• Former Skagway Assemblyman claims he misunderstood public office disclosure forms

    Alaska’s campaign finance watchdog group held a hearing Tuesday morning on a complaint against former Skagway Assemblyman Dan Henry. The complaint against Henry involves incomplete public office financial disclosure forms. During the hearing, Henry said he misunderstood what information is required on those filings.
    Candidates for elected office and public officials in Alaska are required to file financial disclosure statements with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The statements
  • Investment mogul with Alaska ties launches prime-time TV talk show

    David Rubenstein speaks at an event on July 11, 2010. (Creative Commons photo courtesy The Aspen Institute)
    If you like to watch billionaires on TV, you don’t have to wait for Donald Trump to launch his own media network. The husband of Alaska Dispatch News owner Alice Rogoff now has his own prime-time television talk show.
    “I began to take on the life of an interviewer, even though I have a day job of running a private equity firm,” Rubenstein explained.
    “The David Ruben
  • Fairbanks police chief put back on administrative leave by new mayor

    In one of his first official acts as the new mayor of Fairbanks, Mayor Jim Matherly placed Police Chief Randall Aragon back on paid administrative leave, effective immediately.
    The Fairbanks Police Department issued a statement Tuesday announcing the move. Aragon was originally placed on administrative leave in September while the city investigated claims of conflict of interest. A local business owner accused Aragon of trying to promote his private business while acting as the chief of police.
  • Man accused of murder extradited to Alaska to face trial

    Kutay Bangout in court (left) and Reik Gat (right)
    Riek Gat made his first appearance in Alaska court on Tuesday for his alleged role in an August murder. Gat was extradited from West Virginia, where he fled soon after Mitchell’s murder.
    Mitchell was shot multiple times in the head and chest and left to die on Campbell Airstrip Road. He was found the morning of Aug. 22 by neighbors heading to work.
    Police arrested 18-year-old Kutay Bangout and named him the primary suspect in the case. He
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  • Walker pauses bond sale to pay for public worker pensions

    Gov. Bill Walker talks to reporters in June at his temporary offices in Juneau. On Tuesday, he decided to halt state plans to sell pension obligation bonds. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    The state of Alaska won’t issue bonds to pay for public worker pensions – for now.
    Gov. Bill Walker pressed pause Tuesday on the sale of up to $3.3 billion dollars of pension obligation bonds after meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee.
    While Walker’s administration has the author
  • DOT: Whittier tunnel closed due to rockfall

    View of the damage inside the tunnelCourtesy Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
    A rockfall inside the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, which provides access to Whittier, has forced the tunnel’s closure until further notice, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
    DOT spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said at least one large rock fell overnight and was discovered in the tunnel Tuesday morning. He said no one was inside the tunnel overni
  • More than a decade later, one man’s discrimination case is still in limbo

    On average, an investigation into a discrimination case in Alaska may take a year or two, according to the agencies that handle them.
    But for one Chugiak man it’s taken more than a decade. On a recent afternoon in September, just off a wooded road in Chugiak, John Suter, 67, is outside his home with his grandson, who’s running around. Suter’s wearing an Army airborne veteran’s hat and a light blue shirt that says “The NSA, the only part of government that actua
  • For the first time, Pick.Click.Give. donations take a dip

    The Permanent Fund Dividend website prominently features the Pick. Click. Give. program. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    It has been a difficult year for nonprofits. The state’s budget is shrinking. Alaskans’ wallets are emptying.And, for the first time since Alaskans began donating in 2009, the Alaska Community Foundation’s Pick.Click.Give. program saw a drop in donations.The program allows Alaskans to donate a portion of their annual oil-wealth payments to hundreds o
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  • Local attorney Kirsten Swanson appointed Juneau District Court judge

    Gov. Bill Walker announced Tuesday that Juneau private attorney Kirsten Swanson will be the new Juneau District Court judge.
    Ten people had applied to replace Judge Keith
    Kirsten Swanson (Courtesy of Alaska Judicial Council)
    Levy, who’s retiring at the end of October.
    The district court’s jurisdiction includes municipal ordinances, misdemeanor crimes, underage alcohol and tobacco violations, and civil cases when less than $100,000 is at stake.
    According to Swanson’s application
  • Two weeks out: Democrats have the edge in the fight for the Senate

    Two weeks from Election Day, it looks more likely than ever that Democrats will win control of the Senate.
    States that many thought would be the crux of their battle ground map, like Ohio and Florida, have moved down or completely off the list. But Democrats have successfully expanded the map enough so that they have multiple paths to the five seats they need for an outright majority — or four if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, which also looks increasingly likely. Republicans, howeve
  • Juneau Afternoon – 10-26-16

