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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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Minimum wage increase helps individuals, ok for small biz

Minimum wage increase helps individuals, ok for small biz

Alaska’s statewide minimum wage increase went into effect on Tuesday. Now, thousands of jobs in the state pay $8.75 an hour — a dollar increase. So what does this means for Anchorage’s small businesses and consumers?

February 26, 2015
Community members want action from muni to get more detox facilities

Community members want action from muni to get more detox facilities

Community members gathered to ask assembly members to get more detox beds in Anchorage as part of the solution for alcoholism.

February 24, 2015

ANSEP builds bridges for middle schoolers to science education

Middle School students from around the state are participating in the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program at UAA this year. Forty-eight students from the Lower Yukon and Northwest Arctic Borough completed the two-week residential program on Friday but their learning doesn’t stop there.

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February 23, 2015
Suggestions on the Youth Wall at the Northway Mall. Hillman/KSKA

‘Youth Speak Out’ Event invites suggests on improving the community

The NAACP and Global Block are trying to get youth to speak up about their needs and what they want from the Anchorage community. They hosted an event Saturday at the Northway Mall.

February 23, 2015

New Prelim ASD Budget Reinstates Middle School Model

Anchorage School Board passed a preliminary budget that includes planning time for all middle school teachers and more than 60 new positions. But it’s not final until the state legislature passes their final budget later this spring.

February 19, 2015
NAACP leads conversation on helping young men of color succeed

NAACP leads conversation on helping young men of color succeed

Data from the state’s Department of Education and Early Development show that students of color drop out of high school at higher rates than white students. Anchorage’s chapter of the NAACP is trying to change that.

February 19, 2015
The cast of "Emotional Creature" listens to Rashid tell a story. Photo courtesy of Frank Flavin.

“Emotional Creature” teaches young women to speak

A new play opened this weekend at Cyrano’s Playhouse in Anchorage from the author of the Vagina Monologues. On stage, the songs and monologues tell the true stories of traumas faced by young women around the world. But behind the scenes, it’s the tale of Anchorage’s young women learning what it means to be an “Emotional Creature.”

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February 17, 2015
Ethan Berkowitz officially announces his candidacy to a group of supporters on Tuesday afternoon. Hillman/KSKA

Berkowitz enters Anchorage mayoral race

Former Democratic state legislator Ethan Berkowitz is the ninth candidate to enter Anchorage’s mayoral race.

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February 10, 2015
Math teacher Piper Jones listens to her students before distributing a quiz.

Middle school teachers think planning time cuts are hurting students

There’s tension in Anchorage’s middle schools because some teachers feel they’re being treated unfairly. Elective teachers have less planning time, and they say it impacts their relationships with the students.

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February 9, 2015

Point in Time Count gives snapshot of homelessness in Anchorage but not whole picture

Each year communities across the nation participate in the Point in Time Count during the last 10 days in January. They’re trying to take a snapshot of homelessness by asking how many people slept on the streets or in shelters during one specific night.

February 4, 2015

Governor’s proposed budget cuts could mean fewer staff at ASD

The Anchorage School Board is debating what to do about next year’s school budget in light of the governor’s proposed funding cuts. Wrapped into the discussion is the future of the middle schools and literacy programs.

February 2, 2015

Middle school teachers upset over pay inequities

Anchorage Middle School teachers are upset about pay and workload inequities between elective teachers and core subject teachers and the divisions it’s causing in the schools.

January 30, 2015
Project Homeless Connect connects vulnerable communities with services

Project Homeless Connect connects vulnerable communities with services

More than 1,000 Anchorage residents experience homelessness every year. Though Anchorage has dozens of agencies to help people, reaching them all is difficult. In comes Project Homeless Connect.

January 28, 2015

Proposed ASD budget includes 24 new teachers

The Anchorage School District’s proposed $770 million budget for next year includes 24 new teaching positions and only cuts four administrative positions.

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January 26, 2015

Anchorage 6th graders staying put

Anchorage sixth graders are not moving schools. The Anchorage School Board voted on Monday to keep the school structure the same.

January 26, 2015
Alaska Air Guardsman Capt. Johh Romspert, a 212th Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, prepares to be lowered via hoist out of an HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopter during a training mission held near Mount Susitna Dec. 16. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Balinda O’Neal)

AK: Rescue Training

In 2014, Alaska’s Air National Guard rescued more than 90 people. They picked up individuals from downed aircrafts, snow machines that fell through ice, and lost hikers in the wilderness.

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January 23, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court Building. Photo by Kjetil Ree, via Wikimedia Commons

Supreme Court agrees to hear same-sex marriage cases; Alaska’s appeal on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear four same-sex marriage cases and will rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans by early summer. This does not have immediate impacts on the legality of same-sex marriage in Alaska.

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January 16, 2015

Anchorage tourism numbers up, expected to continue

2014 was a record year for tourism in Southcentral Alaska according to Visit Anchorage. The organization predicts 2015 might be just as good.

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January 15, 2015
Making walking in Anchorage safer

Making walking in Anchorage safer

Nearly 8 percent of Alaskans walk to work. It’s the highest rate in the nation according to American Community Survey data. The national average is only 2.8 percent. But the state is also ranked #3 for the rate of pedestrian deaths. Three people have been killed in Anchorage the past month. So what’s happening to help keep walkers safe?

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January 14, 2015
Legislators take comments in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library.

Anchorage Legislators consider ways to cut capital costs

Before heading to Juneau, Anchorage Legislators are listening to community input on ways to cut state spending.

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January 10, 2015