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Jill Burke

Something foul is in the air in Fairbanks, Alaska's Golden Heart city, and this time it's not woodsmoke smog.

The Interior city notorious for toxic wintertime air quality is apparently also home to a handful of toxic online commenters who, under the cover of anonymity, have been using the "Rants and Raves" section of the online forum Craigslist to demean Alaska Natives...

Jill Burke

In what has been year after year of bad news about the annual migration of Yukon River king salmon from the Bering Sea to spawning grounds in Canada and points in between, there may, finally, be a sigh of relief. Fisheries managers were bracing for what could have been the worst run on record. But with the kings returning early, and a third wave of them pushing through now, it appears the run is stronger than anticipated.

“The 2014 run is on track to be near the high end of the preseason outlook,” said Eric Newland, area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from his office in Emmonak, a lower Yukon village where the river branches and heads to sea...

Jill Burke

In what has been year after year of bad news about the annual migration of Yukon River king salmon from the Bering Sea to spawning grounds in Canada and points in between, there may, finally, be a sigh of relief. Fisheries managers were bracing for what could have been the worst run on record. But with the kings returning early, and a third wave of them pushing through now, it appears the run is stronger than anticipated.

“The 2014 run is on track to be near the high end of the preseason outlook,” said Eric Newland, area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from his office in Emmonak, a lower Yukon village where the river branches and heads to sea...

Jill Burke

Joshua Wade, who admitted to killing Della Brown in 2000 and was convicted in the 2007 murder of his Anchorage neighbor, Mindy Schloss, has confessed to killing three men, state and federal investigators and prosecutors said Friday. He admitted to the killings months ago as he brokered a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to move from an Alaska prison to a federal facility Outside.

In a lengthy interview with authorities, Wade took responsibility for the deaths of 38-year-old John Michael Martin in 1994, when Wade was 14, and 30-year-old Henry Ongtowasruk in 1999. Both men were mentally ill. Wade also confessed to killing an unidentified man the same night he murdered Della Brown...

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The Anchorage Police Department has scheduled a press conference Friday morning to talk about whether convicted killer Joshua Wade, who has admitted to the murder of Della Brown and Mindy Schloss, took additional lives...

Jill Burke

The Anchorage Police Department has scheduled a press conference Friday morning to talk about whether convicted killer Joshua Wade, who has admitted to the murder of Della Brown and Mindy Schloss, took additional lives...

Jill Burke

This week federal officials and Alaska tribal leaders met to talk about the impact of violence on Alaska Native children. Intuitively, and perhaps through personal experience, most of us know the impact on kids isn't good. Early childhood exposure to violence, either as a victim or a witness, can set the stage for a lifetime of struggle, which sets in motion an inter-generational cycle of abuse: neglect, domestic violence, sexual abuse, addiction, suicide, homicide, incarceration. Children exposed to violence are more vulnerable to all of these...

Jill Burke

This week federal officials and Alaska tribal leaders met to talk about the impact of violence on Alaska Native children. Intuitively, and perhaps through personal experience, most of us know the impact on kids isn't good. Early childhood exposure to violence, either as a victim or a witness, can set the stage for a lifetime of struggle, which sets in motion an inter-generational cycle of abuse: neglect, domestic violence, sexual abuse, addiction, suicide, homicide, incarceration. Children exposed to violence are more vulnerable to all of these...

Jill Burke

The advisory committee for the U.S. Department of Justice's recently formed Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence is in Anchorage this week to hold the last of four public hearings. What's heard will be used to help write a final set of policy recommendations submitted to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder later this year...

Jill Burke

The advisory committee for the U.S. Department of Justice's recently formed Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence is in Anchorage this week to hold the last of four public hearings. What's heard will be used to help write a final set of policy recommendations submitted to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder later this year...

Jill Burke

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