Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media
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After being told innumerable times that maybe she asked too many questions, Anne Hillman decided to pursue a career in journalism. She's reported from around Alaska since 2007 and briefly worked as a community radio journalism trainer in rural South Sudan. ahillman (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8447  |  About Anne

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will host a Senate field hearing focused on Alaska Native education during this year's annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives. During the hearing, educators from around the state will talk about culturally-relevant approaches for educating Alaskans such as those developed by the North Slope Borough School District and through partnerships with Native organizations. The hearing will take place at 4 pm on Friday in the Dena'ina Center. The AFN convention starts today.

Alaska State Troopers have released the name of the man shot in a cabin 25 miles west of Willow, though they still do not have a clear picture of what happened that night. Sixty-one year old John Charles Lamb was shot once at his residence on Hiline Lake. His wife and two young children were present when the shooting occurred. The investigation is ongoing.

Divers have successfully recovered the remains of the pilot who died in Tikchik Lake just north of Dillingham. Seventy-one-year-old Newt Ball crashed into the lake on Oct. 7 when going out to pick up a hunter and a guide.

Troopers are investigating the death of a 61-year old man in a cabin about 25 miles west of Willow. Law enforcement was notified of a gunshot victim needing help at about 7:45 on Monday evening.

An autopsy reveals that the man involved with the Trooper shooting near Wasilla early on Saturday morning died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

The First Alaskans Institute is hosting the Elders and Youth Conference in Anchorage this week. The conference gives elders and youth from around the state a chance to learn from each other and pass on Native cultures.

A Fairbanks man was sentenced to nearly 5 years in jail for his role in a drug conspiracy. Twenty-two year old Adrian Steele and his co-conspirators trafficked crack, cocaine, and oxycodone through fake record labels, one of which was named after the south Fairbanks area where they sold most of their drugs.

Alaska State Troopers seized a meth lab in Hoonah on Friday. Forty-nine year old Gary Chamblin of Hoonah and 36-year-old David Pierce of Oregon had methamphetamines and the chemicals and equipment used to make more in a commercial storage facility in the village of 750 people in Southeast Alaska. They were sent to a correctional facility in Juneau with a bail set at $50,000 each.

The Anchorage Police Department identified the body found in Mountain View as 62-year-old Marie Andrews. The cause of death is still under investigation. Two bodies were found outdoors in Anchorage last week. They are thought to be unrelated.

An army sergeant was found dead in his car last week in Anchorage from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 25-year-old Sgt. Brent Steven Barnett-Lamothe was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and originally from Highland, California. He returned from a deployment to Afghanistan last month. His next of kin have been notified. The army has reported over 210 suspected suicides this year, one of the highest rates ever.

The Ted Stevens International Airport was shut down for about three hours at around midnight on Sunday after a passenger made a joke about a bomb in a suitcase. The Anchorage Daily News reports that 44-year-old Peter Friesema, a hockey referee from Colorado, joked that his friend’s bag could have a bomb in it. The airport was evacuated, people were stuck waiting in the cold, and about half a dozen flights were impacted.

An Alaska State Trooper was shot and a man died during a traffic stop near Wasilla around 4 a.m. on Saturday. According to department reports, the trooper was gathering information on three people in the vehicle when 22-year-old Nicholas Leo Frazier of Anchorage got out of the van and started shooting at the trooper with a handgun. The trooper was wounded but returned fire.

Thursday night the Coast Guard suspended its search for a fisherman who went overboard about 90 miles southwest of Kodiak on Thursday morning.

Searchers located the plane that crashed north of Dillingham in about 40 feet of water at the bottom of Tikchik Lake on Tuesday evening. As of last night, State troopers have not yet reported finding the body of the pilot and sole victim, 71-year-old Albert “Newt” Ball.

Two men died in separate boating accidents in Southcentral Alaska on Monday. According to State Trooper reports, at around 5 p.m. on Monday three men were boating up Twenty Mile River when the prop hit a log and the aluminum boat was pushed into a log jam.

This week we’re bringing you the first in a new reporting series from the producers of Kids These Days! In twelve reports from across the state, they’re asking the question: “What’s it like to be young in rural Alaska?” Today, Sarah Gonzales in Kake and Anne Hillman in Barrow find out why teaching indigenous language to children is so important.

Family members of an Anchorage woman who went missing in July reported finding her sweatshirt near Six Mile Creek this Sunday, about half a mile from where she was last seen. A kayaker found what was thought to be Valerie Sifsof’s shirt in the same area in late August. State trooper reports say the area has been flooded with rains and high waters since then, but they will search the area with cadaver dogs as soon as conditions allow it. Forty-three year old Sifsof was last seen when on a camping trip near mile 64 of the Seward Highway on July 7.

The Center for Disease Control says that Alaska is not one of the 23 states that received a contaminated epidural steroid injection product. The injection has caused fungal meningitis in 91 patients in the Lower 48. Seven have died. The company that produced the injection has voluntarily recalled all of its products.

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital when an East Anchorage home caught on fire on Saturday evening. The Anchorage Fire Department said that smoke and flames were visible from the residence when the first of 15 fire crews arrived on scene at about 8 p.m. The small house sustained about $30,000 of damage. The cause is under investigation.

The State of Alaska will receive just over half a million dollars from an international health care company because the company illegally marketed a drug to nursing homes.