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Elders and youth conference focuses on language

Oct 21, 2014 -- 9:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Native languages are the theme of the annual First Alaskans Institute's Elders and Youth Conference taking place this week in Anchorage. The three-day yearly event that kicked off Monday will be followed by the annual conference of the Alaska Federation of Natives that runs through Saturday. The Alaska Dispatch News reports 17-year-old Devlin Anderstrom of Yakutat gave the keynote speech at the downtown Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. Anderstrom told the crowd that Native language connects people to their land, their past and people who love them most. The teenager, a Yakutat High School senior and Tlingit language apprentice, gave his speech first in Tlingit, then in English. Anderstrom told conference attendees that values of elders and ancestors only really come across in the Native language.
 

Parnell replaces top Alaska National Guard leaders

Oct 21, 2014 -- 9:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Three members of the Alaska National Guard's top leadership have been removed in the wake of ongoing investigations into sexual abuse and fraud within the organization. Gov. Sean Parnell's office announced in a release late Monday that Brig. Gen. Catherine Jorgensen was removed as chief of staff. Brig. Gen. Donald Wenke was also removed as commander of the 176th Wing, and Col. Edith Grunwald is no longer the director of human resources. Jorgensen and Grunwald had been fired from their jobs earlier this month. But the decision was rescinded the following day at Parnell's direction, saying his office and the National Guard Bureau hadn't been consulted. The firings come after the public release of a scathing report into allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within the Guard.

Ravens, beaver cause outages near Willow

Oct 21, 2014 -- 8:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Ravens and beavers are getting the blame for power outages that disrupted life Monday near Willow. Channel-2 News reports the first outage began between 9 and 10 a.m. Matanuska Electric Association spokeswoman Julie Estey says a tree chewed down by a beaver fell onto power lines. The tree knocked out power to a few dozen customers on Willow Fishhook Road. Two ravens in a substation caused more widespread problems just before 11 a.m. Estey says the ravens took out a breaker and knocked out power to 3,700 customers. The substation covers customers from Willow north to Talkeetna. Power was restored after about one hour and 20 minutes. Neither raven survived.
 

Man fleeing from police arrested outside school

Oct 21, 2014 -- 8:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Juneau driver fleeing from police at high speed was arrested after a crash in front of Juneau-Douglas High School. The Juneau Empire reports 42-year-old Jose Angel Munoz was arrested after a collision with an 82-year-old driver. Munoz was wanted on a warrant for drug and felony driving-under-the-influence charges. Police say an officer spotted Munoz and tried to make a traffic stop but Munoz drove into the neighborhood uphill from the high school. Munoz was descending at high speed and making a left turn in front of the school when he crashed. He was apprehended on foot. He was charged with felony drug misconduct, failure to stop at the direction of a police officer and failure to render aid. The woman in the other car was not injured.

State, refinery reach agreement on cleanup

Oct 21, 2014 -- 8:15am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Owners of the shuttered North Pole refinery and the state of Alaska have agreed on cleanup methods for a leak of an industrial chemical at the site. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the agreement for the cleanup of sulfolane was worked out between Flint Hills Resources Alaska, the Alaska Department of Law and the Department of Environmental Conservation. The agreement sets binding requirements for cleanup and containment methods. It contains provisions for cleanup at the refinery and not the surrounding area. Kristin Ryan of the Environmental Conservation Department says Flint Hills already has been complying with most of the provisions in the agreement. Flint Hills spokesman Jeff Cook says a cleanup off the site will be the next step.
 

Anchorage conducting survey on homelessness

Oct 21, 2014 -- 8:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage health officials say locals can participate in a survey looking for ideas on how to end homelessness in the city. Officials say the goal of the survey is to provide information toward developing a five-year plan aiming for a solution to the problem. Those involved in developing the plan are the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services, the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness and a subcommittee of the Housing and Neighborhood Development Commission. People can take the survey through Nov. 14 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Anchorage-HomelessSurvey. 
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