Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage
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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.
A Catholic church vandalism incident has spurred an Anchorage Police investigation.
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.
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The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning Commission will hear public comment Monday on a proposal to locate a new landfill in the Palmer area.
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.
Cook Inlet oil and gas producer Hilcorp has announced purchase of an LNG plant at Port MacKenzie.
Now, some undocumented immigrants may be eligible for an expanded deferred action program announced last week by President Barack Obama.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Animal control officers have seized 12 emaciated husky dogs from a home in Girdwood.
A new family entertainment center planned for Wasilla will be built with financing from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. It’ll have racing carts, video games and even sky boxes.
The Alaska Miner’s Association annual convention has been going on all week in Anchorage. Coinciding with the AMA’s 75th year, is the 25th anniversary of Kotzebue’s Red Dog Mine.
Although absentee and questioned ballots yet to be counted could change the outcome, it is likely that Proposition 2, which legalizes recreational marijuana use in Alaska, has gained voter approval.
There were no surprises in the returns of the Mat Su races after Tuesday’s vote count was tallied.
Alaska’s governor’s race is too close to call at this hour.
The pre-election barrage of advertising regarding the vote for or against Proposition 2 — which would allow the use, purchase and sale of recreational marijuana in Alaska for those aged 21 or older — has not been heeded by those too young to vote. Teen use of marijuana is not a rarity in our state, and kids know where to purchase it whether Prop 2 passes or not.