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SBA To Offer Sockeye Wildfire Relief

Those who suffered losses in the Sockeye Fire earlier this summer will be getting some financial help from the (SBA) *Small Business Administration. Wednesday’s announcement covers both residences and businesses.

August 27, 2015
Wasilla charter school forges a new financial path to fruition

Wasilla charter school forges a new financial path to fruition

Schoolchildren sang their school song as Matanuska Suisitna Borough officials and state politicians dug into the dirt today [monday]. It ‘s all part of the groundbreaking for the new Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School in Wasilla. The event marks a one-of-a-kind construction plan.

August 24, 2015

DNR vets competing water rights applications in Chuitna coal proposal

The state Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing in Anchorage on Friday to get additional comments on pending applications for water rights to a tributary of the Chuitna River.

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August 21, 2015
From left to right: Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz, incoming APD chief Chris Tolley, outgoing police chief Mark Mew. Photo: Ellen Lockyer/KSKA.

Out with Mew, in with the new: Anchorage hires a new police chief

A man with a long history in drug enforcement will take the reins as Anchorage’s new police chief. The city administration says he’ll be in step with a plan to develop a community policing model.

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August 19, 2015
Sockeye Plea… Not Guilty

Sockeye Plea… Not Guilty

Sockeye Wildfire suspects waived arraignment in state court in Palmer on Tuesday.

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July 28, 2015
Matanuska River Erosion Continues To Threaten Sutton Homes

Matanuska River Erosion Continues To Threaten Sutton Homes

The dramatic surge of the Matanuska River during the past few days has pushed families from some homes and is continuing to threaten others.

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July 28, 2015

7 Homes Imperiled By Erosion on the Matanuska River

The state Department of Transportation is taking emergency action to start work on protecting the Glenn Highway from Matanuska River waters North of Sutton. State Representative Jim Colver says he viewed the damage from river erosion Monday, and has requested emergency help from DOT.

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July 27, 2015
Matanuska River Claims A Home Plus 3 Other Structures

Matanuska River Claims A Home Plus 3 Other Structures

The Matanuska River has taken a toll on personal property in the Sutton area in recent days. One 16-by-20 foot home has fallen into the river, and three other outbuildings have also toppled into the water, so far.

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July 24, 2015
Non-profits and their role in Alaska

Non-profits and their role in Alaska

Alaska has somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 non-profits, and their important role in supporting community needs throughout the state is undeniable. Today we’ll be examining that role, and how it has grown over the past half century.

KSKA: Friday, July 24, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, at 4:30 p.m.

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July 24, 2015
Bush Carriers Keep A Close Eye on Aviation Safety

Bush Carriers Keep A Close Eye on Aviation Safety

Hageland Aviation, part of Ravn Air Group, has established an innovative control system that monitors all flights in an effort to ensure safe travel.

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July 21, 2015

Meat Packing Plant on the Chopping Block

Palmer’s state run livestock slaughterhouse is facing budget woes, and the state may privatize the facility.

July 21, 2015

Big-Name Brands Arrive in Anchorage

On Thursday, Anchorage fashionistas lined up to be the first inside the new H&M men’s and women’s apparel store in Anchorage. We’ll be viewing some footage of that exciting event in a moment. Today, we are taking a look at how and why national brands, and in H&M’s case, international brands, are locating in Anchorage.

KSKA: Friday, July 17, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 18, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 18, at 4:30 p.m.

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July 17, 2015
HAARP To Be Transferred To UAF

HAARP To Be Transferred To UAF

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will take ownership of Gakona’s High Frequency Active Auroral Program, best known as HAARP.

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July 15, 2015

Governor’s Office Advises DOT To Proceed With Knik Arm Project

In a letter to state Department of Transportation commissioner Mark Luiken, state office of management and budget director Pat Pitney has advised DOT to proceed within existing appropriations, to continue work on the Knik Arm Crossing.

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July 14, 2015

Willow Residents Outraged Over Sockeye Fire’s Reckless Ignition

News that the Sockeye wildfire was caused by negligence on the part of two Anchorage residents has hit the Willow community hard.

July 14, 2015

Sockeye Fire Charges Filed

Charges have been filed agaianst two Anchorage residents for starting the Sockeye wildfire.

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July 13, 2015

Berkowitz Hopes to Swing Knik Arm Funding Over to the Port of Anchorage

New Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz is outlining his priorities. Berkowitz recently told the Alaska Dispatch News that he’d like to funnel state funds tabbed for the Knik Arm Crossing into Port of Anchorage upgrades.

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July 7, 2015
AK: Mount Marathon

AK: Mount Marathon

All eyes are on the nation’s July 4 birthday, but the date also marks the anniversary of an Alaska tradition. Seward’s Mt. Marathon race, which takes place July 4 turns 100 years old this year. The race is a one of a kind, grueling, uphill run, and now it is the subject of a documentary film aimed at putting a face on the men and women who take the challenge.

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July 3, 2015

49 Voices: Adine Fullerton of Willow

This week, we’re hearing from (A- dean) Adine Fullerton, a Willow resident who evacuated her home on Monday because of the Sockeye fire. Adine left with three kids, five dogs, two cats, a hamster. She had to leave three tarantulas behind. When we talked to her she had just discovered her home was spared, along with the spiders. Adine Fullerton evacuated from her home in Willow because of the Sockeye fire.

June 19, 2015

After A Long Wait, Going Back Could Be Tough

Twenty six homes were lost to the Sockeye wildfire, according to Matanuska Susitna Borough officials on Thursday. Some neighborhoods have been surveyed for damage, and some evacuees are going back home.

June 19, 2015