News Roundup: Information to make a difference in Alaska

    The following is a brief roundup of news and events that Alaskans can use to make a positive difference in family, business and cultural life.



    The fall campaign of 40 Days for Life is underway in Soldotna where pro-life advocates are peacefully praying outside the Planned Parenthood clinic there. The vigil runs until Nov. 6 in Soldotna, slightly more than 40 days because the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic is only open Mondays through Wednesdays. To maximize effect, the prayer vigil is ending on a Wednesday in Soldotna, where pro-life advocates will gather at the public right-of-way outside the Planned Parenthood clinic at 130 E. Redoubt Ave.

    “With such an exceptional prolife community and only three days per week to cover, we should easily be able to have intercessors out in front of their office all day those three days,” an announcement about the event states.

    For more information, call Beck Hinsberger at 252-2953 or Velvet Danielson at 252-8051. More information is online at


    The pro-life HeartReach Center, which has offered support to pregnant Alaska women for more than 30 years, is holding its annual fundraising banquet on Oct. 17 at Wasilla Bible Church in Wasilla.

    The event features keynote speakers Derrick and Julie Tennat, the brother-sister duo behind The Love Chromosome, an organization that promotes the inherent dignity of those with disabilities.

    The non-profit has served more than 4,000 Alaska women, providing information and support as they face the possibility of unintended pregnancy. All services are confidential and free of charge.

    The annual banquet provides a significant portion of HeartReach’s annual operating budget, while offering the organization a chance to share stories, triumphs and challenges that lie ahead.
    Admission to the adult-only fundraising banquet is free. It takes place Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Wasilla Bible Church. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and registration is required. Click here for more information.


    Launched in 2013 is an international conservative watchdog that exposes corporations and organizations that fund liberal advocacy. By putting big business on watch through its extensive research on the most important issues of the day, 2ndVote’s mission is to expose the corporate influence on matters of culture and policy and turn the tide on the attacks on conservative values and principles. The idea behind 2ndVote is that Americans vote twice – once at the ballot box and then again by the companies and organizations they choose to support financially. To learn more about how to align conservative values with everyday financial spending decisions and other contributions, go to


    The Palmer Food Bank needs volunteers. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-5 p.m., the outreach serves those who need meals in the area. Volunteers are needed to assist during hours of operation. For more information, call Jeanne Borega at 745-3565.


    A new app will instantly delete a naked selfie from a child’s phone before it can ever be sent to a sexual predator. The creators of SelfieStop say children are being increasingly targeted and pressured into sharing nude pictures and videos. While some parental control apps notify parents after a nude photo is taken, SelfieStop detects and deletes any sexually explicit photos within milliseconds. SelfieStop also tackles the problem of sextortion, where a predator finds a child on social media and tricks them into sending photos. This can often lead to children being threatened with exposure and blackmailed into sending more images. For more information, go to

    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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