The tiny Southeast village of Hoonah has received condolences from around the world for the recent shooting deaths of police officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka. The pair were ambushed by a lone gunman August 29th as they chatted with each other and their families on the town’s Front Street. John Marvin, Jr. has been charged with their murders, and is currently being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau on one million dollars bail.
Hundreds plan to attend a memorial service for Wallace and Tokuoka tomorrow in Hoonah. Among the mourners will be dozens of police officers from Alaska and the rest of the country.
As Casey Kelly reports, the law enforcement community has rallied around the town in the days since the shooting.
- A tsunami warning drill takes place once a year, and one village in Southeast has not forgotten the importance of being ready when disaster strikes.
- Nome turns into a bit of a carnival when the Iditarod winner mushes into town. For nearly a week, racers continue arriving before the banquet that officially concludes each year’s Iditarod.
- An M-44, which sprays predators with sodium cyanide, detonated on a teen and his dog earlier this month in Idaho. Now the family and others are petitioning the USDA to end its use of the devices.
- The Mental Health Trust Authority owns lands in Petersburg it wants to swap for Tongass National Forest acreage elsewhere in the region. Resulting timber sales would raise money for the Trust.