Local First News (News of the North)

An Arizona man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for trafficking fentanyl pills into Alaska. Odarious Shaw, aged 25, orchestrated the distribution of hundreds of thousands of fentanyl pills to Alaska over six months, with shipments ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 pills per delivery. Investigations revealed his operation involved shipping pills from Arizona to Alaska twice a week, with a courier exchanging the drugs for cash in Anchorage.

Tragedy strikes during a memorial motorcycle ride commemorating the fifth anniversary of Cynthia Hoffman's death. Timothy Hoffman, Cynthia's father, passed away in a motorcycle accident west of Wasilla while participating in the ride. Cynthia was the victim of a murder-for-hire plot in 2019, orchestrated by Denali Brehmer and Darin Schilmiller. Despite the profound grief endured by the Hoffman family, Timothy remained steadfast in seeking justice for his daughter.

State officials address concerns regarding Alaska's correspondence school program. However, regulations aimed at stabilizing the program are not expected in the immediate future. Despite legislative direction, the bill containing the mandate has yet to reach Governor Mike Dunleavy's desk. The delay has left over 22,000 Alaska students enrolled in public correspondence programs in limbo, awaiting further developments from both the legislative and judicial branches of government.

Join the Zach Gordon Youth Center for the 'Weaving Our Pride' project, aiming to unite Native, non-Native, LGBTQ+, and ally youth in weaving cultural garments. The project will culminate in the creation of a Ravenstail Robe and a Chilkat Robe, symbolizing unity and inclusivity within the community. Participants will collaborate over a year to create these wearable art pieces, which will be showcased at various events, including Celebration.

Dive into the fascinating world of insects at BugDay!, hosted by Friends of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum. This free family event on Saturday, June 22, promises an engaging experience with hands-on activities and games designed to demystify insects and highlight their importance in the ecosystem. Registration opens on Monday, June 10, through the Parks & Recreation registration catalog.

As summer arrives, visitors to the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area are reminded to prioritize safety and wildlife conservation. Increased wildlife activity, particularly among bears, necessitates vigilance regarding food, beverages, and scented products. Visitors are encouraged to hike in groups, carry bear spray, and make noise while walking to alert wildlife of their presence.

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