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MJ Thim

Stories by MJ Thim

  • Local

    Returning cruise ship boosts Anchorage’s tourism industry

    by MJ Thim on May 26, 7:42

    After a year-long absence, a Holland America cruise ship docked down at the Port of Anchorage Sunday morning and ushered in the next chapter of this year’s tourism season. It’s a big ship that brought in not just people but excitement for a big boom in Anchorage’s economy. One of the driving forces of Anchorage’s […]

  • State

    Parnell is on the ballot

    by MJ Thim on May 19, 20:53

    Gov. Sean Parnell made his re-election bid official Monday. Parnell, joined by his wife Sandy, turned in his official paper work at the Alaska Division of Elections. “I want to continue working for Alaskans and continue creating jobs for them,” he said. He said the main focus of his campaign will be jobs and families. […]

  • State

    AK National Guard investigation survey almost finished

    by MJ Thim on May 19, 19:15

    An important survey in the investigation of sexual assault reports by soldiers with the Alaska National Guard will be finished in two weeks. Gov. Sean Parnell said the command climate survey will be finished about June 1. He said the National Guard bureau is in its second phase of the investigation and is still working […]

  • Local

    Wildfire protection program to end

    by MJ Thim on May 16, 21:34

    A decade-old program in the Matanuska Valley designed to help people protect their homes from wildfires is running out of money. “I’m very sorry it’s ending locally,” said Beatrice Adler, director of the Ember Program. The grant-funded program has enough money to operate until September, she said. “I know personally it’s made a big difference,” […]

  • Local

    Former chief returns to lead AFD

    by MJ Thim on May 12, 20:55

    He retired eight years ago, but now he’s back on the job as chief of the Anchorage Fire Department. John Fullenwider officially took over, or back, the job as chief during a change of command ceremony Monday morning. “Was it a surprise to me? You bet it was,” Fullenwider said. He said he agreed to […]

  • Crime

    Wells convicted in Coast Guard murders

    by MJ Thim on Apr 25, 14:09

    James Wells is going to prison for the murders of James Hopkins and Richard Belisle. A jury convicted the 62-year-old on all six counts Friday in federal court. “We all know he’s guilty, we always did,” said Nicola Belisle, widow of Richard Belisle. “It will never bring my husband back, which is what I wish.” “I […]

  • State

    Common sense or nonsense? Jury deliberates Wells’ fate

    by MJ Thim on Apr 24, 20:26

    Did James Wells shoot and kill 41-year-old James Hopkins and 51-year-old Richard Belisle the morning of April 12, 2012? It’s the question jurors have been asked to answer as they deliberate the fate of Wells. Prosecutors argued it’s common sense Wells is the killer during closing arguments Thursday in federal court. They believe he committed […]

  • Local

    Easter offerings stolen from downtown church

    by MJ Thim on Apr 22, 17:30

    When Rev. Ronald Myers walked into his office at First United Methodist Church on Monday morning, he found the church safe busted open and all of the Easter offerings gone. Sometime between 3 p.m. Sunday and a little before 9 a.m. Monday, the burglars struck, Myers said. He said he’s not sure how the thieves […]

  • Crime

    Defense witnesses take the stand in Coast Guard murder trial

    by MJ Thim on Apr 18, 17:25

    Jason Barnum, also known as “Eyeball,” first made headlines in September 2012 when Anchorage police said he shot at them during a standoff at the Merrill Field Inn. Barnum remains in custody awaiting trial on attempted murder charges. Handcuffed and in his jail uniform, the face-and-eye-tattooed Barnum was called into court Friday by James Wells’ […]

  • Crime

    Driver convicted in hit-and-run trial

    by MJ Thim on Apr 17, 18:57

    The question wasn’t if Luke Jerde was the driver — it was if he had committed an accident or crime. On Thursday, a jury decided he was guilty of a 2012 hit-and-run that cost a man his leg. Zachary Mohs was found barely alive, laying in the intersection of Arctic Boulevard and Tudor Road on […]

  • Local

    Defense makes its case in Coast Guard murder trial

    by MJ Thim on Apr 17, 15:59

    Gallbladder surgery and a vehicle from surveillance video were the main focus of James Wells’ defense team Thursday morning in his double murder trial. Wells is accused of murdering of 41-year-old James Hopkins and 51-year-old Richard Belisle at the Kodiak Island Coast Guard base two years ago. All three men worked together at the rigger […]

  • Local

    Voters head to the polls before April election

    by MJ Thim on Mar 23, 15:45

    ANCHORAGE – The vote is on and turnout is up. The regular municipal election for Anchorage is less than two weeks away and early voting started this week. So far, turnout is higher than it was last year, according to election officials. The municipality holds elections every year, and every year the League of Women […]

  • Politics

    Ahtna proposes game changer

    by MJ Thim on Mar 14, 21:31

    ANCHORAGE – After 43 years, an Alaska Native corporation may finally get a seat at the table when it comes to managing wildlife on its land. Congressman Don Young held a hearing Friday on Capitol Hill to discuss a draft bill proposal by the Ahtna Regional Alaska Native Corporation that would create a new management […]

  • Local

    Murkowski asks FDA for ‘frankenfish’ guarantees

    by MJ Thim on Mar 13, 20:07

    ANCHORAGE – The Food and Drug Administration was on Capitol Hill Thursday explaining its budget needs for the upcoming fiscal year when U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski switched the topic to “frankenfish.” The FDA is considering the approval of the world’s first genetically modified fish, salmon. The nickname “frankenfish” has stuck. Alaska’s congressional delegation is not […]

  • Local

    Alaska military couple flies south to marry legally

    by MJ Thim on Aug 17, 16:25

    ANCHORAGE – A historic decision by the military gives equal rights to all married couples, gay and straight. The landmark move changes the way the military treats gay spouses. There’s one catch. The marriage needs to be legal in the eyes of the law. In Alaska, it’s not. So Jen Theulen, with Alaska’s Air National […]