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Pair charged after robbery at local motel, police say

Tue, 2014-04-15 13:56
Whitehorse RCMP have arrested two men suspected of robbing the Casa Loma Motel in Porter Creek on April 5.

Native subsistence hunter may be Alaska's latest reality TV star

Tue, 2014-04-15 13:24
Native subsistence hunter may be Alaska's latest reality TV star The idea behind “American River Renegades” was to feature people who make their living along the water. For PJ Simon, a Koyukon Athabascan who grew up at the foot of the Brooks Range, that means subsistence fishing and hunting. April 15, 2014

In My Family: I am fine

Tue, 2014-04-15 13:22


Ethan Petticrew teaches Raven how to say, I AM FINE in UNANGAX.

Eagle River gymnast caps stellar college career with strong performance at nationals

Tue, 2014-04-15 12:59
Eagle River gymnast caps stellar college career with strong performance at nationals Amy Winczura ended her college career as one of Alaska’s most decorated gymnasts, with a 2013 national championship on the vault and six All-America honors.April 15, 2014

Simapalooza spells end of ski season

Tue, 2014-04-15 12:49
A jam-packed slate of activities helped skiers and snowboarders end Mount Sima’s season on a high note this weekend.

Squash Yukon hosts Kill Bill tournament

Tue, 2014-04-15 12:45
On the eve of the league’s playoffs, Squash Yukon hosted a fun tournament this weekend at Better Bodies.

Bowl for Kids Sake aims to raise $25K

Tue, 2014-04-15 12:44
The 23rd annual Bowl for Kids Sake is set to happen April 27 at Mad Trapper Alleys.

Star skier on hand for final Ski S’Cool event

Tue, 2014-04-15 12:42
Beautiful spring weather awaited the 100 children who participated in the final Subway day of the ski season April 4.

Shipping company using drones in the Arctic

Tue, 2014-04-15 10:38
Shipping company using drones in the Arctic A Montreal company is using unmanned aircraft to scout out ice conditions, thus helping ships avoid trouble and extra expenses. April 15, 2014

Canada’s Northwest Territories cuts northern allowance for staff in Arctic communities

Tue, 2014-04-15 10:38
Canada’s Northwest Territories cuts northern allowance for staff in Arctic communities The territorial government is paying a smaller premium to public employees working in remote towns. April 15, 2014

Photos: Alaskans capture stunning views of the 'blood moon'

Tue, 2014-04-15 10:21
Photos: Alaskans capture stunning views of the 'blood moon'

Much of Alaska got to witness the first full lunar eclipse of 2014 Monday night, and in locations where the skies were clear, a stunning "blood moon" hovered in the heavens.

April 15, 2014

AK Beat: FBI looking for Anchorage bank robber

Tue, 2014-04-15 07:29
AK Beat: FBI looking for Anchorage bank robber The FBI is looking for a bank robber who they say walked into an Alaska USA branch in Anchorage Monday and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.April 15, 2014

Confessions of a Book Addict & Moose The Movie

Tue, 2014-04-15 07:00

By Toni Massari McPherson -

I think I am ready to give up my books. There, I said it. Now, if I can just follow through. When it comes to books, I am a bit of a hoarder. I have boxes stashed under beds, in closets and in the crawl space. And yes, it was because I was deprived as a child.

In rural North Carolina where I grew up, books were scarce. No book stores or libraries in town. The book mobile that came once a month always seemed to carry the same selection. I should know; I read most of them. Books were always on the top of my birthday and Christmas lists. If I liked a book, I would read it over and over until it fell apart or the library discarded it. Granted this was a while ago, but the dread of being bookless seems to be a permanent part of my DNA.

You’d think working at the library would help me move past this childhood trauma. Instead, it exacerbated it. See, I was put in charge of the annual Friends of the Library book sales 10 years ago – a job that requires, among other things, sorting hundreds of books. As you might imagine, it was akin to giving a sugar addict a key to the Hersey’s Chocolate Factory.

Thanks to the low prices of book sale books, my personal collection has grown to ridiculous levels. Books I finish go back to the library for the sale. However, even by reading three or four books a week, I can’t keep up. My appetite for books has definitely outgrown my space for storing them.

A couple weeks ago, a guy called wanting to drop off his mother-in-law’s books for the Spring Book Sale on May 3 and 4. Sure, bring them by, I told him. Two truckloads later, around 120 carefully labeled boxes containing a couple thousand books sat in the sorting area. I felt like I was looking in a mirror at a possible future me…scary.

So I’m releasing most of my collection to the shelves of the book sale. Setting my books free, so they can go home with you. For just $3 for hardbacks and a couple bucks for paperbacks – half price if it’s Sunday – you can get your hands on one of my “must reads.” Stop by Loussac Library on Saturday from 10 am-4 pm and Sunday from 12-4 pm, and, with just a little bit of money, you can start a library of your own.

