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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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Winds Whipping Up Dust, Gravel in the Mat-Su

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.

February 7, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Cook Inlet Salmon Changes Could Benefit Mat-Su

Mac Minard, is a fisheries biologist now working as a consultant for the Mat-Su Borough. He says the board’s action today focuses primarily on Kenai River king salmon, but it could be beneficial to the Mat-Su on two fronts.

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February 5, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Helo 1 Crash Still Under Investigation

The State Department of Public Safety is reviewing its safety procedures following a helicopter crash that took the lives of three men in March of last year. The crash is still under investigation.

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February 3, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Program Could Loosen Water Pollution Regulations

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.

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January 27, 2014 - 5:16 pm
Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Palmer Hearing Pinpoints Divisive Legislation

Alaska Natives are spearheading a move to block a divisive piece of legislation. On Tuesday, the Chickaloon Tribe invited the public and state officials out to Palmer to discuss their differences.

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January 23, 2014 - 11:48 am
Alaskans Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Alaskans Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Alaskans celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior’s birthday with songs and remarks from state and local leaders.

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January 20, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Alaska’s Population Grows By 3.7 Percent In Three Years

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.

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January 17, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Railbelt Electric Companies May Undergo Changes

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.

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January 16, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Cook Inlet Fishermen Want Federal Fisheries Oversight

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.

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January 15, 2014 - 3:34 pm

Mat Su Fish Commission, Mayor Don’t See Eye To Eye

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.

January 8, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Ahtna Traditional First Chief Ben Neeley Dies

Ahtna Traditional First Chief Ben Neeley passed away Saturday at his home in Gulkana. He was 99.

January 6, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Arctic Port Feasibility Study Expected In March

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release a feasibility study on an Arctic port in early March, according to Corps spokeswoman Lorraine Cordova.

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January 3, 2014 - 5:11 pm

New Mat-Su Trooper Unit Gets First Arrests

A new Alaska State Trooper crime unit in the Matanuska Susitna Borough area has already nabbed its first criminals. In mid December, Troopers announced a new property crimes unit, to start work on January first of this year.

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January 2, 2014 - 5:38 pm

‘Targeted Hunt’ Aims For Moose Near Roadways

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.

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January 2, 2014 - 5:32 pm

City Parks Plan Could Rebuild Mulcahy Stadium

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.

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December 27, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Mulcahy Stadium May Move

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.

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December 27, 2013 - 9:00 am

State Suggests New KABATA Finance Strategy

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.”

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December 23, 2013 - 5:44 pm

St. Lawrence Island Receives Big Food Donation

A number of businesses in Anchorage donated food to St. Lawrence island in time for the Christmas holiday.

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December 20, 2013 - 4:12 pm

GCI To Offer One Gig Internet Service By 2015

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

December 19, 2013 - 5:52 pm

Mat-Su Troopers Getting New Crime Suppression Unit

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.

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December 18, 2013 - 5:26 pm