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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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The push to hire locally in AK

The push to hire locally in AK

The number of nonresident workers in Alaska surpassed the number of residential workers in 2014. What's causing this statistic and what can be done to encourage local hiring within the state? This week's Alaska Edition tackles these questions and looks at the legality of policies aiming to increase the number of Alaskan workers. Listen Now:
February 12, 2016

Agreement expected soon between state and Ma-Su Borough on railroad right of way

An agreement between the state and the Matanuska Susitna Borough is soon to be finalized regarding state land the Borough wants for a railroad right of way. The Borough had purchased several agricultural parcels from the state in the Point MacKenzie area for a right of way for the rail spur between Port MacKenzie and Houston. But agricultural covenants on the land didn't allow industrial use. Download Audio
February 11, 2016

Bon Voyage, Susitna

Mat Su's unused ferry is heading South.
February 11, 2016
Alaska DOC to be reviewed by newly appointed Commissioner

Alaska DOC to be reviewed by newly appointed Commissioner

All prison programs in Alaska's correctional institutions will be reviewed, according to newly appointed Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams. Williams is also the co-author of an administrative report released last year that detailed deficiencies in the current system. Download Audio
February 5, 2016
The next steps for DOC

The next steps for DOC

Governor Walker recently announced Dean Williams as the new commissioner of the Department of Corrections. This week on Alaska Edition we will talk about the future of the Department of Corrections and the steps the new commissioner plans to take to better the system. Listen Now:
February 5, 2016

Mat-Su takes up pot codes

Mat Su Borough commercial marijuana codes are ready for Assembly debate, but some want the panel to hold off until after an October election.
February 3, 2016

MTA ballot seeks deregulation

Matanuska Telephone Association is asking its members to vote against a Regulatory Commission of Alaska phone service charge.
February 1, 2016

Two homicide victims identified by APD

Anchorage Police have released the names of the two victims found early Thursday morning on a beach near a local park. They are 19 year old Selina Annette Mullenax and 20 year old Foreignne Aubert-Morissette. Police are releasing few details in the case, including cause and time of death, pending autopsy results. Download Audio
January 29, 2016

APD investigates 2 unusual deaths at Point Woronzof

Two suspicious deaths in Anchorage have local police puzzled. APD was investigating a body that was found at the city's Point Woronzoff early Thursday morning when they found a second person nearby, critically wounded. Download Audio
January 28, 2016

Unpopular AMP tests to be replaced

In a surprise statement late Tuesday night, Alaska education commissioner Mike Hanley said the Alaska Measures of Progress tests would be dropped for the 2016-2017 school year while the state considers "new assessment structures." Download Audio
January 27, 2016
Palmer sculptor heats up the art scene

Palmer sculptor heats up the art scene

Palmer sculptor Pat Garley's Arctic Fires Bronze Sculpture Works is a gathering place for local artists. Listen now:
January 26, 2016
Redington first in Northern Lights 300, despite quake

Redington first in Northern Lights 300, despite quake

Thirty mushers in the Northern Lights 300 sled dog race were on the trail when a strong earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska early Sunday morning. Download Audio
January 25, 2016

Northern Lights 300 pack heads to Finger Lake

Mushers leave the chute at Big Lake in this year's Northern Lights 300.
January 22, 2016

Mayors want tax share scheme for future gasline

Although an Alaska LNG project is in the future, the mayors of boroughs impacted by the project want to make sure they get a fair share of any taxes on the future gas line. Download Audio
January 21, 2016
Vets concerned about Wasilla monument

Vets concerned about Wasilla monument

A planned senior care project near Wasilla has hit a wall... literally.  It seems the design for the specialized nursing complex intrudes on space now occupied by the Veterans Wall of Honor Memorial, and some local veterans say they are not backing down in their stand against moving the wall. Download Audio
January 19, 2016

Comment due on Mental Health Trust lease to Usibelli

Alaska's Mental Health Trust Land's Office is in the process of determining the issue of a ground lease of Trust land to Usibelli Coal. The approximately 95-acre parcel is located adjacent to Usibelli's Wishbone Hill prospect near Palmer.
January 18, 2016
Slaughterhouse shutdown prompts ag community to mobilize

Slaughterhouse shutdown prompts ag community to mobilize

Matanuska Valley ranchers and farmers turned out Tuesday at a Palmer meeting to let state lawmakers know that they want Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage to remain in business. Download Audio
January 14, 2016

Mat-Su grant targets parents in bolstering family well-being

Something as simple as a family meal can go a long way in the fight against drug addiction. New parents are getting support in child rearing skills from a Mat-Su program that focuses on preventing the seeds of drug dependency from taking root in the youngest children. Download Audio
January 12, 2016

Borough eyes emergency dispatch upgrade

Emergency dispatch operations in the Mat Su could be put out to bid, if a Requests For Proposals outlined at Tuesday night's Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly meeting is successful.
January 7, 2016

Governor’s housing summit seeks solutions

Experts from around the state gathered in Anchorage Wednesday to hear and share information on a variety of topics related to housing in Alaska. Download Audio
January 6, 2016