    Wednesday at 3 on A Juneau Afternoon,
    We’ll get an update on activities at the Gastineau Humane Society, with Matt Musselwhite, Holly Johnson, Liz Clark, and Bree Willie;
    Mariya Lovischuck and Leandra Lewis will be here to discuss the Giving Thanks event.
    We’ll learn how you can help the hungry and get a good deal on used ski equipment, at this year’s Juneau Ski Sale Food Drive;
    And you can learn more about the Juneau Nordic Ski Club;
    That, Writer’s Almanac, Bird Note, mu
  • Olympian Alev Kelter to speak at Alaska Women’s Summit

    Olympian Alev Kelter is back home in Alaska. She competed in the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Brazil on the women’s rugby team.
    Emily Carlson sat down with her to discuss her experience in Rio de Janeiro and what’s next for the Alaska athlete.
    Both Carlson and Kelter will be speaking at the 2016 Alaska Women’s Summit on Friday, Oct. 28. The conference kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage.
    Click here for more information and to register for the
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  • APD investigating early morning robberies of Holiday gas stations

    Anchorage police are investigating robberies at two Holiday gas stations.
    Officers responded to calls early Tuesday morning calls that two males entered the gas stations brandishing guns, demanding cigarettes and money, according to an Anchorage Police Department news release.
    No injuries were reported from either incident.
    APD believes the two robberies are related.
    No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.
    The investigations are ongoing.
  • Antarctica’s ice sheets are melting faster — and from beneath

    This image taken in 2012 shows part of the Crosson Ice Shelf (center left) and Mount Murphy (foreground) on the western edge of Antarctica. Thwaites Ice Shelf lies beyond the highly fractured expanse of ice (center). (Photo by John Sonntag/Nature)
    Antarctica’s ice has been melting, most likely because of a warming climate. Now, newly published research shows the rate of melting appears to be accelerating.
    Antarctica is bigger than the U.S. and Mexico combined, and it’s covered in dee
  • National Guard seeks Alaska Natives with subsistence skills

    David Smart is a third-generation serviceman from Hooper BayKYUK
    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission.
    BETHEL — The Army National Guard has announced the start of a three-year pilot program that gives waivers to Alaska Natives who might be trying to join the Guard, but face barriers to qualification. Some of these potential recruits have the very skills the military is looking for.
    Not only is the National Guard making it easier for Al
  • Alaska governor puts pension bond plan on hold

    Gov. Bill Walker says the state will not proceed with plans to sell bonds to help pay for Alaska’s pension obligations at this time, citing lack of support from Senate lawmakers.
    In a statement Tuesday, Walker said administration officials discussed the proposal with the Senate Finance Committee but did not get buy-in for the idea.
    While we believe the financial benefits of issuing state pension obligation bonds significantly outweigh the financial risks, we recognize the need for legislat
  • Many ‘worn out’ by campaign, survey of social media users shows

    In case you needed more evidence of the toll this divisive campaign is taking on America, a new survey says more than a third of social media users are “worn out” by the amount of political content they encounter. That’s nearly twice as many who say they welcome the political content they find on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
    The survey of more than 4500 adults was done by the Pew Research Center. It found that 37% of social media users report being worn out, compared to
  • Man sentenced for 2014 sexual assault of partially-disabled woman

    A Kotzebue man has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for sexually assaulting a partially disabled woman.
    John Douglas, 30, was arrested in May 2014 after grabbing the victim, attempting to pull down her pants, and trying to force her into the stairwell of a downtown Anchorage office building, according to a Department of Law news release.
    The assault was thwarted by nearby office workers, who heard the victim scream and chased Douglas as he attempted to flee the scene.
    At the s
  • Recipe Box: Apple Doughnuts

    The doughnut — in all its glory of icings, toppings and drizzles — is a breakfast staple. But Anchorage mom and blogger Lesleigh Frank recently took it one step further for her daughter’s third birthday.
    “I made pumpkin donuts and stacked them up on a big cake plate and then covered it in cream cheese frosting,” Frank said.
    In this week’s Recipe Box, Frank shares her recipe for homemade doughnuts. Instead of deep frying the batter, she uses the oven.
  • Bethel police investigate body found in home; no foul play suspected

    The body of a young woman found dead in a Bethel home Monday will be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.
    No foul play is suspected in the death of Deanna (Michaels) Pete, 33, of Bethel, according to a news release published on social media by the Bethel Police Department.
    Bethel police received a call of an unresponsive person around Bethel’s Atsaq Street about noon Monday.
    The investigation continues, and police are asking that anyone with information that might be
  • UN expert: Junk food is a human rights concern

