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Readers write: Letters to the editor, July 22

Tue, 2014-07-22 04:00
Readers write: Letters to the editor, July 22 LETTERS: Readers object to the killing of an urban bear, criticize Alaska for its roadside trash problem and oppose Begich's move against an Air Force promotion.July 22, 2014

Sports on TV in Anchorage

Mon, 2014-07-21 21:43
Sports on TV in AnchorageCheck out local listings for Tuesday and WednesdayJuly 21, 2014

In the area

Mon, 2014-07-21 21:42
In the areaWhat's happening in sports and recreation around AnchorageJuly 21, 2014

Dog Blog: Does your vet make house calls?

Mon, 2014-07-21 21:20
Dog Blog: Does your vet make house calls?A Dog Blog reader emailed me a while back lamenting the fact that most vets don't make house calls for euthanasia. His own research found that Passages Cremation in Wasilla and Pet Emergency in Anchorage will make home visits, but others don't. I promised him I'd make a Dog Blog topic and see if we could get some discussion going here.     July 21, 2014

Police investigate whether to bring criminal charges over nickel leak in Finland

Mon, 2014-07-21 20:16
Police investigate whether to bring criminal charges over nickel leak in Finland The nickel spill, the largest in Finnish history, is blamed for deaths of mussels and fish.July 21, 2014

Bat caught in Southeast Alaska tests positive for rabies

Mon, 2014-07-21 20:04
Bat caught in Southeast Alaska tests positive for rabies It is the third time since 1971 that Alaska scientists have confirmed the rabies virus in a bat, but the state has never recorded an incidence of transmission of rabies from a bat to humans.July 21, 2014

Tesoro rejects Petro Star claims it seeks to stifle refinery competition

Mon, 2014-07-21 20:02
Tesoro rejects Petro Star claims it seeks to stifle refinery competition Refiners Tesoro and Petro Star find themselves disagreeing about how the "Quality Bank" formula -- in which refineries pay a penalty for taking out the high-value portions of oil from TAPS -- affects their economic fortunes in Alaska. July 21, 2014

Scotchmer, Folsom win Alpine Adventure Run crowns

Mon, 2014-07-21 19:59
Scotchmer, Folsom win Alpine Adventure Run crowns Sam Scotchmer and Tasha Folsom on Saturday once again stamped their dominance on the Alpine Adventure Run in Sitka.July 21, 2014

Szweda-Mittelstadt, Barnwell win Hope Wagon Trail run

Mon, 2014-07-21 19:54
Szweda-Mittelstadt, Barnwell win Hope Wagon Trail run Gillean Szweda-Mittelstadt and Allison Barnwell seized the men’s and women’s victories, respectively, in Sunday’s 3.5-mile Hope Wagon Trail Run.July 21, 2014

Nunaka Valley softball team loses twice over weekend

Mon, 2014-07-21 19:51
Nunaka Valley softball team loses twice over weekend The Nunaka Valley girls ages 11-12 are off to a tough start at the 2014 Little League Softball West Regional in San Bernardino, California.July 21, 2014

Firefighters sent Outside as slow wildfire season persists in Alaska

Mon, 2014-07-21 19:15
Firefighters sent Outside as slow wildfire season persists in Alaska Besides two notable wildfires early in the season, rainfall statewide has kept Hotshots, initial attack crews and others watching and waiting. But as fire potential grew in the Lower 48, Alaskans were sent to help.July 21, 2014

Don't fall for the myths about the Hobby Lobby decision

Mon, 2014-07-21 19:10
Don't fall for the myths about the Hobby Lobby decision OPINION: The president of Planned Parenthood Northwest says people shouldn't be fooled to think the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision will have no impact on women's health.July 21, 2014

Public hearing set for discussion of Enstar gas price hike

Mon, 2014-07-21 18:58
Public hearing set for discussion of Enstar gas price hike The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has scheduled a public meeting to discuss a 48 percent rate hike for customers of Enstar Natural Gas Co. July 21, 2014

Oil tax repeal opponents outspending supporters 100 to 1

Mon, 2014-07-21 18:43
Oil tax repeal opponents outspending supporters 100 to 1 With a month to go before the election, the campaign finance gap between the two sides of Alaska’s oil tax reform movement is so wide that “chasm” would be a glaring understatement.July 21, 2014

Nothing but 'ghosts' at the tail end of Bristol Bay sockeye season

Mon, 2014-07-21 18:12
Nothing but 'ghosts' at the tail end of Bristol Bay sockeye season OPINION: Commercial fishing at the tail end of a run in Bristol Bay means dealing with 'ghost salmon', carcasses of fish that couldn't make it upriver and linger to wreak smelly havoc for net minders. When ghosts outnumber live fish, it's time to head home.July 21, 2014

Grizzly-mauled Guardsman was trained just hours earlier how to react to bear attack

Mon, 2014-07-21 18:02
Grizzly-mauled Guardsman was trained just hours earlier how to react to bear attack A soldier from Valdez is in the hospital at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson recovering from a Sunday attack by a grizzly bear. It is the third mauling in the Anchorage area so far this year.July 21, 2014

Services Held for Bethel Woman

Mon, 2014-07-21 18:00

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A Bethel woman who had a baby while in a coma, then passed away was laid to rest over the weekend. The young woman was clinically brain dead for most of her pregnancy. Her baby, Faith, was born on July 8th and is now being raised by family in Bethel.

Jessie Ayagalria’s uncle, Henry Combs described her as a tomboy who loved making art and raising dogs. He said she also had a darker side though, which included abusing alcohol, and which he said sent her to the hospital one night in late January.

