Ben Anderson

Browse the crowdfunded charity site GoFundMe on any given day and you’ll find causes ranging from the heartbreaking to the mundane -- people hoping to raise money for medical treatments, for trips to singing competition auditions and even, occasionally, for a simple lunch . Some ask for tens of thousands of dollars, others for hundreds, still others for just $20. Regardless of the amount, Alaskans love to give to their fellow residents. According to recently released data from GoFundMe , Alaska leads the nation in per-capita giving on the platform. The dollar amount isn’t huge: between Nov. 1, 2014 and Oct. 31, 2015, Alaskans donated $390,008 to campaigns on the site, or about 53 cents per resident. The runner-up, Washington, D.C., had a giving rate of about 47 cents a resident. The...Ben Anderson
Regulators hoping to avoid criticism and potential congressional backlash rushed an environmental review of offshore Arctic oil development to ensure that Royal Dutch Shell would be able to drill this year, said a report issued Monday by a federal watchdog agency. The investigation, conducted by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of the Inspector General, was launched in response to complaints from Bureau of Ocean Energy Management employees who worked on a rewrite of the supplemental environmental impact statement for oil leasing in the remote Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast. The supplemental EIS, made final in February, was the court-ordered result of a lawsuit that challenged a record-breaking 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale , the auction in which Shell spent $2.1 billion to...Yereth Rosen,Ben Anderson
A 19-year-old woman jumped from a second-story window after being shot in the head in an attempt to escape from a man who later led authorities on a manhunt in Mountain View, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday in district court. Christian Beier, 21, faces two counts of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, and one count each of first-degree burglary and fourth-degree weapons misconduct in a case that left two people injured and led to an hour-and-half-long lockdown of one of Anchorage's largest hospitals late Friday. Beier appeared in court Sunday before Magistrate Michael Smith, wearing a red prison jumpsuit and a bandage on his left arm. He was escorted into the courtroom by two judicial services officers. Beier's family sat in the front row, his mother and...Ben Anderson
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Update 11 a.m. Monday: Anchorage police have identified the person killed in the Saturday shooting near Lane Street and Fifth Avenue as 19-year-old Byzantium Hill. The investigation is ongoing, police said, and no arrests have been made. -------------- Sunday story: Four separate instances of gunfire around Anchorage in less than 12 hours Saturday and Sunday left one person dead and two teenagers in critical condition, according to Anchorage police. No suspects were in custody in any of the incidents Sunday afternoon. The first incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday in the Spenard neighborhood, where police responded to a home at the 2500 block of Kona Lane and found an 18-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to his pelvis. He was taken into surgery Saturday and remained...Michelle Theriault Boots,Ben Anderson
The body of a Colorado man was discovered Saturday morning on a beach near the community of Seldovia, on the southern end of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, according to police there who are investigating the case. In a release from the Seldovia Police Department, Police Chief Hal Henning said that the body was discovered by two fishermen at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a beach at Backers Island. Henning described the "island" as more of a peninsula, reachable by land and within the Seldovia city limits. The body was identified as that of Troy Dean Fisher, 47, of Grand Junction, Colorado. He had been "temporarily working in the area," according to police. Henning said the two fishermen were returning from pulling pots when they spotted what they believed to be a body on the beach. The two men...Ben Anderson
No one was injured as an apartment and a vehicle were fired upon in the neighborhood of Mountain View Saturday night, but Anchorage police believe the shooting wasn't random. Police responded to a call of shots fired on the 4500 block of Parsons Avenue at about 11 p.m. Saturday, and discovered that multiple rounds had been fired at an unoccupied vehicle and a nearby apartment complex. One apartment appeared to be the target, though "a couple of bullets also went into a neighbor's apartment," Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro wrote in an email. Castro said the shooting did not appear to be a random event, but noted police do not yet know the reason for the shooting and the investigation is preliminary and continuing.Ben Anderson
Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria has made the cut in travel site TripAdvisor's list of top 10 pizzerias in the U.S. , and it's in elite company. The Tooth came in third on the list of the best places to grab a slice, competing against plenty of larger-market pizza places, including joints in Boston and San Francisco and three in New York City. Moose's Tooth, which has made a name for itself with its wide variety of specialty pizzas, array of local beers and notoriously long wait times to get a seat during busy periods, also ranks second on TripAdvisor's list of best restaurants in Anchorage, behind only Kincaid Grill. The travel site recommends the Amazing Apricot (blackened chicken, cream cheese, apricot sauce, fresh red peppers, carrot threads, green onions, cilantro) pizza as among those...Ben Anderson
A Wal-Mart store in Kodiak was evacuated Wednesday after a bomb threat, the Kodiak Police Department reported. It was the second threat to an Alaska Wal-Mart store in as many days, after the store in Eagle River received a similar threat Tuesday morning. In a release, Kodiak police said the store was evacuated as a precaution Wednesday morning after employees of the Wal-Mart passed along the report of a bomb threat. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported the threat was delivered by phone. Erin Hoffman, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart, said the store was cleared for about an hour, beginning shortly after 7 a.m. About 30 employees and six customers were in the store at the time, she said. The store had opened just moments before the threat was called in. A search of the store was conducted and...Ben Anderson
Crews have started recovering the wreckage of a Cessna 207 operated by Wings of Alaska that crashed Friday as it traveled between Juneau and Hoonah, killing the pilot and injuring four passengers. A helicopter began recovery efforts Sunday, according to Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska regional office. The four injured passengers were airlifted from the site Friday by rescuers with the U.S. Coast Guard. On Saturday, officials were able to reach the site of the crash, where "very rough" wooded terrain required them to be lowered by hoist from a Coast Guard helicopter. The body of the pilot, 45-year-old Fariah Peterson, was recovered Saturday . The four survivors were identified as Humberto Hernandez-Aponte, 57, and his wife, Sandra Herrera Lopez, 60...Ben Anderson

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