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) – A U.N. expert says junk food is a human rights concern.
    Hilal Elver said Tuesday the rise of industrial food production combined with trade liberalization has allowed large corporations to flood the global market with cheap, nutrient-poor foods that force poor people to choose between economic viability and nutrition, effectively violating their right to adequate food.
    “Within the human rights framework, states are obliged to ensure effective measures to regulat
  • Man indicted for August machete attack in Anchorage

    A man was indicted last week by an Anchorage grand jury for allegedly attacking a woman with a machete, according to a Department of Law news release.
    Jonathan Anaruk, 19, faces one count of first-degree attempted murder, one count of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault, and two counts of third-degree assault.
    Police responded to the Aug. 18 incident near Anchorage’s Valley of the Moon Park and made contact with a woman covered in blood.
    Officers observed dee
  • Indians or Cubs, the World Series will put an end to one team’s drought

    The World Series opens Tuesday night between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs — essentially a matchup of long-suffering vs. longer-suffering.
    You can watch coverage of Game 1 in Cleveland starting at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
    The Indians last won a World Series in 1948, and the Cubs haven’t won since 1908. Fans and sportswriters are positively buzzing with excitement.
    “Most of us have never lived on a planet where one of those teams is the champion of the baseball world,&rdqu
  • Attempting to woo Latino voters, Marco Rubio gets booed at Orlando festival

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got booed off a stage in Orlando on Sunday by a crowd that was overwhelmingly Latino.
    It happened at Calle Orange, a street festival in downtown Orlando geared toward the city’s large Puerto Rican community. The icy reception was an indication of the challenges that Rubio, a Republican of Cuban heritage, has faced in locking down support from Latinos in Florida as the state’s Latino electorate has begun to shift to the left.
    Some Latinos, including several pe
  • Cancer Bites: Helping cancer patients get the nutrition they need

    One of the biggest struggles for cancer patients is finding an appetite, as many patients just aren’t hungry.
    Starting this week, a free cooking series called Cancer Bites kicks off in an effort to help patients get the nutrition and strength they need to battle cancer.
    It’s being put on by Anchorage and Valley Radiation Therapy Centers.
    Dietician Brisa Alegria will discuss the benefits of some ingredients, have recipes on hand and a meal prepared for attendees.
    The first C
  • We’ve seen this election before, in classic movies

    Andy Griffith as a pre-reality TV star turned populist in A Face in the Crowd. (Photo courtesy of The Kobal Collection / Warner Bros)
    We keep hearing that this election is like no other, but when I watch old movies, I often hear echoes of what’s going on in the campaign.
    The guy who opines in A Face in the Crowd (1957), say, that in the then-new age of television, “instead of long-winded public debates, people want capsule slogans.”
    Though the stellar ratings for this year&rsqu
  • Anchorage police respond to vehicle versus pedestrian hit-and-run

    The Anchorage Police Department (APD) is asking for help locating the driver of a sedan involved in a midtown Anchorage hit-and-run.According to APD, the collision was reported at 8:53 a.m., at A Street and Benson Boulevard. The vehicle ran a red light and struck the pedestrian, who had the right of way, police said.The driver fled the scene and headed east on Benson Boulevard.The pedestrian had not life-threatening injuries and was evaluated by the emergency responders, APD wrote in a release.
  • Simplified study aims to quickly test a long-shot ALS treatment

    Researchers have launched an innovative medical experiment that’s designed to provide quick answers while meeting the needs of patients, rather than drug companies.
    Traditional studies can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and can take many years. But patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease don’t have the time to wait. This progressive muscle-wasting disease is usually fatal within a few years.
    Scientists in an active online patient community id
  • Kongiginak tribal police officer charged with assault after drinking confiscated alcohol

    A tribal police officer from Kongiginak was charged with two counts of assault after he allegedly had a party with confiscated alcohol from the police station.
    Scott Hill, 25, a tribal police officer from Kongiginak, fought with Derek Black, 26, from Kongiginak while they were drinking alcohol that Hill took from the Tribal Police Station, according to a trooper dispatch.
    Black had to be treated at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel for injuries sustained during
  • Troopers rescue stranded campers after river freezes

    Three hunters were stranded at their campsite after the river they used to get there froze over while they were camping.
    Lester Pavila, 27, Gerrett Kashatok, 32, and Eugene Chadwick, 36, were stranded at their camp and had to be rescued, according to a Trooper dispatch.
    All of the men were from the village of Kipnuk.
    The river they traveled to get to their campsite froze over, and they were no longer able to use their boat.
    State Troopers picked them up by heli
  • APD: Robbers hit 2 Holiday Gas Stations

