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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

  • 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 […]

  • Local

    Anchorage police locate missing man with special needs

    by Hope Miller on Jul 22, 21:57

    Update: Police were able to locate Immingan late Tuesday evening.  “He was found safe, but disoriented,” on a park bench near 33rd Avenue and C Street, police said in a statement. The Anchorage Police Department is looking for a 58-year-old special-needs adult who went missing Tuesday evening. Carter Immingan was last seen around 6:30 p.m. on […]

  • Local

    JBER named one of the best bases in U.S.

    by Hope Miller on Jul 22, 17:30

    Anchorage has quite a bit to offer, which is why Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was named one of the best bases in the U.S. JBER was ranked the fourth best U.S. Air Force base in the nation by the Air Force Times. A study looked at a variety of factors, including quality of schools, the local economy, […]

  • Crime

    Eagle River man arrested after driving under the influence, threatening trooper

    by Hope Miller on Jul 21, 17:52

    An Eagle River man is facing charges after he appeared to hail an Alaska State trooper for help, fled in a truck while intoxicated and later threatened to shoot the trooper when the officer caught up with the man, authorities say. Talkeetna-based trooper Michael Shelley was driving south on the Parks Highway near mile 87 […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: Salmon Daze Festival draws tourists and locals alike

    by Hope Miller on Jul 19, 17:46

    The rain stayed away Saturday afternoon, allowing dozens of Alaskans and tourists to make it out for the third annual Salmon Daze Festival. The event was spawned in 2012 as part of the G Street Art Festival, but was popular enough to become its own event. Spearheaded by the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd., Salmon Daze […]

  • Crime

    Trooper who shot ‘despondent’ driver identified

    by Hope Miller on Jul 18, 16:45

    Authorities have identified the Alaska State Trooper who shot a gun-wielding Anchorage man. Trooper Eric Jeffords, a seven-year veteran with the force, shot 21-year-old Christopher D. Chapman after he pulled a rifle on troopers earlier this week, according to AST spokeswoman Megan Peters. Tuesday afternoon, Seward police contacted troopers about a “despondent” man driving a […]

  • State

    Mendenhall Glacier ice cave ceiling collapses

    by Hope Miller on Jul 18, 14:40

    Update, July 18 The roof of the well-known ice cave has collapsed near the entry, officials said. Guiding company Above and Beyond Alaska notified the U.S. Forest Service of the collapse at noon Friday. Visitors are cautioned to stay away from the cave. Original story If you’re planning a trip to see Mendenhall Glacier, stay […]

  • Crime

    Alaska Regional Hospital guard charged with sexual assault of 17-year-old

    by Hope Miller on Jul 17, 16:27

    An Alaska Regional Hospital security guard, also employed by the state’s crime lab, is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl at the hospital early Wednesday morning. John Giacalone, 55, is charged with first- and second-degree sexual assault. He has also worked at the Alaska State Crime Detection Laboratory as a forensic scientist for years, […]

  • State

    Time is running out to register to vote in August primary

    by Hope Miller on Jul 16, 8:51

    You only have a few days left to register to vote in the August primary election. Sunday, July 20 is the deadline to register, update voter registration and change political party affiliation for the Aug. 19 primary. Division of Elections offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Nome will be open this weekend […]

  • Local

    Trooper shoots, injures driver in Sterling Highway altercation

    by Hope Miller on Jul 15, 18:30

    A male driver who pulled a gun on Alaska State Troopers sustained serious injuries after a trooper shot him. Tuesday around 1:40 p.m., Seward police contacted troopers about a “despondent” man driving north on the Seward Highway, according to trooper dispatch. Troopers said they tried to conduct a traffic stop on the man, who then […]

  • State

    Coast Guard rescues man trapped in ice near Barrow

    by Hope Miller on Jul 13, 19:36

    A U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker came to the rescue of a man aboard a sailboat trapped in Arctic ice Saturday. The mariner was headed to eastern Canada from Vancouver via the Northwest Passage — a sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans – when he became stranded about 40 miles northeast of Barrow, the Coast Guard […]

  • Local

    Mat-Su Borough website briefly hacked

    by Hope Miller on Jul 11, 19:46

    After scores of hacking attempts, someone successfully breached the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s website Friday. The site was hacked around 2 p.m. when a photo was put up on the homepage, said borough spokesman Stefan Hinman. The homepage was the only part of the site affected and the type of picture posted was not disclosed. The site was […]

  • Crime

    Wasilla woman convicted for illegally receiving food stamp benefits

    by Hope Miller on Jul 11, 18:09

    A 32-year-old woman has been convicted of swindling more than $12,000 in food stamp benefits. Jazmine Wheaton was convicted and sentenced Wednesday to 18 months incarceration with 15 months suspended after she failed to disclose income for herself and husband between April 2008 and September 2009, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of […]

  • News

    Anchorage man convicted of sexual abuse of minor

    by Hope Miller on Jul 10, 17:34

    A 68-year-old Anchorage man has been convicted of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Jim Ferguson’s Tuesday conviction comes after two-plus weeks of trial in which the young victim testified about the abuse she endured, said the district attorney’s office. The victim was 8 years old when Ferguson’s abuse began. When she […]

  • Health

    Chicken products sold in Alaska recalled

    by Hope Miller on Jul 08, 16:36

    Check your freezers — you could be storing recalled chicken. Foster Farms raw chicken products made available in Alaska have been recalled after it was confirmed they may have been contaminated with an antibiotic-resistant salmonella strain associated with illness, health officials say. The products could be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, according to a […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    AK Art: For Sugpiaq carver, family fuels drive

    by Hope Miller on Jul 07, 18:51

    Andrew Abyo hasn’t been carving his whole life, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his work. The Sugpiaq woodcarver didn’t discover he had a knack for building things until 2005 when he attended a workshop at the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) in Anchorage. A lot has happened since then. Thursday, it was […]

  • State

    King Cove man dies after falling overboard

    by Hope Miller on Jul 07, 16:55

    A crewmember of a commercial fishing vessel died Sunday after falling overboard near King Cove, authorities said. As the anchor of vessel Matt-Michelle was being pulled in Sunday morning, a large swell of water hit the side of the boat, knocking Rudy Paul Dushkin Jr., 53, in the water. The vessel was occupied by only the skipper — Palmer […]