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Hope Miller

I’m thrilled to be living in the Last Frontier and working in the journalism field. I’m always on the lookout for stories and interesting ways to tell those tales.

Stories by Hope Miller

  • State

    Coast Guard suspends search for man near Auke Bay

    by Hope Miller on Sep 16, 12:34

    Updated Wednesday, Sept. 17 The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 52-year-old man in the area of Coghlan Island near Auke Bay. The Coast Guard, Juneau SEADOGS K-9 search and rescue team and Alaska State Troopers searched about 190 square miles for approximately 32 hours before canceling the effort to find Paul Keithahn, said Coast Guard […]

  • Crime

    Former Alaskans indicted for PFD fraud

    by Hope Miller on Sep 15, 22:08

    Two former Anchorage residents have been indicted for receiving Permanent Fund Dividends when they were allegedly living out of state. On Sept. 3, a grand jury indicted 38-year-old Nichelle Smith on 18 counts of first-degree unsworn falsification, 21 counts of second-degree theft and one count of scheme to defraud. The jury also indicted 35-year-old Olivia […]

  • Crime

    2 arrested for DUI, child endangerment

    by Hope Miller on Sep 15, 11:27

    Two people were arrested for driving under the influence while they had children with them, Alaska State Troopers say. In the first incident, reported Saturday evening, troopers were patrolling the Richardson Highway near Mile 271 when they noticed a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee going 95 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to an online […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Auction honors first responders, military personnel

    by Hope Miller on Sep 10, 16:46

    A Thursday event aims to honor military personnel and first responders with art by the very people who have served our country overseas and at home. Called “Service Before Self,” the silent art auction will take place the evening of Sept. 11 at the new UAA Alaska Airlines Center. About a dozen pieces — including […]

  • State

    Human remains found on Shuyak Island

    by Hope Miller on Sep 10, 12:05

    Human remains have been found north of Kodiak, Alaska State Troopers say. Monday around 2:30 p.m., troopers in Kodiak received a report that a beach clean-up volunteer had found human remains on the east side of Shuyak Island, according to an online dispatch and AST spokeswoman Megan Peters. The island is about 70 miles north […]

  • State

    Pacific walrus population declines

    by Hope Miller on Sep 09, 15:45

    Scientists are working to get an accurate count of the Pacific walrus population before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides if the species should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 2017. The Pacific walrus population declined by about 50 percent — a “historic population decline” — from 1981-1999, according to the U.S. […]

  • Crime

    1 medevaced, 1 arrested following shotgun shooting

    by Hope Miller on Sep 05, 12:09

    A Kaltag man sustained serious injuries after a 43-year-old man fired at him with a shotgun, Alaska State Troopers say. Thursday around 3:30 a.m., troopers received a report from a third party that Todd Nickoli had shot Rusty Arkell, 35, at a Kaltag home, said AST spokeswoman Megan Peters. Arkell was treated locally and then […]

  • Crime

    Inmate runs away from authorities in Fairbanks

    by Hope Miller on Sep 04, 12:53

    Alaska State Troopers are looking for a 37-year-old inmate who ran away from authorities as she was being transported from a halfway house to a correctional center in Fairbanks Wednesday afternoon. Laura M. Mulcahy of Fairbanks was being moved from the Northstar Center to Fairbanks Correctional Center for a medical appointment when she opened the […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Sterling artist carves her niche in community

    by Hope Miller on Sep 02, 14:55

    It all started with a bet. In 2012, Twyla Showalter struck a deal with the man who is now her husband and agreed to sell her eggshell carvings at a Kenai Central High School holiday bazaar. If it went horribly, he would stop bugging her about turning her art into a business. If it went […]

  • Crime

    Troopers call for help locating detention center escapee

    by Hope Miller on Aug 28, 16:53

    Alaska State Troopers are calling on the public for help tracking down a 24-year-old man who escaped a halfway house near Ester Thursday morning. Vincent Blue-Matheny ran from the Northstar Center lobby around 10:30 a.m. while paperwork for his transfer from Fairbanks Correctional Center was being processed, said AST spokeswoman Beth Ipsen in a statement. […]

