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The State Medical Examiner's Office will pay for the cost of transporting the body of teenager who died in Selawik last week after troopers say she was given alcohol and later sexually assaulted by a substitute village police officer.

"The state is going to reimburse the funeral home" for the cost of shipping the girl's remains, said Department of Health and Social Services spokeswoman Dawnell Smith.

Any other costs associated with the teen's funeral are the responsibility of the family, Smith said.

Any time an autopsy is conducted, it's the responsibility of the medical examiner's office to pay to transport the person's remains back to the community where the death occurred, according to Smith and the office's website.

Lois Cleveland, 16, died after drinking with Brent Norton, 29, a substitute village police officer who was arrested on felony charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor and sexual assault with an incapacitated person. Norton was out on bail at the time in connection with another case involving giving booze to a 13-year-old girl in Selawik, a village that bans alcohol.

Lois' mother, Minnie Cleveland, has returned to Selawik with her daughter's body for burial, said a man who answered a family cell phone. The man would not give his name.


A grieving mother from Selawik is calling for more police in the Northwest Arctic village after the death of her 16-year-old girl led to charges against a substitute village police officer.

Minnie Cleveland, the mother of the teen, said she learned of the death while awaiting breast cancer surgery in Anchorage. Cleveland says she does not know how she will be able to afford to get Lois' body back to Selawik, some 500 miles from Anchorage.


The Medical Examiner’s Office has finished an autopsy and Cleveland said she hopes to bring Lois home for burial by Thanksgiving but has been unable to raise the $5,920 needed for a funeral and flight.

Cleveland is the mother of three sons.

“Now I have no more girls,” she said. A previous daughter died of illness.

Charges filed in the case say that Lois Cleveland had gone to another teen's house where 29-year-old Brent Norton provided them with a bottle of Rich & Rare whiskey. Court papers say he sexually assaulted Lois after she was incapacitated.

Norton is a substitute village police officer, according to colleagues, who had been out on bail in connection with an earlier felony case of furnishing alcohol to 13-year-old. He previously pleaded guilty to bringing alcohol to a dry village in 2012. Norton received a law enforcement award  from the Alaska Federation of Natives in October.

...Minnie Cleveland cancelled her surgery to deal with her daughter’s death, she said. On Tuesday afternoon, she attended the teen's funeral.

Minnie is hoping that Selawik, a village of more than 840, will hire more law enforcement officers so that what happened to her daughter won’t occur again, she said. The Inupiaq village, located in the Northwest Arctic, has two Alaska State troopers who rotate shifts of two weeks on and two weeks off. Selawik also has a handful of village police officers.

“It’s kind of a wild place,” Minnie Cleveland said.

Selawik’s tribal administrator also said a stronger law enforcement presence is needed. Tanya Ballot said she has asked for the city administrator to “double up on the VPOs,” not just to react to crime but to try to prevent it.

Selawik voted to ban alcohol in 1986. But illegal imports of alcohol and bootlegging are a problem, Ballot said. Now that the ground and rivers are frozen, people can snow machine from Selawik to other villages where alcohol isn’t banned, she said.

Besides grieving the loss of her daughter and coping with her own illness, Minnie was concerned Tuesday because she said she does not know how she will pay Legacy Funeral Homes, which is handling arrangements for Lois.

Minnie said she’ll stay in Anchorage with her daughter’s body until she figures something out.

“I’m not leaving. I’ll take her home,” she said.

Minnie said she’s called some victim services organizations but had gotten no response so far.

Kate Hudson, an administrator with the Violent Crimes Compensation Board, confirmed late Tuesday that she had received a phone call from Cleveland earlier in the day and was planning to get in touch with her.

Minnie Cleveland said an account has been set up to gather donations for the funeral and travel expenses at Alaska USA, account No. 1700044369558.

Troopers arrested Norton on Wednesday. He is charged with felony furnishing alcohol to a minor and felony sexual assault with an incapacitated person. He’s being held at the Kotzebue jail on $50,000 bail cash or bond. A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled for Wednesday.

RELATED: Selawik - Little to no law in sight (2009)

RELATED: Jailed after teen's death, Selawik officer was already facing charges


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Heavy rain in the Anchorage area on Wednesday night into Thursday could lead to pooling of water on area roads and high water on streams, according to the National Weather Service.

