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School Board seeks suggestions for $22 million budget shortfall

School Board seeks suggestions for $22 million budget shortfall

Community members told the School Board that making up for the $22 million shortfall should not include cutting the gifted programs, but it could involved things like more parent involvement.

September 29, 2014

Suit Halts Seward Coal Loading

A federal court ruling earlier this [september] month has temporarily stopped work at the Seward Coal Facility, and now the state is getting involved in the issue.

September 29, 2014

Deciphering AO-37, Anchorage’s Labor Law

Anchorage’s controversial labor law, commonly referred to as AO-37, will be on the ballot this November. The mayor and his administration want you to vote yes to keep it. The municipal unions want voters to get rid of it. Both sides discuss four major points of the law.

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September 29, 2014
Fire burns condo in Anchorage, doesn’t spread

Fire burns condo in Anchorage, doesn’t spread

A fire severely damaged an Anchorage condo near Tudor and Baxter on Thursday afternoon, but fire crews contained it before it spread to other units and structures.

September 25, 2014

Quake Shakes Anchorage-ites and Visitors Alike

No major damage or injuries were reported in Anchorage after this morning’s quake, but community members said they were still shaken. Items fell of shelves and people ducked under desks.

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September 25, 2014

Monofil Project On Hold, Again

A plan by Eklutna, Inc. to build a landfill in Chugiak has re-surfaced about a year after the Anchorage Planning Commission rejected the Alaska Native corporation’s project. The Chugiak Community Council opposes the plan, but, a new wrinkle in the debate has opened the door to a pollution investigation.

September 24, 2014

Assembly delays decision on Chugach Access Plan

After more than 40 people testified before the Anchorage Assembly, the body voted to postpone making a decision on the Chugach State Park Access Plan. Plan supporters say the community needs easier access. Dissenters took issue with some of the suggested points.

September 24, 2014

Anchorage Assembly says no to legalizing marijuana

The state’s largest city is publicly speaking out against Ballot Measure 2, which aims to legalize marijuana. But the Anchorage Assembly’s vote was not unanimous.

September 24, 2014

Gas To Liquids Project Could Cut Oil Production Costs

An Alaska company wants to help reduce the cost of producing oil on the North Slope. Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids, based in Anchorage, is pitching a plan to construct a gas-to-liquids facility that could save the producers between $50 million and $100 million a year.

September 23, 2014
KTVA reporter quits live on-air after stating she heads AK Cannabis Club

KTVA reporter quits live on-air after stating she heads AK Cannabis Club

A KTVA reporter announced that she is the president of Alaska Cannabis Club and quit her job during a live broadcast Sunday night. Reporter Charlo Greene, whose real name is Charlene Egbe, has been reporting on the legalization ballot initiative since April.

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September 22, 2014

Borough Weighs Gravel Mine Application

A plan to vacate agricultural rights on a parcel of Matanuska-Susitna Borough land is running into opposition. At a Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday night, residents spoke out against an ordinance aimed at approving a gravel mine on farmland.

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September 19, 2014

Anchorage School Board considers all options for diminishing budgets

The Anchorage School Board is developing a plan for drastic budget cuts in the years ahead. They discussed some of the options with the Anchorage Assembly during a joint meeting on Friday morning, including expanding best practices and possibly reducing the number of school buildings.

September 19, 2014
The Federal Building in downtown Anchorage this summer.

Removal of Federal Building trees elicits fierce opposition

The proposal to remove two trees from the front of the historic Federal Building in downtown Anchorage elicited fiery comments from a handful of community members during a public meeting on Thursday.

September 19, 2014

USDA Rural Development Seeks Loan Applicants

USDA’s Rural Development arm is offering millions of dollars in loans for community projects in rural areas.

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September 19, 2014

Valley Opponents Gather To Fight Prop Two

Many prominent Republican politicians turned out Wednesday night for a Matanuska Valley campaign kickoff event in support of Big Marijuana, Big Mistake.

September 18, 2014

State OKs Linc Energy’s Tyonek Coal Exploration Plan

The state has given the OK to a plan by Linc Energy to explore for coal in the Tyonek area. Last month, Linc submitted an application to drill at least five exploratory wells in an area about seven miles from Tyonek, on the West side of Cook Inlet.

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September 17, 2014
Uber ride-sharing enters Anchorage market

Uber ride-sharing enters Anchorage market

Uber, a ride-sharing service, is coming to Anchorage, and some taxi companies aren’t happy about the not-yet-legal competition.

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September 17, 2014

Mat Su Health Services Gains ACA Grant

The Mat Su Health Services, a clinic in Wasilla, is one of more than two dozen health clinics in Alaska that will benefit from 5 point 3 million dollars in federal health funds.

September 16, 2014

Wasilla Officer-Involved Shooting Leaves 1 Dead

Two Wasilla police officers are on paid administrative leave after a Monday shooting that left one man dead. The names of the officers have not been released, in line with police policy.

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September 16, 2014
Mexican Tall Ship Cuauhtemoc in Seward

Mexican Tall Ship Cuauhtemoc in Seward

The three masted tall ship Cuauhtemoc docked in Seward during a Monday morning downpour. The Mexican training ship was greeted by Seward city officials and by the Mexican consul in Alaska. It’ll will be open to the public for viewing through Thursday.

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September 16, 2014