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Borough To Ask Ferry Debt Forgiveness

The Matanuska Susitna Borough is appealing to top US officials to resolve the Borough’s $12 million ferry debt.

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August 22, 2014 - 4:38 pm
ENSTAR Strike Finishes Second Week, No End In Sight

ENSTAR Strike Finishes Second Week, No End In Sight

The ENSTAR strike has lasted two weeks, and there’s no end in sight. Local workers are picketing in front of ENSTAR offices around Anchorage and in Homer. They’re having a dispute with the management over retirement benefits for both present and future workers.

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August 22, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Mat Su Borough Assembly Wrestles With Ferry Issue

The Matanuska Susitna Borough has until September 5 to repay more than 12 million dollars in federal grants related to the ferryboat “Sustina.”

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August 21, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Anchorage Youth Court celebrates 25th anniversary

The Anchorage Youth Court is getting old. It’s celebrating it’s 25th birthday this week. The organization has shrunk over the years. The court now hears about a third of the cases it did a decade ago. But it’s goal is the same — to give young people a second chance.

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August 21, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Feige Losing, Stoltze Wins Mat-Su Legislative Races

Unofficial results of Tuesday’s primary election are in, and it looks like there may be one upset in the Valley. Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver could upset incumbent Eric Feige for the Republican nomination for the House District 9 race. Former state representative Bill Stoltze won the Republican nod for the Senate District F.

August 20, 2014 - 4:30 am

Dubey, Hadley, Vazquez Win GOP House Bids

Tuesday’s Republican primary pushed three Anchorage candidates a little closer to Juneau. Anand Dubey had a clear lead over challenger Mark Fagnani for the Republican candidacy for House District 21. Don Hadley bested challenger Kevin Kastner for the Republican nomination in House District 16. Liz Vazquez won the Republican nod for House District 22 with more than 52 percent of the vote. Challenger Sherri Jackson finished with 47 percent.

August 20, 2014 - 3:30 am

Health Industry Honors Two

Two men associated with the Mat-Su Health Foundation have received recognition for their work.

August 19, 2014 - 10:20 am

Keogh Announces Senate E Run

Former Mat Su Borough Assemblyman Warren Keogh tosses his hat in the Senate E race.

August 15, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Three Way Race For House 9

A three way race for the Republican nod for a state House 9 run is being watched closely. Incumbent Eric Feige is being challenged by Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver, and by a former primary opponent, George Rauscher.

August 15, 2014 - 11:49 am

Alaska Kayaker Still Missing in Costa Rica

Almost two weeks ago, 27-year-old Alaskan Cody Dial was reported missing on a kayak trip in Costa Rica. Dial is the son of Roman Dial, a well-known outdoorsman and Alaska Pacific University professor.

August 14, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Arvin, Tilton Compete for GOP Nod In Mat-Su

Two candidates familiar with the legislative process are vying for an open state House seat. Ron Arvin is a seasoned Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblyman, while Cathy Tilton has served as a staffer for a long time Valley legislator. The two are seeking the Republican nod for the House District 12 seat, which represents the Fairview Loop area linking Wasilla and Palmer as well as Eklutna, Chugiak and Peters Creek.

August 14, 2014 - 3:59 pm
Don Hadley and Kevin Kastner. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Budget, Education Top Priority List in House District 16 Race

Two very different men are running in the Republican primary for House District 16 in East Anchorage, but they have similar agendas. They both want to reduce the budget and fix the education system.

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August 14, 2014 - 9:10 am
Anand Dubey and Matt Fagnani. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

House District 21 Race Full of Friendly Competition

Two political newcomers – and friends – are vying for the Republican nomination for House District 21 this month – Anand Dubey and Matt Fagnani. They met in 2012 when Dubey lost to Lindsay Holmes in the old District 19. Fagnani says he decided to run against his friend because he’s more in tune with Alaska, but Dubey says he offers innovations the legislature needs.

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August 14, 2014 - 9:07 am

UAA Releases Prioritization Report

The University of Alaska Anchorage released a comprehensive prioritization report Wednesday examining both academic and support functions.

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August 13, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Mat Su Borough Assembly To Continue Ferry Meeting

The homeless ferryboat, MV Susitna, is still docked in Ketchikan, while the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly wrestles with a solution to avoid
paying a twelve million dollar debt to the Federal Transportation Administration. KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, the Assembly plans to continue it’s discussion on the issue on August 21.

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August 13, 2014 - 2:08 pm


Meet two of the candidates running for the GOP nomination for US Senate, Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell on Wednesday, August 13 in Debate for the State. Dan Sullivan was invited but chose not to take part in the debate. The program starts at 7:00 p.m.

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August 12, 2014 - 1:25 pm
RUNNING 2014: Alaska Legislature

RUNNING 2014: Alaska Legislature

Meet the legislative candidates running in contested primary races from the Anchorage and Matanuska Valley on KSKA-FM and Alaska Public Media.

Programs start at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12.

August 12, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Woman charged with negligent homicide for killing child on bike

Her Yang Thao was charged Friday with criminally negligent homicide for hitting and killing a four-year-old girl who was riding her bicycle in Anchorage in May.

August 8, 2014 - 5:20 pm
SwipeAPI pitches to the panel of judges. Hillman/KSKA

Pitch-on-a-Train brings out Alaskan

Local Alaskan organizations are trying to promote entrepreneurship to diversify the economy. Last week, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation hosted the second annual Pitch-on-a-Train competition. Five Alaskan start-ups tried to convince a panel of judges that their ideas, which ranged from water treatment to cyber currency credit cards, could make money.

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August 8, 2014 - 9:18 am
Jonathan Daniel Sabet

Anchorage lifeguard charged with distributing child pornography

A former Anchorage lifeguard has been arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography. Twenty-two-year-old Jonathan Daniel Sabet worked at the East High School Pool.

August 7, 2014 - 6:06 pm