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Hope Miller

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  • 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 […]

  • Alaska

    In Alaska, inmate health care costs continue to climb

    by Hope Miller on May 29, 12:04

    Alaska’s inmate population has grown and aged in recent years, a period that has also seen a sharp spike in inmate health care costs for the state.  In fiscal year 2002, the state spent $17.6 million on inmate health care, which includes behavioral and physical health care expenditures. By fiscal year 2014, that number had […]

  • Alaska

    Argentinian climber discovered dead on Denali

    by Hope Miller on May 14, 12:48

    The body of an Argentinian solo climber was discovered at the 17,200-foot high camp of Mount McKinley Sunday, officials say. Heraldo Javier Callupan, 39, of General Roca appears to have died from “unknown medical issues,” according to a statement from the National Parks Service. His remains have not yet been recovered from the 20,237-foot mountain in […]

  • Alaska

    Shell’s revised Chukchi Sea exploration plan gets conditional approval

    by Hope Miller on May 11, 11:09

    After a review period and public comment window, officials conditionally approved Shell’s revised plan for drilling in the Chukchi Sea Monday. Shell’s multiyear exploration plan, which details the oil company’s revised proposal to use two drilling units off Alaska’s Arctic coast, was considered submitted in April. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) then had up […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After 2 human-triggered fires Monday, a reminder from AFD of dry conditions

    by Hope Miller on May 04, 14:34

    Anchorage firefighters responded to two human-triggered fires Monday, prompting a reminder from officials to be aware of dry, fire-prone conditions, especially because a burn restriction is in effect. The first — a small, outside fire at the midtown area Alpine Apartments — was likely sparked by a cigarette that was not properly disposed of, said […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage woman honored at therapeutic court commencement

    by Hope Miller on May 01, 11:19

    More than three years ago, Catherine Adcock was living in her car, had lost her job and was strung out on opiates and alcohol. And to make matters worse, she had racked up 47 drug-related charges and was facing 5 years on each charge. A lot has changed since then. Thursday, people in a packed […]

  • Alaska

    Second man dies in Talkeetna shooting

    by Hope Miller on Apr 30, 10:28

    A man who initially survived an April 18 shooting died of his injuries at a hospital late Wednesday, authorities say. Alaska State Troopers have identified the man as 57-year-old Billy Kidd of Willow. His next of kin has been notified, according to an online dispatch. Kidd has also been identified as the man who called […]

  • Local

    Berkowitz leads fundraising in Anchorage mayoral runoff race

    by Hope Miller on Apr 29, 14:54

    It’s less than a week until the runoff mayoral election between Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz, and the former legislator reported double the income of his Assembly member challenger in a recent campaign disclosure report. Spanning from March 29 to April 25, Berkowitz reported $220,848 in income from 1,471 donations and about $100,550 closing cash […]

  • Alaska

    AST: Overdue Seldovia boater found dead

    by Hope Miller on Apr 29, 7:53

    An overdue boater from Seldovia was found dead Monday after a pilot searching for him spotted the missing man’s skiff still running near MacDonald Spit in Kachemak Bay, authorities say. Around 6 p.m. Monday, Alaska State Troopers received a report from pilot Keith Gain, 50, of Seldovia, who said he was searching Kachemak Bay for overdue […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fish & Game captures entire Government Hill bear family

    by Hope Miller on Apr 28, 14:13

    Update: Thursday, 10:30 a.m. With the fourth cub captured by wildlife officials Thursday morning, the Government Hill bear family is all accounted for. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game captured the final cub around 9 a.m. Thursday, near where the mother was nabbed Wednesday morning, according to Fish and Game spokesperson Ken Marsh. The […]