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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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People packed the room to listen to Enstar's explanation of the precipitous rate increase.

Community protests Enstar rate volatility

Community members packed the hearing room of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska Wednesday morning in Anchorage. They pushed for consistent gas pricing from Enstar in response to a recent big jump in rates.

July 23, 2014 - 4:07 pm
Assembly approves tax abatement for Fairview

Assembly approves tax abatement for Fairview

Anchorage’s Fairview neighborhood now has a new tool to encourage development – a tax abatement incentive. The Assembly voted unanimously to approve the measure on Tuesday night.

July 22, 2014 - 11:03 pm

Cyclist Death Investigation Underway While Friends Mourn

Three bicyclists have been killed by vehicles in Anchorage this year. The most recent was Fifty-one-year-old Jeff Dusenbury, who was hit by a pickup truck in South Anchorage Saturday. Fellow cyclists are mourning his death and waiting for the outcome of the District Attorney’s investigation.

July 22, 2014 - 4:03 pm

North Slope Students Inspired by GeoForce

Twenty-six high school students from the North Slope recently completed the third year of UAF’s GeoForce program. The four-year summer program gets students into the field to learn about geology hands-on. They’ve seen glaciers in Alaska, visited the Grand Canyon, and explored volcanoes in the northwest.

July 21, 2014 - 4:04 pm
Left: Markers showing where APD found bullet casings.
Right: Bullet holes in the Anchorage Limo and Sedan vehicle.
Photos courtesy of APD.

Sunday night shoot spree results in no injuries

Few details are available about Sunday’s 3 am drive-by shooting in Anchorage near 47th Avenue and Arctic Blvd. An Anchorage party bus with 17 people inside was shot 10 times by at least four different guns. Bullets entered through the back window and the body of the 28-passenger vehicle. No one was injured.

July 21, 2014 - 3:58 pm
The Google Maps app displaying bus route information for Anchorage. Hillman/KSKA

People Mover teams up with Google Maps to make bus route planning easier

Anchorage’s People Mover bus system is trying to become more people — and tech — friendly. You can now use Google Maps to figure out your bus route. KSKA tested the feature this morning.

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July 17, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Alaska LNG Project community meeting provides questions and hope

The Alaska LNG Project hosted a community meeting in Anchorage on Tuesday night. About 90 people listened to an explanation of the newest version of a plan to get natural gas from the North Slope to market.

Project manager Steve Butt explained this project is different from previous failed attempts to build a gas pipeline.

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July 16, 2014 - 5:31 pm
Anchorage residents protested in front of a home slated for removal to build the proposed Knik Arm Bridge. Hillman/KSKA

Residents protest home demolition, Knik Arm Bridge

More than 50 people gathered in the Government Hill neighborhood this afternoon to protest the demolition of two homes. The state is clearing the land to make way for the proposed but not yet funded Knik Arm Bridge.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:33 pm
Rustic Goat’s new parking lot draws community outcry but wins approval

Rustic Goat’s new parking lot draws community outcry but wins approval

The Rustic Goat, a new restaurant on Turnagain in West Anchorage, is getting a new parking lot. But the establishment and its plentiful customer base have stirred up mixed emotions in the neighborhood.

July 8, 2014 - 11:21 pm
Issa Ali Abdul with his friend and translator

Local business benefits from employing refugees

Businesses in Anchorage have a tough time finding entry level employees. For some employers, the solution is hiring refugees — individuals who fled violence or persecution in their home countries and are trying to enter into life in the United States. Catholic Social Services uses money from the Office of Refugee Resettlement to help run programs that connect refugees with employers.

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July 7, 2014 - 5:44 pm
Yellow Pages seek new life

Yellow Pages seek new life

New phone books are arriving in Anchorage. You can recycle your old ones at drop offs around the city, and they’ll be turned into insulation and mulch.

July 3, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Enstar bill increase looks big but is temporary

Enstar gas prices are going up this summer, but the increase isn’t permanent. An Enstar representative says customers’ total gas bills for this year will be similar to years past.

July 3, 2014 - 4:23 pm
One person dies in fatal crash at Merrill Field

One person dies in fatal crash at Merrill Field

A small airplane crashed during take off this morning around 8:25 am at Merrill Field in Anchorage. The pilot and sole occupant is confirmed dead.

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July 2, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Alaska Arctic Policy Commission Listens to Community Input

The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission held a listening session today in Anchorage. The aim was to get more statewide input, especially from the Alaska Native community, on how the Commission should try to shape future Arctic policy.

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July 2, 2014 - 5:31 pm
Project proponents speak as Ira Edwards tests out the new accessible dock on Jewel Lake.

New dock at Jewel Lake makes area accessible to everyone

Anchorage’s Parks and Recreation Department opened a new dock on Jewel Lake yesterday. Unlike the previous, weather-damaged facility that loomed 15 feet over the water, this one makes the lake accessible — to everyone.

Jewel lake dock

July 1, 2014 - 4:45 pm

With HIV cases on the rise, Alaskans consider new tool for prevention

Twenty-four people in Alaska have been diagnosed with HIV since January. Normally, that’s the total number of new diagnoses for an entire year, not just six months. Now Alaskans have a new way to help prevent HIV infections. The Center for Disease Control recently released new guidelines for a daily pill that can prevent new infections, though it’s not seen as a cure-all.

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June 30, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Wetlands Plan Update Causes Concern

Some community members are concerned about proposed changes to the Anchorage Municipal Wetlands Management Plan. They say it weakens protections for vital areas. The plan’s update has been in the works for nearly four years.

June 27, 2014 - 2:47 pm

STD infections rise in Alaska

The state’s Department of Health is reporting an increase in sexually transmitted diseases in Alaska. In 2013, Gonorrhea and syphilis infections were up more than 50 percent from 2012. Alaska was ranked first in the nation for Chlamydia infections in 2013. And in just the first five months of this year, 23 new cases of HIV have been diagnosed and reported. That’s one less than last year’s total.

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June 25, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Anchorage Assembly approves new fire station, delays other decisions and discussions

The Anchorage Assembly approved the purchase of land to relocate Fire Station #3 at last night’s meeting. But they postponed most of the other major decisions and discussions, including the public hearing on the city’s labor laws.

June 24, 2014 - 9:38 pm
Netra Dhakal dances during the World Refugee Day Celebration

Anchorage celebrates World Refugee Day

Anchorage residents gathered at Mountain View Lions Park on Friday to celebrate World Refugee Day. The day honors people who have fled their home country, often because of war or ethnic persecution. About 120 refugees are resettled in Anchorage every year as part of a national program. Some of them spoke about their experiences.

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June 24, 2014 - 3:58 pm