Rapidly melting snow from warm temperatures has already raised water levels on Chester and Campbell Creeks.

Drivers should prepare to slow down in places where large pools of water are known to collect.

People near streams should prepare for unseasonably high water levels, the weather service says.

The weather alert includes Anchorage, Eagle River, Indian, and Eklutna.


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A new pilot project to serve homeless women in Anchorage gets underway starting Monday.

The Downtown Soup Kitchen will begin opening its doors to up to 30 homeless women a night once the temperature dips below 45 degrees.

The soup kitchen, located at 240 East 3rd Ave., will send a van to Brother Francis Shelter to pick up the women at 9 p.m. and take them in for the night, providing a snack and recovery services in the evening and job training in the morning, said executive director Sherrie Laurie.

“We’re starting a bakery so they’ll be getting job skills,” Laurie said.

The women will also get training in housekeeping so they can be prepared to seek employment in the hospitality industry, Laurie said.

If the pilot program is successful, the soup kitchen might consider expanding it in the future.


Catholic Social Services, which runs Brother Francis, reached out to Laurie last year because the number of homeless people in Anchorage was expanded and shelter space was getting maxed out, she said.

“There was such a need,” Laurie said.

Both men and women stay at Brother Francis and sometimes women who have experienced sexual abuse or other trauma don’t feel safe staying in a co-ed shelter, said Laurie. One of the advantages of the Downtown Soup Kitchen shelter is that it’s a single-sex environment and that can add an extra layer of emotional security for clients.

Brother Francis has a maximum capacity of 240 beds, said program director Lisa Calderia. When it reaches that number, the shelter can take an additional 124 men to Bean’s Café.

When temperatures fall below 45 degrees, seven Anchorage churches can provide emergency shelter. They are Central Lutheran Church, Muldoon Community Assembly Church, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Anchorage City Church, Changepoint, First Presbyterian Church and Cornerstone Church, said Dave Kuiper, with the Beyond Shelter Steering Committee, an organization that coordinates emergency cold weather shelter for families in Anchorage churches.


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As state and municipal lawmakers draw nearer to finalizing regulations, Marijuana Control Board chairman Bruce Schulte has recommended that marijuana entrepreneurs start preparing soon for license applications.

Schulte said aspiring marijuana business owners should prioritize forming a business plan, finding a location, and reading the entire regulations package.

"They're going to want to choose their real estate very carefully, particularly in Anchorage," says Schulte. "As in other communities, there may be other local zoning issues they want to take into account."

Cultivation or dispensaries will not be allowed to operate within 500 feet of a school, youth center, correctional facility or church according to state regulations. Additional zoning requirements may be laid out by local governments.

The municipality of Anchorage created a map that shows the buffer zone around Anchorage's many schools and the areas where marijuana businesses may or may not be legally established.

Schulte says another good tip for prospective businesses is to talk to the community council in the area.

"Find out when their next meeting is, go there and introduce yourself, let them know that you're interested and find out if they're amendable to having your kind of businesses."

Applications for marijuana business licenses will likely be accepted Feb. 24 2016. The MCB expects to award licenses at the end of May. These dates could be pushed out if the Department of Law takes longer than anticipated to approve and file the regulations than anticipated. 


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FAIRBANKS — A not-guilty plea has been entered in the case of a 37-year-old man accused of repeatedly raping a woman and holding her captive for five weeks in rural Alaska.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Daniel Selovich of Manley Hot Springs was arraigned Tuesday in Fairbanks Superior Court, where his public defender entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

The attorney also requested a jury trial for Selovich, who faces kidnapping, sexual assault and assault charges.

The woman told Alaska State Troopers Selovich took her to his property south of Manley Springs on Oct. 1 and held her there while raping and beating her.

The woman contacted a friend through Facebook Messenger, and Selovich was arrested Nov. 8 when he and the woman were brought to Fairbanks. The woman was hospitalized.


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The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District has closed several schools today due to continued icy road conditions.

The schools closed today are Big Lake, Houston Middle, Houston High, Willow, Beryozova, Su Valley Jr/Sr High, Talkeetna, and Trapper Creek.

All other schools are open, according to the district.

Alaska Middle College School is also open.

Houston High School is closed but students are being transported by bus from their normal bus stops to Mat-Su Career & Technical High School. Those buses are running as normal today to transport from stops to CTHS for Houston High School students only. Classes are closed at Houston High. 

