Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage
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There is a bit of heartening news from the Sockeye fire. Erratic weather, expected to bring strong winds to the area late Tuesday, did not actually materialize after a thunderstorm passed overhead, and fire crews have arrived from outside Alaska to begin an offensive against the blaze.
The Sockeye Fire near Willow is now the state’s number one fire-fighting priority. Governor Bill Walker personally viewed the burned area by air Monday, while forestry officials are bringing in help from the Lower 48 and British Columbia. Meanwhile, about 50 people in a Houston shelter are waiting to find out if they can go home again.
The Sockeye fire near Willow has jumped to more than 6,500 acres, consumed structures, closed the Parks Highway and is headed south. How the fire started has not been determined yet, but officials say it is human caused.
“We just know it was a human caused fire and it is under investigation,” said Tim Mowry, an information officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry.
The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance has handed over enough signatures to the state division of elections to get a voter initiative on the 2016 general election ballot.
The Sierra Club is claiming a victory for environmentalists opposed to Seward coal shipments.
The legislature’s lack of action on a budget is no small potatoes.
A Wasilla plan is helping homeless teens get off the street and into housing. Mat Su Youth Services, or My House, relies on initiative, trust and responsibility to spur teens to set goals for a solid future.
A Wasilla man is dead after an accident in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. According to Park officials, 62-year-old Clark J. Baldwin was killed instantly when he backed into a spinning plane propeller.
A dispute between two Sutton landowners highlights the challenges of zoning in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
An Idaho company is looking into the possibility of constructing an assisted living facility near Palmer.
Adverse childhood experiences are long lasting, and efforts are underway to understand the link between childhood trauma and disease.
The Mat Su Borough was the first governmental entity to put a new state law into practice. But now, the Borough is taking a second look.
Matanuska Susitna Borough mayor Larry DeVilbiss presented the Borough Assembly with a veto document on Wednesday.
The city of Houston is facing such severe financial woes that all but three city employees have been furloughed.
With the state legislature now gaveled in to a second special session in the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage, major state issues are under debate, namely the state’s operating budget.
KSKA: Friday, 5/22, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 4:30 p.m.
Matanuska Susitna Borough lawmakers pass the FY2016 budget.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s would-be ferry, M/V Susitna, has suffered expensive damage, and now the Borough estimates repairs could cost as much as $1 million.
Supporters of Medicaid expansion have continued their efforts with rallies in downtown Anchorage this week.
A unique fossil rock from Atigun Gorge is back in the state after a 29 year detour in Washington, DC. The rock bears the imprint of teeth from an animal that has not been seen on Earth for about 250 million years, and the story behind the rock and it’s current status as centerpiece of a Seward art exhibit is almost as fascinating as the prehistoric creature which imprinted it.
The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly was handed a letter Wednesday night from the Borough manager, outlining a dire revenue forecast for the coming four years. The bad news further dampened budget discussions.