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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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Lawmakers Tour Valley Farms

On a farm in Palmer, the sweet taste of summer can be found in an acre of plump, big -as- your -fist strawberries that are destined for sale at farmer’s markets. As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, a recent tour of Matanuska Valley farms is helping state legislators get in touch with Alaska’s agricultural potential.

August 28, 2013 - 5:39 pm
Lawmakers View Valley Farms

Lawmakers View Valley Farms

The very word “Alaska” is synonymous with wintery snow and ice although on one Palmer farm, the sweet taste of summer can be found in an acre of plump, big -as- your -fist strawberries that are destined for sale at farmer’s markets. As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, a recent tour of Matanuska Valley farms is helping state legislators get in touch with Alaska’s agricultural potential.

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August 28, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Federal Fraud Charges Against Valley Dairy Co-Owner

A Wasilla woman is under federal indictment for fraud in connection with Valley Dairy, Inc., which did business as the now-defunct Matanuska Creamery.

August 26, 2013 - 6:16 pm

Wasilla Woman Indicted For Fraud

A Wasilla woman is under federal indictment for fraud in connection with Valley Dairy, Inc., which did business as the now-defunct Matanuska Creamery. Karen Olson, who managed the Matanuska Creamery in Palmer, has been charged with defrauding the state of Alaska and with making false statements to the federal Department of Agriculture.

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August 26, 2013 - 5:51 pm

State Fair Opens in Palmer

Soggy skies did little to dampen enthusiasm on the first day of the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Thursday.

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August 23, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Matsu Ferry Could Be Dry-Docked

The Matanuska Susitna Borough is working on a plan to dry-dock the ferry Susitna in Cook Inlet. But the move would cost the borough more than one million dollars.

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August 21, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Judge Suspends Controversial Union Ordinance

A state Superior Court judge has sided with Municipality of Anchorage employee’s unions in a dispute over a city labor law. Judge Eric Aarseth heard arguments from union and city attorneys yesterday, and made his decision from the bench only minutes after their conclusion.

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August 20, 2013 - 5:00 pm
Valley Ag Center Boosts Seed Research

Valley Ag Center Boosts Seed Research

Pioneer Mountain looms over a small, anonymous white building tucked away on Palmer’s Bodenberg Loop. Although the mountain and surrounding fields seem to dwarf the tiny structure, the research going on inside it could have gigantic implications for agriculture in the Matansuska Valley.

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August 19, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Anchorage Committee Exploring Possible Olympic Bid

A committee has been organized in Anchorage to explore the possibility of the city hosting the Olympics in 2026. Mayor Dan Sullivan will lead the Anchorage Olympic Winter Games Exploratory Committee.

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August 16, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Details Released On Seward Prison Disturbance

Alaska Department of Corrections officials say a disturbance at Seward’s Spring Creek Correctional Center on Monday night began when inmates were ordered to make beds and clean rooms.

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August 9, 2013 - 5:28 pm

AHFC Head Dan Fauske Steps Down

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation executive director Dan Fauske is stepping down. AHFC’s board announced Wednesday that Fauske resigned his post. In a statement released to the press, AHFC’s board chair Frank Roppel says the resignation was not unexpected, and has been accepted.

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August 7, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Borough Mayor’s Communications To Redistricting Board Draws Criticism

A Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblymember is criticizing the Borough mayor’s communication with the state Redistricting Board. As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, the matter made sparks fly at Tuesday nights ‘s Assembly meeting.

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August 7, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Details Sparse For Spring Creek Prison Incident

The state Department of Corrections is reacting to what is described as a “disturbance” at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward late Monday night. Details about the incident at the state’s maximum security prison are sketchy.

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August 6, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Teen Rescued After Sustaining Injury On Float Trip

A 17-year-old boy was rescued by Alaska Air National Guardsmen on Monday. The teen, who suffered a leg injury while on a float trip down the Gulkana River, was picked up after the 11th Air Force Rescue Center at JBER received distress signals from a personal locater beacon and a SPOT beacon before 6 p.m. Monday night.

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August 6, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Mat-Su Teacher Enters Running For Lieutenant Governor

A Matanuska-Susitna Borough teacher has filed as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Bob Williams, a former teacher of the year, says he’ll support education funding.

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August 6, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Plane Crashes Near Katmai, No Injuries Reported

A small plane crashed on takeoff from a remote beach in Katmai National Park and Preserve on Sunday evening.

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August 5, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Fight Percolating Over Chugiak Solid Waste Project

A fight is percolating over a planned solid waste project in Chugiak.

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August 2, 2013 - 6:21 pm

Dispute Brews Over Chugiak Landfill Plan

A fight is percolating over a planned solid waste storage project in Chugiak. Eklutna, Inc, the Alaska Native corporation there, has requested Municipality of Anchorage approval to create a site for what the corporation is calling an “inert waste monofill” , but outraged neighbors are calling a “garbage dump”.

August 2, 2013 - 5:06 pm
KABATA Project Moves Forward

KABATA Project Moves Forward

The Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, or KABATA, held an open house in Wasilla on Tuesday evening.

August 1, 2013 - 10:17 am

Chugiak Singer-Songwriter Advances In National Competition

Chugiak singer-songwriter Robin Hopper had been named a quarterfinalist in a national competition sponsored by the Grammy Foundation.

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July 31, 2013 - 5:47 pm