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Pacific Walrus Decline May Have Halved Population

Pacific walrus populations in Alaska’s Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea area halved between 1981 and 1999. New research indicates that the decline may have slowed down in the years before 2000.

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September 9, 2014

Glenn Highway Project Aimed At Easing Eagle River Commute

New Eagle River bridge will be built as part of the Glenn Highway widening project in Eagle River.

September 9, 2014

Wasilla VA Clinic Without Doctors

The Wasilla Veterans Affairs clinic is without a doctor. Two physicians there have decided not to renew their contracts, and now one nurse practitioner is handling the patient caseload.

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September 8, 2014

Seward Coal Dumping Case Referred Back To Lower Court

Ongoing case against coal pollution in Seward thrown back to lower court by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Three judges of the Ninth Circuit met in Anchorage in August.

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September 4, 2014

California Company Pitches LNG Project At Port MacKenzie

A California energy company is exploring constructing a liquified natural gas plant at Port MacKenzie to supply gas to interior Alaska and the railbelt. WesPac representatives outlined the plan to the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly last week.

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September 4, 2014
Invasive Elodea Found In Valley

Invasive Elodea Found In Valley

Elodea, the waterway clogging invasive plant, has been identified for the first time in a Matanuska-Susitna Borough lake.

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September 4, 2014

“Partial Ruling” Against State In Alaska Native Language Ballot Case

A federal district court judge has sided with plaintiffs who say the state is not doing enough to help non-English-speaking voters. As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, a “partial decision” today [wednesday] in a case against the state division of elections is aimed at protecting the voting rights of Alaska Natives.

September 3, 2014

“Partial Ruling” Against State In Alaska Native Language Ballot Case

A federal district court judge has sided with plaintiffs who say the state is not doing enough to help non-English-speaking voters. A “partial decision” Wednesday in a case against the state division of elections is aimed at protecting the voting rights of Alaska Natives.

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September 3, 2014
Giant Pumpkin Tips the Scales

Giant Pumpkin Tips the Scales

The winner in this year’s Alaska State Fair giant pumpkin weigh-off tips the scales, but doesn’t break the record.

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August 26, 2014

Female Inmate Found Dead In Cell At Mat-Su Facility

A female inmate died Monday morning at the Mat Su Pre-Trial Facility in Palmer; 37-year-old Tischa Rochdi was found unresponsive in her cell around 6:30 this morning, according to the state Department of Corrections.

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August 25, 2014

Borough To Ask Ferry Debt Forgiveness

The Matanuska Susitna Borough is appealing to top US officials to resolve the Borough’s $12 million ferry debt.

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August 22, 2014

Mat Su Borough Assembly Wrestles With Ferry Issue

The Matanuska Susitna Borough has until September 5 to repay more than 12 million dollars in federal grants related to the ferryboat “Sustina.”

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August 21, 2014

Feige Losing, Stoltze Wins Mat-Su Legislative Races

Unofficial results of Tuesday’s primary election are in, and it looks like there may be one upset in the Valley. Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver could upset incumbent Eric Feige for the Republican nomination for the House District 9 race. Former state representative Bill Stoltze won the Republican nod for the Senate District F.

August 20, 2014

Dubey, Hadley, Vazquez Win GOP House Bids

Tuesday’s Republican primary pushed three Anchorage candidates a little closer to Juneau. Anand Dubey had a clear lead over challenger Mark Fagnani for the Republican candidacy for House District 21. Don Hadley bested challenger Kevin Kastner for the Republican nomination in House District 16. Liz Vazquez won the Republican nod for House District 22 with more than 52 percent of the vote. Challenger Sherri Jackson finished with 47 percent.

August 20, 2014

Health Industry Honors Two

Two men associated with the Mat-Su Health Foundation have received recognition for their work.

August 19, 2014

Keogh Announces Senate E Run

Former Mat Su Borough Assemblyman Warren Keogh tosses his hat in the Senate E race.

August 15, 2014

Three Way Race For House 9

A three way race for the Republican nod for a state House 9 run is being watched closely. Incumbent Eric Feige is being challenged by Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver, and by a former primary opponent, George Rauscher.

August 15, 2014

Alaska Kayaker Still Missing in Costa Rica

Almost two weeks ago, 27-year-old Alaskan Cody Dial was reported missing on a kayak trip in Costa Rica. Dial is the son of Roman Dial, a well-known outdoorsman and Alaska Pacific University professor.

August 14, 2014

Arvin, Tilton Compete for GOP Nod In Mat-Su

Two candidates familiar with the legislative process are vying for an open state House seat. Ron Arvin is a seasoned Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblyman, while Cathy Tilton has served as a staffer for a long time Valley legislator. The two are seeking the Republican nod for the House District 12 seat, which represents the Fairview Loop area linking Wasilla and Palmer as well as Eklutna, Chugiak and Peters Creek.

August 14, 2014

Mat Su Borough Assembly To Continue Ferry Meeting

The homeless ferryboat, MV Susitna, is still docked in Ketchikan, while the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly wrestles with a solution to avoid
paying a twelve million dollar debt to the Federal Transportation Administration. KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, the Assembly plans to continue it’s discussion on the issue on August 21.

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August 13, 2014