    Two early morning robberies at Anchorage Holiday Gas Stations are under investigation.
    The first robbery took place a 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at a gas station on Huffman Road, according to a release from the Anchorage Police Department (APD).
    Police were told two armed males, wearing black clothing and masks, entered the store with guns and demanded money, as well as cigarettes, from an employee. Police said they believe the suspects fled in a vehicle. A K9 search was done in the a
  • Alaska looks to boost employment with grant money

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The state of Alaska has received a $1 million grant to help bolster local employment within the state’s health care and aviation industries.
    The Alaska Public Radio Network reports (http://bit.ly/2dR6RKw ) the U.S. Department of Labor grant will support apprenticeship programs, which the state hopes will encourage more companies to hire Alaska residents.
    Ed Flanagan with the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development says the programs, which combine
  • Police: No suspects yet in late-night Anchorage homicide

    A male victim has died as a result of a shooting Monday night, according to the Anchorage Police Department.
    Multiple people called 911 just before 11 p.m. to report hearing shots fired in the area of Elm Street and Bluff Drive, police said in a statement.
    When police arrived in the area, they found the victim, who had been shot, outside a home on the 800 block of Elm Street.
    “He was declared deceased at the scene,” police wrote. “The death is being investigated as a homicide.&
  • Police identify man killed in Government Hill homicide

    Last updated at 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25
    The Anchorage Police Department (APD) has released the identity of a 29-year-old man who was shot and killed in Government Hill, late-Monday night, as Ian Alex Bobich.
    Bobich’s next of kin has been notified.
    In an updated release from police Tuesday morning, the agency said no arrests had been made.
    Just before 11 p.m., Monday police dispatch received several calls from people in the area reporting gunshots near Elm Street and East Bluff Drive
  • APD: Suspect in custody following shooting at Holiday gas station

    Last updated at 11:57 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24
    The Anchorage Police Department says someone has been hospitalized and another person is in custody following a shooting Monday night.
    The shooting occurred at the Holiday gas station near the intersection of E. 68th Avenue and Lake Otis Parkway, police said in a statement. It was reported just before 10:30 p.m., according to police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro.
    “One victim has been transported to a local hospital in critical condition
  • APD: Man remains in critical condition after late-night Holiday shooting

    Last updated at 10:18 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25
    The Anchorage Police Department has interviewed the man who shot and critically injured another man outside of a Holiday Gas Station on Lake Otis Parkway, near East 68th Avenue, but police have not pressed charges, the department said.
    In an update from the department Tuesday morning, they said the investigation is ongoing.
    The man who was shot remains in critical condition.
    APD said the men knew each other and had gotten into a verbal altercation p
  • Napaskiak celebrates opening its new school with the hope for a stronger community

    Napaskiak's new school will serve students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The new school opened on October 19, 2016Credit Celina Angaiak / LKSD
    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission.
    BETHEL — In rural Alaska villages, the school is often the center of community life. It’s not only the place where children go day after day to learn, play sports, and make friends. It’s where the community comes together for daily activi
  • Parents depend on Camp Fire to fill childcare void

    Before the bell rang for morning classes at Rogers Park Elementary School, third-grader Sabrina Mason had already been at school for an hour.
    She’s the fourth and final kid in her family to attend the Camp Fire before-school program.
    “I like that I get to hang out with friends that aren’t in my class and I like that everyone is nice to each other,” Sabrina said.
    There are about 30 before- and after-school sites for about 1,500 kids. For Ella Ede, Sabrina’s mother, t
  • Researchers link virus to Alaska birds with deformed beaks

    Black-capped chickadeeGraniteStateBirds/CreativeCommons
    Researchers in California and Alaska are hoping they’ve found what’s causing beaks of some bird species to grow twice as fast a normal.
    The disease is called avian keratin disorder. Affected birds grow beaks that are freakishly long and that sometimes curve up or down.
    Birds with the disease find it difficult to feed and preen. It has affected 6.5 percent of southcentral Alaska’s black-capped chickadees and 17 percent of
  • District attorney: Bethel police withheld evidence, witness in attempted murder case

    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission.
    BETHEL — The state is seeking a lesser assault charge in the case against Daniel Misner, who allegedly fired shots at a man in a residential neighborhood of Bethel earlier this year. Evidence that could have supported a charge of attempted murder was never submitted to the district attorney for his case.
    Gene Peltola, who witnessed the shooting, says Misner’s intent was clearly to kill his vic
  • Behind the Ballot: Don Young, Alaska’s longest-serving Congressman

