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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

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Kim Gumera of Unalaska kicking at 110". Gumera won the award for Best Overall Male Athlete. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Cultivating Native Values, NYO Tournament Continues Growing

500 athletes from across the state were joined for the first time in decades by a foreign delegation from the Yukon Territory in Canada. Organizers say the tournament continues because of more deliberate efforts to promote traditional values across Alaska.

April 20, 2015
The Blind Spot: Spaces Between Statistics

The Blind Spot: Spaces Between Statistics

In Anchorage, the number of criminal offenses by minors referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice has dropped by nearly half in the past decade for almost every offense type – except severe drug and alcohol offenses. That number has stayed fairly steady. In fact, as a share of the whole, substance abuse cases in Anchorage are up, although as a share of the total they are proportionately small. But the numbers only tell part of the story.

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April 20, 2015

Bill Establishing Marijuana Control Board Poised To Become Law

In spite of the session extension in Juneau, the status of new legislation dealing with commercial marijuana for the year ahead is clear.

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April 20, 2015
Refined Fuel Tax Measure Heads To Governor’s Desk

Refined Fuel Tax Measure Heads To Governor’s Desk

Though discussion of new revenues hasn’t gone far in the Legislature this session, the Senate on Friday passed a measure taxing refined fuels.

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April 17, 2015
Battle Over Medicaid Spills Onto Capital Steps

Battle Over Medicaid Spills Onto Capital Steps

The event is another strategy from the administration to get lawmakers to bring the issue to a vote in the Legislature ahead of session’s end.

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April 16, 2015
Opt Out Bill Could Cost Alaska $97 Million in Federal School Funding

Opt Out Bill Could Cost Alaska $97 Million in Federal School Funding

Senate Bill 89 aims to increase the authority of parents, allowing them to opt their children out of standardized tests, and educational programming dealing with sexual health.

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April 15, 2015

Anchorage Announces Fiscal Surplus

As law-makers battle over budgets in the closing days of the Legislature, the city of Anchorage is announcing a fiscal surplus.

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April 15, 2015
House Steps Towards Full Legal Marijuana Market

House Steps Towards Full Legal Marijuana Market

The bipartisan 25-to-15 vote creates a parallel marijuana body within the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board to oversee a permit structure for all parts of a full legal market.

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April 14, 2015
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Major conservative political groups are stepping into the Anchorage mayor’s race. The May runoff… Read More

April 13, 2015
Amy Demboski surrounded by supporters, including one holding a sign with the middle cut-out, a reference to attacks last week against her campaign posters. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

National & State Level Conservative Groups Ramping Up Presence in Anc Mayor’s Race

The May runoff between Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz is drawing increasing attention from groups like Americans for Prosperity that hope to help shape politics at the federal, state, and municipal level.

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April 10, 2015
Ethan Berkowitz, Amy Demboski Heading For Mayoral Runoff Election

Ethan Berkowitz, Amy Demboski Heading For Mayoral Runoff Election

Unofficial results show Ethan Berkowitz leading the mayoral race with 37 percent of the vote. But because Berkowitz didn’t take 45 percent, he’ll be in a run off with Amy Demboski, who, with about a quarter of the total votes, was the second place candidate.

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April 8, 2015

Early Voting in Anchorage Mayor’s Race Poised to Break Record

The Clerk’s Office gathered 7,283 early in-person votes and requests for absentee ballots by midday Monday, which is about 10.2% of the total number of voters who came to the polls for the last mayoral election.

April 6, 2015
Community Support Surges For Sudanese Refugees Targeted By Vandalism

Community Support Surges For Sudanese Refugees Targeted By Vandalism

A weekend incident in the Anchorage neighborhood of Spenard has left a group of refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan unsure over their safety. It also brought neighbors and police out to show support.

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April 3, 2015
Ethan Berkowitz. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage Mayoral Candidate: Ethan Berkowitz

With Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, Ethan Berkowitz hopes to draw on his political background from Juneau to improve local government in Anchorage.

April 3, 2015
Anchorage Mayoral Candidate: Andrew Halcro

Anchorage Mayoral Candidate: Andrew Halcro

With Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, Andrew Halcro wants to use ideas from the private sector to upgrade Anchorage government.

April 3, 2015
Lance Ahern. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage Mayoral Candidate: Lance Ahern

With Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, Lance Ahern aims to use his experiences in the tech sector to reduce costs and improve local government.

April 3, 2015
Dustin Darden. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage Mayoral Candidate: Dustin Darden

With Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, Dustin Darden is bringing his past as a tradesman and strong religious beliefs to the campaign.

April 3, 2015
Paul Bauer. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage Mayoral Candidate: Paul Bauer

With Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, candidate Paul Bauer plans on bringing fiscal prudence to the office.

April 3, 2015
Amy Demboski. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage Mayoral Candidate: Amy Demboski

With Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, Amy Demboski is running on her conservative record over the last two years on the Anchorage Assembly.

April 3, 2015
Timothy Huit. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage Mayoral Candidate: Timothy Huit

With Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, Timothy Huit is hoping to bring his background in small business and social work to the office.

April 3, 2015