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By Joshua Staab and Channel 2 News | May 31, 2013
One of the largest trucking companies in Alaska has been acquired by a privately-held Seattle-based transportation and petroleum distributor. Carlile Transportation Systems has effectively become a member of the Saltchuck Resources family of businesses, in a transaction that closed May 31. “Our relationship with Saltchuk is 20 years long, already having been friends, vendors and customers.  I really feel this is a match made in heaven,” said...
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Michelle Theriault Boots | July 19, 2011
Soteria House was supposed to be a safe place. The sprawling green multiplex on Doris Street was designed to be a respite from psychiatric wards and institutions; a chance for young people diagnosed with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia to live in a place that was like a home, not a hospital, making choices for themselves.  “The message always is 'we are here to keep you safe,'” wrote Susan Musante, the site manager, in a fact sheet about Soteria House's philosophy.
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By Matthew Simon and Channel 2 News | July 12, 2012
Nearly three years after a small majority of Bethel voters approved unlimited alcohol sales, a Channel 2 News investigation reveals that crime rates in the region have increased, especially in some of the 56 smaller villages nearby. In October 2009 Bethel voters decided, 615 to 523, to change Bethel from a "damp" community to a "wet" one, removing the previous alcohol import limit of 10.5 ounces per person per month. Perhaps because of the fact there are still no liquor stores or bars located in the Kuskokwim River's main port city, population 6,080, there is a popular opinion among many Bethel residents that not much has changed.
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By Tim Akimoff | May 24, 2011
So you want to walk on a glacier. The first order of business is to find a glacier to walk on. Turns out that a suitable speciman exists just a little more than a two-hour drive from Anchorage. The Matanuska Glacier is a 27-mile long, 4-mile wide river of ice that wends its way down out of the Chugach Mountains. And it happens to be one of the most car-accessible glaciers in the United States. Getting There - Take the Glenn Highway north of Anchorage. Your first choice is taking the Old Glen Highway at about milepost 29. The old road runs up along the Knik River and across to Palmer.
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By Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | October 30, 2012
Outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops formally announced its plans to enter the Anchorage market Tuesday, saying it will open a 100,000-square-foot Mountain View store in time for 2013's fishing season. In a Tuesday statement, the chain praised the new store's location -- in the Glenn Square Shopping Center, on the Glenn Highway at its intersection with Mountain View Drive -- as convenient to both Merrill Field and anyone headed north from Anchorage for backcountry recreation. About 60,000 square feet of retail space at the shopping center is being fast-tracked for expansion to accommodate the store.
NEWS
April 3, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Friday, April 2, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Carrs-Safeway store in Anchorage's Sears Mall is getting some fundraising help from the Easter Bunny. Carrs locations across Alaska are participating in an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Alaska and the Easter Seals, with each store competing to see which can raise the most money. At the Sears Mall, children can have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny through the weekend. "Everybody's doing different things," said store manager Dan Murakami.
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By Jason Lamb, Ashleigh Ebert and Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | November 12, 2012
We all enjoy dinner out from time to time, but just how safe are the kitchens where you eat? Each month, Anchorage's Department of Health and Human Services slaps restaurants with critical violations -- things that could lead to you getting sick. There are 22 restaurants in Anchorage with six or more critical violations. In a list of those restaurants which DHHS gave to Channel 2, three were tied for first place with nine violations each. One of them was Indian eatery Bombay Deluxe, at 555 W Northern Lights Blvd.
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By Channel 2 News Staff and Channel 2 News | August 1, 2013
The rate of two sexually transmitted diseases remains high enough in Alaska to be classified epidemic, but a recent bulletin from the state Department of Health and Social Services suggests a decrease over the past few years. The rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia have dropped, according to Donna Cecere, STD program coordinator for the state. Last year there were 731 gonorrhea cases in Alaska, dropping the state third lead in the nation in cases in 2010 to the 18th. “It's a pretty dramatic decrease,” Cecere said.
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February 8, 2012
Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country. The rate of suicide in the United States was 12.0 suicides per 100,000 people in 2009 (the most recent year available from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control). In 2010, Alaska's rate was 22.6 suicides per 100,000 people. Alaska had 1,389 suicides between 2001 and 2010 - an average of 139 deaths by suicide per year. At least one suicide occurred in 176 Alaskan communities between 2000 and 2009.
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by Jason Lamb and Channel 2 News | July 13, 2012
A cat named Stubbs has been the mayor of Talkeetna for nearly all of his life -- no joke. It's been that way for more than a decade in the small tourist town that boasts nearly 900 residents. The part-manx was named honorary mayor shortly after his birth, and now locals all know the cat as "Mayor Stubbs. " "He was just in the Alaska Magazine, and he's been featured in a few different things," said Lauri Stec, who works at Nagley's General Store in Talkeetna, where Stubbs hangs out most of the time.
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By Neil Torquiano and Channel 2 News | May 21, 2013
A federal judge denied bail for the man accused of killing two men at a Kodiak Island Coast Guard facility. Though James Wells' defense team claimed the 61-year-old posed no risk to the community, it was unable to secure bail for the murder suspect, which included 24-hour home detention and electronic monitoring. The defense presented testimonies from three people, including married couple Henry and Janet Pennington who claimed to have known Wells for more than 20 years, and Victoria Geyer, who would serve as a third-party custodian if the court approved.
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By Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | August 28, 2013
Alaska State Troopers and Palmer police have received no recent reports of abducted Mat-Su Valley children, despite posted flyers claiming Russian mobsters are operating a “child snatch ring” in the state. One of the flyers, seen in a photo sent to Channel 2 late Tuesday by Nate Huckabay, calls for people to report “ANYONE asking about your children or other children in the area.” An unidentified person is quoted as saying a man visited a home “yesterday morning,” claiming he had an appointment to interview children there.
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By Corey Allen-Young and Channel 2 News | September 6, 2013
A new adult re-entry program is helping former inmates transition back into society and trying to keep them out of jail. According to the Alaska Department of Corrections, nearly half of the inmates released will get locked up again in a year and about two-thirds within three years. State officials say the New Life Development Center in Anchorage is putting the brakes on the revolving door. “I sat in the same chair, I was in the same dining hall, I know what it's like to think, 'I'm about to get out in six weeks, I don't know where I'm going,'" said Kelvin Lee, a former inmate for 15 years and President/CEO at New Life Development Center.
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By Jessica Ridgway and Channel 2 News | July 25, 2013
Alaska State Troopers have identified the people, all Anchorage residents, involved in Wednesday night's rear-ending of a BMW coupe that left one motorcyclist dead and another wounded. According to AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen, the deceased motorcyclist was 61-year-old John Beyers. Troopers initially said Beyers was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but said Thursday morning after speaking with witnesses that he was. Beyers was pronounced dead by medical staff at Providence Alaska Medical Center, with his next of kin present.
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