Breaking News from Whittier

Find the latest Whittier News from the most up to date source on all headlines and breaking stories from around the world.

Maine Governor Signs Warrant for Steven Downs’ Extradition to Alaska

The man accused of murdering Sophie Sergie over two decades ago, is set to be extradited to Alaska. Maine governor Janet Mills has signed a warrant, allowing the extradition of Steven Downs. Defense attorneys say Downs will likely challenge the governor's warrant in an effort to have more time to ge


Anchorage man making Alaska Heart Run after heart surgery

Organizers of the annual Alaska Heart Run say Saturday's event will take place, despite Friday's snow. One local survivor of a heart event will once again race to help find a cure to Alaska's second leading cause of death.


American Ninja Warriors talk friendship and representing rural Alaska

The television show “American Ninja Warrior” enters its 11th season next month, and again will feature the Eskimo Ninja, Nick Hanson from Unalakleet. Hanson visited Bethel last week to hang out with his buddy, fellow show competitor Nate DeHaan. These two make up two-thirds of all the American Ninja


Alaska Red Cross to distribute hundreds of free smoke alarms

More than 800 free smoke alarms will be installed across Alaska during the next month, amid a Red Cross initiative meant to distribute 100,000 of the life-saving devices nationwide.


Interior Alaska shows sizable increase in jobs

Interior Alaska saw the largest regional increase in employment in March of this year compared to March 2018, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported today.


Death of woman found near library ‘doesn’t appear to be suspicious,’ Anchorage police say

The death of a woman whose body was found Friday next to the Loussac Library in Midtown Anchorage “doesn’t appear to be suspicious at this time,” according to police. Anchorage police received a report of a body found next to the library, at 3600 Denali St., around 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to an


Sentencing set for ex-Alaska bank employee who stole $4.3M

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A former Alaska bank employee who stole $4.3 million in cash and fled to Mexico is set to be sentenced for the crime. Alaska Public Media reported Thursday that 33-year-old Gerardo Cazarez Valenzuela pleaded guilty to theft of bank funds after he was extradited to the U.S.


Former South High baseball player killed in suspected DUI traffic collision

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — A 19-year-old college student from Girdwood was killed when a 16-year-old suspected of driving under the influence struck and killed him on a Los Angeles street corner Thursday night.


Alaska Railroad adds two adventure packages for summer

The Alaska Railroad is expanding its traditional summer schedule with new package tours to Denali National Park & Preserve and Kenai Fjords National Park. The new North to Denali and South to the Sea round-trip experiences will depart from Anchorage, operating from mid-May through early September 20


Girl arrested after threat at Chugiak middle school

A student at Mirror Lake Middle School in Chugiak was arrested Thursday in connection with a threat discovered there, Anchorage police said. Word of “a written threat on one of the girls’ bathroom walls” was relayed to an APD school resource officer just before 11:45 a.m. Thursday by staff at the sc


Group apologizes after appearance by banned Alaska professor

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A national archaeology organization has apologized for the attendance of a banned Alaska professor at its annual meeting. The written apology from the Society for American Archaeology on Wednesday followed growing criticism after former University of Alaska Anchorage profess


Alaska’s public investment fund tapped to pay state’s oil tax debt obligations in FY2020 budget

JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed using funds from Alaska’s public investment fund in his FY2020 budget to pay down the state’s $800 million debt in refundable oil and gas tax credits.


Governor Announces Roadshow Events in North Pole and Anchorage

(Juneau) – Thursday, the Office of Governor Michael. J. Dunleavy announced upcoming stops in North Pole and Anchorage as part of the Governor’s “Statewide Discussion for a Permanent Fiscal Plan” – a series of meetings, events and community-based discussions in partnership with a variety of groups an


Charges: Brother Francis security contractor fractured man’s skull

Two men have been charged with assaulting and severely wounding a man near Anchorage’s Brother Francis Shelter for the homeless last weekend, including a suspect who had been working at the shelter as a contract security guard.


Alaska Employee Union Sues Over Privatization of API

Alaska state employees are suing the state over the privatization of API. The Alaska State Employees Association is seeking a restraining order in state superior court that would block the Dunleavy Administration from turning API over to the private company, Wellpath.


Fairbanks Police Department Hires New Police Chief

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - In a statement released by the city, Mayor Matherly reported offering Lieutenant Nancy Reeder the position of Fairbanks Police Chief. Reeder is currently a Lieutenant for the Anchorage Police Department, and started her law enforcement career in 1984. She served the Anchorage Pol


Mic Check in the Morning: KillBill Sax

Jazz fans, rejoice! An Evening of Contemporary Jazz is coming to the Atwood Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Center in Anchorage this week. Californian hip-hop violinist Josh Vietti will take the stage and U.K. jazz fusion guitarist Peter White is the headliner, but a familiar Alaskan will be ope


49 Voices: Leena Tarar of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Leena Tarar in Anchorage. Tarar is an exchange student at Bartlett High School, originally from Pakistan. She was part of this year’s Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute.


Classic rockers Kansas and several others announce Alaska State Fair shows

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Alaska State Fair will have another showcase of musical talent this summer, after it announced four more performers playing the main stage. Classic rockers Kansas will play August 25, Dropkick Murphys will play August 30, Cole Swindell will play August 31 and Elle King is sche


Governor’s cabinet-level picks all confirmed by the Alaska Legislature

JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) — Three of the governor's controversial picks to run state agencies have been confirmed by a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune had come under scrutiny for his previous work as a public face of the Pebble P