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Megan Edge

It's the time of year when Talkeetna has a constant stream of visitors. Tourists and campers all seem to be eager to experience the character and qualities unique to the little town off of the Parks Highway. They arrive by plane, train and automobile, supporting the local economy -- as long as the power stays on.

"It's a nightmare," said Mountain High Pizza Pie owner Todd Basilone. "We have regular power outages that are just absurd. We have blackouts that go on and on. It can put me out of business for two to four hours. I mean, if we are busy, though, the power will go out."...

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In the last weeks of May, the Unalaska Department of Public Safety seized more than a half-million dollars' worth of illegal drugs from a local couple who own three businesses in the Aleutian Islands fishing hub.

Deputy Chief of Police Mike Holman described the bust as the biggest he's seen during more than 19 years on the job. Now, two people are behind bars, facing a slew of drug- and weapon-related charges.

Thu McConnell and Tam Van Nguyen, both 45, face numerous charges of misconduct involving controlled substances and misconduct involving weapons. Holman said because of the size of the bust, the couple are assumed to be major players in illegal drug activity on the island...

Megan Edge

In the last weeks of May, the Unalaska Department of Public Safety seized more than a half-million dollars' worth of illegal drugs from a local couple who own three businesses in the Aleutian Islands fishing hub.

Deputy Chief of Police Mike Holman described the bust as the biggest he's seen during more than 19 years on the job. Now, two people are behind bars, facing a slew of drug- and weapon-related charges.

Thu McConnell and Tam Van Nguyen, both 45, face numerous charges of misconduct involving controlled substances and misconduct involving weapons. Holman said because of the size of the bust, the couple are assumed to be major players in illegal drug activity on the island...

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Previously-convicted sex offender Jonathan A. Hayward faces new charges of sexually abusing a minor and producing and possessing child pornography in Southeast Alaska. The 43-year-old man was arrested at his Ketchikan home on Friday and later charged in Juneau.

According to court documents, the investigation was sparked April 2 after a young child accompanied a babysitter to her medical appointment and saw an anatomical model in the office, which led to a conversation about a man who had been touching the child's "private parts." The medical professional notified the Office of Children's Services, which in turn notified law enforcement...

Megan Edge

Previously-convicted sex offender Jonathan A. Hayward faces new charges of sexually abusing a minor and producing and possessing child pornography in Southeast Alaska. The 43-year-old man was arrested at his Ketchikan home on Friday and later charged in Juneau.

According to court documents, the investigation was sparked April 2 after a young child accompanied a babysitter to her medical appointment and saw an anatomical model in the office, which led to a conversation about a man who had been touching the child's "private parts." The medical professional notified the Office of Children's Services, which in turn notified law enforcement...

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When Kerry Nordstrom, the only counselor at Scammon Bay School, says the 210 students and 17 teachers walking through the building's doors have "been clean" for three years, she doesn't mean it the way people usually do. The tiny school in a village on the banks of the Kun River, just a mile from the Bering Sea in Western Alaska, hasn't lost a student to suicide in three years. It's a sign of progress, especially considering that four years ago, three students took their own lives ...

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Five days after 4-year-old Terrell Hunt vanished in the Western Alaska village of Kotlik, Alaska State Trooper William Connors described the town as quiet and its residents as exhausted.

The entire town has been searching, some putting in 14-hour days, checking abandoned buildings, the school and the banks of the Kotlik Slough, which parallels the length of the town. Not even a piece of clothing has turned up, he said

"We just need to find him, on land or water," said Connors over the phone. "Nothing is ruled out; we are just hoping to find him."...

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Millions of dollars' worth of high-grade heroin and methamphetamine have been confiscated on the island of Kodiak in the last year, symptoms of what lifelong resident and Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Eric Olsen says is an "epidemic."

"It's scary," said Olsen. "This is my hometown, and I have never seen anything like it. I am especially worried for our children."

Addicts can't be stereotyped, Olsen said. People involved in the Kodiak drug trade, from dealers to users, come from a variety of demographics...

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When Kerry Nordstrom, the only counselor at Scammon Bay School, says the 210 students and 17 teachers walking through the building's doors have "been clean" for three years, she doesn't mean it the way people usually do. The tiny school in a village on the banks of the Kun River, just a mile from the Bering Sea in Western Alaska, hasn't lost a student to suicide in three years. It's a sign of progress, especially considering that four years ago, three students took their own lives ...

Megan Edge

Five days after 4-year-old Terrell Hunt vanished in the Western Alaska village of Kotlik, Alaska State Trooper William Connors described the town as quiet and its residents as exhausted.

The entire town has been searching, some putting in 14-hour days, checking abandoned buildings, the school and the banks of the Kotlik Slough, which parallels the length of the town. Not even a piece of clothing has turned up, he said

"We just need to find him, on land or water," said Connors over the phone. "Nothing is ruled out; we are just hoping to find him."...

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