Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media

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APTI Reporter-Producer Ellen Lockyer started her radio career in the late 1980s, after a stint at bush Alaska weekly newspapers, the Copper Valley Views and the Cordova Times. When the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Valdez Public Radio station KCHU needed a reporter, and Ellen picked up the microphone. Since then, she has literally traveled the length of the state, from Attu to Eagle and from Barrow to Juneau, covering Alaska stories on the ground for the AK show, Alaska News Nightly, the Alaska Morning News and for Anchorage public radio station, KSKA elockyer (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8446 | About Ellen

The world's best choir is planning a free concert in Anchorage Oct. 4 and 5. The Gracias Choir and Orchestra brings a bit of Christmas flavor to Alaska in October, and the family-friendly show depends on a network of enthusiastic volunteers to make it happen. Listen now

Anchorage police have charged a former Anchorage School District employee with embezzlement. The charges come after a five month investigation. APD fraud division detective Tony Pate told reporters Tuesday that the suspect, Kellie Fagan, allegedly took between $50,000-$60,000 in school district funds from two schools. Listen Now

Mat-Su Borough's Assembly District 1 race brings up zoning and tax issues.

A state Superior court judge is allowing a Matanuska-Susitna Borough marijuana vote to go forward. Earlier Monday Judge David Zwink in Palmer issued an order allowing the October 4 ballot initiative on a Borough ban against commercial marijuana to stay on the ballot. Listen Now

A federal appeals court has sided with United Cook Inlet Drifters Association [UCIDA] in a lawsuit seeking to return Cook Inlet salmon management to federal fisheries control.

A lawsuit challenging an upcoming Matanuska-Susitna Borough ballot initiative could stall a vote on banning commercial marijuana in the Valley. Attorneys for the Borough filed a response Monday, arguing that the suit could wreak...

Potential marijuana growers in the Mat - Su are suing to have a controversial ballot initiative taken off the October Borough ballot.

High wind warnings go into effect Tuesday night throughout the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage.

At last check, Anchorage police were still on the scene of a gun related incident in Eagle River that started shortly before noon on Monday. According to APD spokesperson Renee Oistad, police got a call regarding a man with a gun threatening people inside a residence. LISTEN NOW
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The state Department of Corrections announced Thursday that it is increasing the amount the municipality of Anchorage pays to house city prisoners in state correctional facilities. The rate hike affects Anchorage Correctional Complex, which houses mostly Anchorage area offenders. Listen now

Girdwood officials fear police contract won't come in time, as Alaska State Trooper outpost there closes October 1. Listen now

Power company says most outages are repaired as of noon Monday.

Work to halt riverbank erosion along a stretch of the Old Glenn Highway near Palmer is about done, but some worry that it is only a stopgap.

Cannabis industry supporters want the courts to demand the Mat-Su Borough remove a voter initiative from the October Borough ballot.Listen now

It's that time of year again. Giant pumpkins, pig racing and the ever-popular upside down bungee ride make their annual appearance at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. The venerable fair, which turns 80 this year, manages to attract all ages with an eclectic mix of homespun crafts, toothsome food and lots of rock n' roll. Listen now

In the fallout from the state's primary elections, seven legislative incumbents have lost their seats. How this will change the course of the next session has yet to be seen. Representative Lynn Gattis lost her bid for a Senate seat to a relatively unknown from Wasilla. Listen now

Spring Creek Farm CSA helps low income Alaskans eat well.

Birchwood light plane crash results in one fatality.

House 9 race pits incumbent against Republican Party favorite. Listen now
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More than a dozen people were injured when a recreational vehicle slammed into the back of a tour bus on the Richardson Highway on Sunday. According to Alaska State Troopers, the northbound bus was making a left turn off the highway to the Princess Lodge in Copper Center, when the RV hit it. Listen now