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Sockeye Fire Continues to Burn; Walker Declares Disaster

Sockeye Fire Continues to Burn; Walker Declares Disaster

The Sockeye Fire near Willow is now the state's number one fire-fighting priority. Governor Bill Walker personally viewed the burned area by air Monday, while forestry officials are bringing in help from the Lower 48 and British Columbia. Meanwhile, about 50 people in a Houston shelter are waiting to find out if they can go home again.
June 15, 2015
Sockeye Wildfire Threatens Willow

Sockeye Wildfire Threatens Willow

The Sockeye fire near Willow has jumped to more than 6,500 acres, consumed structures, closed the Parks Highway and is headed south. How the fire started has not been determined yet, but officials say it is human caused. "We just know it was a human caused fire and it is under investigation," said Tim Mowry, an information officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry.
June 14, 2015

Advocacy Group Puts Setnet Restriction Measure on the Ballot

The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance has handed over enough signatures to the state division of elections to get a voter initiative on the 2016 general election ballot. Download Audio:
June 12, 2015

Coal Lawsuit Results In Little Change

The Sierra Club is claiming a victory for environmentalists opposed to Seward coal shipments. Download Audio:
June 9, 2015

Budget Woes Hurt Small Spuds

The legislature's lack of action on a budget is no small potatoes. Download Audio:
June 9, 2015

Homeless Teens Find Help At ‘My House’

A Wasilla plan is helping homeless teens get off the street and into housing. Mat Su Youth Services, or My House, relies on initiative, trust and responsibility to spur teens to set goals for a solid future. Download Audio:
June 8, 2015

Rotating Propeller Kills Wasilla Man In Wrangell-St. Elias

A Wasilla man is dead after an accident in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. According to Park officials, 62-year-old Clark J. Baldwin was killed instantly when he backed into a spinning plane propeller. Download Audio:
June 5, 2015

Borough Board Upholds Sutton Shooting Range

A dispute between two Sutton landowners highlights the challenges of zoning in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Download Audio:
June 4, 2015

Investment Group Eyes Mat Su for Senior Facility

An Idaho company is looking into the possibility of constructing an assisted living facility near Palmer.
June 2, 2015

Illness Linked To Child Trauma

Adverse childhood experiences are long lasting, and efforts are underway to understand the link between childhood trauma and disease. Download Audio:
May 29, 2015

Mat-Su Borough Assembly Rethinks Lifetime Auto Registration

The Mat Su Borough was the first governmental entity to put a new state law into practice. But now, the Borough is taking a second look.
May 29, 2015

Borough Assembly Shoots Down Mayor’s Vetoes

Matanuska Susitna Borough mayor Larry DeVilbiss presented the Borough Assembly with a veto document on Wednesday.
May 28, 2015

Houston Ready To Turn Out The Lights

The city of Houston is facing such severe financial woes that all but three city employees have been furloughed. Listen now:
May 26, 2015

The Legislature’s Second Special Session

With the state legislature now gaveled in to a second special session in the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage, major state issues are under debate, namely the state's operating budget. KSKA: Friday, 5/22, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, 5/22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 4:30 p.m. Download Audio:
May 22, 2015

Mat Su Borough Assembly Sets Mill Rate, Passes Budget

Matanuska Susitna Borough lawmakers pass the FY2016 budget.
May 21, 2015

M/V Susitna Racks Up As Much As $1M in Rain Damage

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s would-be ferry, M/V Susitna, has suffered expensive damage, and now the Borough estimates repairs could cost as much as $1 million. Download Audio:
May 18, 2015

Anchorage: Activists Rally for Medicaid Expansion, Oil Tax Law Revision

Supporters of Medicaid expansion have continued their efforts with rallies in downtown Anchorage this week. Download Audio:
May 15, 2015
Pre-Historic Shark Fossil Comes Home

Pre-Historic Shark Fossil Comes Home

A unique fossil rock from Atigun Gorge is back in the state after a 29 year detour in Washington, DC. The rock bears the imprint of teeth from an animal that has not been seen on Earth for about 250 million years, and the story behind the rock and it's current status as centerpiece of a Seward art exhibit is almost as fascinating as the prehistoric creature which imprinted it. Download Audio:
May 14, 2015

Borough Budget Still A Work In Progress

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly was handed a letter Wednesday night from the Borough manager, outlining a dire revenue forecast for the coming four years. The bad news further dampened budget discussions.
May 14, 2015

Treat Your Soil With A Little TLC, Reap The Benefits During Harvest

"If we throw mother nature out the door, she comes back in with a pitchfork." Masanobu Fukuoka. His book, "The One Straw Revolution," changed the way many look at farming practices. Download Audio:
May 12, 2015