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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

elockyer (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8446 | About Ellen

Muni Planning and Zoning Stalls Eklutna Landfill

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

October 10, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Survey Indicates High Rate of Sexual Assault in the Mat-Su Borough

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.

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October 9, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Anchorage, Native Corporation Disagree on Gas Revenues

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.

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October 7, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Chugiak Homeowners Fight Monofil Plan

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

October 4, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Arctic Agriculture Conference Draws Researchers

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.

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October 2, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Mat-Su District 1 Race Too Close To Call

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.

October 2, 2013 - 10:17 am

Land Use Issues Mark Mat Su Borough District Two Race

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.

September 27, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Mat Su Borough District One Race Pits Activist and Aviator

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.

September 26, 2013 - 6:17 pm

Mat-Su Voters Will Decide On Alcohol Tax Proposition

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.

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September 25, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Former Matanuska Creamery Owner To Get Day In Court

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.

September 24, 2013 - 11:49 am

MEA Appeals Wasilla Ruling

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

September 24, 2013 - 11:36 am

New Tourism Concept Highlights Unique Appeal Of Less Traveled Areas

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.

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September 19, 2013 - 4:57 pm

APU Program Grooming Future Alaska Native Corporation Executives

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.

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September 16, 2013 - 5:17 pm
Inside the Arctic navigator. Photo by Ellen Lockyer. KSKA-Anchorage

AVTEC To Offer Nation’s First Ice Navigation Course

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.

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September 12, 2013 - 5:37 pm
Courtesy of the Valley Arts Alliance.

Reward Offered For Stolen Artwork

A 14-foot-long dinosaur sculpture affectionately called Bertie is missing from the Matanuska Valley museum The artwork was stolen from the museum during a break-in this summer and it’s owners want it back. No questions asked.

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September 11, 2013 - 5:20 pm
Despite Fewer Small Plane Crashes, 2013 Yields More Fatalities

Despite Fewer Small Plane Crashes, 2013 Yields More Fatalities

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.

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September 10, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Emergency Dispatch Consolidation Plan For Mat Su

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.

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September 9, 2013 - 5:30 pm
Demonstrators approach the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority offices in pouring rain in Wednesday.  The group was there to protest coal development on lands owned by the Trust. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Coal Development Spurs Protest

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.

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September 5, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Report Links Rapid Borough Development to Low Mat-Su Salmon Returns

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.

September 4, 2013 - 10:45 am
No Flood Danger Predicted For Matanuska, Susitna Rivers

No Flood Danger Predicted For Matanuska, Susitna Rivers

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.

September 4, 2013 - 10:17 am