Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage
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Schools stayed open in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on Friday, despite high winds raking the area late Thursday night and were expected to continue through Friday afternoon. A low pressure center moving into the Northern Gulf of Alaska, in combination with a high pressure area over the Interior, caused the winds. Palmer, Wasilla, Chickaloon and Sutton were affected by the winds, which reached 60 mph with gusts of up to 80 mph.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are joining in a new program that allows water polluters to gain clean water credits without reducing the amount of effluent they produce. The deal is not used in Alaska yet, but it allows a permitted facility to purchase pollutant reduction credits from other users within the same watershed. And clean water advocates in the state say the arrangement is missing the point of the Clean Water Act.
Alaska’s population growth is increasing faster than that of the rest of the country. Figures released Friday by the state labor department indicate that the state’s population increased 3.7 percent over the past three years, compared with a 2.4 growth rate in the US.
Alaska’s Railbelt electric companies are the sole users of the state’s main transmission lines that carry energy from the Bradley Lake hydropower project in Homer north to Fairbanks. But changes are coming. Managers of the state-owned portion of the line – called the Alaska Intertie – want to give independent power producers access to the system and some power company officials want to bring the entire grid under a single owner – operator model.
A federal lawsuit filed by a Cook Inlet fishermen’s group seeks to overturn state salmon management in some parts of Alaska. The suit targets the National Marine Fisheries Service, among other federal agencies, and, if successful, could bring federal oversight into some of the state’s salmon harvests.
What should have been a routine meeting of the Matanuska – Susitna Borough Assembly and the Borough’s Fish and Wildlife Commission took a political turn on Tuesday evening. It seems the Borough mayor and the Commission members have a distinct difference of opinion when it comes to devisive state legislation.
Ahtna Traditional First Chief Ben Neeley passed away Saturday at his home in Gulkana. He was 99.
Matanuska – Susitna Borough drivers run down hundreds of moose each year on their travels to and from Anchorage. Now a special hunt, called a “targeted hunt” allows winter hunting to reduce the number of moose near roadways. The hunt was established by the state Board of Game in 2011.
An 18 million dollar project is on the drawing board for a midtown Anchorage ballfield. The city’s Mulcahy Stadium, long the home field for the city’s college baseball teams, could be moved to make way for a parking lot, if a city Parks and Recreation plan gets approval.
An $18 million project is on the drawing board for a midtown Anchorage ball field. The city’s Mulcahy Stadium, long the home field for the city’s college baseball teams, could be moved to make way for a parking lot, if a city Parks and Recreation plan gets approval.
The state is suggesting another tactic in financing the Knik Arm Crossing. Plans for a bridge linking Anchorage and the Matanuska Susitna Borough hit a snag earlier this year, when the state legislature reacted negatively to an audit indicating that toll projections for the first years after the bridge’s completion are too “optimistic.”
Anchorage based General Communications, Inc. [GCI] plans to deploy the state’s first one gigabit Internet service by January of 2015.
Company officials say the move is in line with FCC requests to make faster broadband speeds available to consumers. The communications company, in moving toward one Gig service, is strengthening its position as the state’s foremost communications provider
Alaska State Troopers will be increasing work to reduce property crimes in the Matanuska Valley soon. Trooper Captain Hans Brinke, says the new Crime Suppression Unit will the area from Palmer to Valdez. The new unit starts on January 1, and will include one sergeant and three troopers.