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Hilcorp To Purchase Port MacKenzie LNG Plant

Cook Inlet oil and gas producer Hilcorp has announced purchase of an LNG plant at Port MacKenzie.

November 25, 2014

Details Sketchy on Expanded Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants

Now, some undocumented immigrants may be eligible for an expanded deferred action program announced last week by President Barack Obama.

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November 24, 2014
“Frost” Brings Art Seekers into Anchorage Parks

“Frost” Brings Art Seekers into Anchorage Parks

Frost is one of Anchorage’s newest public art projects. It’s a scavenger hunt with photo clues that lead you to a place where the artists have mixed lights and film into a temporary art piece. We went on a quest to find the newest installation.

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November 24, 2014
Hundreds of delegates came to Anchorage to offer policy solutions to the incoming governor and his team. In 1990, Hickel's transition team was 20 advisers who met behind closed doors. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes).

Walker Transition Team Brings 250 Delegates to Shape Policy

Small working groups made up of stakeholders from across the state met in classrooms all over the UAA campus to discuss a wide array of topics as the transition team announced two new department heads.

November 23, 2014
On top is the current Port of Anchorage configuration, and below is the proposed modification, with a draft depth of -45 feet, and other tweaks. Photo: Anchorage Port Modification Plan.

City to Pursue $485 Million Design Strategy for Port of Anchorage

The mayor’s office announced it has selected a design for the Anchorage Port’s overhaul, setting a blue-print for how the half-billion dollar project will take shape in the years ahead.

November 21, 2014

Mexican Consulate Readies To Help On Deferred Action Plan

The Mexican government, through it’s consulate in Anchorage, has issued a statement regarding President Barack Obama’s announcement regarding deferred action on illegal immigrants.

November 21, 2014

Borough Musher’s Law Protects Dog Kennels

Dog mushers in the Matanuska Susitna Borough now are protected under a new Borough ordinance. The law licenses kennels, but critics say it may never be enforced.

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November 21, 2014

Borough Bus Lines To Consolidate

State budget contraints are getting tighter, and that’s being felt in the Matanuska Valley. Several public bus lines now serve various markets within the Mat Su Borough, but a new state mandate may force them to consolidate.

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November 21, 2014

ASD budget surplus indicator of unfilled positions

The Anchorage School District spent less money than they planned during the first quarter of this year. If that trend continues, they’ll have an extra $22 million left over by the end of June 2015. Much of the savings come from the district’s difficulty in hiring and retaining highly-experienced teachers and staff. ASD is spending less than planned on salaries and benefits.

November 20, 2014

Community gives input on Anchorage plan to end homelessness

The municipality is developing a new community plan to end homelessness in Anchorage. During a listening session held Wednesday evening, about 20 people gathered to discuss possible solutions to the decades old problem, including involving more local government and making services more efficient.

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November 19, 2014
More than a hundred people attended Tuesday's Assembly meeting. Photo: KSKA.

Anchorage Will Talk With Uber on Ride-Share Regulations

The ride-share service won an important battle in the Anchorage Assembly, and will be allowed to keep operating in the city as they work out a memorandum of understanding with the municipality.

November 19, 2014

Japan Eyes Port MacKenzie LNG Facility

A Japanese company, Resources Energy Incorporated, has plans to beat other, larger companies to the punch when it comes to shipping LNG from Alaska to Japan. And, the company is courting Mat Su’s Port MacKenzie as a site for it’s gas plant project.

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November 19, 2014
Benita Lozano shows off her new heater. Hillman/KSKA

Weatherization program brings energy savings and safety

The state’s weatherization program began in 1978, during the energy crisis, and continues to help families deal with ever-rising energy costs. Weatherizing means making heating systems more efficient and plugging up the holes in a home to keep the heat inside. But it’s not just about economics, it’s about safety.

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November 19, 2014
A couple takes in Sydney Laurence's "Mt. McKinley" on Friday night in the Gallery of the Far North. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.

Anchorage Museum Stays Up Late to Reach New Members

As cultural institutions across the country struggle to stay relevant in a changing financial landscape, many are testing new ways to raise funds and expand membership.

November 18, 2014

State OKs Wishbone Hill Coal Permits

The federal Office of Surface Mining has contacted the state regarding the status of coal mining permits for the Wishbone Hill site near Palmer. Last month, the state gave Usibelli Coal the go-ahead to begin mining, after years of delays and legal hurdles. But OSM has criticized the state Department of Natural Resources for it’s handling of the many extensions and renewals of the permit since 1991.

November 17, 2014
East Anchorage Drug Bust Part of State-Wide Rise in Heroin, Cocaine, Meth

East Anchorage Drug Bust Part of State-Wide Rise in Heroin, Cocaine, Meth

Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro said a tip allowed officers to obtain search warrants, which led them the cache of drugs–estimated to be worth $111,000 at the street level.

November 17, 2014
Students call for action, public comment on U-Med Access Road

Students call for action, public comment on U-Med Access Road

Students at the University of Alaska – Anchorage are trying to motivate their classmates and the community to get informed about a controversial proposed infrastructure project — the U-Med District Northern Access Road. They say the public still has a chance to shape the project’s future because it’s not a done deal.

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November 14, 2014

Girdwood Animal Cruelty Investigation

Animal control officers have seized 12 emaciated husky dogs from a home in Girdwood.

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November 13, 2014

ENSTAR rates to hold nearly steady for 7 months, prices similar to last winter

Enstar gas prices won’t change much for the next 7 months. Rates will hold steady at just under 78 cents per hundred cubic feet starting in January. That’s 5 and half cents over current rates and about the same as last winter. For an average household on an average month, that’s a $6.70 increase.

November 13, 2014
Job Fair Highlights Challenges to Veteran Unemployment in Alaska

Job Fair Highlights Challenges to Veteran Unemployment in Alaska

As military forces continue drawing down from deployments abroad, more service members are transitioning back into the civilian workforce. The state is spending resources to match vets with employers in the public and private sectors to combat the nation-wide problem of veteran unemployment.

November 11, 2014