Tegan Hanlon

A candle left burning on a table Friday morning in an Anchorage apartment building led to flames and a quick response from firefighters, said Anchorage Fire Department spokesman John See. Around 9:30 a.m., a 911 caller reported a fire at a fourplex on the 800 block of East 12th Avenue in Fairview. Flames had spread to a table and a television cabinet, See said. "It wasn't far away from igniting the structure," See said. He said there was no one in the apartment when firefighters arrived. See said firefighters put out the fire within minutes. Damage was contained to the one apartment, he said. He said residents of the other three apartments could return home by Friday evening. "The message here is, of course: Don't ever leave a room that you have an open flame device, like a candle,...Tegan Hanlon
The 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to Nome is going with Plan A this year, which means it will start in Willow on Sunday, March 6, the day after a ceremonial start in Anchorage. Despite little snow in Anchorage this winter, Iditarod Chief Executive Officer Stan Hooley said Friday after an Iditarod Board of Directors meeting that he has complete confidence in trail conditions after crews on several flights, as well as volunteers on the ground, scoped out the trail. Hooley said the perilous Dalzell Gorge that battered mushers and their dog teams in 2014 has more snow this year than it has had in the last 15-20 years. “We would have to have a serious, extended meltdown for that area to not be navigable,” he said. Hooley said volunteers have some work to do on the first few miles of...Tegan Hanlon
Iditarod Chief Executive Stan Hooley talks about the ceremonial start of the 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as well as the restart on Friday, affirming that the restart will take place in Willow after Anchorage hosts the ceremonial start March 5. Hooley said there's some work to do to fix up the...
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Mushers need straw — lots of straw — for their dogs during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race , and on Thursday roughly 50 volunteers in Anchorage carried, bagged and stacked about 1,500 bales of it for the 1,000-mile race to Nome. “It’s a lot of heavy work,” said a 19-year-old volunteer who spent hours inside Air Land Transport, hoisting straw bales out of trucks and dropping each of them into a blue bag. Other volunteers tied the bags closed. They stacked a dozen bales onto each wooden pallet and then wrapped them together in clear plastic. The giant blue cubes were then weighed. One volunteer recorded their totals: 376 pounds, 375 pounds, 404 pounds and so on. Iditarod race director Mark Nordman said the straw bales were purchased from two farms in Delta Junction and then driven more...Tegan Hanlon
A Fairbanks English teacher was elected president of Alaska's National Education Association, the 13,000-member teachers union, this week. Tim Parker will start his two-year term on July 7, replacing outgoing president Ron Fuhrer, who was elected in 2012 and again in 2014, said NEA-Alaska spokesman Zachary Mannix Thursday. Parker defeated Andy Holleman, current president of the Anchorage Education Association. Mannix would not reveal the total number of union members who cast an electronic ballot in this year's statewide election or the number of votes Parker received. He said it is against the union's policy to release the information. Parker currently serves as NEA-Alaska's state director. He has taught in Fairbanks for nearly 18 years.Tegan Hanlon
The Tanaina Child Development Center announced Tuesday that it’s moving to the Alaska Regional Hospital — almost exactly a year after the popular nonprofit was asked to leave its longtime space at the University of Alaska Anchorage . Scott Hamel, president of Tanaina’s Board of Directors, said the child care center will likely open in a 9,000-square-foot space in the hospital in late August. The preschool currently enrolls 56 children but will immediately grow to enroll 90 children, ages 18 months to 5 years old, he said. It will also start a new after-school program for elementary school students, and eventually a new program for infants, Hamel said. The child care center once gave preference to the UAA community, but will now reserve about half of its spots for the children of Alaska...Tegan Hanlon
Moda Health will be allowed to resume operating its health insurance business in Alaska and Oregon following an agreement that the company raise at least $179 million in capital this year, the Alaska Division of Insurance announced Monday. “They’ve taken the high road and said, ‘We’re going to do everything we can to make this work,’” said Lori Wing-Heier, director of the division. The announcement that Moda will stay in Alaska follows less than two weeks after Wing-Heier said that the Portland, Oregon-based health insurance company didn’t have enough capital to safely operate in the state in 2016. At the end of 2015, Moda reported a net loss of $58 million. Robert Gootee, chief executive officer of Moda’s parent company, Moda, Inc., said on Jan. 28 that the company would exit Alaska and...Tegan Hanlon
CANTWELL -- Dusk started to fall on the mountains, dogs started to bark and four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King fiddled with his iPhone, the official race clock. Once it read 4 p.m., the fourth Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race was on. King waved his arms wildly at the first racers -- a team of two mushers on two separate sleds linked to one team of 17 dogs. They took off, driving down the two-lane Denali Highway on a 226-mile out-and-back race for a $5,000 prize if they returned to Cantwell in the shortest time. Sixteen more teams of two mushers pulled up to the humble, makeshift starting line -- marked by a large, white “No Road Maintenance” sign, where a tiny group of spectators gathered. The teams left at two-minute intervals onto a straight, wide and snowy trail bordered by mountains...Tegan Hanlon
Jeff Mayrand was in his downtown Anchorage office last month when a former student who got his diploma in 2010 walked in with a simple question for a job application. “What school did I graduate from?” he asked. The answer isn’t quick. He graduated from the CyberLynx Correspondence Program’s high school completion program, run by the Nenana City School District in partnership with Nine Star Education and Employment Services in Anchorage. The program targets high school dropouts. Mayrand, youth education services director at Nine Star, gave the graduate a quick description of the two parts of the school district that he graduated from: CyberLynx, which serves correspondence students across the state; Nenana City School, which he said is “the biggest building in the middle of town.” “It...Tegan Hanlon
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Jeff Mayrand was in his downtown Anchorage office last month when a former student who got his diploma in 2010 walked in with a simple question for a job application. “What school did I graduate from?” he asked. The answer isn’t quick. He graduated from the CyberLynx Correspondence Program’s high...
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