Armed Suspect Robs Anchorage Bank

first_imgPolice are looking for information on an armed suspect who allegedly robbed an Anchorage bank Wednesday morning. First National Bank Alaska on Northern Lights Boulevard was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money after a subject arrived to a teller station, displayed a gun and presented a note demanding money.The suspect attempted to disguise himself with a black shoulder-length wig and facial hair made of dirt or cosmetics, according to an FBI press release.An Anchorage bank was robbed Wednesday morning by an armed suspect. Photos are from First National Bank Alaska security cameras.Anyone with information on the subject pictured above is asked to contact the FBI at (907) 276-4441 or the Anchorage Police Department at (907) 786-8500.last_img read more

Bethel Tribe Drops Funding for City Transit

first_imgBethel’s tribe, ONC announced Monday that they will no longer provide funding for the city’s transit system. The announcement came at a joint meeting of the tribe and the city council at ONC’s offices. Gloria Simeon, President of the ONC Council, says uncertainty of federal funding is a big reason they’re pulling the money.“The sequestration and what’s happening on the national level leaves us in a quandary because we don’t know what the funding is going to be in the next few years,” Simeon said.“We have a new administration coming so we need to kind of close in our funding until we know what’s happening and being basically two years paid in advance in our agreement with the city, we cannot advance any more money in in-kind contributions.”The city has been managing the transit system with contributions from ONC and matching state and federal grants since 2008. Simeon says ONC has contributed about three quarters of a million dollars to date and the council voted unanimously at their regular meeting last week to stop funding it. She says ONC needs to devote more resources to their low-income housing project.The city council in their Tuesday regular meeting showed strong, but cautious interest in stepping in to fund the system. They would have to commit nearly $100,000 from their 2016 budget, which won’t be done until June.John Sargent who manages the city’s grants said Monday ONC cut comes as the city is poised to secure significant transit funding.“We have four buses right now,” he said. “We just got a brand new bus for $63,000 on last year’s grant and we have a bus in the current budget for next year. That would be another $63,000 bus, which we could get delivered and we were hoping to apply for a third bus. So within two years we would have had three new buses.”Shannon Sumner says her decision to move to Bethel from Seattle to work for the Kuskokwim Campus of UAF was partially due to the city’s transit system. She says she rides the bus to work every day and her budget will feel a pinch if it goes away.“I buy a bus pass. It pretty much costs me $3 a day to get to and from work,” Sumner said. “If I take a cab it’s going to cost me $12 a day to get to and from work, and that is a big huge budget difference.”Bethel will have to find another source of funding quickly as a grant requiring matching funds is due in December. If they don’t, Bethel’s bus service could end June 30th.last_img read more

