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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

elockyer (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8446 | About Ellen

HB23 Would Allow Public Financing Of KABATA

With a 16-4 vote on Saturday, the state Senate approved House Bill 23, allowing public financing of the Knik Arm Crossing. The approval moves the $892 million project forward by updating the project’s financial model. The bill allows funding for the bridge to come from three public entities: one third from bonds, one third from National Highway System funds, and the final third from federal loans.

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April 14, 2014

HAARP Research Facility To Shut Down

Gakona’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, better known as HAARP, is slated for the junkpile. But a group of University of Alaska researchers are trying to stave off a Department of Defense move to scuttle the often – misunderstood scientific facility.

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April 11, 2014

FEMA Head Meets With Mat Su Officials

FEMA administrator Craig Fugate met with Matanuska Susitna Borough officials on Friday, April 4, to discuss changes in federal emergency assistance legislation. Those changes could smooth the flow of reimbursment dollars to the Borough for local emergency response and to homeowners who suffered flood damages in the fall of 2012

April 10, 2014

Wife Of Missing Mt. Marathon Racer Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The wife of a man who went missing during the 2012 Mt. Marathon race is suing the Seward Chamber of Commerce. The wrongful death suit is asking for a judgment of $5 million.

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April 3, 2014

Petersen Trumps Trombley

Voters in Alaska’s biggest city elected six municipal assembly seats Tuesday, but with thousands of absentee and early ballots still to be counted, the outcomes of some races may change.

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April 2, 2014

Early Unofficial Results Show Tight Races in Anchorage Municipal Election

Anchorage’s unofficial municipal election results show at least one upset, although outcomes of most other Assembly races are not surprising.

April 2, 2014

Mat-Su Considers Ordinance Allowing Borough To Pay For Ballot Proposition Ads

An ordinance now before the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly would allow the Borough to pay for advertising to influence voters in the case of state ballot propositions. The ordinance comes at a time when an upcoming state ballot is expected to put a number of controversial issues before the voters.

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March 31, 2014

Mat-Su Borough Rejects Ordinance Restricting Cell Tower Construction

A proposed Matanuska Susitna Borough “tall tower” ordinance has been found to be toothless, according to the Borough’s planning commission. The public is expected to weigh in on the ordinance at an upcoming Borough Assembly meeting.
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March 27, 2014

Anchorage Office of Emergency Management Readies For Earthquake Drill

Anchorage was hit hard during the 1964 Alaska earthquake, which caused terrible destruction downtown and along Turnagain Arm. For the 50th anniversary of that event, the city is planning to take part in emergency drills that involve all schools and city agencies. This week is declared Earthquake Preparedness Week by city officials, and residents are urged to be prepared for the real thing.

March 26, 2014
The Great Alaska Earthquake: 50 Years Later

The Great Alaska Earthquake: 50 Years Later

This week, Alaska commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake. The calamity destroyed whole towns, took lives and still stands as the largest earthquake to ever rock North America. KSKA will take a look at how one Alaska Community, Seward, rose to the challenge of rebuilding after the quake and seven tidal waves flattened most of the town. That’s on A Closer Look, on KSKA .

KSKA: Tuesday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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March 25, 2014

Political Group Calls For Action Against Rep. Gattis

A Washington, DC political group is calling for the state to take criminal action against Representative Lynn Gattis (R-Wasilla).

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March 24, 2014

Bill Stoltze Announces Run For New Senate Seat

Representative Bill Stoltze, a Republican from Chugiak, announced a new political path at the Mat Su Senior Center in downtown Palmer on Friday. Stoltze told the audience that his heart has always been in Palmer, and now he’d like to represent that city in a new state Senate district. He said he’d done “a lot of soul-searching” before making the announcement.

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March 7, 2014

State Bans Importation, Sale Of Certain Elodea Plants

The state has taken steps to ban the importation and sale of some aquatic plants that are commonly found in aquariums. Elodea is a plant used in fishbowls that has become a big problem in Alaska, and is considered an invasive species. Last year, the state began working to eradicate the plant from areas in Fairbanks and in Anchorage.

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March 6, 2014
Alaska Zoo Polar Bears To Get New Home

Alaska Zoo Polar Bears To Get New Home

The Alaska Zoo in Anchorage has been home to a long line of polar bears over the years, from the infamous sneaker stealing Binky to the fluffy cub Kalli which was shipped to a sister zoo back East last year. Right now, Ahpun a female, and Lyutik, a young male, are the only two residents in the zoo’s polar bear enclosure, but that is soon to change, as the Zoo plans a new program that is expected to help Alaska lead the country in polar bear captive breeding and research.

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March 1, 2014

Adult Learning Center Helps Dropouts Earn Diplomas

As the traditional strains of Pomp and Circumstance rang out of a boombox at Anchorage’s Wilda Marston Theater recently, thirty black- robed and square- hatted high school graduates paraded down the aisle. February is not the usual month for such a ceremony, but what makes this graduation really different — the grads are not teenagers, and they hail from as far away as the Congo.

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February 24, 2014

Not All Happy With Fish Board Decisions

The state’s fisheries board wrapped up two weeks of meetings on Upper Cook Inlet commercial and sports fisheries late last week. This session, management changes were approved for Kenai River early and late king runs, and for the central district sockeye management plan. Supporters of the changes say that the new regulations are expected to allow more salmon to pass through the inlet. But those opposed to the changes say that commercial driftnetters and setnetters will be hurt, and that they have suffered a disproportionate hit in fishing time and area.

February 17, 2014

Cook Inlet Fishing Rule Changes

The state’s fish board has passed some new rules for commercial salmon fishers in Cook Inlet, but will the rules help salmon conservation in times of declining runs?

APRN: Tuesday, 2/18 at 10:00am

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February 14, 2014
State Picks Direct Route For U-Med Road

State Picks Direct Route For U-Med Road

State transportation officials have selected a preferred route for a mid-town Anchorage road connecting the University of Alaska and two city hospitals with major traffic arteries. The municipality and the state are partners in the project, along with landholders in what is called the U-Med district.

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February 13, 2014

Fish Board Restricts Commercial Fleet in Cook Inlet

After spending Sunday listening to stakeholders’ committee comments on Northern District proposals, the state’s Board of Fisheries this (Monday) morning got down to deliberations on central Cook Inlet management changes. The Board unanimously approved a proposal to ensure escapement goals for the Northern District.

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February 10, 2014

Winds Whipping Up Dust, Gravel in the Mat-Su

Schools stayed open in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on Friday, despite high winds raking the area late Thursday night and were expected to continue through Friday afternoon. A low pressure center moving into the Northern Gulf of Alaska, in combination with a high pressure area over the Interior, caused the winds. Palmer, Wasilla, Chickaloon and Sutton were affected by the winds, which reached 60 mph with gusts of up to 80 mph.

February 7, 2014