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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KYUK in Bethel.

Taxi Ordinance Garners No Support At Assembly Meeting

Taxi Ordinance Garners No Support At Assembly Meeting

The Anchorage Assembly has been crafting an ordinance that will overhaul the permitting process for taxicabs, limousines as well as chauffeurs and dispatch services and other vehicles for hire. Dozens from the industry testified on the issue at Tuesday’s regular meeting and virtually nobody liked it.

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November 13, 2013 - 5:38 pm
Mayor Reports Initial Deals with AMEA

Mayor Reports Initial Deals with AMEA

The Municipality of Anchorage has a preliminary agreement with the union which negotiates for the largest number of its employees.

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November 12, 2013 - 6:56 pm
ML&P Power Outage Impacts Downtown

ML&P Power Outage Impacts Downtown

The power has been out in Downtown Anchorage much of the day. A spokesperson for Municipal Light and Power says the outage started around three in the morning and crews have been working all day to fix it.

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November 12, 2013 - 4:46 pm
ML&P Power Outage Impacts Downtown

ML&P Power Outage Impacts Downtown

The power has been out in Downtown Anchorage much of the day. A spokesperson for Municipal Light and Power says the outage started around three in the morning and crews have been working all day to fix it.

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November 12, 2013 - 4:17 pm
Assembly To Hash Out Budget, Bus Fares and Library Funding

Assembly To Hash Out Budget, Bus Fares and Library Funding

During last week’s regular Anchorage Assembly meeting dozens testified at the second public hearing on the 2014 Municipal budget. They were concerned about two things: bus fares and library services.

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November 11, 2013 - 4:59 pm
Public Housing Rent Reform Set for 2014

Public Housing Rent Reform Set for 2014

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is overhauling the state’s public housing system. Effective April 1st, any family with one able-bodied adult in the household will see yearly rent increases. And after five years, the assistance will end and they’ll be responsible for paying their own rent. The changes will impact those renting public housing and those receiving voucher assistance to rent private units.

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November 8, 2013 - 4:53 pm
Image from Google Street View.

Officials Say Dirt, Birds Doubled ML&P Project Cost

The cost of prep work on a new power plant that Municipal Light and Power is building is now double what it was budgeted at.Anchorage Assembly grilled the power company’s manager the about increased cost at Tuesday’s meeting of the Anchorage Assembly.

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November 7, 2013 - 5:48 pm
Assembly Holds Off Tennis Court Decision

Assembly Holds Off Tennis Court Decision

A decision on whether the Anchorage Assembly will accept money from the legislature to build a rec center with indoor tennis courts was put off at Tuesday’s regular assembly meeting. Dozens testified mostly in favor of building the facility.

November 6, 2013 - 9:25 am
Photo courtesy of Brian Balega.

Serious Arson Up in Anchorage

Serious arson seems to be on the rise in Anchorage for 2013. In August, someone intentionally set several fires in a heavily wooded section of Russian Jack Springs Park. And in October a man was caught on surveillance tape setting the roof of a Mountain View pawn shop ablaze.

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November 5, 2013 - 6:31 pm
Photo courtesy of ML&P.

ML&P Rates Going Up

Anchorage Municipal Light and Power Bills are about to go up. The rate hike is due to construction of a new power plant. Bills started going up Oct. 25 by $11 or $12 for the average residential customer.

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November 1, 2013 - 5:30 pm
Photo courtesy of ML&P.

ML&P Rates Going Up

Anchorage Municipal Light and Power Bills are about to go up. The rate hike is due to construction of a new power plant. Bills started going up Oct. 25 by $11 or $12 for the average residential customer.

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November 1, 2013 - 2:47 pm
Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

ASD Graduates More Students, Barlett High Leads Way

The Anchorage School District has long been struggling to get more students to graduate from high school, with only slight improvement. Last year, the rate of students graduating jumped three and half percentage points overall for ASD. Bartlett High School is leading the way.

October 30, 2013 - 4:08 pm
Alaska National Guard Responds to Allegations of Sexual Assault

Alaska National Guard Responds to Allegations of Sexual Assault

The Alaska Alaska National Guard is responding to allegations of sexual assault within its ranks. Brigadier General Mike Bridges, the Commander of the Alaska National Guard says there have been nearly more than two dozen alleged cases of sexual assault since 2009.

October 30, 2013 - 4:06 pm
Assembly Repeals Labor Law, Mayor Uses Veto

Assembly Repeals Labor Law, Mayor Uses Veto

The Anchorage Assembly voted to repeal a controversial labor law at their regular meeting Tuesday night, but Mayor Dan Sullivan used his veto power to over ride their decision.

October 22, 2013 - 11:44 pm
Special Shelter for Mentally Ill in the Works

Special Shelter for Mentally Ill in the Works

Homeless advocates are working toward opening a special shelter for some of the city’s most vulnerable homeless people. They’re hoping to open the city’s first overnight shelter for the mentally ill.

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October 22, 2013 - 2:14 pm
Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

More Safety Center Vans Deployed as Shelter Rules Tighten

This week social service providers held a town hall at Beans Cafe to discuss winter safety with Anchorage’s homeless community. Keeping warm and safe outdoors is more important this winter than ever because the city’s homeless shelter is going back to a rule that kicks people out if they’re not making progress toward finding permanent housing.

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October 18, 2013 - 4:12 pm
Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew press conference April 8, 2013.

Short-Staffed APD Goes High Tech To Combat Spiking Crime Rates

The Anchorage Police Department will soon be using new mapping software to track crime around the city in nearly real-time. The announcement comes in the wake of an annual FBI report that says serious crime was up last year in Anchorage in nearly every category.

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October 16, 2013 - 3:33 pm
Shelter Says 30 Days and You’re Out … If You Don’t Follow the Rules

Shelter Says 30 Days and You’re Out … If You Don’t Follow the Rules

With cold temperatures right around the corner, Anchorage’s main homeless shelter is reviving a former time limit rule.

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October 15, 2013 - 10:10 am
Early Research on Karluk Looks Hopeful

Early Research on Karluk Looks Hopeful

Karluk Manor, an apartment complex for homeless alcoholics in Anchorage, has been open nearly two years. Officials say the program is starting to make a difference. Preliminary findings by researchers at University of Alaska seem to confirm their observations.

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October 15, 2013 - 9:55 am