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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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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

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

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

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

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
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
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
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
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

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

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

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
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

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
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

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
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
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

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

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