Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage
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The Anchorage planning commission has shot down a bid by Alaska Native corporation Eklutna, Inc. to develop land the corporation owns near a residential area. Despite Eklutna’s last minute request for more research time, commissioners questioned the motive behind some aspects of the industrial project
Almost half of the adult women in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have experienced some form of sexual violence at least once during their lifetime. That’s the sad news to come out of a recent survey conducted by the UAA Justice Center and the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
A dispute between the Municipality of Anchorage and Eklutna, Inc. is headed to court. Eklutna, Inc., an Alaska Native Corporation, claims it is due about half the revenue generated from the methane gas produced at the Anchorage Landfill, but Muni attorneys say the land didn’t generate the gas, city garbage did.
Residents of Chugiak are fighting a plan to fill a natural gully with debris from area building demolition sites . The so-called inert monofil plan must pass muster before Anchorage’s planning commission before it is reviewed by the Anchorage Municipal Assembly. A Muni planning commission hearing slated for Monday, Oct. 7 could either stall the project, or move it one step closer to reality
Researchers from circumpolar countries are meeting in Girdwood this week for an agricultural conference sponsored in part by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. Food policy and food safety are increasingly urgent issues in Arctic nations, and many of those represented at the conference have come up with innovative programs to encourage local production and distribution.
Voter turnout in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough was thin on Tuesday, but the handful of voters that did show up at the polls upset the status quo for what has been until now a pro-development Borough Assembly.
A political upstart is challenging a Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly incumbent in Tuesday’s election. The District Two race highlights the clash between newcomers who want to keep things rural, and old timers who favor an industrial future.
Two long-time Alaskans are vying for the Matanauska-Susitna Borough’s District One Assembly seat. Both candidates have colorful backgrounds, although that’s where their similarity ends. A newcomer to Borough politics is challenging a candidate with a long record in community service, and Valley voters will decide who gets the job on October 1.
Matanuska Susitna Borough voters will consider an alcohol tax proposition on the Oct. 1 election ballot. The 5 percent tax would be used to offset the burden on Borough property owners, but opponents of the plan say it unfairly targets a specific industry.
Former Matanuska Creamery owner and CFO Karen Olson was arraigned in federal court Thursday [yesterday] to charges of fraud. She pleaded not guilty. Olson was indicted last month on six counts of making false statements to the federal Department of Agriculture and defrauding the state of Alaska.
Matanuska Electric Association is appealing a city of Wasilla decision that requires the power company to bury high voltage transmission lines that are planned for the city’s downtown area
Alaska’s visitors spent $3.7 billion here during 2011 and 12, according to a state report. Although the financial benefits of tourism are undeniable, there can be a downside; commercialization of scenic areas and overcrowding are two drawbacks. But one man wants to change how communities are affected by tourism. The concept of Geotourism focuses on enhancing the character of a unique place.
Alaska Native corporations and Alaska Pacific University are teaming up on a program that will foster the next generation of Native leaders in the state. Executives representing seven Alaska Native corporations met this past weekend with APU faculty for the start of the Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program, which has been approved by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education.
Recent federal and state focus on Alaska’s role in Arctic Ocean shipping has raised concerns over regulations, safety and oil spill response, among other issues. But, one teaching institution in our state is already dealing with the most basic question: who’s going to be driving the boats? Seward’s Alaska Vocational Technical Center plans to start the nation’s first ice navigation training course next spring.
A rash of small plane crashes late this summer in Alaska has pushed the number of crash related fatalities past last year’s total, according to National Transportation Safety Board Alaska Region chief Clint Johnson.
Two emergency dispatch centers in the Matanuska Susitna Borough are one too many, according to findings of a feasibility study released to the Borough Assembly at its last meeting. As Although a plan to consolidate Palmer and Wasilla’s 911 emergency call centers is gaining favor in the Borough, critics say the merger will only hamper state law enforcement capabilities.
Numerous coal development projects are slated for lands in the Matanuska Valley that are owned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust. Some Anchorage and Valley residents are concerned about mercury poisoning linked to coal development, and on Wednesday, they aired their concerns before the board of directors of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.
Causes for the Matanuska Valley’s poor salmon runs – usually blamed on Cook Inlet commercial harvesters – are getting another look. New evidence links the diminishing runs to habitat degradation caused by rapid development within the Matanuska Susitna Borough.
The National Weather Service is predicting another shot of rain for Southcentral Alaska through Wednesday, due to low pressure moving in from the Bering Sea coast, but there is no flood danger expected at this time.