Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media

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

Community leaders in Girdwood have signed an interim contract with the city of Whittier for police protection for the ski-resort town.
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A Bethel drug bust has netted seven adults in a raid conducted by the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit and Bethel police. Listen Now

The Alaska Federation of Natives opened it's 50th annual convention with a healing ceremony this morning in Fairbanks. Listen Now

Palmer's Colony High School was the site chosen by the Alaska Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in a case that could test the state's right-to-farm law. The state's highest court convened Wednesday at the school as part of an outreach program - Supreme Court LIVE - that helps to teach students about Alaska's judicial system. Listen Now
Surface fuels burn in the Moose Creek Fire late Saturday afternoon near Sutton. The fire is now estimated at 216 acres and there are 50 personnel working to suppress it. (Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry)

The Moose Creek fire near Sutton is nearly half contained at 46%, according to fire information officials Wednesday. Fire managers expect to have the blaze fully contained by the weekend. Listen Now
Fairbanks police Sgt. Allen Brandt was shot 5 times early Sunday. The suspect remains at large. (Dash cam screen grab from the Fairbanks Police Department)

A 29-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting of a Fairbanks police officer. Anthony George Jenkins-Alexie was taken into custody by Fairbanks police Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting of police Sergeant Allen Brandt. Listen Now

Firefighters working to contain the Moose Creek wildfire near Sutton are dealing with diminished winds after three days in which gusts, at times, reached 60 mph. Listen Now

A late-season fire near near Sutton is keeping fire crews on their toes. The Moose Creek Fire was reported early Saturday morning, and as of Sunday afternoon is charted at around 300 acres. Listen Now

Supporters and opponents of a plan to mine coal near the Chuitna River wait for an environmental study to be released.

Voters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on Tuesday overwhelmingly turned down a citizens' ballot initiative banning the commercial growth and sale of cannabis in the Borough. Listen Now
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A proposed coal mine near the village of Tyonek could move a step closer depending on a draft environmental impact statement expected to be released this month by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Changes in a state application for the Chuitna mine could complicate an already lengthy process. Listen Now

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