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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

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Chief Mat-Su Medical Services Official Resigns

A February union complaint has resulted in the resignation of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s chief medical services official. Clint Vardeman handed in his resignation today Monday. Vardeman directs the Borough’s emergency responders. His resignation is effective April 20.

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April 6, 2015
KSKA's Anne Hillman and KTUU's Austin Baird join Ellen Lockyer on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Impacts Of Reduced State Funding On Alaska’s Schools

Today we’ll be checking in with the Legislative session in Juneau, and the impacts the latest school funding developments on schools statewide and how it may affect school bonds in Anchorage’s upcoming Municipal Election. And, we’ll take a look at how a group of Sudanese refugees are moving forward after a recent vandalism incident in Anchorage.

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KSKA: Friday, 4/3 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 4:30pm

April 3, 2015

Wishbone Hill Coal Project Draws Lawsuit

The Trustees for Alaska are going back to court to fight a federal okay for coal mining at Wishbone Hill in Palmer. Trustee attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court in Anchorage today (on Wednesday) on behalf of the Castle Mountain Coalition and other groups opposed to coal mining in the area.

March 18, 2015

State Pulls Funds for Knik Arm, Juneau Access Road from STIP

The state has amended a transportation plan to delay two large projects. Funds for the Knik Arm Crossing and the Juneau access road have been pulled from the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP.

March 18, 2015

Anchorage Police Investigate Homicide In Spenard

Anchorage police are investigating a homicide in the city’s Spenard neighborhood. A suspect has been taken into custody. Police are not releasing the nature of the assault at this time.

March 16, 2015

Independent Power Producers Seek Utility Regulations Change

Some Alaska alternative energy producers may benefit from new rules the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is considering. But other independents say the state’s power statutes are so antiquated they should be completely revised.

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February 26, 2015

Trial Challenging Restrictions For Medicaid-Funded Abortions Continues In Anchorage

State attorneys are about to finish questioning witnesses for the defense in a trial that could determine whether or not the state removes some restrictions for Medicaid – funded abortions for low income women.

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February 24, 2015

Seward Highway Reopened After Rock Slide

Alaska Department of Transportation and Anchorage police report the Seward highway is open again. It was closed this morning due to a rock slide near the scales south of Potter Marsh. Both lanes of the highway were closed.

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February 19, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges Alaska’s Regulation Restricting Abortions For Low Income Women

State Superior Court judge John Suddock will decide on Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s complaint against the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

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February 17, 2015

AVTEC Nursing Programs Cut

AVTEC, the state’s vocational and technical school with campuses in Seward and Anchorage, will be losing programs due to the budget ax.

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February 12, 2015

NTSB Report on Wasilla Midair Crash Inconclusive

The NTSB has released a preliminary report on a January midair collision of two light planes.

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February 10, 2015

Mat Su Pursues Waste Solution

The city of Anchorage and the Matanuska Susitna Borough are wrestling over the problem of disposal of the Borough’s septic waste. A Borough waste treatment facility could be years away, while Anchorage’s wastewater utility has had its fill of the Borough’s sludge.

February 10, 2015

Fire Sweeps Wasilla Assisted Living Home

Firefighters responded to a blaze at an assisted living home near Wasilla early Monday afternoon.

February 9, 2015

Mat Su Behavioral Health Report Reveals Lack of Services

A new report released by the Mat Su Health Foundation indicates that behavioral health services in the Matanuska Susitna Borough are woefully inadequate. The report, the first of three, suggests that residents are not accessing care until they are in a crisis situation.

February 5, 2015
Lack of Customers Puts CIRI Wind Farm Plans On Hold

Lack of Customers Puts CIRI Wind Farm Plans On Hold

Cook Inlet Region Incorporated has put the second phase of its Fire Island wind farm on hold because of a lack of customers.

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January 30, 2015

Common Core Stirs Mat-Su Debate

Common Core, the federally – sponsored education standards adopted by many states, has raised the hackles of some Alaska legislators and some Mat-Su parents.

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January 29, 2015

Borough Seeks To Fill Assembly Seat

Successful applicant will fill Colver’s seat until October, 2015

January 28, 2015

Mat-Su Borough Establishes Marijuana Advisory Committee

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough passed a resolution this week establishing a Borough Marijuana Advisory Committee.

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January 22, 2015
Big Lake Shooting Range On Hold

Big Lake Shooting Range On Hold

A contentious shooting range issue dominated Tuesday night’s Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly meeting, and the debate over the range’s location affects a Valley youth program.

January 21, 2015

Wasilla Fire Contained

A massive building fire in Wasilla is under control

January 20, 2015