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Female Inmate Found Dead In Cell At Mat-Su Facility

A female inmate died Monday morning at the Mat Su Pre-Trial Facility in Palmer; 37-year-old Tischa Rochdi was found unresponsive in her cell around 6:30 this morning, according to the state Department of Corrections.

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August 25, 2014

Borough To Ask Ferry Debt Forgiveness

The Matanuska Susitna Borough is appealing to top US officials to resolve the Borough’s $12 million ferry debt.

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August 22, 2014

Mat Su Borough Assembly Wrestles With Ferry Issue

The Matanuska Susitna Borough has until September 5 to repay more than 12 million dollars in federal grants related to the ferryboat “Sustina.”

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August 21, 2014

Feige Losing, Stoltze Wins Mat-Su Legislative Races

Unofficial results of Tuesday’s primary election are in, and it looks like there may be one upset in the Valley. Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver could upset incumbent Eric Feige for the Republican nomination for the House District 9 race. Former state representative Bill Stoltze won the Republican nod for the Senate District F.

August 20, 2014

Dubey, Hadley, Vazquez Win GOP House Bids

Tuesday’s Republican primary pushed three Anchorage candidates a little closer to Juneau. Anand Dubey had a clear lead over challenger Mark Fagnani for the Republican candidacy for House District 21. Don Hadley bested challenger Kevin Kastner for the Republican nomination in House District 16. Liz Vazquez won the Republican nod for House District 22 with more than 52 percent of the vote. Challenger Sherri Jackson finished with 47 percent.

August 20, 2014

Health Industry Honors Two

Two men associated with the Mat-Su Health Foundation have received recognition for their work.

August 19, 2014

Keogh Announces Senate E Run

Former Mat Su Borough Assemblyman Warren Keogh tosses his hat in the Senate E race.

August 15, 2014

Three Way Race For House 9

A three way race for the Republican nod for a state House 9 run is being watched closely. Incumbent Eric Feige is being challenged by Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver, and by a former primary opponent, George Rauscher.

August 15, 2014

Alaska Kayaker Still Missing in Costa Rica

Almost two weeks ago, 27-year-old Alaskan Cody Dial was reported missing on a kayak trip in Costa Rica. Dial is the son of Roman Dial, a well-known outdoorsman and Alaska Pacific University professor.

August 14, 2014

Arvin, Tilton Compete for GOP Nod In Mat-Su

Two candidates familiar with the legislative process are vying for an open state House seat. Ron Arvin is a seasoned Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblyman, while Cathy Tilton has served as a staffer for a long time Valley legislator. The two are seeking the Republican nod for the House District 12 seat, which represents the Fairview Loop area linking Wasilla and Palmer as well as Eklutna, Chugiak and Peters Creek.

August 14, 2014

Mat Su Borough Assembly To Continue Ferry Meeting

The homeless ferryboat, MV Susitna, is still docked in Ketchikan, while the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly wrestles with a solution to avoid
paying a twelve million dollar debt to the Federal Transportation Administration. KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, the Assembly plans to continue it’s discussion on the issue on August 21.

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August 13, 2014

Johnson, Stoltze Square Off in Valley Senate Race

Former state representative Bill Stoltze is eyeing a new state senate seat. The District F seat will include the Eastern Anchorage suburbs of Peters Creek and Chugiak, as well as the greater Palmer area and outlying communities to the North. But current Palmer mayor DeLena Johnson has thrown her hat into the ring and now the two Republican candidates will face off in the upcoming August 19 primary.

August 11, 2014

Mat-Su Asked to Return $12.3M in Federal Grants for Ferry Project

The federal government wants the Matanuska Susitna Borough to pay back $12.3 million in grants related to the ferry MV Susitna. Mat-Su Borough manager John Moosey made the announcement Thursday at a press conference in Palmer.

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August 7, 2014

Coho limits Loosened in the Mat-Su

Coho salmon are running so strong in three Matanuska Valley creeks that the state department of fish and game has upped the bag and possession limit for the species in three Knik Arm streams. The change starts August 9, this coming Saturday.

August 7, 2014

Litigation Blamed For Port MacKenzie Rail Spur Delays

Construction of the railroad link between the Matanuska-Susitna Borough city of Houston and Port MacKenzie is over budget and way behind schedule. Borough officials blame litigation for the delays.

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August 6, 2014

Mat Su Borough Looks Ahead to 2015 Legislature

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly is wrestling with it’s legislative wish list for next year. At a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Borough officials outlined the top twenty projects that could use state a few more. And now the task at hand is to narrow that list down to the top five.

August 6, 2014

Alaska Man Missing in Costa Rica

The son of a noted Alaska outdoorsman is lost in a Central American jungle.

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August 1, 2014

DOC Releases New Information Policy

After a string of prisoner deaths this year, the state Department of Corrections has posted on its website its policy regarding the release of information to the public in the event of an inmate death.

August 1, 2014

Linc Energy Seeks Tyonek Coal Permit

Australian – based Linc Energy seeks to further exploration activities in Cook Inlet.

August 1, 2014

Borough Could Be First To Allow Lifetime Auto Registration

The Matanuska Susitna Borough could be the first government to give the nod to lifetime vehicle registration. That’s if legislation aimed at supporting a new state law is accepted by the Borough Assembly.

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July 31, 2014