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Mexican Consulate Readies To Help On Deferred Action Plan

The Mexican government, through it’s consulate in Anchorage, has issued a statement regarding President Barack Obama’s announcement regarding deferred action on illegal immigrants.

November 21, 2014

Borough Musher’s Law Protects Dog Kennels

Dog mushers in the Matanuska Susitna Borough now are protected under a new Borough ordinance. The law licenses kennels, but critics say it may never be enforced.

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November 21, 2014

Borough Bus Lines To Consolidate

State budget contraints are getting tighter, and that’s being felt in the Matanuska Valley. Several public bus lines now serve various markets within the Mat Su Borough, but a new state mandate may force them to consolidate.

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November 21, 2014

Japan Eyes Port MacKenzie LNG Facility

A Japanese company, Resources Energy Incorporated, has plans to beat other, larger companies to the punch when it comes to shipping LNG from Alaska to Japan. And, the company is courting Mat Su’s Port MacKenzie as a site for it’s gas plant project.

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November 19, 2014

State OKs Wishbone Hill Coal Permits

The federal Office of Surface Mining has contacted the state regarding the status of coal mining permits for the Wishbone Hill site near Palmer. Last month, the state gave Usibelli Coal the go-ahead to begin mining, after years of delays and legal hurdles. But OSM has criticized the state Department of Natural Resources for it’s handling of the many extensions and renewals of the permit since 1991.

November 17, 2014

Girdwood Animal Cruelty Investigation

Animal control officers have seized 12 emaciated husky dogs from a home in Girdwood.

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November 13, 2014

Entertainment Center Slated for Wasilla

A new family entertainment center planned for Wasilla will be built with financing from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. It’ll have racing carts, video games and even sky boxes.

November 11, 2014

Alaska Miners Association Convention Held In Anchorage

The Alaska Miner’s Association annual convention has been going on all week in Anchorage. Coinciding with the AMA’s 75th year, is the 25th anniversary of Kotzebue’s Red Dog Mine.

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November 7, 2014

Unofficial Election Returns Point to Marijuana Legalization

Although absentee and questioned ballots yet to be counted could change the outcome, it is likely that Proposition 2, which legalizes recreational marijuana use in Alaska, has gained voter approval.

November 5, 2014

Valley Republicans Going Back to Juneau

There were no surprises in the returns of the Mat Su races after Tuesday’s vote count was tallied.

November 5, 2014

Parnell, Walker Race Hangs By A Hair

Alaska’s governor’s race is too close to call at this hour.

November 5, 2014

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