“It was a Sunday, in he evening,” Combs said. “Jessie had been gone for a while, out drinking for a while. I was out at church, and I had come home kinda late in the evening. She wasn’t feeling well. Then she ended up having the seizures and then we called 9-1-1.”

The 29-year-old was flown to Anchorage where doctors at Alaska Native Medical Center said she’d suffered cardiac arrest. She had no brain wave activity. They also discovered she was 12 weeks pregnant.

“There wasn’t much hope at first. Most of the doctor’s at ANMC said that she couldn’t carry the baby, that it wouldn’t work out,” Combs said.

But Combs said one doctor said it was possible. Family members agreed to put her on life support. The baby was born by C-section at 35 weeks on July 8th. They named her Faith.

Amy Bee said her cousin stayed strong for her baby.

“We all knew as soon as the baby was born … we were just waiting for Jessie to pass. And it was three days after she had her baby, I got the phone call that she passed away,” Bee said.

The community has rallied around the family. Bee and her husband Behrend Swope held a yard sale over the weekend to raise money for Faith’s care.

“We’re just putting on a sale here to benefit her. Hoping to help contribute to the family and help contribute to the family and help them afford the necessities for Faith as she’s in her early days here,” Swope said.

Krissy Medina with baby Faith. (Photo provided by KYUK-Bethel)

The baby’s aunt, Krissy Medina, is caring for Faith. She said the baby is doing well.

“She’s eating a lot more,” she said. “She’s growing. She makes me laugh every day. Seems like it’s like my sister being born again. Her whole face looks like her, especially her nose and her cheeks,” Medina said.

Combs said the family’s sadness is being eased by the baby that resembles her mom. He said he’s sharing their story because he hopes it will help others struggling with alcohol avoid the fate of his niece.

“As a lot of people do in Bethel you know its something more than just being able out to go have a good time,” Combs said.

“It ends up becoming something that’s done regularly. Unfortunately some of us kind of let that take over us. Jessie herself, I mean she did drink. She didn’t like it when others around her would, but she did herself. It was something she struggled with,” Combs said.

But Combs said despite the tragedy that his family has experienced they have not lost their faith.

“In the gravest circumstances there’s still hope and there’s faith,” Combs said. This whole entire endeavor you know really tried our family in faith and hope. There were times that we lost hope – we lost our faith. There were times when we pulled together — it’s been a long journey. What I took out of it was it renewed my faith, my hope you know that miracles do happen. Baby Faith, that’s a physical sign right there.”

Faith’s mother was laid to rest in Bethel this past weekend. Donations can be made to an account set up for the baby and her family at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union (Acc.#:1825307, checking). The family has also set up a page at ‘gofundme.com” and the yard sale to raise funds for the family is continuing this coming weekend. You can learn more about what’s being done for baby Faith at KYUK.org.

Fish wars obscure need to manage for max economic yield

Mon, 2014-07-21 17:55
Fish wars obscure need to manage for max economic yield OPINION: Vitriol, spin and a sense of entitlement keep Cook Inlet fishermen at war and solutions at bay. July 21, 2014

Alaska's LNG project takes step forward with export license application

Mon, 2014-07-21 17:34
Alaska's LNG project takes step forward with export license application Relying in part on previous iterations of the decades-long quest to deliver Alaska's natural gas to Outside markets, the state's major oil companies filed an application Friday with the Department of Energy to export LNG.July 21, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: July 21, 2014

Mon, 2014-07-21 17:27

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via emailpodcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn

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Campaign Profile: Sullivan’s “Amazing Credentials”

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, DC

As a candidate for U.S. Senate, Dan Sullivan has a bucket of advantages. He married into an acclaimed Athabascan family. His own family, back in Cleveland, are six-figure donors to Republicans in high places. One of his biggest assets, though, is his resume. But political opponents say his record has thin spots and complain he oversells himself.

Companies Apply for LNG Export License

The Associated Press

The companies pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska have applied for an export license with the U.S. Department of Energy. The application requests authorization to export up to 20 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas a year for 30 years. Participants in the project include BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Corp., TransCanada Corp. and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC.

Scientists in Denali Looking for Dinosaur Remnants

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

Scientists are back in Denali National Park for another year of dinosaur hunting. They are taking more measurements on a hillside not far from the park road that contains thousands of tracks laid down in what was an arctic lake bed about 70 million years ago.

Scientists Probing Alaska’s Bat Population

Joaquin Palomino, KSKA – Anchorage

Not much is known about the bat population that lives in Alaska. And until recently, there was no pressing need to study the nocturnal mammal. But with bats being decimated across much of the country by the fungal disease White Nose Syndrome, state and federal researchers are working to learn as much as they can about the animal.

North Slope Students Inspired by GeoForce

Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage

Twenty-six high school students from the North Slope recently completed the third year of UAF’s GeoForce program. The four-year summer program gets students into the field to learn about geology hands-on. They’ve seen glaciers in Alaska, visited the Grand Canyon, and explored volcanoes in the northwest. Program Coordinator Sarah Fowell says GeoForce aims to motivate students to study science.

Oil Spill Drill Conducted Near Teller

Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome

Even as marine traffic increases past the Bering Strait, no one knows how well an oil spill could be cleaned up in the case of an accident. Stakeholders traveled to the region last week to conduct the first spill response exercise there, and learn more about the challenges.

Services Held for Bethel Woman

Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Bethel

A Bethel woman who had a baby while in a coma, then passed away was laid to rest over the weekend. The young woman was clinically brain dead for most of her pregnancy. Her baby, Faith, was born on July 8th and is now being raised by family in Bethel.