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On The Way Out, Mayor Sullivan Gathers Souvenirs

Packing up his office after six years on the job, Mayor Dan Sullivan reflects on what he’ll take with him, and what gets left behind.

June 30, 2015
F-22, F-16, and Hawker Hunter fighter jets took off from JBER Tuesday morning as part of exercises. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

‘Northern Edge’ Marred By Communication Problems

For the last week and a half, the military has been conducting Northern Edge, the largest training exercise regularly held in Alaska.

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June 25, 2015

55 Homes Destroyed by Sockeye, According to New Estimate

The figure is double assessments from last week when officials were unable to survey areas within the fire zone.

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June 23, 2015

Assembly Weighs Suspended Design Standards For New Construction

A contentious zoning ordinance is just one of four controversial measures on the docket for the last Assembly meeting of the Sullivan Administration.

June 22, 2015
Anatomy of Willow’s Wildfire Fight

Anatomy of Willow’s Wildfire Fight

Gains on Sockeye part of an around-the clock effort by front-line responders, from elite hotshot crews to logistics managers keeping them supplied with gear.

June 19, 2015

As Fires Burn, Agencies Coordinate Helicopters to Gift Cards for Relief

Amid organizational and financial complexities, most of the immediate needs on the ground are quite basic

June 17, 2015
Lisbet Norris with four puppies, part of the hundred dogs her family evacuated from their Willow kennel. In total, around 400 sled dogs were brought to the lot at Underdog Feeds in Wasilla. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

“Noah’s Ark” At Evacuation Site for Willow Mushers Fleeing Sockeye Fire

Tight-knit mushing community was able to coordinate a rapid response to the wildfire, relocating 400 animals as part of an emergency plan hatched just weeks earlier.

June 16, 2015

Berkowitz Appointees Reflect Focus on Housing, Community Development

Fleek-Green, Wilber, Shuttee to take over prominent roles in next mayor’s administration.

June 11, 2015

Regular Flights To Russian Far East From AK Resume

If you’ve run out of isolated wilderness to explore in Alaska, there’s good news: flights from Anchorage to Yakutsk start in July.

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June 11, 2015

New Marijuana Restrictions Regulate Secondhand Smoke

The move is a blow for legalization advocates in Anchorage, and leaves many regulatory questions unanswered.

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June 10, 2015
The Level 1 combatives course lasts a week, and is required of Army soldiers stationed at JBER. Higher tiers require at least a month of coursework. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Army Troops Cope In The Cage

109 members of the military gather at JBER for two days of unsanctioned fighting.

June 8, 2015
A group of chamber musicians played for nearly an hour as the 45 bus wound through town, part of a city-wide cultural event drawing crowds to a central location. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Strings On The Bus: Anchorage Has A Conflux

Community members and cultural institutions pair up to throw Anchorage a surprise party.

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June 2, 2015
The state's first job fair comes just two weeks after a large convention in Anchorage, further proving to many that the commercial industry is bringing an opportunity for large financial profits. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Green Business: Alaska’s First Cannabis Career Fair Held in Anchorage

This weekend, Alaska saw its first-ever job fair for careers in commercial cannabis, offering a glimpse of how the semi-legal marijuana industry is taking tentative steps towards professionalism and profits.

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June 1, 2015

As Marijuana Rules Take Shape, A Focus on Local Control

Emerging rules are modeled on commercial alcohol sales, with regulators hoping to learn from past mistakes in Washington and Colorado.

May 29, 2015

On Arctic Offshore, Symbolic Support from Anchorage

Resolution aims to express solidarity with the Port of Seattle and a focus on safety in Shell’s plans in the season ahead.

May 26, 2015
National Guard Welcomes New Leadership

National Guard Welcomes New Leadership

Since the start of the year there have been several major changes in leadership at the Alaska National Guard. Laurie Hummel is now Adjudant General, and Col. Joe Streff is heading the more embattled half of the organization, the Army National Guard.

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May 21, 2015
Death of 4 in Anchorage Believed To Be Domestic Violence, No Suspect

Death of 4 in Anchorage Believed To Be Domestic Violence, No Suspect

Evidence from APD suggests one of the parents is responsible for the deaths, but just a day into the investigation detectives are not yet able to say conclusively what happened.

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May 14, 2015

Marijuana OK’d At State’s First Pot Convention, But Only For Display

While the city’s Assembly voted to allow marijuana on site at an upcoming convention, it cannot be consumed there.

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May 13, 2015

Uber, Utility Sale Tossed By Anchorage Assembly

Two controversial business proposals for Anchorage were settled during last night’s Assembly meeting. Services connected to both taxi cabs and garbage trucks will stay the same

May 13, 2015
Anchorage: Data Show 2% Dip In Major Crime

Anchorage: Data Show 2% Dip In Major Crime

Outgoing Mayor Dan Sullivan held a press conference Tuesday at City Hall to explain that statistics for the last year tell a more optimistic story than the one on the campaign trail.

May 12, 2015