PFD voter initiative nets needed signatures for ballot

first_imgA statewide effort to make it easier for people to vote is culminating this week. On Jan. 14, petitioners submitted tens of thousands of required signatures to the Division of Elections to earn the PFD voter registration initiative a spot on a ballot this fall.Download AudioImmediately after a press conference in downtown Anchorage this morning, a large parade of supporters carried signature boxes and banners across the street to the Division of Elections. Photo courtesy PFD Voter Registration campaign.The campaign began late last year in Anchorage and snowballed to other communities, including Sitka, Ketchikan, Kotzebue, Bethel and Fairbanks. Overall, the PFD voter ballot initiative – a proposal that automatically registers people to vote at the same time they apply for their yearly payouts—has gained support from some 42,000 Alaskans. That’s nearly double the number it needed to make it on a ballot in case some signatures were invalid. Here’s John-Henry Heckendorn, the Anchorage-based campaign manager for the PFD voter initiative.“We’re confident that by overshooting the required mark by so much we’re going to make it onto the ballot.”After the Division of Elections combs through all the signatures, the proposal will likely show up in August’s primary or November’s general elections. Then, it will be up to voters.Photo courtesy PFD Voter Registration campaign.Heckendorn says the “common sense” initiative was born out of a working group on elections reform, organized by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot, and gained support across party lines.The PFD voter ballot initiative is endorsed by a broad spectrum of agencies, including the NAACP, the League of Women voters and the Alaska Federation of Natives. The majority of the campaign’s funding has come from ANCSA Regional Association, Alaska Conservation Voters and the ACLU of Alaska.Heckendorn says the group’s main arguments for merging voter registration with PFD applications is to make it easier for people to vote and to make state government more efficient by reducing redundancies and paperwork.“This initiative is a move towards using resources we already invested in to do double or even triple duty. Alaska has one of the lower rates of active voter registration in the U.S. This initiative would make Alaska’s voting system the most accurate voting system of any state in U.S. history and that’s huge.”The working group, which included Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, modeled their initiative after Oregon’s Motor Voter Law, which automatically registers people to vote when they renew or apply for a driver license or state ID at the DMV.Zoe Kitchel, Sitka’s field organizer for the campaign, says Kreiss-Tomkins was instrumental in garnering support.“He himself was out there at the Star Wars premiere collecting signatures and running around frantically helping the effort the last two weeks of December.”There is a shift already happening on the state level in terms of digital voter registration. Division of Elections recently launched an online form, and since November, according to Lt. Gov. Mallot, some 600 people have signed up to vote. That’s an improvement, Kitchel says, but still not enough.“There’s still that limiting factor that you’re really excited to vote and you go to register to vote online 25 days before the election and that’s still not soon enough even though it’s online. By automatically registering people they don’t have to worry about that 30 day restriction and it just takes another step out of the way.”Last year, more than half a million Alaskans received PFD checks. If this ballot initiative passes, the Division of Elections estimates that some 70,000 more people could simultaneously be registered to vote, Kitchel says.“We’re trying to change voting from an opt in system to an opt out system.”Some opponents of the initiative are fearful of giving too much personal information to the government. Were it to pass, Kitchel says, the ballot initiative would not collect any more information than the PFD application. The initiative also includes an an opt out clause. Within a month of applying for the PFD, residents will receive a postcard in the mail that gives them the option of deregistering to vote.last_img read more

ADN will once again mean Anchorage Daily News

first_imgAlaska’s largest newspaper is about to have a name-change. Or, more accurately, a name restoration.Listen nowStarting with its Sunday print edition, ADN will once again stand for Anchorage Daily News.The company announced the switch through its Facebook page on Wednesday, writing “It’s a big change and a somewhat complicated process.” Comments from Facebook users following the company’s page were overwhelmingly enthused about the switch back.The newspaper became the Alaska Dispatch News in 2014 after Alice Rogoff bought the company and merged it with the online site she owned, Alaska Dispatch. As the paper’s dismal fiscal condition emerged through lawsuits and the start of bankruptcy proceedings this fall, the new owners announced a tighter focus on Anchorage and southcentral Alaska.Since ADN no longer has a Saturday print edition, Friday’s is the last paper that will bear the Alaska Dispatch News name.last_img read more

Newest megaship docks in Juneau for the first time

first_imgThe Norwegian Bliss prepares to disembark from Juneau on June 5, 2018. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)The newest megaship to ply Alaska waters arrived in Juneau for the first time on Tuesday.Listen nowThe 4,000-passenger Norwegian Bliss was specially designed for sailing in Alaska and will be making weekly stops in Juneau through the season.Complete with rooftop water slides, a go-kart track and up to 1,700 crew, the 1,000-foot vessel may be the largest cruise ship ever to call in Juneau.This was the third Norwegian Cruise Line voyage for passengers Tonya and Anthony Biondo from Las Vegas.They got going a bit late this morning. The ship was only scheduled to dock for a little over six hours.“We shopped. If we had more time we would have gone and seen the glaciers,” Tonya Biondo said. “Not enough time.”Brian Holst, executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council,  said he’s heard concerns about the short port calls from some businesses.“We encourage them to change the schedule for next year,” Holst said. “We have heard that concern and being the largest vessel here in Juneau visiting Alaska it would be better certainly for everyone involved if they could find a way to spend more time in our port.”Holst said seeing ships like the Norwegian Bliss bode extremely well for the future of tourism in Alaska.More than 1.1 million cruise ship passengers are projected to disembark in Juneau this year.last_img read more

