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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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SwipeAPI pitches to the panel of judges. Hillman/KSKA

Pitch-on-a-Train brings out Alaskan

Local Alaskan organizations are trying to promote entrepreneurship to diversify the economy. Last week, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation hosted the second annual Pitch-on-a-Train competition. Five Alaskan start-ups tried to convince a panel of judges that their ideas, which ranged from water treatment to cyber currency credit cards, could make money.

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August 8, 2014
Jonathan Daniel Sabet

Anchorage lifeguard charged with distributing child pornography

A former Anchorage lifeguard has been arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography. Twenty-two-year-old Jonathan Daniel Sabet worked at the East High School Pool.

August 7, 2014

Teen charged with manslaughter for killing Anchorage cyclist

The 17-year-old who hit and killed bicyclist Jeffery Dusenbury in July is being charged with manslaughter, a class A felony. Alexandra Anne Ellis is being tried as an adult. She’s also charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene without rendering assistance to Dusenbury.

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August 7, 2014
Assembly repeals AO-37, adopts new ordinance but Mayor considering a veto

Assembly repeals AO-37, adopts new ordinance but Mayor considering a veto

The Anchorage Assembly voted 7 to 4 to repeal AO-37 on Tuesday night and replace it with a compromise ordinance negotiated by Assembly Members and union representatives. However, the mayor still has seven days to veto the new ordinance and the repeal.

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August 6, 2014
APD arrests alleged serial rapist

APD arrests alleged serial rapist

Anchorage police have arrested an alleged serial rapist and charged him with 10 counts of sexual assault. Thirty-five year old Clifford Lee of Anchorage was apprehended on Thursday evening.

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August 5, 2014

Anchorage labor law battle nearing an end…maybe

The Anchorage Assembly and municipal unions might be close to a compromise on the city’s labor laws. The groups met for their final work session on Friday to discuss Assembly member Jennifer Johnston’s proposed labor ordinance. But the unions say there are still three major sticking points.

August 1, 2014

Anchorage economic outlook slow to moderate

Consumers in Anchorage are feeling positive. The city’s Consumer Optimism Index has reached a four-year high — 63 out of 100. The score is based on random phone surveys of at least 350 households. But the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation says that doesn’t mean everything is looking up. The three-year outlook for Anchorage shows only slow to moderate economic growth.

July 30, 2014

Assembly to decide on AO-37 on Tuesday, still discussing possible alternative

Assembly members and union representatives met on Monday to discuss the latest revisions of a proposed new version of Anchorage’s controversial labor law, AO-37. The Assembly has to make a decision by next week, or it will be up for a public vote in November.

July 29, 2014
Graff introduces members of the Class of 2027 during the State of the Schools speech.

“State of the Schools” shows progress for Anchorage students and need for innovation

The superintendent of the Anchorage School District presented his State of the Schools speech to a group of principals and community members Friday morning. New data shows that the schools are improving but still have a ways to go. New programs can help.

July 25, 2014
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
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

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

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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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