  • State

    Man accidentally shoots himself at state fair

    by Hope Miller on Aug 26, 20:48

    A man was flown to a hospital for treatment Tuesday evening after he accidentally shot himself at the Alaska State Fair, authorities said. According to Jon Owen — director of the Palmer Department of Public Safety — the man, his wife and children had left the fair and were in a parking lot near the […]

  • Crime

    Men indicted in 2013 Anchorage crime spree

    by Hope Miller on Aug 25, 18:19

    A grand jury returned an indictment Friday against three men accused of going on a six-week crime spree in October and November of last year. Miracle Tulimasealii, 24; Lonnie Reed, 23 and Siaosi Sila, 21 were indicted on dozens of counts following an Anchorage Police Department investigation of alleged robberies at multiple local businesses and […]

  • State

    Troopers: 4 critically injured in plane crash

    by Hope Miller on Aug 24, 18:37

    Click here for an updated version of this story. Four people were critically injured in a plane crash near Atigun Pass Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said. Around 1:45 p.m., an Alyeska Pipeline security employee reported a crash near Mile 243.5 of the Dalton Highway, located in the North Slope Borough, said AST spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Travel enthusiast, painter shares her skills with students

    by Hope Miller on Aug 22, 16:52

    Linda Infante Lyons didn’t plan on spending time producing much art when she arrived at Denali National Park and Preserve for her 10-day stay as part of the Artist-in-Residence program. But it’s hard not to be in inspired by the vast beauty of the area, and the landscape painter found herself reaching for her oils […]

  • State

    Man suffered life-threatening injuries in highway head-on collision

    by Hope Miller on Aug 20, 16:40

    A man remains hospitalized following a Monday afternoon Parks Highway head-on collision that left him with critical injuries, Alaska State Troopers say. Glenn Williams, 66, of Kentucky was heading southbound near Cantwell in a pickup with a camper when he noticed 26-year-old Joshua Huerta of California passing another vehicle and driving northbound in Williams’ lane, troopers […]

  • Crime

    Bat-wielding man shot by Bethel police officer

    by Hope Miller on Aug 15, 15:21

    A 31-year-old man was medevaced to Anchorage following an officer-involved shooting in Bethel Friday morning, authorities said. A Bethel police officer was also injured, but his wounds are not believed to be life-threatening, said AST spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. According to preliminary information provided to troopers, Bethel police were called to a home for an “ongoing […]

  • Local

    Committee formed to examine substance abuse, mental illness among homeless

    by Hope Miller on Aug 15, 10:14

    Particularly during the summer, it’s not uncommon to see homeless people on the streets in pockets of Anchorage. A few blocks away from Brother Francis Shelter Thursday evening, a young man in tattered jeans with a windbreaker draped over his head could be seen pummeling a light post. He stood alone, seemingly unaware of his […]

  • Crime

    Missing child, Alaskan fugitive found in California

    by Hope Miller on Aug 14, 16:23

    A child reported missing was found with a 27-year-old wanted Alaskan woman in California, authorities said. Jessica Rodriguez, also known as Jessica Barranco, fled Alaska in July 2013 with a child who was reported missing to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Rodriguez was wanted by troopers for custodial interference and a warrant […]

  • Health

    Blood Bank of Alaska in critical need of O negative blood

    by Hope Miller on Aug 13, 16:37

    The Blood Bank of Alaska needs universal blood donors to get them out of the critical-need zone. Usually the blood bank is able to do OK until their drive at the Alaska State Fair, but accidents throughout the state this year have depleted their supply, said Wes Dahlgren, director of collections at the bank. Summer is […]

  • State

    North Pole teen found after running away twice

    by Hope Miller on Aug 07, 15:36

    Update: Richard has been returned to his family, troopers said. Troopers are again asking the public for help finding a 14-year-old runaway who went missing after being reunited with his family Wednesday night. Richard Wellfort of North Pole hadn’t been seen since he ran away June 29, according to Alaska State Troopers. Richard, who also […]