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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

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With VA problems clear, Sullivan summons officials for solutions

With VA problems clear, Sullivan summons officials for solutions

Officials, politicians, and veterans themselves agree on what is causing massive problems accessing healthcare recently. Now, they are pivoting towards a search for solutions.

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August 26, 2015
Dozens of people lined up during Thursday's listening session to speak on concerns and experiences with the VA. Though overwhelmingly critical, many laid out positive experiences receiving care in Alaska. (Photo: Jillian Rogers)

Fiery Testimony, Complex Problems at Mat-Su Visit From VA Secretary

A listening session held Thursday night in Wasilla by the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs was dominated by complaints about the healthcare system for veterans.

August 14, 2015

Mat-Su Vets Rail Against VA During Secretary’s Visit

A listening session held Thursday night in Wasilla by the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs was dominated by complaints about the healthcare system for veterans in Alaska.

August 13, 2015
Mayor Pulls The Plug on A Slow and Spendy Software Project

Mayor Pulls The Plug on A Slow and Spendy Software Project

A massive software project that’s run millions of dollars and years over budget was halted today by Anchorage’s new mayor. The move is meant to reexamine the city’s path forward, but won’t totally shut off money for the project.

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August 13, 2015
70 Years After WWII, Two Nations’ Militaries Jump Side By Side

70 Years After WWII, Two Nations’ Militaries Jump Side By Side

Seventy years ago this month, the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, prompting it’s surrender and the end of World War II. Now, the two nations’ armed forces are collaborating in Alaska.

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August 13, 2015
Mayor Berkowitz, center, with his new Homelessness Coordinator, Nancy Burke, standing to his right during Wednesday's press conference. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

City Hires Homelessness Coordinator Using State Funds

The city’s new mayor is taking quick steps towards leveraging State resources that may fix what many in Anchorage see as an intractable urban issue.

August 12, 2015
Marijuana Regulators Run Low on Time and Money

Marijuana Regulators Run Low on Time and Money

The group setting up Alaska’s rules for commercial marijuana is on pace to finish regulations by a November 24th deadline. But just barely.

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August 12, 2015
Marijuana Regulators Run Low on Time and Money

Marijuana Regulators Run Low on Time and Money

The group setting up Alaska’s rules for commercial marijuana is on pace to finish regulations by a November 24th deadline. But just barely.

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August 11, 2015
Attorney Kevin Feldis with the U.S. Attorney's Office addresses reporters during a press conference at the FBI's Anchorage Office. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

FBI Charges Wasilla Man In Abduction of 2 North Pole Kids

In a rare move, the Bureau held a press conference to discuss the case, hoping to calm public concerns and solicit more information about the man charged.

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August 10, 2015
The changing role of Alaska’s military

The changing role of Alaska’s military

Today we’ll be discussing the changing role of the military in Alaska. The state has unique training grounds and conditions, and that’s no small part of why it hosts the kind of large-scale exercises we’ve seen this summer. But recently announced reductions in Army personnel at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson in the years ahead, as well as a growing focus on the Pacific theater are complicating Alaska’s place in the military.

KSKA: Friday, August 7, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 8, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 8, at 6:00 p.m.

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August 7, 2015
On the far left, the new interim director for Alaska's Veterans Affairs,  Dr. Linda Boyle, and to her right Associate Interim Director Shawn Bransky.

Choice Improvement Act helps close VA funding gap

A move by the Obama Administration has freed up money in Alaska to close a funding gap in healthcare for veterans.

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August 6, 2015
A June 24th letter from the Division of Public Assistance Director under the Department of Health and Social Services.

3,000 in Anchorage to Lose Food Stamps Under Change to Work Requirement

Residents across the state told of changes in a June letter detailing work requirements many must meet in order to qualify for benefits longer than three months.

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August 3, 2015

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 6:00 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