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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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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

Low Unemployment Limits Anchorage’s Business Growth

Anchorage’s unemployment rate for May is 4.9 percent, one of the lowest rates in the state. Though that may seem like a good thing, it’s actually a barrier for growth in the state’s largest city. Businesses are having trouble finding reliable workers.

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June 23, 2014 - 5:10 pm
Search teams retrieving debris from the crash in 2012.

DoD photo by Cpt. Jamie D. Dobson, U.S. Army

Remains of 17 servicemen identified from 1952 crash

The remains of 17 service members who died in a 1952 plane crash near Mount Gannett have been identified by the Department of Defense and will soon be returned to their families. An Alaska National Guard Blackhawk helicopter crew discovered the crash site two summers ago on Colony Glacier during a training exercise. A team went back to the site to recover what they could later that month. Some of the family members reflected on the experience.

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June 19, 2014 - 4:42 pm
A design option for the 36th and Seward intersection called a "Hybrid SPUI."

Seward & 36th improvement plans still under consideration

The state’s Department of Transportation is weighing it’s options for the redesign of the intersection of Seward and 36th.

June 11, 2014 - 6:00 am
Pilot launches unmanned aircraft on North Slope. Photo courtesy of BP.

BP uses drones for first time on land for commercial purposes

For the first time in Alaska, and the United States, a company is flying drones over land for commercial purposes. BP is using Unmanned Aerial Systems to inspect roads, gravel pads, and pipelines on the North Slope. It’s the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has approved drones for this type of use, and it could open doors for other companies.

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June 10, 2014 - 5:40 pm
The National Archives building in downtown Anchorage

National Archives departure impacts broad community

The National Archives in Anchorage is closing its doors to researchers in less than two weeks, despite impassioned pleas by historians and researchers. But they aren’t the only ones who use the stacks of historical records. Playwrights, federal and state agencies, and native organizations do as well. And the archives leaving could impact them all, to a degree.

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June 10, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Over 4,250 Show For Anchorage’s Bike To Work Day

More than 4,250 bikers turned out for Bike to Work Day in Anchorage on Wednesday. That’s more than double the participants for last year’s snowy event, when low numbers were blamed on the cold, wet weather. In 2012, about 3,800 bikers took to the streets and trails.

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June 4, 2014 - 5:28 pm
Two bikers join the city's largest Bike to Work Day crowd to date. See more photos on Alaska Public's Facebook page.

Anchorage Bike to Work Day participation soars

More than 4,250 bikers turned out for Bike to Work Day in Anchorage today. That’s more than double the participants for last year’s snowy event, when low numbers were blamed on the cold, wet weather. In 2012, about 3,800 bikers took to the streets and trails.

June 4, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Anchorage ranks among nation’s top bike commuting cities

Anchorage is celebrating it’s 10th annual Bike to Work Day on Wednesday — an event aimed at promoting bike commuting in Anchorage. But Bike to Work Day isn’t the only time cyclists are on the road in the city. Data from the American Community Survey says that bike commuting in Anchorage is up 151 percent since 1990. It’s one of the top cities in the nation for bike commuters.

June 3, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Anchorage Assembly considers labor law options

Anchorage Assembly members met Tuesday to continue the conversation about the municipality’s controversial labor law, AO-37. The labor subcommittee and community members debated Assembly Member Jennifer Johnston’s proposed revisions of the municipality’s old labor laws.

June 3, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Orphaned wolf pups finding love at the Alaska Zoo

Five orphaned wolf pups found by medics working on the Funny River Fire are now being treated at the Alaska Zoo before they go as a family to their new home at the Minnesota Zoo.

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May 29, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Funny River Fire Evacuees Back at Home, But Prepared to Leave Again

Hooligan’s Lodging became one of Soldotna’s main hubs during the evacuation. Though most evacuees have returned home, the hotel is ready in case the fire moves toward the community again.

May 28, 2014 - 5:01 pm
A photo of the Tyonek Fire taken on May 19 by the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Tyonek fire 100% contained

The Tyonek Fire is now considered 100% contained. It burned about 1,900 acres. Most of the crews and resources are now being used on the Funny River Fire instead, though some personnel and equipment will stay behind to make sure the fire stays under control.

May 28, 2014 - 12:11 pm
Funny River Fire Brings Community Together

Funny River Fire Brings Community Together

Hooligan’s Lodging became one of Soldotna’s main hubs during the evacuation. Though most evacuees have returned home, the hotel is ready in case the fire moves toward the community again. KSKA’s Anne Hillman stopped by.

May 28, 2014 - 10:00 am
Detective Bret Sarber speaks about recent arrests in a cold case from 2003.

DNA sample leads to arrests for sexual assault in 2003 cold case

The Anchorage Police Department arraigned two suspects on Thursday in a sexual assault case from 2003. They say they re-opened the case after a DNA sample from one of the suspects matched the sample taken from the victim nearly 11 years ago when she reported the crime soon after it happened.

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May 23, 2014 - 4:30 pm
Anchorage Air Quality Impacted By Regional Wildfires

Anchorage Air Quality Impacted By Regional Wildfires

Smoke from regional wildfires is causing concerns for air quality conditions in Anchorage. The municipality’s Department of Health and Human Services said the air is unhealthy for all people and advises everyone to stay indoors.

May 22, 2014 - 11:00 am

Assembly passes special zoning for Eklutna village

The village of Eklutna is now protected as a special area within the city of Anchorage. The Anchorage Assembly unanimously voted on Tuesday to create an overlay district to protect the 800 acres that are considered the to be the oldest continually inhabited Athabascan site in the region.

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May 20, 2014 - 11:21 pm