Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media

APTI Reporter-Producer Ellen Lockyer started her radio career in the late 1980s, after a stint at bush Alaska weekly newspapers, the Copper Valley Views and the Cordova Times. When the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Valdez Public Radio station KCHU needed a reporter, and Ellen picked up the microphone. Since then, she has literally traveled the length of the state, from Attu to Eagle and from Barrow to Juneau, covering Alaska stories on the ground for the AK show, Alaska News Nightly, the Alaska Morning News and for Anchorage public radio station, KSKA elockyer (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8446 | About Ellen
Reporter's roundtable update on energy

Listen Now: On this week's Alaska Edition we discuss energy in Alaska, where bush residents have not seen prices drop for gasoline or diesel fuel, even though gas is a little more than $2 a gallon in Anchorage.
Heroin powder. (Photo courtesy Drug Enforcement Administration)

Overdose death leads to federal charges against a Palmer man. Download Audio

Dozens of abandoned oil wells are scattered on federal land on the North Slope. BLM has launched an ambitious program to clean them up. Download Audio

The number of nonresident workers in Alaska surpassed the number of residential workers in 2014. What's causing this statistic and what can be done to encourage local hiring within the state? This week's Alaska Edition tackles these questions and looks at the legality of policies aiming to increase the number of Alaskan workers. Listen Now:

An agreement between the state and the Matanuska Susitna Borough is soon to be finalized regarding state land the Borough wants for a railroad right of way. The Borough had purchased several agricultural parcels from the state in the Point MacKenzie area for a right of way for the rail spur between Port MacKenzie and Houston. But agricultural covenants on the land didn't allow industrial use. Download Audio

Mat Su's unused ferry is heading South.

All prison programs in Alaska's correctional institutions will be reviewed, according to newly appointed Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams. Williams is also the co-author of an administrative report released last year that detailed deficiencies in the current system. Download Audio

Governor Walker recently announced Dean Williams as the new commissioner of the Department of Corrections. This week on Alaska Edition we will talk about the future of the Department of Corrections and the steps the new commissioner plans to take to better the system. Listen Now:

Mat Su Borough commercial marijuana codes are ready for Assembly debate, but some want the panel to hold off until after an October election.

Matanuska Telephone Association is asking its members to vote against a Regulatory Commission of Alaska phone service charge.

Anchorage Police have released the names of the two victims found early Thursday morning on a beach near a local park. They are 19 year old Selina Annette Mullenax and 20 year old Foreignne Aubert-Morissette. Police are releasing few details in the case, including cause and time of death, pending autopsy results. Download Audio

Two suspicious deaths in Anchorage have local police puzzled. APD was investigating a body that was found at the city's Point Woronzoff early Thursday morning when they found a second person nearby, critically wounded. Download Audio

In a surprise statement late Tuesday night, Alaska education commissioner Mike Hanley said the Alaska Measures of Progress tests would be dropped for the 2016-2017 school year while the state considers "new assessment structures." Download Audio

Palmer sculptor Pat Garley's Arctic Fires Bronze Sculpture Works is a gathering place for local artists. Listen now:

Thirty mushers in the Northern Lights 300 sled dog race were on the trail when a strong earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska early Sunday morning. Download Audio

Mushers leave the chute at Big Lake in this year's Northern Lights 300.

Although an Alaska LNG project is in the future, the mayors of boroughs impacted by the project want to make sure they get a fair share of any taxes on the future gas line. Download Audio

A planned senior care project near Wasilla has hit a wall... literally.  It seems the design for the specialized nursing complex intrudes on space now occupied by the Veterans Wall of Honor Memorial, and some local veterans say they are not backing down in their stand against moving the wall. Download Audio

Alaska's Mental Health Trust Land's Office is in the process of determining the issue of a ground lease of Trust land to Usibelli Coal. The approximately 95-acre parcel is located adjacent to Usibelli's Wishbone Hill prospect near Palmer.

Matanuska Valley ranchers and farmers turned out Tuesday at a Palmer meeting to let state lawmakers know that they want Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage to remain in business. Download Audio