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Stolen tournament funds mostly recovered

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

Most of the stolen proceeds from the annual school basketball tournament in Selawik have been found.

They were recovered from a local student who had taken them after the event, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers first heard of the theft on Nov. 24, about 7 p.m., when someone reported the money had been taken by a young teenager, who had then "fled the area on foot."

Troopers located him shortly thereafter and were able to get back most of the cash.

The teen has been charged with third-degree theft.

November is diabetes month in Alaska

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

Alaska is observing Diabetes Awareness Month in November. Governor Bill Walker issued a statement at the end of last month to draw attention to the disease in the state.

"...An increase in community awareness of risk factors and symptoms related to diabetes can greatly improve the likelihood that Alaskans will get the attention they need before suffering the devastating complications of the disease," wrote the governor in his proclamation.

More than 40,000 Alaskans are affected by either Type I or II diabetes and those numbers are rising, according to the state health department.

More information on diabetes prevention and obesity management can be found online at You can find out more about diabetes, specifically, at or 1-800-DIABETES.

North Slope schools kick soda to the curb

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

The state is taking notice of the North Slope School District's decision to not allow soda and carbonated sugary beverages on some of its campuses.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Play Every Day campaign highlighted the Slope's policy, adopted in August of this year, on their wellness blog.

It caught the attention of state health leaders after a school district employee talked about it at the recent 2017 School Health and Wellness Institute.

The move was meant to raise awareness about the health risks of drinking soda and sugary beverages.

The Sounder will continue to follow this "Stop the Pop" initiative over the coming weeks.

Storm expected to bring hurricane-force winds to the Aleutians

By Annie Zak

Anchorage Daily News

Hurricane-force winds are expected to hit the Aleutian Islands on Saturday and Sunday.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for many communities in the Aleutians and a winter weather advisory for a swath of Western Alaska.

In Unalaska and Nikolski, the wind warning is in effect from 12 a.m. Sunday to 4 a.m. Monday and winds of 50 to 65 mph are expected. Gusts up to 100 mph are also possible, according to the warning.

"Southwest winds will increase rapidly this evening with gusts to 75 mph developing around midnight," the weather service said Saturday afternoon.

Gusts as high as 100 mph are also forecast for an area including Adak and Atka, where a high wind warning is currently in effect until 12 a.m. Monday.

The weather service urged people to secure loose objects that could be blown around or damaged by high winds. In a tweet, the agency's Anchorage office said waves are forecast to reach heights of 40 to 50 feet in some areas.

The winter weather advisory goes into effect at 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday, depending on the area, for parts of Western Alaska including Bethel, Hooper Bay, King Salmon, Dillingham and Emmonak. Blowing snow and gusts as high as 55 mph are expected.

You can look up the forecast for your area on the National Weather Service website.

This story first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News and is reprinted here with permission.


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