Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media

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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

Forecasts calling for continued high winds in Southcentral Alaska have forced cancellation of the state ferry Tustemena's sailing between Homer and Kodiak. Download Audio

High winds in the Portage area and along Turnagain Arm Monday  morning closed the Anton Anderson Tunnel to vehicular traffic. The tunnel links Whittier to the Seward Highway. Download Audio

With the next state legislative session in view, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is coping with honing its capital improvements wish list to be in line with expected downturns in state funding.

To buy or not to buy... that is one of the questions the Legislative Council wrestled with at an almost five-hour meeting on Saturday in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. Download Audio

This summer Alaskans dealt with some of the most aggressive wildfires in the state's history--right under the 2004 fires. For the last Alaska Edition of 2015, Ellen Lockyer revisits this major news event to discuss key elements that added fuel to this fire and takes a look at the aftermath.

This holiday season's must-have gift – the hover board – is causing headaches for airlines. Alaska Airlines is now taking action by banning shipment of the balancing boards in luggage or carry-ons.

The Alaska Railroad and Aurora Energy have agreed to an out-of-court settlement in a dispute involving a water permit. More than a year ago, a federal court sided with the Sierra Club and Alaska Community Action on Toxics in a suit against Aurora and the railroad, alleging that Aurora's coal loading facility in Seward spilled coal into Resurrection Bay. Download Audio

Two Alaska high school students will head to the nation's capital as youth delegates.

A new contract has been awarded for the Knik contract post office, ending months of mail disruption for local residents.

The Alaska Railroad and Aurora Energy have agreed to an out-of-court settlement in a dispute involving a water permit. More than a year ago, a federal court sided with the Sierra Club and Alaska Community Action on Toxics in a suit against Aurora and the railroad, alleging that Aurora's coal loading facility in Seward spilled coal into Resurrection Bay. Download Audio

In Anchorage today, state House and Senate Judiciary Committee members listened to recommendations from the authors of a Department of Corrections administrative review. Download Audio

An obsolete, "deadbeat" dam on the lower Eklutna River has blocked salmon runs there for decades. Now, an Alaska Native tribe wants to tear the dam down and restore fish to the river. Download Audio

An obsolete, "deadbeat" dam on the lower Eklutna River has blocked salmon runs there for decades. Now, an Alaska Native tribe wants to tear the dam down and restore fish to the river. Download Audio

Mat Su Borough's unused ferry, MV Susitna, is one step closer to finding a home. But plans for the maritime sale were almost scuttled when a last-minute spate of amendments was introduced at Tuesday's Borough Assembly meeting.

Some Wasilla parents are upset that book with sexual content is in the youth reading section of local library. Download Audio

Missing skier Liam Walsh is thought to be lost in avalanche-prone Hatcher Pass.

A backcountry avalanche warning is in effect through Wednesday in the Hatcher Pass area. A unique set of conditions has made backcountry travel extremely perilous.

Recent warm temperatures and rain on top of snow has created unstable snow conditions at Hatcher Pass, resulting in numerous slides. Download Audio

A dispute over Mat-Su Borough emergency services workers retirement benefits has been settled out of court. According to the Borough, nine workers involved in the dispute will be paid a total of $160,311 plus attorney fees.

The rise in drug use in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is prompting community action against addiction, and local health officials say that counteracting the spread of drug use is everybody's business.   Download Audio