A missing person case for Anchorage police turned into a death investigation on Thursday. A graduate of Nome-Beltz Junior/Senior High School, Martina Painter, 25, was found dead Thursday afternoon. She was the only person in a blue four-door Dodge Dart located in a parking lot near University Lake Park in Anchorage.
Staffing at Unalaska’s Department of Public Safety was the focus of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. City Manager Dave Martinson said there simply aren’t enough police officers to cover the workload. In the last year, he said the department has denied 20 leave requests because of insufficient staffing.
Haines Public Facilities Director Brad Ryan is the new interim borough manager. It wasn’t an easy decision for the Borough Assembly Tuesday night. The assembly was split between Ryan and a retired Juneau city manager. Ultimately, the mayor broke a tie vote in favor of Ryan.
In the final days of 2016, a Bering Sea storm battered St. Lawrence Island, causing wind and water damage to many buildings in Savoonga. The community declared a local disaster and asked for assistance from the state in order to restore their livelihoods.
Petersburg’s Police Department is scheduled to start moving into the newly renovated municipal building by Jan. 17. Whether that deadline can be met is still unknown, but the department is looking forward to a much larger and more secure working space.
Marnie Leist has been in Kodiak for 11 years, and looks back to when she first arrived to the island. She said she got a master’s degree in art history and museum studies, and the only position she applied to following graduation was one at the museum. When she moved here, it was the first time she’d been to Kodiak, she said.
A Kodiak home was declared a total loss after a fire early morning Sunday. An occupant at 1521 Baranof Street called 911 just before 1:30 a.m. and reported that the home was on fire and everyone had gotten out, according to an announcement from Kodiak Fire Department Chief Jim Mullican.
The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is safe at its home port at Coast Guard Base Kodiak after a high seas adventure over the weekend. The fishing vessel Lady Gudny experienced engine trouble Thursday night and became disabled nearly 300 miles south of Kodiak.
Alaska State Troopers thwarted two attempts to import alcohol to the community of Elim over the weekend. Troopers seized an estimated total of 10 liters of alcohol in Nome Sunday, Jan. 8, in two separate incidents: one, an estimated 7 liters, the other about 3 liters.