Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage

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High winds and falling trees cut power to thousands of residents today throughout the Mat-Su, Anchorage, and down the Kenai Peninsula as far as Cooper Landing.

As many as 20,000 Matanuska-Susitna residents have been without power this morning due to wind.

The state of Alaska has been granted an extension until October 2016 to meet the requirements of the federal Real ID Act. Download Audio

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce this week released its legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Download Audio

A second person has been arrested in connection to Monday's double homicide in west Anchorage. Linda Chattell, 26, was taken into custody Tuesday night and is charged with second degree murder, manslaughter and misconduct involving a controlled substance. Download Audio

Congress has agreed on a year-end spending and tax package, though the final votes in the House and Senate have yet to be taken. The legislation sets federal funding levels for the next year and extends several tax breaks.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday released its annual Arctic Report Card, covering everything from rising temperatures on land and sea, to sea ice declines and its impact on Arctic ecosystems and the rest of the world. Download Audio

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has withdrawn the city's support for the $20 million dollar Northern Access Project, also called the U-Med District Road. The Department of Transportation says without the municipality's backing, work on the controversial project that links Elmore and Bragaw will stop. Download Audio

The Municipality of Anchorage announced Wednesday it has won a competitive grant to bring a workshop focusing on the economic and fiscal health to the city. Download Audio

The University of Alaska Anchorage men's basketball team claimed sixth place in the Great Alaska Shootout, falling to San Jose State University, 91-87. Download Audio

The University of Alaska Anchorage's women's basketball team took second place in the Great Alaska Shootout, falling to Western Kentucky 62-58.

For eight consecutive seasons, both the University of Alaska Anchorage's men's and women's cross-country running teams qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships. Download Audio

The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a total budget of $960 million for next year, which includes a $350 million request from the state. Download Audio

This summer, Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists embarked on an ambitious project to repair seismic monitoring equipment at active volcanoes around Southwest Alaska. Now 176 of the Observatory’s 216 seismic stations are in working order. Download Audio

Anchorage's Planning and Zoning Commission last night [Monday] voted unanimously to move forward with the Northern Access Project. The controversial road would connect Elmore Road and Bragaw Street through the city's U-Med district. But it needs to clear several more hurdles before it's built. Download Audio

As the design for Anchorage's contentious Northern Access Project — the proposed 2-lane road connecting Elmore Road with Bragaw Street in Anchorage' U-Med District – nears completion, the municipality's planning division released a memorandum recommending the project be sent back to the drawing board. Download Audio

Heavy rain mixed with snow throughout Southcentral Alaska has caused some flooding and has city and borough officials around the Matanuska-Susitna Valley keeping a close eye on creek and river levels. Download Audio

As of Tuesday night, six Matanuska-Susitna Borough roads were closed due to flooding. According to a Borough press release, up to 10 homes or cabins in the Willow area are either flooded or surrounded by water.

The first round of Permanent Fund Dividend deposits are set to hit bank accounts Thursday, and travel deals are heating up as airlines compete for Alaska's customers. Download Audio

A record-breaking Permanent Fund Dividend of $2,072 was announced Monday morning, not from the Governor, but instead from 12-year-old student, because, according to Governor Bill Walker, the fund is really about the next generation.