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Delayed; Judge allows additional time before sentencing of the first convicted of four accused in 2016 murder of Palmer teen

PALMER — Erick Almandinger, the first of the four charged with the murder of Palmer teen David Grunwald on November 13, 2016, began his sentencing hearings in Palmer Superior Court on Wednesday in front of Judge Gregory Heath.


Alaska man found bleeding, later declared dead. Police identify suspect

BETHEL, Alaska (KTUU) - Wednesday night, a call came in to the Bethel Police Department, reporting that a man was bleeding at a home. Later that night, he was declared dead. In a Thursday update from BPD, officials identified the victim as David Carl, 65, of Bethel. They also said a suspect has been


Palmer entrepreneurs invited to join monthly meeting Thursday

PALMER — Local business owners of all experience levels will gather at the Palmer Downtown Deli Thursday for the monthly Palmer Entrepreneurs Meetup. This month’s conversation is ‘How Collaboration Builds Business and Community’ with Bleeding Heart Brewery owners Zack Lanphier and Stefan Marty.


Alaska State Fair announces first round of Concert Series performers

The Alaska State Fair has announced four of the acts performing as part of this year's Concert Series. A cappella country vocalists Home Free will perform on Thursday, Aug. 22. The group has been to Alaska before; they performed at the Alaska State Fair in 2017. The group gained notoriety after winn


Judge postpones decision on Erick Almandinger's sentencing

Ten months after his conviction for murder, Erick Almandinger was back in court to be sentenced for his role in David Grunwald’s death. However, the judge delayed a decision until next month, meaning David's parents, Ben and Edie Grunwald, will have to wait to give the court their victim impact stat


‘It’s way overdue’: Assembly approves addition of EMS employees, ambulances

PALMER — The Mat-Su Borough Assembly voted 5-1 on Tuesday to approve Ordinance 19-021, which would hire the borough’s on-call staff as full time employees, also staffing two additional ambulances.


Mat-Su adds 25 medics, 2 ambulances in major shift to full-time force

PALMER — Ambulance calls in Mat-Su are undergoing an upheaval as the fast-growing borough shifts to more full-time medics after relying on community members for decades. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly this week approved 25 new medic positions — 17 emergency medical technicians, four paramedi


Mike Gravel, former U.S. senator for Alaska, considers a presidential campaign

Alaska’s former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel is taking a turn in the national spotlight once again, following an announcement on his Twitter feed this week of a possible presidential campaign.


Weather continues to hamper search for Cessna and pilot near Rainy Pass

After two weeks of searching, rescuers have found no sign of a small plane believed missing near Rainy Pass, largely because poor weather has complicated the search, officials say.


Senate to begin hearing Dunleavy constitutional amendments

Hearings on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed constitutional amendments will begin Thursday, when a state Senate panel looks at his plan for enshrining a spending limit. Senate State Affairs Committee Chair Sen. Mike Shower, R-Palmer, said the first hearing will be on Senate Joint Resolution 6. He plans


Anchorage antique broker sold carvings as Alaska Native art, actually carved them himself, prosecutors say

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A well known Anchorage antique dealer is being charged with federal crimes, after an investigation by multiple agencies revealed he was selling carvings he made, but saying they were done by Alaska Native artisans.


Truck driver hospitalized after Hollywood Rd. collision in Wasilla

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — The driver of a dump truck has been hospitalized after a collision between the truck he was driving and a sedan at Hollywood Rd. and Vine Rd. in Wasilla early Tuesday evening.


Bill would allow Alaskans to donate PFD to General Fund

A bill that would allow Alaskans to contribute their Permanent Fund dividends to the state budget has been resurrected. SB 92, sponsored by Sens. David Wilson of Wasilla, would have the Department of Revenue add a provision allowing Alaskans who receive dividends to contribute some or all of their d


Camp Fire Alaska celebrates some absolutely incredible Anchorage kids

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Camp Fire Alaska celebrated Absolute Incredible Kid day, an initiative founded in 1997 by Camp Fire National. O'Malley Elementary Site Director, Nichole Boyden, said it's a day to tell their kids how awesome, incredible, amazing and important they are. Every kid at all of its site