The Anchorage and Mat-Su are experiencing unseasonably mild and near record warmth and it's expected for another two days.

Rain and melting snow may lead to flooding concerns by late Thursday into Friday.

There's a chance of snow Friday into Saturday, then clearing and slightly colder through the weekend.


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Hundreds of homeless and in-need children across Anchorage will have at least one gift to open this holiday season thanks to volunteers stuffing backpacks with $50 worth of goodies.

It’s called the Shoebox Program, an effort started in 2002 by a woman who filled shoeboxes with holiday items for local kids. That soon turned into an annual charity event taken on by the Anchorage Home Builders Association.

Most of the children, ages four to 13, live in shelters and would not normally have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas, but the program helps to change that.

After the backpacks are created, school counselors, nurses and family-school coordinators facilitate the program within different area schools.

“They ask teachers to identify students that may be in hardship or in need this Christmas,” Wendy Zorea, Assistant Principal at Muldoon & Tyson Elementary said.

Inside the backpacks, volunteers pack toys, games, hygiene items, candy and other things youth might find fun.

The organization asks those donating gifts to refrain from adding in battery-operated toys, because they may not be able to be replaced.

This year, AHBA plans to give away around 700 backpacks due to a growing need in the community.


Students will receive their bundles the day before Christmas break.

Items have been collected since the first week of November.

For those looking to get involved there are a couple of options: buy a backpack and stuff it yourself or donate $50 to the organization and the volunteers will chose items to include.

If you’re looking to help the cause and donate items or funds, contact AHBA Executive Director Nikki Giordano at (907) 522-3605.


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The Anchorage Home Builders Association is teaming up with ASD school nurses to give to students who are in need.


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The Anchorage Assembly voted 7-4 Tuesday to approve a proposed city budget of $481 million, $3.5 million less than what was allocated last year.

Assembly members mulled a long list of 48 amendments to the proposal, all calling for even deeper cuts to the city budget in areas such as non-profit funding. Forty of the proposed changes came from Chugiak Assembly Member Amy Demboski.

While some of the amendments received votes of support, none ultimately ended up passing, allowing Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s original budget proposal to move forward to the final vote mostly unchanged.

“We’re going to watch over this incredibly closely,” Mayor Berkowitz said. “I understand the concerns that have been voiced here, but I think it’s really important.”

Mayor Berkowitz’s budget plan will increase spending on public safety and increase property taxes to $50 per $300,000 in home value.

In a separate vote, the Assembly unanimously approved a $338 million capital spending plan, which approves $58.8 million in city bonds, with the rest coming from federal and state sources.


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Two Wasilla men have received prison sentences for their roles in a bank robbery that occurred in Wasilla last year, the US Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Jason L. Wood, 35, entered the Key Bank branch in Wasilla on April 23, 2014, wearing clothes he had shoplifted from a Fred Meyer store earlier that day. Wood demanded cash from the teller while his accomplice Lawrence L. Niesen, 39, waited outside in the getaway vehicle.

RELATED: 2 charged with robbing Wasilla bank; suspect wore shoplifted clothes

After the robbery, the two men fled to a friend’s house where they divided the undisclosed amount of cash.

The two men were indicted by a federal grand jury in June of this year. Wood received a federal prison sentence of 36 months while Niesen was sentenced to 32 months, the US Attorney’s Office said.

“In imposing the sentences on the two men, Chief United States District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline noted that both men had significant heroin addiction problems which appeared to be the impetus for the robbery,” the US Attorney’s Office said in a press release Tuesday.


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One of two men hospitalized with a gunshot wound late Monday afternoon has died, Anchorage police say.

Neither his name nor that of the other man shot has been released.

Police continue to investigate the shooting at a residence on the 4300 block of Wisconsin Street. Two gunshot wound victims were taken to a local hospital. One of was pronounced dead at the hospital a few hours after the incident. The other victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

No one has been charged in the shooting at this time. If anyone has additional information, please contact Anchorage Police at 786-8900, and press “0” to speak with a dispatcher. Additional information will be released as it comes available.


Two men rushed to area hospitals with gunshot wounds Monday evening are still alive "as far as I know," said Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell early Tuesday morning.

Police are still not releasing their names as the investigation into the shooting on Wisconsin Avenue continues. They expect to share some more details later Tuesday morning.


