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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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Borough Weighs Gravel Mine Application

A plan to vacate agricultural rights on a parcel of Matanuska Susitna Borough land is running into opposition. At a Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday night, [sept 16 ]residents spoke out against an ordinance aimed at approving a gravel mine on farmland.

September 19, 2014 - 5:21 pm

USDA Rural Development Seeks Loan Applicants

USDA’s Rural Develpment arm is offering millions of dollars in loans for community projects in rural areas.

September 19, 2014 - 11:18 am

Valley Opponents Gather To Fight Prop Two

Many prominent Republican politicians turned out Wednesday night for a Matanuska Valley campaign kickoff event in support of Big Marijuana, Big Mistake.

September 18, 2014 - 3:40 pm

State OKs Linc Energy’s Tyonek Coal Exploration Plan

The state has given the OK to a plan by Linc Energy to explore for coal in the Tyonek area. Last month, Linc submitted an application to drill at least five exploratory wells in an area about seven miles from Tyonek, on the West side of Cook Inlet.

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September 17, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Mat Su Health Services Gains ACA Grant

The Mat Su Health Services, a clinic in Wasilla, is one of more than two dozen health clinics in Alaska that will benefit from 5 point 3 million dollars in federal health funds.

September 16, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Wasilla Officer-Involved Shooting Leaves 1 Dead

Two Wasilla police officers are on paid administrative leave after a Monday shooting that left one man dead. The names of the officers have not been released, in line with police policy.

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September 16, 2014 - 5:37 pm
Mexican Tall Ship Cuauhtemoc in Seward

Mexican Tall Ship Cuauhtemoc in Seward

The three masted tall ship Cuauhtemoc docked in Seward during a Monday morning downpour. The Mexican training ship was greeted by Seward city officials and by the Mexican consul in Alaska. It’ll will be open to the public for viewing through Thursday.

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September 16, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Seward Small Stream Flood Advisory Update

Flood Advisory for Seward until 3 pm Saturday

September 13, 2014 - 2:29 pm

National Guard Sexual Assault Survivor Speaks Out

A survivor of sexual assault in the military stepped forward Thursday at the urging of an Anchorage women’s political action group.

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September 11, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Transportation Grant For Alaska Railroad’s Seward Dock

The city of Seward will benefit from a two point five million dollar federal grant that was announced on Tuesday.

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September 10, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Pacific Walrus Decline May Have Halved Population

Pacific walrus populations in Alaska’s Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea area halved between 1981 and 1999. New research indicates that the decline may have slowed down in the years before 2000.

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September 9, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Glenn Highway Project Aimed At Easing Eagle River Commute

New Eagle River bridge will be built as part of the Glenn Highway widening project in Eagle River.

September 9, 2014 - 4:30 pm

Wasilla VA Clinic Without Doctors

The Wasilla Veterans Affairs clinic is without a doctor. Two physicians there have decided not to renew their contracts, and now one nurse practitioner is handling the patient caseload.

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September 8, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Seward Coal Dumping Case Referred Back To Lower Court

Ongoing case against coal pollution in Seward thrown back to lower court by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Three judges of the Ninth Circuit met in Anchorage in August.

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September 4, 2014 - 5:08 pm

California Company Pitches LNG Project At Port MacKenzie

A California energy company is exploring constructing a liquified natural gas plant at Port MacKenzie to supply gas to interior Alaska and the railbelt. WesPac representatives outlined the plan to the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly last week.

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September 4, 2014 - 5:05 pm
Invasive Elodea Found In Valley

Invasive Elodea Found In Valley

Elodea, the waterway clogging invasive plant, has been identified for the first time in a Matanuska-Susitna Borough lake.

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September 4, 2014 - 9:16 am

“Partial Ruling” Against State In Alaska Native Language Ballot Case

A federal district court judge has sided with plaintiffs who say the state is not doing enough to help non-English-speaking voters. As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, a “partial decision” today [wednesday] in a case against the state division of elections is aimed at protecting the voting rights of Alaska Natives.

September 3, 2014 - 5:34 pm

“Partial Ruling” Against State In Alaska Native Language Ballot Case

A federal district court judge has sided with plaintiffs who say the state is not doing enough to help non-English-speaking voters. A “partial decision” Wednesday in a case against the state division of elections is aimed at protecting the voting rights of Alaska Natives.

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September 3, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Giant Pumpkin Tips the Scales

Giant Pumpkin Tips the Scales

The winner in this year’s Alaska State Fair giant pumpkin weigh-off tips the scales, but doesn’t break the record.

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August 26, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Female Inmate Found Dead In Cell At Mat-Su Facility

A female inmate died Monday morning at the Mat Su Pre-Trial Facility in Palmer; 37-year-old Tischa Rochdi was found unresponsive in her cell around 6:30 this morning, according to the state Department of Corrections.

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August 25, 2014 - 5:42 pm