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Daysha Eaton, KYUK - Bethel

Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KYUK in Bethel.

Vote on Anchorage Labor Law Set for November Ballot

Vote on Anchorage Labor Law Set for November Ballot

The Anchorage Assembly finally set a date for a vote on a referendum that would repeal a controversial labor law last night (Tues. 1/28). It won’t happen until fall.

January 28, 2014
(From left) Allison Haynes, Margaret Clark, and Laura Gordon, all West High School Students, testified before the Anchorage School Board on Thursday night about the proposed 2014-15 budget. All opposed the cuts. Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

ASD Budget Cutting Process Begins as Legislature Mulls Increasing Education Funding

Anchorage School District officials presented the 2014-15 budget to the Anchorage School Board Thursday evening. The district faces cutting 23 million dollars this year unless the legislature increases the per student funding. Public testimony was passionate and officials discussed calculations for how much legislators would have to increase funding to stop cuts.

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January 24, 2014
Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

Residents Anxious as City Mulls Condemning Motel

About two-dozen residents of a motel that was seized by the Municipality of Anchorage recently, may soon be looking for a new place to live. They have not been evicted yet, but the city says that will likely happen because of unsanitary conditions.

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January 23, 2014
Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

Anchorage School District Set to Lay Off More Than 200

Tuesday, the superintendent of the Anchorage School District announced how he will trim $23 million from the district’s budget.

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January 21, 2014
Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

Alaska Attorneys Give Free Legal Advice for MLK Jr. Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Anchorage attorneys provided free legal services at the Mountain View Community Center in Anchorage.

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January 20, 2014
Photo courtesy of Anchorage Head Start.

Fewer Kids Going to Preschool in Alaska, Waiting Lists Long

The number of children attending preschool in Alaska is on the decline, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Researchers say Alaska now ranks nearly last in the nation for preschool enrollment.

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January 16, 2014
Assembly Passes Election Law Rewrite, Weighs Ethics of Election Date Change

Assembly Passes Election Law Rewrite, Weighs Ethics of Election Date Change

The Anchorage Assembly passed a rewritten version of Anchorage’s election law last night (1/14 Tues). But some other election issues went went to the Ethics Board for review.

January 15, 2014
Superior Court Confirms Anchorage Mayor’s Veto Power

Superior Court Confirms Anchorage Mayor’s Veto Power

The Superior court of Alaska has ruled that Mayor Dan Sullivan’s Veto of the Anchorage Assembly’s ordinance putting a referendum repealing a controversial labor law, also known as The Responsible Labor Act or AO-37 on the April ballot shall stand.

January 15, 2014
$500 Tickets to be Issued for Spice, Bath Salts

$500 Tickets to be Issued for Spice, Bath Salts

Anchorage has a new law that fines people in possession of the designer drug spice. It’s the city’s second try at cracking down on the drug…after failed attempts with a narrow law that focused on contents that manufacturers change quickly. The Anchorage Assembly acted quickly Tuesday after hearing public testimony on the damage that spice has been doing.

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January 15, 2014
Anchorage Assembly Passes Spice Ticketing Law

Anchorage Assembly Passes Spice Ticketing Law

Anchorage has a new law that fines people in possession of the designer drug spice. It’s the city’s second try at cracking down on the drug…after failed attempts with a narrow law that focused on contents that manufacturers change quickly. The Anchorage Assembly acted quickly after hearing public testimony on the damage that spice has been doing.

January 15, 2014
Supreme Court Okay’s Referendum Repealing Controversial Labor Law

Supreme Court Okay’s Referendum Repealing Controversial Labor Law

The Supreme Court of Alaska has ruled that a referendum launched by union supporters to repeal a controversial Anchorage labor ordinance can go ahead.

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January 10, 2014
Image by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage.

Assembly Weighs Election Date Change

An Anchorage Assembly member wants to move the Municipal Election from spring to fall. He says he believes it will boost turnout, which has averaged around 29 percent since 1993. But other Assembly members says it’s a bad idea and want the public to weigh in before any change is made.

January 10, 2014
Supreme Court Okay’s Referendum Repealing Controversial Labor Law

Supreme Court Okay’s Referendum Repealing Controversial Labor Law

The Supreme Court of Alaska has ruled that a referendum launched by union supporters to repeal a controversial Anchorage labor ordinance can go ahead.

January 10, 2014
Alaska Supreme Court Weighs Labor Law Referendum

Alaska Supreme Court Weighs Labor Law Referendum

The Supreme Court is now weighing whether to allow a voter referendum that would repeal Anchorage’s controversial labor law. Attorneys on both sides of the issue made their cases before the justices on Wednesday.

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January 9, 2014
Election Law Revision Before Assembly

Election Law Revision Before Assembly

A new version of Anchorage Election law, or Title 28, will be before the Assembly at their next meeting. Officials began reviewing the law after problems with an election in 2012. KSKA’s Daysha Eaton has more.

January 7, 2014
CH2M Hill Selected to Rescue Anchorage Port Project

CH2M Hill Selected to Rescue Anchorage Port Project

The Engineering firm CH2M Hill has been selected to manage the troubled Port of Anchorage project. The project was shutdown after construction problems a few years ago and remains tied up in lawsuits. but today (Thursday 1/2) officials said it could be on track again this year.

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January 2, 2014
Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

Bridge Could Be Viable Replacement For Flood-Prone Chester Creek Culvert

Residents who live along Chester Creek near Valley of the Moon Park in Anchorage have been requesting a fix for a flooding culvert for years.

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December 20, 2013
Assembly Approves $4.4 Million for Rec Center, Tennis Courts

Assembly Approves $4.4 Million for Rec Center, Tennis Courts

Last night the Anchorage Assembly finally decided the issue of a state-funded recreation center with tennis courts. Assembly members approved 4-point-4 million-dollars for the project.

December 18, 2013
State Senators Question Anchorage Tennis Court Funds

State Senators Question Anchorage Tennis Court Funds

The state’s legislative affairs agency released an opinion on Tuesday saying state grant money shouldn’t be used to build a recreation center with indoor tennis courts. The controversial proposal to build a new rec center is on the agenda again at the Anchorage Assembly meeting on Tuesday night.

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December 17, 2013

Study Investigates Two Decades Of APD Officer-Involved Shootings

A study released today of Anchorage police shootings over the past 20 years has produced conflicting data. Although minority citizens are disproportionately involved in police shootings, the majority shot by officers were white. The study attempts to show the recipe for officer-involved shootings and says vehicles are used as weapons in many cases.

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December 11, 2013