Two men were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds after a shooting on the 4300 block of Wisconsin Avenue in West Anchorage Monday evening, Anchorage police said.


The two men were shot when they confronted a male resident at his home on the 4300 block of Wisconsin Street, police said Monday night. According to witnesses, all three men knew each other. 

Police responded to the incident at around 5:20 pm.

The shooter is in custody and being interviewed by detectives. No charges have yet been filed, police said.

The condition of the victims and the cause of the dispute are unknown. Investigation is ongoing, police said.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.


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Anchorage officials have announced plans for major upgrades to the downtown Transit Center after it was deemed a dangerous eyesore to the community.

Promising a rebuilt transit center at no cost to the taxpayers, the Anchorage Community Development Authority (ACDA) announced Tuesday their organization would fund a complete redesign to the municipality’s main bus station with a two prong strategy, including both cosmetic and operational changes.

For the next five to six months, construction at the transit center is expected to “shut it and gut it,” said ACDA executive director Andrew Halcro.

The changes will include a new brick facade, new exterior benches, increased security monitoring, better lighting throughout the building and earlier closing hours for the facility's biggest crime magnet, the bathroom.

During construction, the transit center’s bus stop and the businesses leased within the building will remain open.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said the municipality is dedicated to supporting the project. He said a new transit center could be the core of new economic development to the surrounding downtown businesses.

So far in 2015, emergency services have been called to the Transit Center 470 times, removing 4,743 transients from the building. Halcro said the facility has become a city hub for crime, attracting drug traffickers, prostitutes and a handful of homeless people who spend the entire day inside the facility without using any of the bus services.


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Department of Transportation personnel continued working until nightfall to clear Hatcher Pass Road after it was buried under 8 feet of snow following an avalanche Tuesday morning.

Officials say travelers need to continue exercising caution as recent weather conditions have created snow pack susceptible to sliding.

"It's just not a good foundation to put this 10 to 12 inches of fresh wet snow that we got last night," DOT Avalanche Specialist Jim Kennedy said.

No timeline has yet been given for when the road will be cleared. DOT says it will continually scan the mountains to make sure there's no risk for another avalanche as its crews work throughout the week.


The Department of Transportation says it will work until nightfall to clear more than 8 feet of snow from Archangel Road at Hatcher Pass. Officials say people need to be careful as the weather the last couple weeks has made an upside down cake of slide-prone snow pack.  "It's just not a good foundation to put this 10 to 12 inches of fresh wet snow that we got last night," DOT Avalanche Specialist Jim Kennedy said. There is no time table for when the road will be cleared. DOT says it will continually scan the mountains to make sure there's no risk for avalanche as its crews work throughout the week. 

1:15 P.M. UPDATE:

Hatcher Pass Road is closed today following a "significant" avalanche and the public is being asked to avoid the area. Separately, a 33-year-old skier has been missing Sunday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

"We are currently in a high-avalanche danger cycle so we do don't recommend travel in (the area) at this time," said Jed Workman, director of the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center. 

The slide blocking the road to Hatcher Pass came from Marmot Mountain and is crossing the road at Mile 15, with as much as 12 to 14 feet of snow covering the highest point, Workman said.

It appears to be unrelated to the missing skier, but Workman said that has not been determined for certain. 

Liam Walsh was last seen at noon Sunday, according to troopers. He told friends and family he planned to ski in the Hatcher Pass area and failed to return that night. He was reported missing Monday night, troopers say.

His vehicle has been found at a nearby parking lot.

Poor weather and dangerous avalanche conditions have hampered the search, according to troopers. 

The state Transportation Department is headed to the area to assess the situation and determine if it is safe enough to clear the road. “Without visibility I think it’s going t be very difficult right now," Workman said. 

Recent snowfalls have increased the danger. 

"The temperatures are rising. If it turns to rain, we will see more avalanches and large ones," Workman said.

The Transportation Department issued the following statement:

Recent snow events at Hatcher Pass have created very unstable snow conditions over the past several days and resulted in numerous avalanches throughout the Talkeetna Mountains in the Hatcher Pass area. This morning, a significant slide occurred near mile 15 that completely closed the road to traffic. The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities avalanche team is on scene and will be performing risk assessments before attempting to clear the road. The road is currently closed at the Gold Mint Parking area until further notice.