    After 43 years as Alaska’s lone voice in the U.S. House of Representatives, Don Young says he’s ready for another round in Congress.
    “I’ve got a reputation — if I say it’s good for Alaska, I do my homework, I go to the floor, they will in fact vote with me,” Young said of his career — and he has the credit to back him up.
    Last year, The Washington Post named him the fifth most effective Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, when it comes
  • Alaska Republican Party claims Joe Miller violated election laws

    The Alaska Republican Party chairman announced a complaint Monday against former party member Joe Miller, saying he violated election laws while running for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian.
    Chairman Tuckerman Babcock’s complaint to the Office of General Counsel lists a number of alleged violations, including Miller’s use of his news website Restoring Liberty as a campaign site. Babcock also alleged that Miller accepted illegal contributions and attempted to trick voters into t
  • Volunteers donate more than a thousand pairs of winter boots to city’s needy

    As temperatures drop, most of us begin digging out our winter clothing, but for some people, finding the gear to stay warm and dry isn’t easy. More than 300 people got a boost in that direction on Monday when they received new, warm winter boots.
    The boots were distributed at Bean’s Cafe, donated by the Las Vegas-based charity SAVEarth.
    Mike Baumbach got a pair. Baumbach said he walks about 20 miles every day, from Bean’s to a part time job in Spenard, around town, then ba
  • $50k of wine, coins stolen from garage in latest misfortune for Anchorage restaurateur

    It has been a tough year for Van Hale.
    The well-known owner of Marx Bros. Café and Van’s Dive Bar lost his mother in May. On his way home from her memorial service, his home caught fire. He moved to a new house with his wife, where her car was broken into twice. His car was stolen twice. Finally, the weekend of Oct. 16, his downtown Anchorage garage was burglarized.
    “I couldn’t believe it after everything else happened,” Hale said outside the garage Monday.
    The doo
  • Troopers: Tribal police officer arrested for evidence theft and assault

    Alaska State Troopers say they arrested a tribal police officer (TPO) after he stole alcohol being held as evidence, drank it and then fought a man, putting him in the hospital.
    Troopers were first called to the village of Kongiganak around 5 p.m. on Thursday to investigate a fight, according to an online dispatch.
    One of the men involved in the fight, 26-year-old Derek Black, was being treated at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital for injuries he suffered during the fight
  • Alaska GOP accuses Joe Miller of campaign finance violations

    Joe Miller, with family in front row on stage. (Photo by Liz Ruskin/APRN)
    The Alaska Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller.
    The GOP alleges Miller is misusing campaign dollars to inflate his real level of support.
    The five-page complaint submitted Monday alleges Miller has made numerous violations of federal campaign finance laws — the majority connected to using his for-profit conservative
  • Juneau Afternoon – 10-25-16

    Tuesday on A Juneau Afternoon,
    We’ll find out about this weekend’s Community Reading of the new Harry Potter play;
    Lauren Anderson, from the Treadwell Ice Arena, and Saralyn Tabatchnik, from AWARE, will be here to discuss Wednesday’s Purple Skate;
    We’ll talk with activist/musician Emmanuel Jal;
    And we’ll find out about Elementary School Instructional Coaches.
    That, Writer’s Almanac, Bird Note, music and more, today on A Juneau Afternoon, live at 3 on KTOO-News
  • With testing underway, marijuana shops prepare to open in Alaska

    Shannon Ballard/KTVAIt’s been almost two years since Alaskans voted to legalize marijuana, but it wasn’t until Monday morning that the industry took a crucial step forward. The first cannabis testing facility is now up and running.
    CannTest, LLC is nestled in Ship Creek. For its three-man staff, breaking in their instruments feels like a milestone.
    By 10:30 a.m., the business had already taken in 15 samples from two cultivators on the Kenai Peninsula — Greatland
  • Investigators say Jane Doe found in Wisconsin may have lived in Alaska

    Jane Doe, as rendered by forensic artistsNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children/National Missing and Unidentified Persons System
    “In the early morning of July 21, 1999 a man walking his dog along a rural road in Racine County, Wisconsin was the first person to find a young female, dead, left alone, along the edge of a cornfield.” –National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    This is the scene described in a plea from the National Center for M
  • Absentee and early voting opens for general election

    Absentee and early in-person voting is now open in Alaska for the Nov. 8 general election. Two polling stations are open in the capital city.
    Juneau residents can cast their votes at the State Office Building and at the Alaska Division of Elections’s regional office in the Mendenhall Mall Annex weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    Some weekend hours are also available Nov. 5 and 6 at the mall site.

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