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Happy Wednesday, people of Anchorage! Here’s everything you need to know to get this day started off right.


First, today’s weather:

Periods of snow, 1-3″. High: 36 Low: 32.

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Here are the top 3 stories today in Anchorage:

  1. Yesterday, Chief U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason sentenced a man to 13 years in prison for sex trafficking minors. According to court documents, 23-year-old Nicola William Mongo is responsible for trafficking at least two minors aged 14 and 17. Additionally, Mongo allegedly took advantage of the 17-year-old victim’s developmental disabilities. He convinced the 17-year-old victim that he was their boyfriend as a manipulation tactic. (Alaska Native News)
  2. Last Friday night, a pickup truck struck and killed a 58-year-old man in Anchorage’s Fairview neighborhood. According to reports, the vehicle tried to avoid colliding with the pedestrian after seeing him; however, it was too late. When police and medics were called onto the scene, they declared James L. Andrew dead. Currently, no charges or citations have been filed. This is an ongoing investigation. (Anchorage Daily News)
  3. Yesterday, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was put into the spotlight for a CNN article. According to the report, it might be the best-located airport in the world today. Due to the unfortunate events taking place in Ukraine, over 30 countries have been banned from Russia’s airspaces. This little airport may prove to be a strategic and valuable asset. (CNN)

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Today in Anchorage:

  • Stop Motion Animation at Scott and Wesley Gerrish Branch Library (2:00 PM)
  • LEGOS In the Library at Chugiak-Eagle River (3:00 PM)
  • Afternoon of Art at Anchorage Public Library (3:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • The Alaska State Troopers are now hiring for the Spring 2023 Academy. Did you know that Alaska State Troopers earn one of the highest starting salaries for law enforcement? For more details, check out their site! (Facebook)
  • Alaska Airlines celebrated International Women’s Day yesterday by showcasing two remarkable women of aviation. Who flies the world? Girls! Check out their post to read about the empowering stories of Elissa and Ali. (Instagram)
  • The Anchorage Park Foundation wants everyone to check out its all-new inclusive playground! It is free for all, so make sure to bring your family and friends. For more details, please check out their post. (Facebook)

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