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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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Treat Your Soil With A Little TLC, Reap The Benefits During Harvest

“If we throw mother nature out the door, she comes back in with a pitchfork.” Masanobu Fukuoka. His book, “The One Straw Revolution,” changed the way many look at farming practices.

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May 12, 2015

Mat Su Assembly Budget Discussions

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly wrestles with providing services while keeping the mil rate low.

May 12, 2015
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AK: Samurai Musher

If you didn’t hear the rendition of the Alaska Flag Song by a Japanese choral ensemble last week at Anchorage’s Alaska Performing Arts Center, you missed something special. The finale of the musical play, “Samurai Musher” brought the audience to its feet to sing along with the cast.  The play told the story of Japanese musher Jujiro Wada, and although the curtain has come down on the play, Wada’s story is still unfolding.

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May 8, 2015

Wasilla Scholar Garners Presidential Recognition

Wasilla high school student Ariel Hasse has been named a 2015 Presidential Scholar. The 17 year old has her sights set on a science career. 

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May 7, 2015

Seward Beach Trash Traced To Prison

One of Seward’s city-owned sewage lagoon is currently drained and non-functioning, according to a city schedule for maintenance. And that has caused a problem.

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May 6, 2015

Mat Su Assembly Struggles To Hold Mill Rate Steady

Few people turned out for a Matanuska Susitna Borough public hearing on the FY 2016 budget on Monday evening. But a divide is brewing between those who want to hold the mill rate steady, and those who say more services will require a nudge in property taxes.

May 5, 2015
Photo of Jujiro Wada. Licensed under PD-US via Wikipedia.

Little Known Alaska Musher Spurs Japanese Musical

“Samurai Musher” plays in private performance for Seward and Anchorage high schools this week. A public performance is scheduled for May 1 at the Alaska Performing Arts Center in Anchorage, and a second public performance for Fairbanks on May 3.

May 1, 2015

Mat-Su Begins Budget Process

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly begins it’s budget sessions this week A worksession on April 30 starts the process, with public hearings to follow starting on May 4.

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May 1, 2015

Anchorage Men Arrested For Stabbing Moose To Death

Three Anchorage men are under arrest and charged with cruelty to animals, wanton waste and tampering with evidence in a bizarre moose killing in a city park.

April 29, 2015

Starting And Maintaining A Small Business

Today we’ll be talking to some Alaskans who make the business world their beat and we’ll find out how minorities can get some assistance in starting and maintaining a business.

KSKA: Friday, 4/24 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/25 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/24 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/25 at 4:30pm

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April 24, 2015
Chinook Salmon Bycatch; And HB132

Chinook Salmon Bycatch; And HB132

This week on Alaska Edition: The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council takes action on Chinook salmon bycatch in Alaska’s pollock fishery. How could the veto of HB132 affect the Mat-Su Valley? Where does Medicaid expansion stand in the legislature?

KSKA: Friday, 4/17 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/17 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 4:30pm

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April 17, 2015

Delving Into Anchorage’s Municipal Election Results

Today, we’ll be talking about he aftermath of this week’s Anchorage municipal election – results that were surprising to some.

KSKA: Friday, 4/10 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/11 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/10 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/11 at 4:30pm

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April 10, 2015

Chief Mat-Su Medical Services Official Resigns

A February union complaint has resulted in the resignation of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s chief medical services official. Clint Vardeman handed in his resignation today Monday. Vardeman directs the Borough’s emergency responders. His resignation is effective April 20.

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April 6, 2015
KSKA's Anne Hillman and KTUU's Austin Baird join Ellen Lockyer on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Impacts Of Reduced State Funding On Alaska’s Schools

Today we’ll be checking in with the Legislative session in Juneau, and the impacts the latest school funding developments on schools statewide and how it may affect school bonds in Anchorage’s upcoming Municipal Election. And, we’ll take a look at how a group of Sudanese refugees are moving forward after a recent vandalism incident in Anchorage.

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KSKA: Friday, 4/3 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 4:30pm

April 3, 2015

Wishbone Hill Coal Project Draws Lawsuit

The Trustees for Alaska are going back to court to fight a federal okay for coal mining at Wishbone Hill in Palmer. Trustee attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court in Anchorage today (on Wednesday) on behalf of the Castle Mountain Coalition and other groups opposed to coal mining in the area.

March 18, 2015

State Pulls Funds for Knik Arm, Juneau Access Road from STIP

The state has amended a transportation plan to delay two large projects. Funds for the Knik Arm Crossing and the Juneau access road have been pulled from the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP.

March 18, 2015

Anchorage Police Investigate Homicide In Spenard

Anchorage police are investigating a homicide in the city’s Spenard neighborhood. A suspect has been taken into custody. Police are not releasing the nature of the assault at this time.

March 16, 2015

Independent Power Producers Seek Utility Regulations Change

Some Alaska alternative energy producers may benefit from new rules the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is considering. But other independents say the state’s power statutes are so antiquated they should be completely revised.

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February 26, 2015

Trial Challenging Restrictions For Medicaid-Funded Abortions Continues In Anchorage

State attorneys are about to finish questioning witnesses for the defense in a trial that could determine whether or not the state removes some restrictions for Medicaid – funded abortions for low income women.

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February 24, 2015

Seward Highway Reopened After Rock Slide

Alaska Department of Transportation and Anchorage police report the Seward highway is open again. It was closed this morning due to a rock slide near the scales south of Potter Marsh. Both lanes of the highway were closed.

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February 19, 2015