Archive for January 7th, 2013
An Alaska militia member will serve nearly 26 years in a federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and to amass weapons. Lonnie Vernon was sentenced today during a combative session in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, at which he denied the authority of the court, the judge and prosecutors.
Shell’s Kulluk drill rig has successfully been anchored in Kiliuda Bay, on the east side of Kodiak Island. It took the Kulluk about 12 hours to be towed 45 miles to the bay. It was re-floated a little after 10 p.m. last night.
A list of nearly 60 bills and resolutions was released today in preparation for the upcoming legislative session in Juneau. The pre filed bills include everything from new gas line legislation to a call for pharmacy record audits.
- Pre-Filed Bills for 2013 (PDF)
An arrest has been made in connection with the fire that burned a midtown Anchorage apartment building last week. Late Friday the Anchorage Fire Department announced that Jenae Collins had been arrested and charged. Officials with the Anchorage Fire Department say they believe it was arson.
The big question in Southeast Alaska this weekend was, “Did you feel the quake?” In some communities, it was, “Where’d you evacuate too?” or “Did anything break?” The 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck at 11:58 p.m. Friday, with more than a dozen weaker aftershocks following for hours. The temblor, which some called “The Midnight Quake,” hit about 60 miles west of Craig, on Prince of Wales Island. KRBD’s Leila Kheiry talked to people in Ketchikan and on Prince of Wales Island about the quake and its aftereffects.
One thing teachers and parents hope to see from their students is motivation, to show a little enthusiasm daily about learning something new, to embrace a challenge, to make productive use of their time in school each day. In the Automotive Class at Dillingham High School, students undertake routine maintenance on vehicles for free, if owners provide the parts and materials. The students are not only becoming pretty good at what they do, they’re also excited about it doing it. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger noticed the students’ motivation when he dropped his truck off for some maintenance.
There’s more scientific evidence that sea otters reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. That has meaning for Southeast Alaska, where the population is booming, and Southwest Alaska, where it’s dropped.
When it comes to snowfall, this winter and last winter in Anchorage are wide apart. So far the difference is more than 45 inches when comparing last year’s bounty and this year’s skimpy amounts of the white stuff.
Monday, Jan. 7, is Christmas Day on the Julian calendar observed by the Eastern Orthodox Christians. Western churches and most secular institutions follow the Gregorian calendar. In both calendars, however, Christmas falls on December 25th.
Lonnie, Karen Vernon Sentenced In Militia Trials; Shell Drill Rig Anchored In Kiliuda Bay; Nearly 60 Bills Pre-Filed For Upcoming State Legislative Session; Investigation Of Anchorage Apartment Fire Points To Arson, Woman Charged; POW Residents Feel Quake, Head To High Ground; Study: Otters Eating Sea Urchins Reduces Greenhouse Gas; Dillingham Students Embrace Automotive Class; 2 Winters Wide Apart; Eastern Orthodox Christians Celebrate Christmas Today
When: Wednesday, January 30
Where: Providence Alaska Medical Center, East Auditorium (basement level)
Time: 6:00 -7:30 p.m. – light refreshments will be served.
In order to estimate seating and refreshments, please RSVP to reserve your space for this… Read More
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to change the world, or at least go play in it for a while.
That’s right, Telluride’s MOUNTAINFILM on Tour, which features the best selections from America’s premier festival of mountain, adventure, cultural, and environmental film is coming to Anchorage.
At about 10:10 p.m. last night, the Royal Dutch Shell drilling vessel Kulluk was refloated from Sitkalidak Island, where it has sat for a week. The rig went aground after breaking its tow in a severe storm and washed ashore on New Year’s Eve.
Alaska’s 28th legislature meets in Juneau on Jan. 15. Some legislators have already filed bills in advance of the 90 day session. Democratic Senator Bill Wielechowski of Anchorage has pre-filed a bill that allows active-duty military members who have maintained their Alaska residency while outside the state to retain their Permanent Fund dividend eligibility.
Kids These Days! is back with a special 4-part series on Family Mental Health! Join the whole Kids These Days! team as we delve into issues that affect our kids, ourselves and our communities. From learning what to do in a mental health crisis, to how schools manage behavioral health issues to supporting our caregivers and helping adult children transition to independence, those are the conversation on a special mental health series airing Tuesdays in January.