Suzanna Caldwell

A motorcyclist who died in an Eagle River crash on Friday has been identified. According to Anchorage police, 43-year-old Victor Boneta was pronounced dead at the scene after crashing into a pickup Friday afternoon. Before the crash, according to an APD statement, an officer saw Boneta traveling at more than 100 miles per hour on the Glenn Highway. The officer tried to stop Boneta, who eluded the officer. Minutes later, the motorcyclist was reported to have crashed into a truck on the Old Glenn Highway near North Juanita Loop in Eagle River. The driver of the truck was not injured. The license plate of the motorcycle showed up as stolen in police records. Police said Saturday that circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation.Suzanna Caldwell
For many livestock producers in Southcentral Alaska, the clock is ticking on what to do with a state-run slaughterhouse that's set to close at the end of June. Some -- including state lawmakers -- are considering moving the slaughterhouse into private ownership, and at least two groups have expressed interest in taking over the Palmer facility. About 30 people met at the Board of Agriculture and Conservation meeting Thursday to comment on a request for proposals that would move the plant into the private sector. At least one group, the Denali Meat Co ., has formed with an interest in possibly taking over plant operations. But some people at the meeting voiced concerns about the idea, suggesting that a move into private ownership could make the McKinley Meat and Sausage plant the latest in...Suzanna Caldwell
Mountain View is getting a farmers market to call its own. The Anchorage Community Land Trust announced plans Wednesday to launch a farmers market in the East Anchorage neighborhood. Organizers hope the market will capitalize on the cultural diversity in the neighborhood. Mountain View is considered one of the most diverse in the nation. Emily Cohn, development and communications coordinator for the land trust, said the nonprofit is still a few weeks away from launching vendor applications. But she said interest from businesses, farmers and even community groups wanting to sell prepared food is strong. The market will be on Thursdays so vendors can continue participating in other weekend farmers markets across the city. But even though it’s a weekday, Cohn said to expect a festive market...Suzanna Caldwell
A family-run catering business that specializes in remote Alaska meals is getting its own reality TV show. “ Alaska’s Wild Gourmet ” premieres on the Outdoor Channel at 7 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release from the network. The show follows Sherri Ewing, the owner of Kodiak’s Red Hot Cooking catering company; her son, Le Cordon Bleu-trained head chef Bradley; and daughter, Amy. According to the state corporations database, Red Hot Cooking has been licensed in Alaska since 2012 . According to a show trailer, “for years, this family has been creating five-star meals, harvesting the bounty from nature’s forgotten grocery store.” Episodes cover everything from “beach banquets to mountain meals” and then some, according to a press release. “Passionate about creating meals made...Suzanna Caldwell
Dozens of Iditarod sled dogs headed home to Norway are making a brief stop at an Indian reservation outside of Olympia, Washington. Musher Tore Albrigtsen and 53 huskies spent Tuesday at property on the Nisqually Indian Reservation after an unexpected detour en route to Norway. Albrigtsen was traveling with other mushers who did not race the Iditarod. Albrigtsen, one of a record eight Norwegians in this year's race to Nome, finished 36th in his second Iditarod. He intended to fly his huskies home from Anchorage but was forced to head south when a cargo plane wasn’t available, according to reports from The Olympian newspaper. Albrigtsen and his handlers instead drove from Alaska to Washington, where they were unable to find a place to stay, according to Joe Cushman, planning director for...Suzanna Caldwell
Imagine a trail that traverses Alaska, from the Pacific Ocean to the Arctic, from the temperate marine climate of Southcentral Alaska to the barren tundra of Alaska’s North Slope. Across three mountain ranges and hundreds of rivers. A trail that would be the first to traverse Alaska north to south in both summer and winter. Supporters say that an 800-mile trail capable of passing through those locales in any season already exists. But it’s a trail that happens to parallel the trans-Alaska pipeline. That’s the idea proposed by Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka. After 17-months of consideration, Kreiss-Tomkins was in Valdez Saturday, formally unveiling a plan to make the pipeline right-of-way into a multiuse, multiseason trail. He hopes that one day the trail will be similar in scope to...Suzanna Caldwell
The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted Friday to oppose a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campuses. The resolution -- approved nine to two by regents in a special phone meeting -- asks that other legislators and the governor oppose Senate Bill 174 in its current form. Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, introduced the bill in February . Similar measures have been considered by the Legislature in recent years, including one sponsored by Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, in 2014. The university offered six amendments to the original bill, giving the board of regents some authority to restrict weapons in critical or sensitive situations, such as in dorms or situations where students demonstrate a risk of harm to themselves or others. An updated version of the bill...Suzanna Caldwell
A new proposal being considered by the Alaska Board of Game would require all goat and sheep owners to have a permit. Currently sheep and goats fall under the state’s “Clean List.” Like cats, dogs and a variety of exotic animals including ferrets, one-humped camels and toucans, owning or selling those animals can be done without permitting. But proposal 90 would change that for sheep and goats, raising big concerns among Alaska livestock owners. The measure, introduced by the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation, is intended to prevent diseases from being spread between wild and domestic sheep populations. Residents living within 15 air miles of designated sheep habitat would also have to build secure fencing and have their animals certified “disease free” through testing. Similar proposals have...Suzanna Caldwell
Just days before the Alaska Democratic caucus, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held her first interview with Alaska media -- on Anchorage's 101.3 FM KGOT "Breakfast Club ." The former U.S. secretary of state took 10 minutes of questions from "Breakfast Club" morning show hosts Malie Delgado and Casey Bieber on a range of topics, from oil and gas exploration to her favorite karaoke song (answer: “Moon River”). A spokeswoman with the Clinton campaign confirmed the candidate had an interview with the top-40 pop station Tuesday morning. In the interview, Clinton referenced her experiences in Alaska, saying she came to the state in 1969 to work the salmon "slime line" in Valdez. “And think about this,” she said as she signed off from the interview, “I'm the only candidate who's ever...Suzanna Caldwell
Anchorage food trucks will have a new home downtown this summer. Darrin Huycke, organizer of the Spenard Food Truck Carnival, announced Thursday that “K Street Eats,” a food truck "hub," will open May 2 in a vacant lot at K Street and Eighth Avenue. Huycke said he worked out an agreement with the Anchorage Community Development Authority for the vendors to park at the space for the summer. K Street Eats will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and for some special events on the weekends. The hub will host up to 15 food vendors at a time, similar to the “food truck pods” of Seattle and Portland, Oregon. All the vendors will be mobile. Huycke said the lineup of vendors will change regularly. The Spenard Food Truck Carnival -- which can host up to 10 vendors at a time -- will...Suzanna Caldwell