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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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Robin Gattis Sentenced To 16 Years For Drug Conspiracy

Molly, bath salts – the names refer to the designer drug, methylone. Thursday, methylone dealer Robin Gattis was handed down a 16 year sentence in federal court in Anchorage in what is apparently the first case in the country involving a death from the drug.

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December 5, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Alaska Columnist Preps For Springtime Gardens

In less than three weeks, the Winter Solstice will mark a gradual lengthening in the daylight hours in Alaska. And, with more light, come thoughts of next spring’s garden. Anchorage Daily News gardening columnist Jeff Lowenfels is the author of two books on the soil and food web: Teeming With Microbes and Teeming With Nutrients. Lowenfels says even though it’s frigid outside, it’s a good time to be thinking about gardening.

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December 4, 2013 - 4:37 pm

CLARIFICATION: Bragaw Extension May Cost More Than Initially Planned

A consultant says that the Bragaw Street extension into Anchorage’s UMed district could cost more than originally planned.

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December 3, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Lawmakers Host ‘Competitive Energy Roundtable’

State lawmakers and the Alaska Independent Power Producers Association plan to host a “Competitive Energy Roundtable” in Anchorage next week. Senator Lesil McGuire will be hosting the discussion on Nov. 12.

November 7, 2013 - 11:05 am

ConocoPhillips Releases 3rd Quarter Earnings

Conoco Phillips has released its third quarter Alaska earnings. According to a release Thursday, the oil company earned adjusted earnings of $494 million in the third quarter of 2013.

November 1, 2013 - 11:05 am

FCC Approves GCI’s Purchase Of 3 TV Stations

The Federal Communications Commission has approved GCI’s purchase of Anchorage television station KTVA.

October 30, 2013 - 4:07 pm

New Book Chronicles History Of Alaska’s Salmon Traps

Back in the 1950s, Alaska’s bid for statehood was spurred in part by a fight over fish traps. The behemoth contraptions were placed at the mouths of salmon streams from Ketchikan to Dillingham, resulting in waste of the resource while drastically diminishing the salmon runs.

October 29, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Shishmaref Retains Alcohol Ban

Shishmaref’s alcohol ban stands. Voters on Tuesday defeated a move to end the community’s three decade alcohol ban.

October 24, 2013 - 9:52 am

Judge Rules Against State For Failure To Process Water Rights Application

Earlier this week, a state Superior Court judge ruled that the state was in error when it failed to process the Chuitna Citizens Coalition application for water rights to a tributary of the Chuitna River.

October 18, 2013 - 9:47 am
Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

APU Hosts Alaska’s First Women’s Summit

The state’s first Women’s Summit started in Anchorage on Thursday at Alaska Pacific University. The two-day event is directed at examining strategies to improve the lives of Alaska’s women.

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October 17, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Temporary Deal Reopens Federal Government

Federal employees have been given the go-ahead to get back to work today. President Obama signed bipartisan legislation Thursday morning that funds the U.S. government through Jan. 15 and raised the nations debt ceiling, allowing the government to borrow money through Feb. 7.

October 17, 2013 - 9:54 am

GCI, KTUU Reach Temporary Agreement

GCI’s carriage agreement with KTUU expired Tuesday, but GCI announced Wednesday that the two parties have come to an interim arrangement to keep KTUU carriage in nine rural communities until Nov. 8.

October 16, 2013 - 10:27 am

APD Locates Mother Of Newborn Found Dead In Park

Anchorage police have located the mother of a newborn baby that was found dead in a park Tuesday. The police are not releasing any more details on the woman.

October 16, 2013 - 10:26 am

Muni Planning and Zoning Stalls Eklutna Landfill

The Anchorage planning commission has shot down a bid by Alaska Native corporation Eklutna, Inc. to develop land the corporation owns near a residential area. Despite Eklutna’s last minute request for more research time, commissioners questioned the motive behind some aspects of the industrial project

October 10, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Survey Indicates High Rate of Sexual Assault in the Mat-Su Borough

Almost half of the adult women in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have experienced some form of sexual violence at least once during their lifetime. That’s the sad news to come out of a recent survey conducted by the UAA Justice Center and the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

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October 9, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Anchorage, Native Corporation Disagree on Gas Revenues

A dispute between the Municipality of Anchorage and Eklutna, Inc. is headed to court. Eklutna, Inc., an Alaska Native Corporation, claims it is due about half the revenue generated from the methane gas produced at the Anchorage Landfill, but Muni attorneys say the land didn’t generate the gas, city garbage did.

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October 7, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Chugiak Homeowners Fight Monofil Plan

Residents of Chugiak are fighting a plan to fill a natural gully with debris from area building demolition sites . The so-called inert monofil plan must pass muster before Anchorage’s planning commission before it is reviewed by the Anchorage Municipal Assembly. A Muni planning commission hearing slated for Monday, Oct. 7 could either stall the project, or move it one step closer to reality

October 4, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Arctic Agriculture Conference Draws Researchers

Researchers from circumpolar countries are meeting in Girdwood this week for an agricultural conference sponsored in part by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. Food policy and food safety are increasingly urgent issues in Arctic nations, and many of those represented at the conference have come up with innovative programs to encourage local production and distribution.

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October 2, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Mat-Su District 1 Race Too Close To Call

Voter turnout in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough was thin on Tuesday, but the handful of voters that did show up at the polls upset the status quo for what has been until now a pro-development Borough Assembly.

October 2, 2013 - 10:17 am

Land Use Issues Mark Mat Su Borough District Two Race

A political upstart is challenging a Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly incumbent in Tuesday’s election. The District Two race highlights the clash between newcomers who want to keep things rural, and old timers who favor an industrial future.

September 27, 2013 - 5:57 pm