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Parnell, Walker outline Alaska Native views

Oct 24, 2014 -- 4:45pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Republican Alaska incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell and independent challenger Bill Walker weighed in on various issues during a candidate forum at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Parnell told the audience Friday that his administration has worked hard on improving education opportunities in rural Alaska, including efforts to equalize school construction across the state. Walker said he would push to develop opportunities through technical training that could create more opportunities for local hires. The candidates gave different views on health care. Parnell says he does not support Medicaid expansion in its present form, saying it would place too much financial burden on states. Walker says he would expand Medicaid, saying it's something Alaskans have already paid for. The convention is the state's largest yearly gathering of Alaska Natives.

Wrangell doctor indicted on child porn charges

Oct 24, 2014 -- 4:30pm
- WRANGELL, Alaska (AP) - A Wrangell doctor has been indicted on child pornography charges. KSTK reports Greg Salard was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on felony counts alleging child-pornography distribution and possession. Federal public defender Cara McNamara, who is representing Salard, declined to comment Friday. Salard is accused of being in possession of child porn when he was arrested last week after a search warrant was served at his home. Authorities say Salard also made child pornography available through a file-sharing network. He is in custody and scheduled for arraignment Tuesday. Until his arrest, Salard was working as a family doctor for Alaska Island Community Services. He also had a contract with Wrangell Medical Center. Island Community Services executive director Mark Walker says Salard is no longer practicing for either organization.

Paper lantern launch causes disruption

Oct 24, 2014 -- 3:45pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Officials at an Anchorage air field had to briefly reroute traffic follow the release of paper lanterns during an interfaith event in the area.The lantern release, during an event in support of victims of domestic violence, came as a surprise to Anchorage police, who said lanterns appeared in the path of airplane traffic at Merrill Field on Thursday night. Sgt. Shaun Henry told the Alaska Dispatch News police received calls about rerouted planes and a lantern landing on a vehicle. No injuries or accidents were reported. A police spokeswoman said no citations were issued. Jenny Michaelson, with the Archdiocese of Anchorage, said the launch was meant as part of a positive community event. She said no harm was meant.

Anchorage police investigate death of pit bull

Oct 24, 2014 -- 3:30pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The carcass of a pit bull found hanging from a tree in wooded area of Anchorage has spawned an animal cruelty case for Anchorage police. The department says it's seeking the public's help in finding the person who slashed the dog's throat and hung it in woods near east 20th Avenue and Rosemary Street in east Anchorage. A man walking in the woods spotted the dead dog Oct.10. The dog's ear contained a microchip.Channel-2 News reports police contacted the owner, who said family members thought their dog, Snoop, had simply run away. The family lives the Penland Mobile Home Park about a mile from where the dog was found.

Calista Corp. to issue new dividend

Oct 24, 2014 -- 11:15am
- BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - Calista Corp. officials say the regional Alaska Native corporation will issue a first-ever investment fund dividend to shareholders next month. KYUK reports the money will come from the Akilista Fund, which was established in 1994 for developing future dividends. The first dividend from the fund totals $1.22 per share. For the average shareholder with 100 shares, that will work out to $122. Calista communications manager Thom Leonard says the payout will mark the first time that financial benchmarks set by the corporation board for the fund have been met. The dividend checks are expected to be distributed in mid-November. Calista is the Alaska Native corporation for the Bethel region. The corporation currently has more than 12,000 shareholders.

Feds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village

Oct 23, 2014 -- 12:45pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A remote Alaska village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide to receive a share of more than $352 million in grants and loans for upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Alaska's $12.6 million share of the funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday at a convention of Alaska Natives in Anchorage. The western Alaska village of Akiachak is receiving a $5 million grant in this round. It will go toward construction of sewer mains and other parts of a core system that can be hooked up later to 100 houses in the community still without indoor plumbing. Another 100 homes in the Yup'ik Eskimo community of 675 received the plumbing in an earlier project.
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