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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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GCI To Offer One Gig Internet Service By 2015

Anchorage based General Communications, Inc. [GCI] plans to deploy the state’s first one gigabit Internet service by January of 2015.
Company officials say the move is in line with FCC requests to make faster broadband speeds available to consumers. The communications company, in moving toward one Gig service, is strengthening its position as the state’s foremost communications provider

December 19, 2013 - 5:52 pm

Mat-Su Troopers Getting New Crime Suppression Unit

Alaska State Troopers will be increasing work to reduce property crimes in the Matanuska Valley soon. Trooper Captain Hans Brinke, says the new Crime Suppression Unit will the area from Palmer to Valdez. The new unit starts on January 1, and will include one sergeant and three troopers.

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December 18, 2013 - 5:26 pm

State Supreme Court Hears Pebble Mine Arguments

The state’s highest court heard oral arguments Tuesday in appeals related to lawsuits against the proposed Pebble Mine.

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December 17, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Riversdale Puts Chickaloon Coal Prospect On Hold

Riversdale Alaska is mothballing its plan to mine coal in the Chickaloon area. The Australian-owned mining company is turning its sights on coal prospects in Alberta, Canada, instead.

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December 16, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Palmer Farmers’ Market Starts Up

Even though winter temperatures are sweeping the state, a local farmers’ market in Palmer is just starting up. It features some surprising products guaranteed to dispel the winter-time blahs.

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December 16, 2013 - 5:02 pm

State Weighs Options For Highway To Bypass Wasilla

The state Department of Transportation is considering a highway project that would route the Parks Highway around Wasilla, instead of through it. The small Matanuska – Susitna Borough community has long been at the center of Parks Highway congestion, since vehicles have to pass through traffic signals at local intersections while traveling through the city.

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December 10, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Inmate Hospitalized After Assault

An Alaska prison inmate is in an Anchorage hospital tonight, according to Alaska State Troopers following an assault by a fellow inmate. The alleged assault happened on Friday evening. A corrections officer at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward called it in.

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December 9, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Sixteen Year Sentence For Valley Methylone Dealer

Molly, bath salts, ecstasy. The names all mean the designer drug, methylone, and Thursday, methylone dealer Robin Gattis, son of state legislator Lynne Gattis, was handed down a sixteen year sentence in federal court in Anchorage in what is apparently the first case in the country involving a death from the drug.

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December 6, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Robin Gattis Sentenced To 16 Years For Drug Conspiracy

Molly, bath salts – the names refer to the designer drug, methylone. Thursday, methylone dealer Robin Gattis was handed down a 16 year sentence in federal court in Anchorage in what is apparently the first case in the country involving a death from the drug.

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December 5, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Alaska Columnist Preps For Springtime Gardens

In less than three weeks, the Winter Solstice will mark a gradual lengthening in the daylight hours in Alaska. And, with more light, come thoughts of next spring’s garden. Anchorage Daily News gardening columnist Jeff Lowenfels is the author of two books on the soil and food web: Teeming With Microbes and Teeming With Nutrients. Lowenfels says even though it’s frigid outside, it’s a good time to be thinking about gardening.

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December 4, 2013 - 4:37 pm

CLARIFICATION: Bragaw Extension May Cost More Than Initially Planned

A consultant says that the Bragaw Street extension into Anchorage’s UMed district could cost more than originally planned.

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December 3, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Lawmakers Host ‘Competitive Energy Roundtable’

State lawmakers and the Alaska Independent Power Producers Association plan to host a “Competitive Energy Roundtable” in Anchorage next week. Senator Lesil McGuire will be hosting the discussion on Nov. 12.

November 7, 2013 - 11:05 am

ConocoPhillips Releases 3rd Quarter Earnings

Conoco Phillips has released its third quarter Alaska earnings. According to a release Thursday, the oil company earned adjusted earnings of $494 million in the third quarter of 2013.

November 1, 2013 - 11:05 am

FCC Approves GCI’s Purchase Of 3 TV Stations

The Federal Communications Commission has approved GCI’s purchase of Anchorage television station KTVA.

October 30, 2013 - 4:07 pm

New Book Chronicles History Of Alaska’s Salmon Traps

Back in the 1950s, Alaska’s bid for statehood was spurred in part by a fight over fish traps. The behemoth contraptions were placed at the mouths of salmon streams from Ketchikan to Dillingham, resulting in waste of the resource while drastically diminishing the salmon runs.

October 29, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Shishmaref Retains Alcohol Ban

Shishmaref’s alcohol ban stands. Voters on Tuesday defeated a move to end the community’s three decade alcohol ban.

October 24, 2013 - 9:52 am

Judge Rules Against State For Failure To Process Water Rights Application

Earlier this week, a state Superior Court judge ruled that the state was in error when it failed to process the Chuitna Citizens Coalition application for water rights to a tributary of the Chuitna River.

October 18, 2013 - 9:47 am
Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

APU Hosts Alaska’s First Women’s Summit

The state’s first Women’s Summit started in Anchorage on Thursday at Alaska Pacific University. The two-day event is directed at examining strategies to improve the lives of Alaska’s women.

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October 17, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Temporary Deal Reopens Federal Government

Federal employees have been given the go-ahead to get back to work today. President Obama signed bipartisan legislation Thursday morning that funds the U.S. government through Jan. 15 and raised the nations debt ceiling, allowing the government to borrow money through Feb. 7.

October 17, 2013 - 9:54 am

GCI, KTUU Reach Temporary Agreement

GCI’s carriage agreement with KTUU expired Tuesday, but GCI announced Wednesday that the two parties have come to an interim arrangement to keep KTUU carriage in nine rural communities until Nov. 8.

October 16, 2013 - 10:27 am