Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage
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The Matanuska Valley’s Point MacKenzie area once was home to more than a dozen dairy farms, but these days, there are only two? one ? milk producers operating there. And about 14 thousand acres of cleared pastureland and hayfields are now catching the eye of those who see development potential in the former farmland. The debate over what to do with state agricultural land is growing louder, and some are pushing to change the rules that keep the land in farming.
A search is underway for an 81-year -old man reported missing on Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage Police are looking for Wallace Wilkinson Dunn, who was last seen at a soccer game on Thursday, July 11. Dunn’s family believes he left his Anchorage residence sometime the following day, headed for a cabin in Big Lake.
Weed Whacking Warriors tackled invasive plants this weekend during an annual event sponsored by the Palmer Soil and Water Conservation District. KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer went along with them on a search and destroy mission to eradicate non-native plants.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to help Alaska farm producers with a program aimed at reimbursing them for at least some of the costs of transporting supplies to the state.
Weed Whacking Warriors tackled invasive plants last weekend during an annual event sponsored by the Palmer Soil and Water Conservation District. KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer went along with them on a search and destroy mission to eradicate non-native plants.
The Point MacKenzie Community Council met on July 10 to air concerns about a proposed Point MacKenzie townsite.
Chinook salmon runs are poor all over the state, but especially so in the Matanuska Susitna Borough, where sports fishing restrictions have been in place most of the season. Now a former state fisheries biologist says fishermen could help boost Chinook escapement by voluntarily not fishing at all.
Pilots of floatplanes could unwittingly be spreading a dangerous invasive weed throughout Southcentral Alaska. Elodea, an aquatic plant that chokes lakes and slow running rivers, has been found in several lakes in the Anchorage area, and at least one water body near Fairbanks, and authorities are warning that the plant’s spread threatens irreversible harm to fish habitat.
Military specialists are surveying an old plane crash site in the Knik Glacier area. The C-124 Globemaster went down there in 1952, and some of the debris was spotted last June. A team from the Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command or JPAC, initially searched the site in 2012 for materials and possible victims’ remains. The team is back this year to recover what evidence it can that will help identify those who perished in the crash.
Slow progress is being made in analyzing an old plane crash site emerging each summer now in the Knik Glacier area. The C-124 Globemaster went down there in 1952 with 52 aboard, and the debris was spotted in June of last year.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, spent Tuesday in Anchorage, the second stop on their seven-state “Rights and Responsibilities ” Tour. The two are trying to gather support for their push to require expanded background checks for gun buyers, but Alaska’s Congressional delegation is not on board.
An official groundbreaking ceremony for the Port MacKenzie railroad extension brought Governor Sean Parnell and other state officials to Big Lake on Tuesday. When completed, the railroad project is expected to help move minerals, and other products from the state’s Interior to tidewater in Southcentral Alaska.
With the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act scheduled for a US Senate vote next week, local Alaskans are organizing in support of the bill
Author and historian Jean Morgan Meaux lived in Alaska during the hectic and heady days of oil pipeline construction. She returned to her native Louisiana after many years here, but has never forgotten her adopted state. Meaux will travel through Alaska later this month to promote her book In Pursuit of Alaska, a collection of accounts of some of the earliest visitors to the Great Land, starting with John Muir.