“Tundra” Cartoonist Makes “Moose” the Movie

Popular “Tundra” cartoonist Chad Carpenter is going to be in Loussac’s Wilda Marston Theatre on Saturday, April 19th at 2 pm to talk about cartooning and about his latest project: “Moose,” a creepy and funny, family film. And, oh yeah, it’s important to know this film is NOT animated – it is live action.

Chad is a funny guy, and very creative. His comic strip started in the Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 2, 1991. For the first 15 years, it appeared only in Alaska papers. Today, his strip appears in 600 papers including several in other countries.

Still, producing daily comic strips has a way of stripping away ideas, so Chad takes on challenging projects as a sideline to keep his creative juices flowing. The concept of the latest, “Moose,” was born during a winter drive to Fairbanks. Chad fantasized about what movie he would make. His mind leapt from thought to thought like he was jumping on rocks to cross a creek.

Had to be funny, family-friendly and creepy. Creature films were creepy but what creature? Carnivores had been done, but what about a herbivore? A moose. Not scary enough. How about a moose standing upright? Not scary enough. How about a half moose (head) and half man? That would be both funny and creepy… By the time Chad got to his brother Darin’s house, the idea was fleshed out: an ancient homicidal moosetaur would terrorize the small Alaska village of Gangrene Gulch. Darin started working on the script.

Last year, the Carpenters put the concept on Kickstarter to see if they could raise $50,000 to produce it. By their deadline, more than $62,000 was raised.

“It was kind of scary,” Chad said. “All along we had been through the steps never dreaming it would actually get film. Now all of a sudden, we had the money, but we had nothing in place to begin the production.”

The brothers decided to ask for help from fellow Alaskans and the resulting support has been overwhelming. All the items on their “need to rent or borrow” list have been donated from a red lava lamp to an SUV to a warehouse to build sets. The production staff and the actors are all onboard – and are all volunteers. Filming is scheduled for June and July, mostly in the Valley.

“This has become a project that belongs to a whole lot more people than the Carpenter brothers,” Chad said. “It is so much more rewarding to work on a creative project with all these people helping to energize it. Without the support of the community, it could never have happened.”

Watch for premieres in early 2015. Keep updated at http://www.moosethemovie.com/

Wasilla City Council passes anti-synthetic drug ordinance

Mon, 2014-04-14 22:31
Wasilla City Council passes anti-synthetic drug ordinance A measure aimed at eliminating the sale of synthetic drugs like Spice was approved by the Wasilla City Council Monday, mimicking an approach recently adopted in Anchorage.April 14, 2014

Alaska Senate committee offers hope for bigger BSA increase in education bill

Mon, 2014-04-14 22:15
Alaska Senate committee offers hope for bigger BSA increase in education bill Education advocates were optimistic after a day of hearings in the Senate Finance Committee on a bill that could boost the base student allocation by about $300.April 14, 2014

Alaska Native artist Joel Isaak uses fish skins to communicate emotion, culture

Mon, 2014-04-14 20:47
Alaska Native artist Joel Isaak uses fish skins to communicate emotion, culture Joel Isaak's love for working with live materials comes from a desire to pursue the historical materials and processes used by his Athabascan ancestors. But Isaak credits the European part of his heritage for the realization of art’s power to express emotion and to communicate.April 14, 2014

Photos: Skin deep -- art from fish skin

Mon, 2014-04-14 20:43
Photos: Skin deep -- art from fish skin

Artist Joel Isaak finds inspiration for his fish skin designs in his Alaska Native and European heritage.

April 14, 2014

Legislature approves abortion measure, while critics say it's headed for court

Mon, 2014-04-14 20:30
Legislature approves abortion measure, while critics say it's headed for court A bill to define "medically necessary" abortions funded through Medicaid is on its way to the governor's desk. Critics said it is also on its way to a constitutional court challenge.April 14, 2014

House panel trims proposed in-state refinery subsidies to $150 million

Mon, 2014-04-14 20:18
House panel trims proposed in-state refinery subsidies to $150 million A scaled-down plan to assist three in-state refineries in North Pole, Valdez and Kenai faces a vote in the state House this week. It could cost the state $150 million over the next five years, but it might not be enough, some legislators warned. April 14, 2014

Lawmakers should end Alaska courts' experiment in public shaming

Mon, 2014-04-14 20:14
Lawmakers should end Alaska courts' experiment in public shaming OPINION: The rationalization for keeping dismissed criminal charges public is the very reason they need to be kept confidential: Too many people are not willing to believe that someone charged with a crime can be innocent. But hundreds of people are acquitted or have their cases dismissed each year.April 14, 2014

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