Elders and youth conference focuses on languageTuesday, October 21, 2014 5:15am
- 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 leadersTuesday, October 21, 2014 5:00am
- 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 But the decision was rescinded the following day at Parnell's direction, saying his office and the National Guard Bureau hadn't been consulted.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 WillowTuesday, October 21, 2014 4:45am
- 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.