The PFD debate

first_imgSenator Jesse Kiehl-D, Alaska State Senate, District Q (Juneau)Senator Mike Shower-R, Alaska State Senate, District E (Wasilla) Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air). Send an email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air) The permanent fund dividend is uniquely Alaskan. Every resident gets an annual distribution of oil revenue. Now it’s become a political hot potato that has divided residents. Some want a $3000 dividend, under the original law, others say a new formula is needed to avoid deeper state budget cuts and to keep the fund healthy into the future. What’s the best path forward? We’ll ask on the next Talk of Alaska. PARTICIPATE: Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast Alaskans wait in line to file their Permanent Fund dividend applications in downtown Anchorage. (Photo: Rachel Waldholz, APRN) HOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS: LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Seats to businessmen reason for defections says Vijayashanti

first_imgHyderabad: Congress senior leader Vijayashanti on Friday said giving Legislative houses seats to businessmen is the reason for the defections that have been taking place in Telugu States. Reacting on the present political conditions, she tweeted on her official twitter account, “policies being adopted by the leaders were the reason for the defections at the will and wish. The Telugu Desam and Telangana Rashtra Samithi were on the same page in this regard.” Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us Speaking on the comments of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao that a Tamil Nadu like political situation should come in the State, she said he was unable to understand the qualitative change they have brought in that State. She warned that the TRS would meet the fate of Telugu Desam, if the Chief Minister continues to while away time with empty speeches. She said though it was true that if two regional parties of a State are strong, national parties would not get scope. It was also true that if two national parties become strong, the regional parties would be decimated.last_img read more

Fine rice through PDS from September 1

first_imgAmaravati: Come September 1, beneficiaries of Public Distribution System (PDS) will get fine rice through ration shops. Civil supplies minister Kodali Venkateswara Rao alias Nani made this announcement after a meeting of Cabinet sub-committee at the Secretariat on Friday. The brands like Kurnool Sona Masoori and others are under consideration for purchase to be distributed to people under the PDS. The officials estimated that at least 6 lakh metric tonnes of rice is required to supply under the PDS. This is expected to cost an extra Rs 1000 crore on public exchequer, said the minister. Also Read – Bharat Gourav award to Margani Bharat Ram Advertise With Us The quality of rice being distributed under PDS became a major cause for concern, observed the sub-committee comprising minister for civil supplies Nani, agriculture minister Kannababu and housing minister Sriranganatha Raju, which discussed the issues pertaining to civil supplies. The ministers also opined that some of the rice being supplied under the PDS was not consumable and hence the people were selling it away to traders for recycling. They also opined that the rice thus recycled is again being supplied to the people through PDS. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us “The government has been purchasing the rice and supplying to the public. Then the people are not consuming it. They have been purchasing at Rs 1 per kg and reselling the same rice to millers or middlemen at Rs 7 or Rs 8. Then the same rice is being processed in the mills. Again the government is buying the processed rice and supplying it to people through PDS. This system of recycling of the rice is visible everywhere in the state. This illegal practice is going on because of poor quality of the rice,” said the ministers. On the other hand, the ministers also found that about 25 per cent of the rice being supplied by the Central government to the state under the PDS was not of good quality.last_img read more

A psychological drama

first_imgSkepticism is an original play written and directed by Amaan Ahmad. It contains psychological and philosophical content that features the elements of absurdism, surrealism and skepticism. The story revolves around a psychologically disturbed artist who is going through an existential crisis and wants to commit suicide. Several emotions surround him and each emotion tries to prove its power over the human mind. Also Read – Rajeev Nagar: Swachh Colony submits plea for encroachment-free footpath Advertise With Us Meanwhile, reality and imagination are also around the artist. As the play progresses, the protagonist gets confused trying to choose between reality and imagination while chaos and insanity overpower all the other emotions and Insanity instigates the artist to die. The artist is in pain and is confused as the emotions have a philosophical debate. Reality points out logical reasoning, while Insanity, along with other strong emotions, argue about the actual meaning of life and its futility. Also Read – Hyderabad: TSPCB to distribute 70,000 clay Ganesh idols Advertise With Us Toward the end, death emerges and kills all the emotions, with Hope being the last. Death sits on his throne after killing the artist, but Imagination and Reality are still there as Death cannot touch either of them. The play concludes with the artist lying down on the ground while Reality and Imagination walk off hand-in-hand, smirking at one another. To conclude, we don’t know weather the artist is alive or dead or whether that was the artist’s imagination or reality.last_img read more