As commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard, I am responsible for ensuring all personnel aggressively root out any harassment, hostile work environments, sexual assault or trading of sexual favors. Unequivocally, these actions have no place in America’s work environment. This responsibility to our military family and our state workforce is nonnegotiable.
On a bright July day, Auke Bay’s Don Statter Harbor was overflowing with commercial fishing vessels. Each slip appeared to be filled, as fishermen from across the state and the Pacific Northwest arrived to participate in the opening of a scheduled salmon fishery.
The Anchorage School District is starting the budget process for the 2014-15 school year — and its wants the public to weigh in. A meeting will be held today (Thursday, Nov. 7) at Gruening Middle School at 6 p.m. The district is looking to cut $20 million to $25 million from the budget for next year, ASD spokesperson Heidi Embley said. The meeting will give the public a forum to share its thoughts on where the cuts should come from.
The mother of a newborn baby that was found dead in an Eagle River park Oct. 15 was charged with second-degree murder Friday, Oct. 25.
Two people died in an early morning shooting Oct. 17 in Chugiak. After its preliminary investigation, Anchorage Police said it was a murder-suicide that killed Nita Kilapsuk, 40, and Michael Hagood, 49. Kilapsuk, of Nuiqsut, called police just after 4 a.m. to report a verbal argument between her and Hagood, Kilapsuk’s boyfriend. During the call, Kilapsuk said she wanted to leave the residence — a converted People Move bus — on the 21000 block of Valley Avenue, but Hagood, of Anchorage, had a gun and wouldn’t let her leave, APD said.
Five people who drove onto mudflats on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and got stuck were rescued by helicopter Saturday, Oct. 19. A husband and wife got stuck while off-roading in a jeep on Route Bravo Road, said Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Matteson, a battalion chief with the 673rd Civil Engineering Squadron.
Out of the ashes of arson, a new home was created for Alaska’s Girl Scouts. The 40-acre property, Camp Singing Hills, is located on the banks of Edmonds Lake in Chugiak. The camp will include a three-floor lodge — complete with a kitchen, showers and loft sleeping quarters — canoe storage and a dock, and four yurts for year-round camping. Outdoor education sites, two trails and a playing field will surround the buildings.
The Alaska Fine Arts Academy has several ongoing programs and activities. Here’s a look at what they offer: Play continues: The final two shows of “Shake, Rattle and Rot: The Zombie Musical” will be put on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.akfinearts.org or by calling 694-8909. General admission is $14 — seniors, military and children 12 and younger are $12.
The Anchorage Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a sexual assault suspect. An arrest warrant has been issued for James Kim, 56, for one count of first-degree attempted sexual assault and one count of second-degree sexual assault, APD said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 23. The accusations stem from a report by a female that Kim sexually assaulted her in late August.
A shooting in Chugiak that resulted in two deaths is being called a murder-suicide, according to Anchorage Police.