The public is being asked to avoid the Hatcher Pass area today following an avalanche that has blocked the roadway.

The snow slide occurred half a mile from Archangel Road, according to Alaska State Troopers. The road into Hatcher Pass is now closed beyond the Gold Mint parking lot, troopers wrote in a dispatch posted online.

“The public is being asked to avoid the area until state park rangers can address the current avalanche and can assess and provide updated backcountry conditions to the public regarding recreation in the area,” troopers wrote. 


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An Anchorage man has been convicted of various drug and weapons charges after a lengthy investigation into a family-run drug ring led to the arrest of him and his two sons in Jan. 2013.

William Patrick, 59, could face up to 20 years in prison for previous heroin and marijuana distribution convictions as well as an additional five years for other convictions, the District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Patrick and his two sons Jared Patrick and John Patrick were arrested along with four other accomplices after authorities raided numerous residences in January 2013. The raids were the culmination of a months-long investigation into the family’s alleged drug distribution enterprise which relied on using other to smuggle heroin into Alaska from California, prosecutors said.

In William Patrick’s residence, police seized large quantities, of heroin, marijuana, and cash as well as firearms and drug paraphernalia. Patrick’s vehicles and over $120,000 cash in safety deposit boxes were also seized during the raids, the District Attorney said.

“An experienced narcotics detective testified that the amount of heroin seized from William Patrick’s residence is among the largest he has seen. The heroin could be divided into about 2,500 doses and sold for more than $120,000 on the street,” prosecutors wrote in a press release Tuesday.

A sentencing hearing for Patrick is scheduled for Jan. 8 of next year.

According to prosecutors, all seven co-defendants in this case have now been convicted.


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A cable TV hunting show host and four other hunters have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in a multi-year poaching operation in Alaska's Noatak National Preserve, according to federal prosecutors.

Syndicate TV show host Clark W. Dixon, 41, of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, pleaded guilty on Monday before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline to two felony violations of the Lacey Act for his role in the illegal take of a brown bear. The take involved a number of hunting law violations. These included same day airborne hunting, hunting without proper non-resident tags and permits, and the illegal transporting and outfitting of non-resident hunters, according to U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler.

The charges involved actions from 2008 through 2014 in the Noatak National Preserve. Along with agreeing to plead guilty, Clark Dixon accepted a prison sentence of 18 months, a fine of $75,000, and forfeiture of 17 trophies including grizzly bear, Dall sheep and caribou,along with bows and several rifles used in the illegal take of game in Alaska.

The plea agreement also covers the allegation that at the time the violations, Clark Dixon illegally claimed Alaska residency while already being a Mississippi resident. The charges against Dixon stem from his lying about his residency status to take advantage of Alaska resident hunting privileges, nullifying all of his Alaska hunts which resulted in the forfeiture of the 17 trophies and firearms. Clark Dixon also agreed not to contest the forfeiture of a STOL Quest SQ-4 aircraft used by his father, Charles Dixon, which assisted the younger Dixon in transporting and outfitting non-resident hunters in the illegal take of game. Clark Dixon’s sentencing has been set for February 12, 2016, in Anchorage.

Charles Dixon, 70, also pleaded guilty to two violations of the Lacy Act.

In other related cases, Clarence Michael Osborne, 53, of Madison, Miss., pleaded guilty to a violation of the Lacy Act for illegally killing a grizzly bear in the Noatak National Preserve while hunting with Clark Dixon.

Fulton Wold, 41, of Nashville, Tenn., also pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Nov. 13. As part of the deal, Wold agreed to plead guilty to the illegal take of a caribou on a hunt orchestrated by Clark Dixon in September 2009 in which Wold did not have the proper permits or non-resident tags. As part of his sentence, Wold received a sentence of two years probation, a fine of $7,500, and was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to the Noatak Preserve.


The Sportsman Channel has suspended a hunting show and launched its own investigation after the show's host was charged with felonies related to poaching in a national preserve in Alaska.

The cable channel said Tuesday it has suspended "The Syndicate" effective immediately. Network CEO Jim Liberatore says if the allegations are true, it's "clearly unacceptable, unethical and against everything" the network stands for.

Also on Tuesday, the managing director for 'Syndicate Hunting' announced that host Clark W. Dixon and another hunter who appeared on the show, Lance Walker, had been fired. 

