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Meet Mak and M.O.C.H.A.: Trooper drug dogs get new names from Alaska students

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: May 16, 2017
  • Published May 16, 2017

Alaska State Troopers asked for the public’s help in naming two new drug-detection dogs, K9-A, left, and K9-B. (Photos courtesy Gov. Bill Walker’s office)

Alaskans, meet M.O.C.H.A. and Mak — Alaska State Troopers' two newest drug dogs, named in a statewide contest.

Gov. Bill Walker announced results Tuesday of the poll on his Facebook page to name the two K-9s, originally referred to as K-9A and K-9B.

M.O.C.H.A., an acronym for Meth, Opioids, Cocaine, Heroin, Alaska, was proposed by Ryan Engebretsen's class at Teeland Middle School in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. Mak, short for Kachemak, was offered by Hannah Dolphin's class at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School in Kenai.

"M.O.C.H.A. and Mak will play important, integral roles in our efforts to create a safer Alaska," Walker said in a statement. "I'm so grateful for the participation of Alaska sixth-graders and citizens across the state in selecting these names. I look forward to seeing the important work these new dogs will do."

Other names considered in the poll, from more than 70 initially submitted by Alaska students, included Cisco, after the Arctic Cisco fish; S'eek, the Tlingit name for black bear; Nuna, "land" in both Yup'ik and Inupiaq; and Blackhawk, as in the helicopter.

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