Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage
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A 17-year-old boy was rescued by Alaska Air National Guardsmen on Monday. The teen, who suffered a leg injury while on a float trip down the Gulkana River, was picked up after the 11th Air Force Rescue Center at JBER received distress signals from a personal locater beacon and a SPOT beacon before 6 p.m. Monday night.
A Matanuska-Susitna Borough teacher has filed as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Bob Williams, a former teacher of the year, says he’ll support education funding.
A fight is percolating over a planned solid waste project in Chugiak.
A fight is percolating over a planned solid waste storage project in Chugiak. Eklutna, Inc, the Alaska Native corporation there, has requested Municipality of Anchorage approval to create a site for what the corporation is calling an “inert waste monofill” , but outraged neighbors are calling a “garbage dump”.
The Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, or KABATA, held an open house in Wasilla on Tuesday evening.
Chugiak singer-songwriter Robin Hopper had been named a quarterfinalist in a national competition sponsored by the Grammy Foundation.
Photographer Ron Levy came to Alaska to work as a park ranger during the 1980s. He started taking photos, first as a hobby, but soon made the jump to a professional career. Levy has recently returned from Mexico where he shot photos of environmental degradation. He says he wants to use his camera to help struggling non-profits accomplish their aims.
FEMA Region 10 Administrator Ken Murphy is in Alaska this week to keep an eye on disaster response for Yukon River flood victims. Murphy spoke with APRN on Wednesday on the agency’s ultimate goal of providing services to disaster survivors to get them back on their feet as soon as possible. As of July 21, FEMA has paid out over $1 million in awards to individuals and households in the damaged areas.
The Matanuska Valley’s Point MacKenzie area once was home to more than a dozen dairy farms, but these days, there are only two? one ? milk producers operating there. And about 14 thousand acres of cleared pastureland and hayfields are now catching the eye of those who see development potential in the former farmland. The debate over what to do with state agricultural land is growing louder, and some are pushing to change the rules that keep the land in farming.
A search is underway for an 81-year -old man reported missing on Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage Police are looking for Wallace Wilkinson Dunn, who was last seen at a soccer game on Thursday, July 11. Dunn’s family believes he left his Anchorage residence sometime the following day, headed for a cabin in Big Lake.
Weed Whacking Warriors tackled invasive plants this weekend during an annual event sponsored by the Palmer Soil and Water Conservation District. KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer went along with them on a search and destroy mission to eradicate non-native plants.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to help Alaska farm producers with a program aimed at reimbursing them for at least some of the costs of transporting supplies to the state.
Weed Whacking Warriors tackled invasive plants last weekend during an annual event sponsored by the Palmer Soil and Water Conservation District. KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer went along with them on a search and destroy mission to eradicate non-native plants.
The Point MacKenzie Community Council met on July 10 to air concerns about a proposed Point MacKenzie townsite.
Chinook salmon runs are poor all over the state, but especially so in the Matanuska Susitna Borough, where sports fishing restrictions have been in place most of the season. Now a former state fisheries biologist says fishermen could help boost Chinook escapement by voluntarily not fishing at all.