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Joe Vigil

I can remember 50 below wind chill weather as a kid growing up in Willmar, Minn. I know parts of Alaska may get that cold, so I feel right at home here in the Land of the Midnight Sun! I learned long ago that journalism can lead to change. I do what I do because I care about my community.

Stories by Joe Vigil

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Spring Hill Elementary students honored for saving girl’s life

    by Joe Vigil on May 25, 11:03

    It’s certainly not something they learned in a classroom, but some elementary school students made all the right decisions when something awful happened at the Southwood Manor Mobile Home Park recently in South Anchorage. Ten-year-old Emily Harris was climbing a tree when she slipped and fell. The hood of her hooded sweatshirt became snagged a branch. […]

  • Alaska News

    $1 million in grant money available for social justice projects

    by Joe Vigil on Mar 29, 22:08

    From immigration issues to racial equality across Alaska, groups can now access a total of $1 million for grants to create awareness about social justice issues. The Alaska Community Foundation announced the project on Wednesday. Nina Kemppel, the CEO and president of the foundation, said the gift comes from John Rubini and Clare Bertucio and that the Alaska […]

  • Health

    Students jump for classmate battling heart problems

    by Joe Vigil on Nov 21, 16:30

    A true bond of friendship is seemingly growing among four boys at Bowman Elementary School in Anchorage. On a recent school day, Bronson Howard, Kael Harrod and Tristan Atherton huddled on a bench outside of the school’s gymnasium with their friend Joseph Farless-Dommek.  The boys are supporting Joseph, known by his classmates as Joe, who’ll go through a heart […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Moose battle preserved in ice discovered in western Alaska

    by Joe Vigil on Nov 17, 16:05

    There are some things Alaskans experience that people in the Lower 48 may never witness — such as a brilliant aurora display or a grizzly bear. You can now add moose battle preserved in ice to that list.  Even longtime Alaskans were more than surprised to see such a rare sight recently near Unalakleet, a western Alaska village […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Police tackle school zone speeding

    by Joe Vigil on Nov 02, 22:50

    Updated at 3:11 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 According to APD, officers initiated 57 traffic stops during the school zone enforcement and cited 31 drivers. In some cases they say drivers were going more than 20 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. Police also are encouraging the public to report speeding to the […]

  • Military

    Honor Flight veteran Frank Flavin dies

    by Joe Vigil on Oct 17, 21:03

    Family of Frank Flavin in Anchorage says he was proud to have served in the military and was honored to be a veteran.  The World War II Army Air Corps member died last week at the age of 91. We met Frank Flavin in 2014 as he and other Alaska veterans traveled to Washington D.C. […]

  • Alaska News

    Funeral set for Alaska World War II veteran and priest

    by Joe Vigil on Sep 12, 23:39

    So many people are expected at Father Norman Elliott’s funeral next week that organizers have booked the Egan Center as an overflow site. His family says he died last week. Elliott is well known and well loved by many people in Alaska. “I really believe Norm was the soul of Alaska in many respects,” said […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD gets rid of citizen DUI task force

    by Joe Vigil on Jul 28, 14:12

    Anchorage police introduced a bold initiative during the summer of 2013 after a rash of drunk driving deaths — citizen patrols. However, as of Wednesday, the program has been eliminated completely. The department organized the use of citizen volunteer patrols to find and report drunk drivers to police, who in turn, arrested them. Former Anchorage Police […]

  • Military

    More than 200 service members to participate in 2016 Combat Fishing Tournament

    by Joe Vigil on May 24, 23:45

    It is not always easy to be the new kid on the block, which is why a lot of people are pitching in to put on the annual Combat Fishing Tournament in Seward on Thursday. This year, more than 200 newly-enlisted service members from around Alaska are taking part in the military appreciation fishing event. […]

