Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media

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APTI Reporter-Producer Ellen Lockyer started her radio career in the late 1980s, after a stint at bush Alaska weekly newspapers, the Copper Valley Views and the Cordova Times. When the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Valdez Public Radio station KCHU needed a reporter, and Ellen picked up the microphone. Since then, she has literally traveled the length of the state, from Attu to Eagle and from Barrow to Juneau, covering Alaska stories on the ground for the AK show, Alaska News Nightly, the Alaska Morning News and for Anchorage public radio station, KSKA elockyer (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8446 | About Ellen

A water main break at a busy midtown Anchorage intersection has stalled traffic, and fouled city streets. Anchorage police are warning drivers to avoid the Tudor Road and Old Seward highway area until further notice, and the traffic snarl my continue into commute hours.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with the nation's regional forest heads on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming wildfire season. This year is expected to be worse than average in the Southwest US, Alaska and Hawaii. Download Audio
Cannabis Plant. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Three steps forward, two steps back.. Mat-Su's tangled marijuana regulations take another U turn.
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Alaska's elders face drastic budget cuts. Download Audio
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Mat -Su Assembly sets mil rate, approves spending plan for next fiscal year.
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Despite a $3 million appropriation from the Mat-Su Borough, the Borough's school district is millions in the red. Download Audio
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State funding may keep Mt. McKinley slaughterhous open another year, while details of a sale are worked out. Download Audio
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State Trooper post in Girdwood could stay open.. if the price is right.

A Mat-Su Borough ban on commercial marijuana enterprise is angering pot entrepreneurs.

The 30-acre Sunrise wildfire north of Wasilla is now 100% contained. Mop-up operations are underway, according to state fire information officer Norm McDonald. About 30 firefighters are on the job and will remain there through the night.

Sunrise Fire update 9:00 am Thursday

New evidence indicates a plane that crashed April 20 near Birchwood hit a bald eagle. Four died in the accident. Download Audio

A grass fire near Wasilla was reported by a pilot about 3:00 pm Wednesday. The fire had burned into the trees and had spread to about 15 acres later in the afternoon.

Dozens of Big Lake residents lined the hallways of the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly chambers Tuesday night to let their voices be heard in an argument over a local gravel pit.

Susan Pougher, President of the Mat-Su school board, says when Dr. Deena Paramo was selected as one of two finalists for the Anchorage superintendent position, Mat-Su offficials started looking ahead.
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Few people turned out to testify at a public hearing on the Matanuska Susitna Borough budget in Wasilla Thursday night, but those who did outlined a disturbing trend. Download Audio
anchorage land use map

Municipality of Anchorage planners are engaged in a project that could outline how the city will look in 20 years. In the meantime, Anchorage neighborhoods are changing. Throughout the past decade, the city has seen growth that has brought forth new challenges. This week, a team of presenters has been hosting informational sessions around town on the Anchorage Bowl Land Use Plan Map Update. On this week's Alaska Edition, these presenters will fill us in on how the community can further this discussion.

A plane that crashed near Anchorage killing all four aboard on April 20 was engaged in aerial photography over Birchwood at the time of the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday released the first of three reports on the incident. Download Audio
Cannabis Plant. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

A bid to put the brakes on the growth of marijuana businesses in the Matanuska Susitna Borough has caused an outcry from pot entrepreneurs in the Valley. The pot bloc let the Borough Assembly know in no uncertain terms that they're going to fight back. Download Audio

With the current budget bottleneck in the state legislature, there is both good and bad news for communities. Some bills that would have increased costs for local governments are on the shelf this session, while there is certainty that communities statewide will be receiving less revenue sharing. While lawmakers struggle to close the budget gap, most headlines are focused on the big picture. But what about the small screen? On this week's Alaska Edition we'll take a look at how the state's fiscal crisis is translating in small town Alaska. Listen Now: