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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

  • 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 […]

  • US/World

    Canadian dam fails, over 1 billion gallons of wastewater spilled

    by Hope Miller on Aug 06, 21:54

    A Canadian tailings pond dam in southcentral British Columbia failed to hold back an estimated 10 million cubic meters of water and 4.5 million cubic meters of fine sand early Monday, spurring a water ban for a nearby community and raising concerns that have spread to Alaska. The amount of water spilled would fill roughly 2,000 […]

  • Crime

    Police, K-9 apprehend teenage vandals

    by Hope Miller on Jul 31, 15:30

    A police officer and his K-9 partner helped prevent five teens from burglarizing an Anchorage smoke shop early Thursday morning, authorities said. While patrolling Tudor Road near Eau Claire Place around 1 a.m., Anchorage Police Department Officer Darrell Evans noticed people running across the street and heard an alarm coming from the Tudor Smoke Shop, […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: For the Bakers, art is a family affair

    by Hope Miller on Jul 31, 12:21

    Some couples are so close that they can finish each other’s sentences. Jeramie and Jess Baker, also known as Baker and Smudge, have a bond that goes beyond words — they make art together. The Bartlett High School sweethearts met in art class and immediately hit it off. They moved to Seattle for art school […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: New Arc of Anchorage studio aims to spark community involvement

    by Hope Miller on Jul 29, 16:41

    Art in all forms is encouraged at The Arc of Anchorage’s new downtown studio and gallery. For 38-year-old Monica McLeod, it’s painting and origami. Thursday afternoon, she sat at a table in the studio and gingerly folded a patterned piece of paper until a crane emerged. Christopher Vance, 43, says he enjoys drawing when he’s […]

  • Local

    Driver killed in Seward Highway collision was intoxicated, police say

    by Hope Miller on Jul 29, 16:30

    A 29-year-old Whittier woman had twice the legal limit of alcohol in her blood when she was killed in a March Seward Highway vehicle collision, the Anchorage Police Department announced Tuesday. Salafai Carol Iosefa, a volunteer firefighter with the Whittier Fire Department, was traveling southbound in the northbound lane in her Honda Civic near Potter […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage Mini Maker Faire celebrates local do-it-yourselfers

    by Hope Miller on Jul 25, 7:56

    Imagine your childhood school science fair without the grades and with cooler gadgets, and you might have an idea for what’s in store at Saturday’s Anchorage Mini Maker Faire. Starting at noon, you can head down to the Loussac Library to mingle with local techies, tinkerers, crafters and everyone in between to see Alaskans show off […]

  • Local

    Wildlife officials: Man injured in surprise bear attack

    by Hope Miller on Jul 24, 17:04

    A man was hospitalized with puncture wounds on his arms and hands following a surprise attack from a brown bear Thursday afternoon in a remote area of Eagle River. The attack happened around 1 p.m. in Chugach State Park at the south fork of Eagle River, and the man ultimately killed the bear by shooting […]

  • State

    EPA awards over $888,000 for climate research in Alaska

    by Hope Miller on Jul 23, 18:33

    How is climate change affecting Alaska? That’s a question the Environmental Protection Agency is hoping to answer. The EPA announced Wednesday that it has awarded the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) $888,282 to look into how climate change has impacted water and food security in remote Native villages. The funds will be used to […]

  • State

    Tok man dies in highway rollover

    by Hope Miller on Jul 23, 17:02

    A 55-year-old man has died following a single-vehicle rollover on the Alaska Highway Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Michael Verhoff of Tok, who had been driving a 2008 Ford F-150 truck, was reported deceased at the scene, according to Alaska State Troopers dispatch. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the truck, said […]