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New Transit Director As Berkowitz Administration Looks for Efficiencies

Jody Karcz has been with the transportation department for 30 years, and knows the municipality’s bus, ride-share, and van programs intimately.

July 31, 2015
Two Anchorage mayors tackle two recessions

Two Anchorage mayors tackle two recessions

This week, we’ll be talking with two Anchorage mayors about two recessions. With us are Tom Fink, who took over the reigns of Anchorage in 1987, not long after a collapse in the price of oil, and by Ethan Berkowitz, who’s been in office just about a month now.

KSKA: Friday, July 31, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 1, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 1, at 4:30 p.m.
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July 31, 2015
From right to left, House member Bob Herron, Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, Adjudant General Laurie Hummel, Taya Kyle in Blue, and Allen Miller, CEO of UHS. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Psychiatric Hospital for Military Opens Amid VA Funding SNAFU

The Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital in Anchorage opens as healthcare systems serving Alaska’s military are struggling to meet demand.

July 29, 2015
Ethan Berkowitz during his inauguration in Anchorage's Town Square Park in July of 2015. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Berkowitz Transition Report Draws on Community, Corporate Solutions Alike

The Berkowitz Administration released an ambitious set of policy aims for Anchorage over the next three years, many representing a dramatic departure from the last administration’s approach to the same problems.

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July 27, 2015
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$447,000 in Pedestrian Funds Go To Anchorage Bike Projects in Last Minute Shift

A Thursday funding move by the AMATS Policy Committee partially reverses a year-old action that left bike advocates feeling shrugged off.

July 24, 2015
A conceptual concept rendering of the KABATA bridge. Image from the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority.

Anchorage To ‘Revisit’ Knik Arm Bridge

AMATS adopts a resolution noting financial, environmental, and community concerns that could see project cut from transportation spending.

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July 23, 2015

Record Numbers Turn Out to Testify Against Anchorage Mega-Projects

AMATS takesk hours of public testimony from dozens of Anchorage residents opposed to the proposed Bragaw Extension and the Knik Arm Bridge.

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July 22, 2015

Public testimony critical of large capital projects in Municipality of Anchorage

An open house held by the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions, or AMATS, turned out public testimony that was almost unanimously against several large capital projects in the Municipality.

July 22, 2015

City Puts Its Chips On Providing Housing For Those Most In Need

Anchorage is struggling with how to address serious and expensive problems stemming from chronic homelessness. Today, the new mayor’s administration announced a dramatic plan to more than double the city’s capacity for housing the most severely affected population living on the streets. The sudden move isn’t without controversy.

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July 21, 2015
Major Kim Edhegart is trained as a subspecialist in immunodermatology, but his work within the Army includes mending broken bones and jumping out of airplanes. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Dirt-Bike Dermatology: For Army Medics, Real Specialty is Adaptability

Amid the Army’s downsizing of forces in Alaska, the role of doctors int he military continues changing.

July 16, 2015
Accidental Overdose Suspected Cause of Wainwright Soldier’s Death

Accidental Overdose Suspected Cause of Wainwright Soldier’s Death

The 23-year-old specialist died while on leave visiting family in Florida.

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July 16, 2015
Anchorage Logs Three Outdoor Deaths Overnight

Anchorage Logs Three Outdoor Deaths Overnight

The Anchorage Police Department is investigating a spike in homeless deaths during one 12 hour period Monday night through Tuesday morning.

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July 16, 2015
A $23M Military Exercise: A Last Hurrah for JBER’s 4-25th?

A $23M Military Exercise: A Last Hurrah for JBER’s 4-25th?

This week, U.S. Army Alaska troops based at JBER have been taking part in a massive training exercise stretching from Alaska to Australia. Training exercise Talisman Saber involves over 33,000 military personnel from three continents. The airborne unit playing lead in one of the several on­going exercises in the Pacific theater is slated for cutbacks that exemplify the Army’s changing global mission.

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July 10, 2015
On A Mission In Australia, News of Army Cuts Trickles in Via Family, Social Media

On A Mission In Australia, News of Army Cuts Trickles in Via Family, Social Media

The Army will be cutting thousands of positions from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, with the majority expected to come from the 4-25th Airborne Brigade. This week hundreds of troops from that unit are currently in Australia on a training mission. Many of the soldiers heard about the cuts for the first time from family or on social media.

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July 9, 2015
$23M Paratrooper Drill Sets Off From Alaska to Australia

$23M Paratrooper Drill Sets Off From Alaska to Australia

Drill involving 33,000 members of the military across three continents takes 425th Airborne Brigade to the opposite side of the globe.

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July 6, 2015
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz chatted with supporters while the Vinyl Floors played on stage ahead of the start to the formal ceremony. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Berkowitz Emphasizes New Tone for a New Anchorage in Inaugural Address

Ethan Berkowitz formally became the new Mayor of Anchorage on Wednesday. The celebration downtown was a marked departure from past inaugurations, with a heavy emphasis on changing directions at city hall.

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July 2, 2015

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