  • Web Exclusives

    An update on Joe Vigil’s battle with cancer

    by Joe Vigil on Feb 15, 16:31

    Hello Everyone! Want to update you on how I’m doing. I’m really happy to say I am feeling much better! I expect to be released from the hospital in the next day or two. Surgery cleared up some nagging complications from a previous surgery. However, it could be a few weeks before I’m back on the air as […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Radar gun project heads to Bean’s Café

    by Joe Vigil on Nov 17, 6:56

    Some people at Bean’s Café and Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage have had a tough time with spice, alcohol and dealing with mental health issues. But we discovered another problem there recently. We found several drivers speeding along East Third Avenue where both facilities are located. With our radar gun in hand, we observed cars […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Eagle River resident fights speeding with YouTube video

    by Joe Vigil on Oct 26, 22:50

    Eagle River resident Dan Dirscherl is on a mission to stop people from speeding through his neighborhood on Driftwood Bay Drive. He complained that drivers use the stretch of road as a drag strip. In fact, he made an anti-speeding video and put it on YouTube to create some awareness about the problem. In the video, he […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Last 2015 Honor Flight veteran returns home

    by Joe Vigil on Oct 20, 23:16

    Alaskans proved Tuesday night that no soldier gets left behind. Wasilla resident and World War II veteran Eldon Lacy returned home from an honor flight Tuesday evening. A group of veterans visited war memorials in Washington, D.C., but Lacy arrived a few days later than other vets on the trip. People thought he was having […]

  • Web Exclusives

    A personal note from Joe Vigil

    by Joe Vigil on Aug 13, 18:21

    As many of you know I’ve been fighting colorectal cancer. I was off for surgery and then took some time to recover. I’m glad to be back on the air! For me, and many of you, fighting cancer hasn’t been easy. My battle started almost one year ago when I decided to get checked after […]

  • Alaska Politics

    ASD, state lawmakers spar over budget concerns

    by Joe Vigil on Mar 27, 22:51

    First state lawmakers fired off a letter criticizing Anchorage School Board members for passing a budget that included nearly $12 million cut by Gov. Bill Walker in January. Now the Anchorage School Board president is firing back with a letter of his own to state lawmakers. In that letter, Eric Croft says that while the district […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Early cancer detection: KTVA 11’s Joe Vigil speaks with colon cancer survivor

    by Joe Vigil on Oct 28, 0:07

    Speaking from experience, when you’re told you have cancer, a lot of things go through your mind. Most of them are not pleasant. “Cancer’s a funny word,” Maxim Dolchok told me in a recent interview. “It’s easy to say and everything, but it’s impossible to receive. Your mind goes blank. You get this, ‘I’m dead.'” […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Early cancer detection: KTVA 11’s Joe Vigil shares his story

    by Joe Vigil on Oct 26, 22:27

    Anchorage Fire Department Capt. Jason Dolph had a lofty goal in August. His hope was that just one person would go to the doctor and get screened for cancer. Dolph lost his mother, Linda, to breast cancer. The fire captain got private money to paint an AFD fire truck pink and named it “Miss Linda” […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Saturday marks one year since deadly suspected DUI crash

    by Joe Vigil on Aug 07, 21:33

    Saturday will not be an easy day for the parents of Brooke McPheters and Jordyn Durr. Aug. 9 marks one year since a suspected drunk driving crash took the lives of the 15-year-olds. On Saturday, the families will return to the crash scene to remember the lives of the girls, and to spread the message […]

  • Crime

    Citizen DUI task force helps police make dozens of arrests

    by Joe Vigil on Jul 28, 21:34

    The more you drink and drive, the more likely it is that you’re going to run into the citizen DUI task force on Anchorage streets. The problem for drunk drivers is they will never see volunteers coming because they use their own cars to help police track down offenders. Task force members call 911 if […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Families prepare for anniversary of fatal Anchorage crash

    by Joe Vigil on Jul 28, 7:23

    It has been one long year for the parents of two Anchorage teenagers killed by a suspected drunk driver in the summer of 2013. August 9 marks the first anniversary of the crash that killed 15-year-olds Jordyn Durr and Brooke McPheters at Abbott Road and 88th Avenue. The girls were walking home from a school […]