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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

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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
Mine-Sweeping, Playground-Building, Parachuting Sapper Brigade Leaves JBER

Mine-Sweeping, Playground-Building, Parachuting Sapper Brigade Leaves JBER

The deactivation of an engineering unit at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson this month is a small piece amid larger changes for the Army in Alaska.

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May 11, 2015

Rural Alaska’s Water Issues

Today we’re discussing water. Specifically, the absence of adequate water and sewage systems in rural communities across Western Alaska. Though there has been a lot of progress building facilities in the last 20 years, the job isn’t done, leaving many with limited access to potable water. It’s not merely an issue of convenience. There are elevated health risks, economic consequences, as well as questions of fairness in resource allocation. And amid diminishing state revenues along with accelerating climate change, the problems are rapidly worsening.

KSKA: Friday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 8, 2015
Berkowitz Nabs Mayoral Victory After High Voter Turnout

Berkowitz Nabs Mayoral Victory After High Voter Turnout

Anchorage voters elected Ethan Berkowitz by a wide margin Tuesday to be the city’s next mayor, after runoff race consisting of two candidates from opposite sides of the political spectrum.

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May 6, 2015
Berkowitz 59%, Demboski 41% In Anchorage Mayor’s Race

Berkowitz 59%, Demboski 41% In Anchorage Mayor’s Race

Mayoral candidate Ethan Berkowitz beat rival Amy Demboski. Turn out was nearly 30%.

May 5, 2015
Budget Cuts Mean Less Lawyers, Trying Fewer Cases

Budget Cuts Mean Less Lawyers, Trying Fewer Cases

In an email Monday, the Department of Law told staff it is cutting 15 positions across the state to close a 6% budget gap.

May 5, 2015

As Early Voting Breaks Records, Uncertainty Prevails in the Mayor’s Race

High early voting returns after low turnout last month adds more uncertainty to a mayor’s race with few numbers available.

May 4, 2015

Anchorage Adopts Budget After Battle Over Utility Funds, Public Safety Jobs

The $483.6 million budget came after vetoes coming from the mayor’s office and a last minute deal over money connected to a utility the Administration has proposed privatizing.

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May 4, 2015

APOC Expediting Complaint Against Berkowitz Over Ad Using News Footage

Document alleges Berkowitz improperly used copyrighted material in campaign without disclosing any corporate donation.

May 1, 2015

Delving Into Anchorage’s Mayoral Runoff Election

With just a few days left before Anchorage voters head to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to pick a new mayor the race is intensifying. On April 7th, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski took the most votes in the city-wide election. For the most part the campaigns were cordial, with the candidates sparing on policy disagreements, but respectful of one another. But in the last week or so new issues have been quickly popping up—both personal and policy related. Today we’ll be sorting through the mayor’s race stories appearing online and in the news, getting a handle on what coverage is substantial, and what’s superficial.

KSKA: Friday, 5/1 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 5/1 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 4:30pm

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May 1, 2015

Campaign Silent on Revelations of Military Service, Divorce, Forgery

New documents are coming to light that complicate the biography of Anchorage mayoral candidate Amy Demboski.

April 30, 2015

As PAC Money Pours Into Runoff, Some Numbers Still Missing

Candidate Ethan Berkowitz has an overwhelming lead in terms of donors and funds, but with no polling data released by either campaign, the results are difficult to predict.

April 29, 2015

Controversial Anchorage Budget Bumps Up Taxes for Public Safety, Veto Likely

The Assembly passed a budget adding a 5.61% rise in property taxes, splitting the body between those calling for fiscal conservatism, and others stressing a need for spending on public safety.

April 29, 2015
At the low end, prevention measures costs the State of Alaska $9 per point of contact. Intensive substance abuse treatment costs $49,502 per person on average. Chart courtesy of the Division of Behavioral Health, DHSS.

The Blind Spot: Beyond No-Man’s Land

In spite of high substance abuse rates across Alaska, state officials and non-profit workers see policy measures are dove-tailing with new evidence that perceptions about drinking are starkly different from realities on the ground.

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April 24, 2015
The two young women show their matching tattoos. Hillman/KSKA

The Blind Spot: Quitting Meth, Together

This week we’re exploring the Blind Spot, it’s a focus on the teens who are abusing substances but aren’t being caught by the system that’s set up to help them. In this story, KSKA’s Anne Hillman spoke with two young women who are relying on each other rather than an organization to end their methamphetamine addiction.

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April 23, 2015