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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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Quake Shakes Anchorage-ites and Visitors Alike

No major damage or injuries were reported in Anchorage after this morning’s quake, but community members said they were still shaken. Items fell of shelves and people ducked under desks.

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September 25, 2014

Assembly delays decision on Chugach Access Plan

After more than 40 people testified before the Anchorage Assembly, the body voted to postpone making a decision on the Chugach State Park Access Plan. Plan supporters say the community needs easier access. Dissenters took issue with some of the suggested points.

September 24, 2014

Anchorage Assembly says no to legalizing marijuana

The state’s largest city is publicly speaking out against Ballot Measure 2, which aims to legalize marijuana. But the Anchorage Assembly’s vote was not unanimous.

September 24, 2014
KTVA reporter quits live on-air after stating she heads AK Cannabis Club

KTVA reporter quits live on-air after stating she heads AK Cannabis Club

A KTVA reporter announced that she is the president of Alaska Cannabis Club and quit her job during a live broadcast Sunday night. Reporter Charlo Greene, whose real name is Charlene Egbe, has been reporting on the legalization ballot initiative since April.

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September 22, 2014

Anchorage School Board considers all options for diminishing budgets

The Anchorage School Board is developing a plan for drastic budget cuts in the years ahead. They discussed some of the options with the Anchorage Assembly during a joint meeting on Friday morning, including expanding best practices and possibly reducing the number of school buildings.

September 19, 2014
The Federal Building in downtown Anchorage this summer.

Removal of Federal Building trees elicits fierce opposition

The proposal to remove two trees from the front of the historic Federal Building in downtown Anchorage elicited fiery comments from a handful of community members during a public meeting on Thursday.

September 19, 2014
Uber ride-sharing enters Anchorage market

Uber ride-sharing enters Anchorage market

Uber, a ride-sharing service, is coming to Anchorage, and some taxi companies aren’t happy about the not-yet-legal competition.

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September 17, 2014
Anchorage Port Project is downsized to deal with corrosion, not expansion

Anchorage Port Project is downsized to deal with corrosion, not expansion

The Anchorage Port project is taking a new direction toward modernization and rehabilitation instead of expansion. Three design concepts for re-doing but not expanding the Port will be ready in early November.

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September 15, 2014

Veterans explore old nuclear missile sites in Anchorage

Veterans from across the United States gathered in Anchorage last weekend to tour two of Alaska’s eight Nike Sites. The sites housed nuclear missiles in bunkers around Anchorage and Fairbanks during the Cold War.

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September 12, 2014
Anchorage Courthouse Evacuated for Bomb Threat, Nothing Found

Anchorage Courthouse Evacuated for Bomb Threat, Nothing Found

The Anchorage Police Department responded to a bomb threat at the Nesbett Courthouse this afternoon. The courthouse was evacuated around 1 pm and the building was searched. They did not find anything. Police also evacuated Boney Courthouse and closed a few downtown streets as a precaution. The area was declared safe by 3 pm, though the Nesbett Courthouse remained closed. The investigation is on going and no other information is available at this time.

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September 11, 2014
Sheraton workers continue rallying for contracts six years into negotiations

Sheraton workers continue rallying for contracts six years into negotiations

Labor organizers say they’re ramping up the protest against the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Anchorage, where workers have been in contentious contract negotiations with the Texas-based company since 2009.

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September 11, 2014
Anchorage School District Questions 6th Grade Placement

Anchorage School District Questions 6th Grade Placement

The Anchorage School District is trying to decide if 6th graders should be placed in elementary or middle schools. Currently there are some in each. District staff have been weighing the options for more than a year because it impacts future school infrastructure upgrades. They’re also looking at what’s best for the students academically. Some 6th graders think middle school is definitely the way to go.

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September 8, 2014
YWCA aims to close gender pay gap by 2025

YWCA aims to close gender pay gap by 2025

Women in Alaska earn significantly less than men, and the YWCA is setting out to change that. Their new initiative aims to close the wage gap by 2025. One of the solutions may be simple–encourage more women to join the trades.

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September 4, 2014
Walker, Mallott form Unity Ticket to oppose Parnell

Walker, Mallott form Unity Ticket to oppose Parnell

The Bill Walker and Byron Mallott campaigns have joined forces to defeat Governor Sean Parnell in November. They’re calling their combined campaign the Alaska First Unity ticket. The pair announced their decision at a packed press conference Monday afternoon.

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September 2, 2014

Freedom Summer Marks 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, when civil rights activists from across the United States joined together to register black voters in the Deep South. It was a summer marred by violence and filled with hope for much of the country. But in Alaska,things were different.

September 1, 2014

ENSTAR strike ends without a new contract

The ENSTAR operating employees strike is over, but the workers do not have a new contract. After two and a half weeks, they voted to return to work today.

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August 28, 2014

Post-Ferguson, APD stands by civil unrest preparation plans

The Anchorage Police Department says they are ready if civil unrest breaks out in Alaska’s largest city, like it did in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month. But their main tactic is being as transparent and open as possible so that riots don’t happen in the first place.

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August 27, 2014
ENSTAR Strike Finishes Second Week, No End In Sight

ENSTAR Strike Finishes Second Week, No End In Sight

The ENSTAR strike has lasted two weeks, and there’s no end in sight. Local workers are picketing in front of ENSTAR offices around Anchorage and in Homer. They’re having a dispute with the management over retirement benefits for both present and future workers.

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August 22, 2014

Anchorage Youth Court celebrates 25th anniversary

The Anchorage Youth Court is getting old. It’s celebrating it’s 25th birthday this week. The organization has shrunk over the years. The court now hears about a third of the cases it did a decade ago. But it’s goal is the same — to give young people a second chance.

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August 21, 2014
Don Hadley and Kevin Kastner. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Budget, Education Top Priority List in House District 16 Race

Two very different men are running in the Republican primary for House District 16 in East Anchorage, but they have similar agendas. They both want to reduce the budget and fix the education system.

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August 14, 2014