upwards, like miniature hot air balloons, dancing […]