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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

ahillman (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  About Anne

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

ASD passes amended budget, adds back in teacher positions

The Anchorage School Board voted to increase the 2014-2015 school budget by $26.5 million on Monday night, which takes the total up to almost $770 million. With the additional money the district will only lose 57 teachers instead of 143. Other funds will go toward charter schools, early literacy programs, and updating aging science teaching kits.

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May 20, 2014 - 12:18 am

Anchorage School District releases proposed budget amendments

The Anchorage School District released their suggestions for adjusting next year’s budget on Friday. Under the superintendent’s proposal, the district would cut 57 classroom teachers instead of 143. The proposal does not add back in more than 48 support staff positions that were cut in the initial budget.

May 16, 2014 - 3:54 pm
East High graduates celebrate after flipping their tassels.

East High grads reflect on diversity

Seniors from most of Anchorage’s high schools are graduating this week and next. The district’s high schools rank among the most diverse in the nation. East high tops that list with more than 2000 kids from every corner of the world. Grads spoke about how all that diversity affected their education.

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May 14, 2014 - 5:28 pm

State Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Survivor Benefits Case

The Alaska Supreme Court listened to oral arguments Tuesday in a case that challenges whether or not same-sex couples should receive survivor benefits.

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May 13, 2014 - 1:49 pm
Volunteers haul and clip brush during the Davis Park Fix-It in Mt. View

Mt. View community spruces up for spring

Things look a little different in Mountain View these days. The community in north Anchorage just finished their 25th annual community-wide clean-up. This year they were joined by other city residents to improve their green space as well.

May 12, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Anchorage transportation plan to hold steady on money for bike routes

The city will not be increasing the $11.8 million they plan to use for non-motorized transport projects in the 2015 to 2018 Transportation Improvement Program. The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions advisory committee took comments on the plan on Thursday. A dozen people spoke in favor of increasing the money used to mark bike lanes and improve the trail system.

May 9, 2014 - 11:06 am
Kids learn something new during Bike to School Day

Kids learn something new during Bike to School Day

Students from Lake Otis Elementary spoke about their first experiences biking to school and the lessons they learned on the way.

May 7, 2014 - 5:05 pm
Tok Biomass Boiler Heats School, Funds Music Teacher

Tok Biomass Boiler Heats School, Funds Music Teacher

In late 2010 the Tok School fired up its new biomass boiler to heat the school.  By 2013 it was providing electricity as well and saving the school district about $350,000 per year. Now, those same scrubby trees will help grow fresh vegetables for the district’s students.
February 11, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Biofuel Could Help Lessen Rural Energy Costs

The community of Tok hosts a thick, growing forest of spruce trees, and a thinning, shrinking population of people and businesses. Like elsewhere in rural Alaska, high-energy costs and a lack of jobs are causing people to leave. But the trees may be the solution to bringing people back.

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January 28, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Despite Pipeline Progress, State Proceeds with Two Lines

Wednesday the State released details about the new deal that will replace the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. It makes the state a partner in the development of a natural gas export line from the North Slope. But the government is also still moving ahead with their back-up plan, the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline.

16 Two Pipes

January 16, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Parnell Announces New Pipeline Plan, Changes AGIA Agreement

Governor Sean Parnell announced Friday the state is taking a new approach to a large-scale natural gas line in Alaska, and is terminating the agreement signed with TransCanada under AGIA.

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January 10, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Cook Inlet Production Up, But Energy Concerns Not Over

According to the state’s Department of Revenue, Cook Inlet production increased by 13 percent last year. Up-and-coming companies, like Hilcorp, spent $300 million this year on their investments, including drilling 10 new wells and working over more than 70 old ones. So does the Cook Inlet Renaissance mean that Southcentral’s energy woes are over?

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December 19, 2013 - 4:55 pm

Revisions Required For Shell’s 2014 Chukchi Exploration Plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is seeking more information from Shell about their 2014 Chukchi Exploration Plan. Until Shell provides the agency with the answers for dozens of requested revisions, BOEM will not consider their application complete.

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December 12, 2013 - 5:40 pm
BOEM Reviews Lease Sale Comments

BOEM Reviews Lease Sale Comments

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management received comments this week on the proposed 2016 lease sale for the Chukchi Sea. Unlike lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, new Arctic lease sales are targeted – certain areas may not be up for auction.

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December 5, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Alaska Searching For Methane Hydrate Research Partners

The state of Alaska is looking for partners to research a new source of natural gas called methane hydrates. It could bring in new revenue for the state far down the road, but some environmentalists worry the risk of releasing that much methane is too great.

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December 2, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Ahtna Plans LNG Wells Near Glennallen

Ahtna Incorporated is planning to develop natural gas wells near Glennallen in order to supply local communities. They recently licensed 44,000 acres of state land about 15 miles west of Glenallen. They would be the first organization to go beyond exploration all the way to production.

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November 26, 2013 - 4:06 pm
Alaska SeaLife Center Using Resurrection Bay For Heat

Alaska SeaLife Center Using Resurrection Bay For Heat

As energy bills are rising for most people across the state, the Alaska SeaLife Center’s are actually dropping. That’s because they’re using the cold waters of Resurrection Bay to heat their building.

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November 22, 2013 - 3:51 pm