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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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Mat-Su Borough Establishes Marijuana Advisory Committee

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough passed a resolution this week establishing a Borough Marijuana Advisory Committee.

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January 22, 2015
Big Lake Shooting Range On Hold

Big Lake Shooting Range On Hold

A contentious shooting range issue dominated Tuesday night’s Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly meeting, and the debate over the range’s location affects a Valley youth program.

January 21, 2015

Wasilla Fire Contained

A massive building fire in Wasilla is under control

January 20, 2015

APU Student Killed In Climbing Accident On Mt. Yukla

A young man fell to his death on Sunday while climbing Mount Yukla, above Eagle River. Dasan Marshall, 24, of Portland, Oregon was a student at Alaska Pacific University.

January 20, 2015

Mat-Su Borough Mulls Marijuana Regulation

An entrepreneurial spirit drove a public forum on a future Matanuska Susitana Borough marijuana law Thursday night.

January 16, 2015

Landbank Lawsuit Aimed at USACE Regs

An obscure lawsuit filed by a Matanuska Susitna wetlands mitigation bank could have national implications. The suit, now in Federal Claims Court, alleges breach of contract by the US Army Corps of Engineers, and land developers are closely watching the outcome.

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January 15, 2015

Borough Seeks Railroad Funds

Hopes for state help for Matanuska-Susitna Borough capital projects are plunging along with the price of oil, which is at about $50 a barrel. But there is at least one bit of encouragement in the bleak outlook.

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January 9, 2015

Mat Su Ferry Draws Interest

The Matanuska Susitna Borough has received $20, 000 from an interested buyer outside the US to pay for sea trials for the ferry MV Susitna

January 7, 2015

Illegal Dumping On State Land Draws Prosecution, Fines

State Fish and Game officials are cracking down on illegal dumping on state game refuges. Recent incidents at Goose Bay State Game Refuge near Wasilla have resulted in at least one prosecution, and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are on the look-out for further arrests, and heavy fines, and possible jail time is in store for offenders.

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January 6, 2015

MEA Eklutna Plant In Testing Phase

Yellow smoke emitted Monday by the new Matanuska Electric Association power plant in Eklutna is worrying some nearby residents.

January 6, 2015

DOT Releases Bridge Studies

A draft socioeconomic review and traffic forecast for the proposed Knik Arm Crossing project was released today [monday] by a trio of independent consulting firms. Cardno Consulting Services, Agnew -Beck and CDM Smith reported on separate forecasts for different aspects of the project.

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December 8, 2014

Land Conservation Project Preserves Over 1,000 Acres Of Eklutna Land

Eklutna, Inc. and the Greatland Trust have partnered on a land conservation project that will preserve over 1,000 acres of Eklunta, Inc. owned land for subsistence use.

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December 5, 2014

Anchorage Police Investigate Church Vandalism

A Catholic church vandalism incident has spurred an Anchorage Police investigation.

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December 4, 2014

Palmer Waste Dump Plan Draws Opposition

About one hundred people turned out to speak at a Matanuska Susitna Borough planning commission meeting on Monday. At issue – a plan to construct an inert construction debris dump on private land near Palmer.

December 4, 2014

MEA Rates To Rise

MEA Projects First Quarter 2015 Rate Increase

December 2, 2014

New Palmer Landfill Proposal Up For Public Comment

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning Commission will hear public comment Monday on a proposal to locate a new landfill in the Palmer area.

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December 1, 2014

Palmer Man Sentenced To 50 Years On Child Sexual Exploitation Charges

A Palmer resident has been sentenced to 50 years in federal prison on multiple charges of child sexual exploitation. Forty nine year old Robert Earl Cunningham, also known as “Bear” Cunningham and a registered sex offender, will serve the term concurrently with an 88-year state sentence.

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November 26, 2014

Hilcorp To Purchase Port MacKenzie LNG Plant

Cook Inlet oil and gas producer Hilcorp has announced purchase of an LNG plant at Port MacKenzie.

November 25, 2014

Details Sketchy on Expanded Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants

Now, some undocumented immigrants may be eligible for an expanded deferred action program announced last week by President Barack Obama.

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November 24, 2014

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