"Mr. Dixon and Mr. Walker solely conducted their activities without the knowledge of Syndicate Hunting ... Syndicate Hunting Management sincerely apologizes to our sponsors, fans, friends and families for this unfortunate situation," director Michael Dianda wrote. 

Prosecutors say grizzly bears, moose, caribou and Dall sheep were illegally killed in the Noatak National Preserve, and the illegal kills ended up on the show.

Federal prosecutors in Alaska charged Dixon, of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, with two felonies Monday. Nine other people and two production companies face related misdemeanors or tickets.

The show is independently produced and buys air time from the network.


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After receiving the all-clear on airborne asbestos danger, Lower Kuskowskim School District officials this morning made their first tour of the burned Kilbuck Building.

Superintendent Daniel Walker says the group spent about an hour inside the building. Some of the Yupik education materials might be able to be saved, they discovered.

"Looks like we'll be able to salvage some of it," Walker said in a phone interview, refering to the compiled Alaska Native collection

Much of the Yup'ik language material is covered in soot.

"The fire doors did a relatively good job of potentially protecting the archives." Walker said.

Some of the computers and hard drives used in the media center and Yup'ik archives have been removed from the destruction. Officials will see if they can still access the educational tools stored there, but that might not happen today because the computers need to warm up and dry out after sitting in the cold for almost four weeks.

Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Plumb says the investigation into the Kilbuck Building fire is still ongoing.

-- Clinton Bennett / KTUU 


NOTE: This story, courtesy of Associated Press, originally aired on KYUK-AM.

Donated school supplies have been pouring in following the destruction of two schools in Bethel's Kilbuck building fire, but school officials say they need more money, not supplies.

KYUK-AM reports that monetary donations have surpassed $67,000 since the Nov. 3 fire, which damaged a Yup'ik immersion school and the Kuskokwim Learning Academy. Loads of school supplies have been shipped from across the U.S. to help out in the aftermath of the blaze.

Assistant superintendent at Lower Kuskokwim School District, Carlton Kuhns, says the district is having difficulties storing all the donated materials. He says the district could use more funds to support the schools' needs for the future.

The only supplies of immediate need for the district, Kuhns says, are Yup'ik teaching materials, which were created by Ayaprun teachers throughout the school's 20-year history.


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Anchorage police are responding to a collision on the Glenn Highway between the two Birchwood exits at this hour. One outbound lane of the highway is currently blocked and motorists are advised to proceed with caution.

The accident involves a vehicle that struck a light pole.

No injuries are reported at this time.

Checking back for details on this developing story.


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Trooper have identified the 56-year-old man found dead outside a lodge bunkhouse on Shuyak Island north of Kodiak last week. They say the dead man is Steven McCaulley, a Kodiak resident. His next of kin has been notified.

An unidentified suspect was arrested in Anchorage on unrelated charges, troopers said last Thursday.

No charges have been filed in connection with McCaulley's death. The investigation is ongoing.


Anchorage police have arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting on Shuyak Island, according to state troopers.

Troopers did a welfare check at Port Williams Wilderness Lodge on Tuesday. Upon arriving, they located a 56-year-old male dead outside the bunkhouse.

They developed a suspect and determined that he had left the area, bound for Anchorage.

Anchorage police arrested the unnamed suspect on Wednesday on unrelated outstanding arrest warrants, according to a trooper dispatch.

He’s lodged at the Anchorage jail. The victim’s body was expected to be autopsied at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage. Troopers are working with the Kodiak district attorney to determine when additional charges relating to the homicide may be filed.

Efforts to locate next of kin for the victim are ongoing.


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A 31-year-old woman has been found dead beside her snowmachine in northwest Alaska following a search this week.

Alaska State Troopers, along with the Northwest Arctic Borough Search & Rescue Volunteers, began to look for Nicheal Snell late Sunday afternoon when it was reported that she was overdue from traveling between Kobuk and Shungnak, troopers say. Volunteers found her body on the winter trail about halfway between the villages.

East of Kotzebue on the Kobuk River, the two communities are about 7 miles apart by air. 

Troopers say Snell was an Anchorage resident. 


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Anchorage police are reporting a multi-car collision in the U-Med district.

No word on possible injuries.

One westbound lane from UAA Drive to Northern Lights is closed as well as one southbound lane from Northern Lights to UAA Drive.

Police say road conditions are icy and they are asking motorists to avoid the area.


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