Military vets plan to summit peak in Memorial Day tributeFriday, April 24, 2015 10:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Four military veterans are aiming to summit North America's tallest mountain on Memorial Day, armed with the names of Americans who have died while serving their country. The Mission Memorial Day team is collecting the names of fallen veterans to be inscribed on flags the climbers plan to carry to the top of Alaska's 20,320-foot Mount McKinley on May 25. Expedition leader Josh Jespersen of Boulder, Colorado, says the team has collected 100 names of people killed in war zones or during training exercises. The former Navy SEAL also will carry the names of 72 SEALs lost since 9/11. Team member Nick Colgin of Fort Collins, Colorado, says the plan is to begin the climb May 9.
Anchorage jury convicts Jerry Active in murder trialFriday, April 24, 2015 10:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Anchorage jury returned a guilty verdict in the double-murder trial of a 26-year-old man charged with killing two grandparents. Channel-2 News reports Jerry Active was convicted Friday on all 10 felony counts. Active was charged with killing Touch Chea and Sorn Sreap May 25, 2013, in their apartment and the sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl and a 90-year-old woman there. Defense attorney Chong Yim maintained in closing arguments that investigators arrested the wrong person. Yim said DNA testing of evidence was flawed and not all evidence was tested due to "time and money." Prosecutor Gustaf Olson said evidence indicated Active stomped the couple to death. The couple's grandson confronted an intruder in the home and identified him as Active, a registered sex offender.
UAA senior leaders will take summer furloughsFriday, April 24, 2015 9:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Senior leaders at the University of Alaska Anchorage will being taking furloughs this summer in an effort to cut into a budget shorfall of $19.5 million. Anchorage television station KTVA reports the deficit could change since lawmakers in Juneau haven't passed out a budget yet. The furloughs will be conducted across the University of Alaska system, and they're only the first step. University officials at the Anchorage campus anticipate announcements soon about layoffs, reduced hours and the elimination of positions. The furloughs will be anywhere between five to 10 days and 167 employees system-wide. At the Anchorage campus, that will translate to furloughs for 69 leaders like officers and senior administrators. It's estimated the furloughs will save about $270,000 at UAA.