Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage
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A state Superior Court judge has sided with Municipality of Anchorage employee’s unions in a dispute over a city labor law. Judge Eric Aarseth heard arguments from union and city attorneys yesterday, and made his decision from the bench only minutes after their conclusion.
Pioneer Mountain looms over a small, anonymous white building tucked away on Palmer’s Bodenberg Loop. Although the mountain and surrounding fields seem to dwarf the tiny structure, the research going on inside it could have gigantic implications for agriculture in the Matansuska Valley.
A committee has been organized in Anchorage to explore the possibility of the city hosting the Olympics in 2026. Mayor Dan Sullivan will lead the Anchorage Olympic Winter Games Exploratory Committee.
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation executive director Dan Fauske is stepping down. AHFC’s board announced Wednesday that Fauske resigned his post. In a statement released to the press, AHFC’s board chair Frank Roppel says the resignation was not unexpected, and has been accepted.
A Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblymember is criticizing the Borough mayor’s communication with the state Redistricting Board. As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, the matter made sparks fly at Tuesday nights ‘s Assembly meeting.
A 17-year-old boy was rescued by Alaska Air National Guardsmen on Monday. The teen, who suffered a leg injury while on a float trip down the Gulkana River, was picked up after the 11th Air Force Rescue Center at JBER received distress signals from a personal locater beacon and a SPOT beacon before 6 p.m. Monday night.
A Matanuska-Susitna Borough teacher has filed as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Bob Williams, a former teacher of the year, says he’ll support education funding.
A fight is percolating over a planned solid waste project in Chugiak.
A fight is percolating over a planned solid waste storage project in Chugiak. Eklutna, Inc, the Alaska Native corporation there, has requested Municipality of Anchorage approval to create a site for what the corporation is calling an “inert waste monofill” , but outraged neighbors are calling a “garbage dump”.
The Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, or KABATA, held an open house in Wasilla on Tuesday evening.
Chugiak singer-songwriter Robin Hopper had been named a quarterfinalist in a national competition sponsored by the Grammy Foundation.
Photographer Ron Levy came to Alaska to work as a park ranger during the 1980s. He started taking photos, first as a hobby, but soon made the jump to a professional career. Levy has recently returned from Mexico where he shot photos of environmental degradation. He says he wants to use his camera to help struggling non-profits accomplish their aims.
FEMA Region 10 Administrator Ken Murphy is in Alaska this week to keep an eye on disaster response for Yukon River flood victims. Murphy spoke with APRN on Wednesday on the agency’s ultimate goal of providing services to disaster survivors to get them back on their feet as soon as possible. As of July 21, FEMA has paid out over $1 million in awards to individuals and households in the damaged areas.