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Northrim takes over Alaska Pacific Bank branches

Sep 19, 2014 -- 9:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - New owners of Alaska Pacific Bank are promising a smooth transition and more services for customers. The Juneau Empire reports executives from Anchorage-based Northrim Bank spoke in Juneau as new signs were erected outside former Alaska Pacific Bank branches. Northrim BanCorp Chairman Marc Langland says Northrim has been attempting to enter southeast Alaska since before the bank was founded in the 1980s. The sale was announced in October. Langland says the acquisition by a community bank such as Northrim is the best-case scenario for minimal attrition. Twenty of 20 of 60 Alaska Pacific Bank employees in Juneau likely will be cut. Northrim officials say customers will see more services such as options in online banking, greater options for loans and the ability to deposit a check with a smartphone.

Uber ride-sharing service kicks off in Anchorage

Sep 19, 2014 -- 9:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The popular ride-sharing service Uber has added Anchorage to its worldwide list of cities where it operates. KTVA reports local taxi companies are trying to figure out a way to keep up with the new service, whose app links passengers with drivers using their own cars. Cab company Yellow Dispatch is among those watching closely. CEO Sloane Unwin says he has problems with the fact that Uber drivers don't have to pass the same regulation and licensing standards other drivers have to go through in Alaska. Uber spokesman Steve Thompson says the company wants to ensure it is in compliance, and it is working with local transportation agencies to ensure that. Yellow Dispatch, meanwhile, has launched its own app with the intention of holding on to its customer base.

Anchorage's Loussac Library getting overhaul

Sep 19, 2014 -- 9:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Loussac Library in Anchorage is getting a $15-million makeover. Prior to this, director Mary Jo Torgeson says the only major work the library has had done in its 30 years is a new roof. The project, scheduled to take 18 months, will including moving the building's entrances and making heating and cooling upgrades. Torgeson told the Alaska Journal of Commerce the main entrance on the second floor will be done away with and moved to ground level. The idea is to eliminate confusion for first-time visitors and to get rid of a long flight of stairs that have been a safety concern. She says the goal is to create a welcoming, safe and more energy efficient building. State money will cover nearly the entire project cost.
 

Wasilla police release name of officer in shooting

Sep 19, 2014 -- 8:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Wasilla Police Department has released the name of the officer who shot and killed a man at a home early Monday. Channel-2 News reports Officer Andrew Kappler fired the shot that killed 23-year-old Michael Bonty. The 28-year-old officer has been with the police department for two years. Kappler and another officer responded to the home on Jack Nicklaus Drive in response to a 911 hang-up call. Officer Rick Manrique says the officers "immediately forced entry" and were confronted by an armed man. He says efforts to stop the situation were unsuccessful and Kappler shot and killed the man. Manrique said earlier this week the shooting occurred because officers feared imminent life-threatening injury to themselves or others. Alaska State Troopers are reviewing the shooting.

 

 

Denali rangers investigate illegal moose killing

Sep 19, 2014 -- 8:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - National Park Service officials say charges are pending in connection with two hunters who illegally shot a moose at Denali National Park and Preserve. Rangers investigated the shooting after it was reported Sunday evening as taking place in an area where sport hunting is prohibited. Officials say the two hunters are men from the Matanuska Valley, who said they did not know they were in the park. Officials say the man had a map, a regulation book and a global positioning system unit. Sport hunting is allowed only in the Denali National Preserve at the western corners of the park.
 

9-year-old wounded in accidental shooting

Sep 19, 2014 -- 8:15am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A 9-year-old Delta Junction boy is recovering from a gunshot wound suffered in an accidental shooting. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the boy's 15-year-old brother was handling a .22-caliber rifle Wednesday afternoon inside a home and the gun fired. The younger boy was driven to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. He was reported as stable Thursday. Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says the injury was not life-threatening. She says no adults were at the home when the rifle fired.
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