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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
Ginny Shaffer is the Parent Navigator in the NICU at The Children's Hospital at Providence in Anchorage.

Former NICU Parent Helps Other Families Navigate A Stressful Time

Most people working in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit have some type of advanced medical degree. But one employee at The Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage has a very different set of qualifications. Ginny Shaffer spent more than three months in the NICU as a parent, with her daughter who was born at 23 weeks. Now she helps other parents through one of the most stressful times of their lives as a Parent Navigator.

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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
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
Sockeye Plea… Not Guilty

Sockeye Plea… Not Guilty

Sockeye Wildfire suspects waived arraignment in state court in Palmer on Tuesday.

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July 28, 2015
Matanuska River Erosion Continues To Threaten Sutton Homes

Matanuska River Erosion Continues To Threaten Sutton Homes

The dramatic surge of the Matanuska River during the past few days has pushed families from some homes and is continuing to threaten others.

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July 28, 2015
Anchorage’s homeless community endures 6th death in two weeks

Anchorage’s homeless community endures 6th death in two weeks

Another member of Anchorage’s homeless community died early Tuesday morning. It’s the sixth such death in the last two weeks.

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July 28, 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

7 Homes Imperiled By Erosion on the Matanuska River

The state Department of Transportation is taking emergency action to start work on protecting the Glenn Highway from Matanuska River waters North of Sutton. State Representative Jim Colver says he viewed the damage from river erosion Monday, and has requested emergency help from DOT.

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July 27, 2015
Fairbanks Voters To Decide on 5% Pot Tax

Fairbanks Voters To Decide on 5% Pot Tax

City of Fairbanks voters will consider a 5 percent sales tax on marijuana. The city council has approved putting the proposed retail tax before voters in the October municipal election. The tax is an effort to tap unknown revenue that legalized marijuana sales could provide.

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July 24, 2015

Deceased man found near downtown Anchorage

A fourth man in less than two weeks was found dead outside in Anchorage on Thursday late afternoon. The man, who has not been identified by the Anchorage Police Department, was near 3rd Avenue and Karluk Street close to where one man was found last week.

July 23, 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
Bush Carriers Keep A Close Eye on Aviation Safety

Bush Carriers Keep A Close Eye on Aviation Safety

Hageland Aviation, part of Ravn Air Group, has established an innovative control system that monitors all flights in an effort to ensure safe travel.

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July 21, 2015

Meat Packing Plant on the Chopping Block

Palmer’s state run livestock slaughterhouse is facing budget woes, and the state may privatize the facility.

July 21, 2015
Need for Food Assistance on the Rise as Alaskans Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Need for Food Assistance on the Rise as Alaskans Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Every week in 2014, nearly 6,300 households received free food from food pantries and other programs in Alaska. At some point, most of them had to choose between food or transportation, rent, medical care, or heat. And data from the United Way shows that the need is rising statewide. For some, mobile food pantries help close the budget gap.

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July 20, 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
Alaska Shoppers Greet H&M With Gusto

Alaska Shoppers Greet H&M With Gusto

Hundreds waited in line Thursday for global fashion retailer H&M to open its new store in Anchorage. Even as the state feels the squeeze of low oil prices, Alaska shoppers are still keen to lay down their dollars on national brands.

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July 16, 2015
HAARP To Be Transferred To UAF

HAARP To Be Transferred To UAF

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will take ownership of Gakona’s High Frequency Active Auroral Program, best known as HAARP.

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July 15, 2015