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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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A Look At Proposition Two

The pre-election barrage of advertising regarding the vote for or against Proposition 2 — which would allow the use, purchase and sale of recreational marijuana in Alaska for those aged 21 or older — has not been heeded by those too young to vote. Teen use of marijuana is not a rarity in our state, and kids know where to purchase it whether Prop 2 passes or not.

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November 3, 2014

Three Way Race For House 10

A three way race for House District 10 pits Republican incumbent Wes Keller against Democrat newcomer Neal Lacy, and undeclared Roger Purcell.

October 30, 2014

Hughes, LaFrance Vie for Greater Palmer House District 11

Republican incumbent Shelley Hughes will vie with Democrat Pete LaFrance for the House 11 seat in November. The district represents the greater Palmer area.

October 27, 2014

Conservative, Progressive Democrat, Republican Vie for House District 9

Three candidates want to represent recently re-drawn state House district 9 next session. The rambling district includes Richardson Highway communities from Valdez to the Interior, and Prince William Sound’s Whittier.

October 27, 2014

Tilton, Wehmhoff Vie For House 12

House District 12 stretches from eastern Anchorage suburbs to semi-rural precincts in the Matanuska Valley. Two first – time candidates will face off on November 4 for the district’s seat in the legislature. They are Republican Cathy Tilton and Democrat Gretchen Wehmhoff.

October 23, 2014
Republican incumbent Bill Stoltze (left) and Democratic challenger Patricia Chesbro (left). (Photos by Josh Edge/APRN)

Senate F Race Pits Valley Educator Against Seasoned Legislator

A new District.. Senate F.. was created with last year’s state redistricting plan, and now two candidates with solid ties to the the area want to represent it in Juneau.

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October 22, 2014

Dunleavy Faces Independent Challenger in Senate E Race

Political newcomer Warren Keogh, non-affiliated, is challenging incumbent Republican Michael Dunleavy for the Senate E seat in the November general election. Two candidates both live in the Matanuska Valley – other than that, they have little in common.

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October 20, 2014

State Disputes ANWR Boundaries

The state of Alaska has launched the opening salvo in a border dispute with the federal government over the western edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. At stake is a 20 thousand acre wedge of land that the federal government counts as part of ANWR. But in a letter to the BLM today, the state asserts the government has mapped ANWR incorrectly. The state says the wedge of land between the Canning and the Staines River is actually outside the refuge, according to a 1960 legal description of the refuge border.

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October 17, 2014

Settlement in Mt. Marathon Race Suit

The Seward Chamber of Commerce has been cleared of any negligence in the death of a Mt. Marathon race runner.

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October 16, 2014

Groups Criticize State For Renewal Of Wishbone Hill Coal Mining Permit

A coalition of environmental organizations are criticizing the state for issuing a coal mining permit for a site near Palmer.

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October 14, 2014

Unofficial Mat-Su Borough Election Results

Matanuska Susitna Borough voters elected two Borough Assembly seats on Tuesday.

October 7, 2014
HUD Grants Aimed at Alaska Native Housing Projects

HUD Grants Aimed at Alaska Native Housing Projects

US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Announces millions of dollars in housing grants for Alaska Native and American Indian Tribal Organizations.

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October 6, 2014

Mat Su Borough Election Propositions

Voters in the Matanuska Susitna Borough will be asked to decide on two ballot propositions on Borough election day October 7.

October 3, 2014

Mat Su Borough District 5 Race

Two political newcomers are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s District 5 seat, since incumbent Darcie Salmon has decided to retire. Borough elections are set for October 7, and the heat is building up in this, the only contested race, which pits two long time community leaders, Bill Kendig and Dan Mayfield, against each other to represent the Borough’s fast growing industrial area.

October 2, 2014

Suit Halts Seward Coal Loading

A federal court ruling earlier this [september] month has temporarily stopped work at the Seward Coal Facility, and now the state is getting involved in the issue.

September 29, 2014
(Photo via @AlaskaSnob on Twitter)

6.24 Quake Hits Southwest of Talkeetna

A 6.24 earthquake rocked Southcentral Alaska shortly before 10 a.m. this morning. No significant damage has been reported as yet, though it knocked ceiling tiles down and shook merchandise off store shelves.

September 25, 2014

Monofil Project On Hold, Again

A plan by Eklutna, Inc. to build a landfill in Chugiak has re-surfaced about a year after the Anchorage Planning Commission rejected the Alaska Native corporation’s project. The Chugiak Community Council opposes the plan, but, a new wrinkle in the debate has opened the door to a pollution investigation.

September 24, 2014

Wasilla Clinic Owner Charged With Medicaid Fraud

The owner of a Wasilla disability clinic has been charged with Medicaid fraud. The Alaska Department of Law filed charges against Laura Sasseen, owner of the Mat Su Activity and Respite Center LLC on Monday, alleging falsification of business records and and misdemeanor medical assistance fraud.

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September 23, 2014

Gas To Liquids Project Could Cut Oil Production Costs

An Alaska company wants to help reduce the cost of producing oil on the North Slope. Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids, based in Anchorage, is pitching a plan to construct a gas-to-liquids facility that could save the producers between $50 million and $100 million a year.

September 23, 2014

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, residents spoke out against an ordinance aimed at approving a gravel mine on farmland.

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September 19, 2014