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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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Fish council looks at Gulf of Alaska trawl plan

Salmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska trawl fishery has been under scrutiny since 2012, when the North Pacific Fishery Management Council proposed a revision in the Gulf trawl fishery's management structure. The Council is slowly making headway on the issue. 
October 15, 2015

Plane crash in Houston kills 23-year-old pilot

A light plane crashed in Houston yesterday afternoon, taking the life of a young pilot, 23-year-old Joseph Mielke of Big Lake. Download Audio
October 9, 2015
Mat-Su Borough elections yield unexpected results

Mat-Su Borough elections yield unexpected results

This week's election in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough took an unexpected turn. Ballots are still being counted and the winner of the Borough mayor's race is still undetermined. And the three cities within the Borough had their own elections on Tuesday, also with some surprising results. KSKA: Fri., Oct. 9, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 10, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 10, at 6:00 p.m. Listen Now:
October 9, 2015

Water permit decision angers salmon activists

A contentious water permit decision has drawn the ire of developers and environmentalists alike. Download Audio
October 7, 2015

Borough mayor’s race too close to call

Outcome of tight Mat Su Borough mayor's race may not be official for a while.
October 7, 2015
Meet the 3 candidates vying for Mat Su mayor's seat

Meet the 3 candidates vying for Mat Su mayor’s seat

Three candidates are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough's mayor's seat. Incumbent Larry DeVilbiss seeks re-election, and he's is being challenged by Assemblyman Vern Halter and dark horse candidate Rosemary Vavrin. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6.
September 28, 2015

Three seek Mat Su Borough mayor’s seat – Rosemary Vavrin

Three candidates are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough's mayor's seat. Incumbent Larry DeVilbiss seeks reelection, and is being challenged by Assemblyman Vern Halter and dark horse candidate Rosemary Vavrin. Download Audio
September 25, 2015

Three seek Mat Su Borough mayor’s seat – Assemblyman Vern Halter

Three candidates are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough's mayor's seat. Incumbent Larry DeVilbiss seeks reelection, and is challenged by Assemblyman Vern Halter and dark horse candidate Rosemany Vavrin. Download Audio
September 25, 2015

Three seek Mat Su Borough mayor’s seat – Incumbent Larry DeVilbiss

Three candidates are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough's mayor's seat. Incumbent Larry DeVilbiss seeks reelection, and is challenged by Assemblyman Vern Halter and dark horse candidate Rosemary Vavrin. Download Audio
September 25, 2015

Sockeye wildfire defendants ask for delay

The state's case against the two defendants in the Sockeye wildfire may not go to trial until sometime next year. At a court hearing in Palmer Thursday, attorneys for defendants Amy DeWitt and Greg Imig asked Judge David Zwink for more time to prepare their case.
September 24, 2015

Seward coal loading facility idled for rest of year

Aurora Energy Services, a subsidiary of Usibelli Coal, announced Tuesday that it's coal loading facility in Seward will be idle through the rest of the year. A drop in coal prices has hit Alaska coal exports, according to Aurora's general manager Rob Brown.
September 23, 2015

Salmon bones reveal Ice Age fishing holes

Researchers in Alaska have found the earliest known evidence that Ice Age humans in North America used salmon as a food source. A new paper published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences asserts that chum salmon have been harvested in Alaska for 11 thousand years.
September 22, 2015

Electronic cigarette tax vexes vapers

A hefty excise tax on wholesale tobacco products sold in the Matanuska Susitna Borough is under scrutiny.
September 22, 2015
Mat-Su Borough trail plan sparks rancor

Mat-Su Borough trail plan sparks rancor

A plan to build new all terrain vehicle trials accessible by the Knik River Public Use area sparked contention at Tuesday night's Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly meeting.
September 17, 2015
Smooth sailing for M/V Susitna sale, so far

Smooth sailing for M/V Susitna sale, so far

The MV Susitna is one step closer to being sold. According to Matanuska Susitna Borough manager John Moosey, progress has been made on a deal to sell the vessel to the Phillipine Red Cross. Download Audio
September 16, 2015

Girdwood Seeks Public Safety Plan

The ski resort of Girdwood, about forty miles from Anchorage, is part of the city, but not covered by Anchorage Police. Girdwood may lose it's Alaska State Trooper outpost in January, and community officials are looking at options for public safety coverage.
September 15, 2015
Ombudsman faults correctional procedures

Ombudsman faults correctional procedures

In a report released earlier this month, the state ombudsman says that the Department of Corrections failed to follow the law in three separate cases involving inmates from both Palmer and Anchorage correctional facilities. The ombudsman's opinion indicates that revisions are needed in how the department conducts certain disciplinary procedures. Download Audio
September 14, 2015

Paramo To Join University Board

Matanuska Susitna Borough School Superintendent appointed to University of Alaska Board of Regents
September 11, 2015
Delivery service speeds produce to table

Delivery service speeds produce to table

Many restaurants around Alaska are on board with the public's demand for locally grown foods. But getting produce from farm to table quickly can pose a challenge for busy restaurant kitchens. That's where one entrepreneur spotted a business opportunity.  Download Audio
September 10, 2015

Seward to try tidal heat

Seward's City Council has approved a plan aimed at using tidal energy to heat city buildings. If successful, the project could turn out to be the first ocean -sourced district heating system in the state. Download Audio:
September 8, 2015