Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media

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

Work to halt riverbank erosion along a stretch of the Old Glenn Highway near Palmer is about done, but some worry that it is only a stopgap.

Cannabis industry supporters want the courts to demand the Mat-Su Borough remove a voter initiative from the October Borough ballot.Listen now

It's that time of year again. Giant pumpkins, pig racing and the ever-popular upside down bungee ride make their annual appearance at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. The venerable fair, which turns 80 this year, manages to attract all ages with an eclectic mix of homespun crafts, toothsome food and lots of rock n' roll. Listen now

In the fallout from the state's primary elections, seven legislative incumbents have lost their seats. How this will change the course of the next session has yet to be seen. Representative Lynn Gattis lost her bid for a Senate seat to a relatively unknown from Wasilla. Listen now

Spring Creek Farm CSA helps low income Alaskans eat well.

Birchwood light plane crash results in one fatality.

House 9 race pits incumbent against Republican Party favorite. Listen now
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More than a dozen people were injured when a recreational vehicle slammed into the back of a tour bus on the Richardson Highway on Sunday. According to Alaska State Troopers, the northbound bus was making a left turn off the highway to the Princess Lodge in Copper Center, when the RV hit it. Listen now
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Eagle River's Corey Cogdell-Unrein took the bronze medal in women's trapshooting competition in this year's summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Listen now

Drug addiction, long viewed as a moral failing, is now recognized as a chronic brain disease. US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy brought this message to the Alaska Wellness Summit in Palmer on Thursday. Substance abuse caregivers, recovering addicts and health officials rubbed shoulders at the day-long meeting, with the common aim of combating the opioid abuse epidemic in Alaska. Listen now

Cook Inlet Tribal Council runs one of only two detox centers in the state of Alaska. At the Alaska Wellness Summit in Palmer Thursday, CITC CEO Gloria O'Neil announced that the Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage will be sold to Southcentral Foundation.

A group of Alaskan women met last fall with U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, telling the senator their emotional stories about facing addiction. The Wellness Summit is the product of that meeting.

DOC announces Palmer Correctional Center to close.

In a move that may come as no surprise to a cash-strapped state administration, the commissioner of DOC Tuesday announced the shuttering of Palmer Correctional Facility. Listen now

Houston, a community of about 2,000, is asking the Matanuska Susitna Borough to take over its fire and emergency operations.

A wildfire south of Anchorage has tripled in size over night. Listen now

A wildfire at McHugh Creek park south of Anchorage has sparked emergency response.

A 25-acre wildfire began to spread across McHugh Creek about three-quarters of a mile from the Seward Highway south of Anchorage. According to the Department of Forestry, the fire was reported to the Anchorage Fire Department at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Listen now
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The spread of a wildfire near the Tok Cutoff has been slowed. Firefighters are dropping retardant on the Cutoff Fire, which has spread to about 40 acres and is burning a a little too close to the highway, according to fire information officer Tim Mowry. Listen now

Anchorage's mayor Ethan Berkowitz got down and dirty on Monday. The mayor wants to encourage local gardening, and part of that plan is a new city composting program Berkowitz introduced at the Anchorage Municipality's solid waste landfill in Eagle River.