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

A block party in Big Lake on Saturday drew happy crowds, but there was an underlying somber theme to the event. The day was dedicated to those firefighters, and community residents, who faced the "Big One".. the Miller's Reach blaze of twenty years ago.

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the Sockeye wildfire, which drove Willow residents from their homes and claimed fifty - five residences. Download Audio

Twenty years ago this month, residents of Big Lake woke to evacuation orders in one of the most devastating wildfires in Alaska's history. The Miller's Reach fire, named for the street of its starting point, jumped from seven acres to 37,000 acres in a matter of days, destroying hundreds of homes in its path.
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Backcountry hikers at Denali National Park and Preserve notified rangers on Tuesday of human remains discovered at an abandoned campsite near the Teklanika River in the park. The site was not visible from the Denali Park Road. Download Audio
Photo: National Park Service

Backcountry hikers at Denali National Park and Preserve notified rangers on Tuesday of human remains discovered at an abandoned campsite near the Teklanika River in the park. The site was not visible from the Denali Park Road.

The is no winner as yet in the North Slope Borough's mayoral election, and officials indicate there may be a run-off election. With absentee and questioned ballots still to be counted, not one of the seven candidates has received the required 40 percent of the ballot. Download Audio

The remains of a person who died in a fire at a Kodiak lodge last week have been identified. Download Audio
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The Bureau of Land Management continues to work on cleaning up the debris from decades-old experimental oil drills on Alaska's North Slope. Download Audio

State prosecutors push for a trial in the Sockeye wildfire case. Download Audio

Three new fires in the Matanuska Susitna Borough were sparked over the long weekend. On Monday, fire crews were called out to two fires in the Palmer area. Despite the area being under a burn suspension, both of the fires were human caused on private land, when residents chose to burn debris piles. Forestry crews from Palmer responded to those fires, which were declared contained. Download Audio

Attorneys for the two defendants in the Sockeye fire case have asked for more time from the court to prepare a case for trial. Download Audio
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State budget cuts are hitting home. The Anchorage and Sitka offices of the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service are slated for closure by the end of October. UAF spokesperson Marmion Grimes said the closures reflect severe reductions in state funding.

A Goose Creek prison guard has been arrested in connection with an alleged conspiracy to distribute drugs in the correctional facility. The corrections officer faces federal charges. Download Audio

The state education department is seeking public input on a new plan to meet Alaska's unique education challenges. Under the new federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act, the state must design its own requirements to meet the standards under the new federal law.

It is almost one year since the Sockeye fire in Willow devastated over 7,000 acres of Southcentral Alaska and torched 55 homes. Download Audio
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The Matanuska Susitna Borough school board has announced a replacement for outgoing school superintendent Deena Paramo. Download Audio

A new honor for the American bison.. it's now an official national mammal. Download Audio

A water main break at a busy midtown Anchorage intersection has stalled traffic, and fouled city streets. Anchorage police are warning drivers to avoid the Tudor Road and Old Seward highway area until further notice, and the traffic snarl my continue into commute hours.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with the nation's regional forest heads on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming wildfire season. This year is expected to be worse than average in the Southwest US, Alaska and Hawaii. Download Audio