Alaska Wildlife Troopers have once again hit the trail, this time snowmachining more than 1,000 miles across Alaska in less than a week in an effort to prevent suicides. This year, Alaska Wildlife Troopers Darrell Hildebrand, Thomas Akelkok, and Jon Simeon planned an ambitious journey to reach adults and school children in eight villages in rural Alaska. Other troopers joined the expedition for sections of the trek as they wound their way from Manley Hot Springs to Nome and back. The trip launched on March 16 and troopers are expected to reach Nome on March 21. Ruby was the first school on the visit followed by schools in Unalakleet, Shaktoolik, Koyuk, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain, and Nome.
A structure fire destroyed a Chugiak home on March 1. According to Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department public information officer David Eastman, the department was dispatched at 8:11 p.m. March 1 to a fire at 15419 Old Glenn Highway, after a passing motorist had observed smoke in the are Eight Chugiak Fire Department units responded.
Each year, the Anchorage Police Department, via the STOP (Serious Traffic Offender Program), recognizes officers with the most citations issued for vehicles traveling more than 100 miles per hour.
Adam Kasgnoc of Anchorage was convicted by an Anchorage jury on Feb. 26 of sexually assaulting his then 20 year old daughter in his Spenard apartment in Anchorage. The jury also found him guilty of incest.
An SUV hit the backside of an Eagle River school bus on Feb. 25. The bus was transporting students home from school. According to Anchorage Police Department, an SUV-type vehicle hit the bus at approximately 2:21 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued three snowmachiners stranded in the Talkeetna Mountains on Feb. 25. Four snowmachiners had set out for a ride in the Talkeetna Mountains when they became stuck, according to Lt. Col. John Morse, deputy director of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.