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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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Landbank Lawsuit Aimed at USACE Regs

An obscure lawsuit filed by a Matanuska Susitna wetlands mitigation bank could have national implications. The suit, now in Federal Claims Court, alleges breach of contract by the US Army Corps of Engineers, and land developers are closely watching the outcome.

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January 15, 2015

Borough Seeks Railroad Funds

Hopes for state help for Matanuska-Susitna Borough capital projects are plunging along with the price of oil, which is at about $50 a barrel. But there is at least one bit of encouragement in the bleak outlook.

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January 9, 2015

Mat Su Ferry Draws Interest

The Matanuska Susitna Borough has received $20, 000 from an interested buyer outside the US to pay for sea trials for the ferry MV Susitna

January 7, 2015

Illegal Dumping On State Land Draws Prosecution, Fines

State Fish and Game officials are cracking down on illegal dumping on state game refuges. Recent incidents at Goose Bay State Game Refuge near Wasilla have resulted in at least one prosecution, and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are on the look-out for further arrests, and heavy fines, and possible jail time is in store for offenders.

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January 6, 2015

MEA Eklutna Plant In Testing Phase

Yellow smoke emitted Monday by the new Matanuska Electric Association power plant in Eklutna is worrying some nearby residents.

January 6, 2015

DOT Releases Bridge Studies

A draft socioeconomic review and traffic forecast for the proposed Knik Arm Crossing project was released today [monday] by a trio of independent consulting firms. Cardno Consulting Services, Agnew -Beck and CDM Smith reported on separate forecasts for different aspects of the project.

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December 8, 2014

Land Conservation Project Preserves Over 1,000 Acres Of Eklutna Land

Eklutna, Inc. and the Greatland Trust have partnered on a land conservation project that will preserve over 1,000 acres of Eklunta, Inc. owned land for subsistence use.

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December 5, 2014

Anchorage Police Investigate Church Vandalism

A Catholic church vandalism incident has spurred an Anchorage Police investigation.

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December 4, 2014

Palmer Waste Dump Plan Draws Opposition

About one hundred people turned out to speak at a Matanuska Susitna Borough planning commission meeting on Monday. At issue – a plan to construct an inert construction debris dump on private land near Palmer.

December 4, 2014

MEA Rates To Rise

MEA Projects First Quarter 2015 Rate Increase

December 2, 2014

New Palmer Landfill Proposal Up For Public Comment

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning Commission will hear public comment Monday on a proposal to locate a new landfill in the Palmer area.

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December 1, 2014

Palmer Man Sentenced To 50 Years On Child Sexual Exploitation Charges

A Palmer resident has been sentenced to 50 years in federal prison on multiple charges of child sexual exploitation. Forty nine year old Robert Earl Cunningham, also known as “Bear” Cunningham and a registered sex offender, will serve the term concurrently with an 88-year state sentence.

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November 26, 2014

Hilcorp To Purchase Port MacKenzie LNG Plant

Cook Inlet oil and gas producer Hilcorp has announced purchase of an LNG plant at Port MacKenzie.

November 25, 2014

Details Sketchy on Expanded Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants

Now, some undocumented immigrants may be eligible for an expanded deferred action program announced last week by President Barack Obama.

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November 24, 2014

Mexican Consulate Readies To Help On Deferred Action Plan

The Mexican government, through it’s consulate in Anchorage, has issued a statement regarding President Barack Obama’s announcement regarding deferred action on illegal immigrants.

November 21, 2014

Borough Musher’s Law Protects Dog Kennels

Dog mushers in the Matanuska Susitna Borough now are protected under a new Borough ordinance. The law licenses kennels, but critics say it may never be enforced.

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November 21, 2014

Borough Bus Lines To Consolidate

State budget contraints are getting tighter, and that’s being felt in the Matanuska Valley. Several public bus lines now serve various markets within the Mat Su Borough, but a new state mandate may force them to consolidate.

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November 21, 2014

Japan Eyes Port MacKenzie LNG Facility

A Japanese company, Resources Energy Incorporated, has plans to beat other, larger companies to the punch when it comes to shipping LNG from Alaska to Japan. And, the company is courting Mat Su’s Port MacKenzie as a site for it’s gas plant project.

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November 19, 2014

State OKs Wishbone Hill Coal Permits

The federal Office of Surface Mining has contacted the state regarding the status of coal mining permits for the Wishbone Hill site near Palmer. Last month, the state gave Usibelli Coal the go-ahead to begin mining, after years of delays and legal hurdles. But OSM has criticized the state Department of Natural Resources for it’s handling of the many extensions and renewals of the permit since 1991.

November 17, 2014

Girdwood Animal Cruelty Investigation

Animal control officers have seized 12 emaciated husky dogs from a home in Girdwood.

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November 13, 2014