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Proposed Anchorage Ban on Commercial Pot Fails in Assembly

Nearly a hundred people came to the meeting, many of them to share their feelings on the marijuana ordinance. The majority of those who spoke during public testimony opposed the ban.

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December 17, 2014

Anchorage Police Department to Get $3.1M to Fill Budget Gap

Department had to rely on overtime hours to cover shifts after a wave of retirements, back-to-back training academies, and a misunderstanding with a municipal agency.

December 17, 2014

Anchorage School Board puts money into savings, Rilke Schule facility

ASD will put $17 million aside for next year’s budget, $2 million to help Rilke Schule construct a building, and $4 million to help with classroom crowding during the second semester.

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December 16, 2014

Ballot Measure to Combat Corruption Has A Year To Gather 30,000 Signatures

A small group of supporters behind an effort to criminalize what they see as corruption in Alaska politics gathered at the Division of Elections Friday, for a training on how to collect all the signatures they will need from across the state to put the issue to voters in 2016.

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December 15, 2014
Akeela's celebration cake for their 40th anniversary. Hillman/KSKA

Akeela House celebrates 40 years of successful sobriety treatments

The Akeela House in Anchorage turned 40 this year. It’s one of Anchorage’s oldest substance use treatment facilities. Now it has programs in communities and prisons across the state. Former clients say it still delivers a message of hope.

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December 12, 2014

Anchorage Capital Budget Seeking $350 Million for Port Expansion

Facing lean capital expenditures from the Legislature, the City of Anchorage is hoping a multi-year funding commitment can avoid future increases in overdue upgrades to port infrastructure.

December 11, 2014
ASD Charter Schools Need Facilities; School Board Considering Proposal

ASD Charter Schools Need Facilities; School Board Considering Proposal

Charter schools in Anchorage are struggling with a facilities problem. The schools are part of the Anchorage School District, but they have to find and pay for their own buildings. And it’s really hard to find empty schools or pay to build new ones. Now the Anchorage School Board is discussing a potential solution.

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December 11, 2014
A screenshot of  the Angry Birds tutorial from an Hour of Code.

Elementary students learn an Hour of Code

Susitna Elementary students joined over 52 million others around the world to learn about computer programming through the Hour of Code.

December 8, 2014

DOT Releases Bridge Studies

A draft socioeconomic review and traffic forecast for the proposed Knik Arm Crossing project was released today [monday] by a trio of independent consulting firms. Cardno Consulting Services, Agnew -Beck and CDM Smith reported on separate forecasts for different aspects of the project.

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December 8, 2014
The state's request for a $25,000 bail is high, and comes with additional conditions. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.

Anchorage DJ Held on $25,000 Bail for Child Pornography Charges

KASH 107.5′s “Jimmy O’Brien” is accused of using Instagram, Gmail, and Kik to distribute and solicit graphic photographs of young girls, highlighting law enforcement’s evolving efforts to track crimes against minors online.

December 5, 2014

NAACP to host peaceful rally remembering Mike Brown, Eric Garner

The Anchorage NAACP is hosting a peaceful rally on Saturday in memory of two unarmed African-American men who were killed by police in the lower 48 over the summer. NAACP President Wanda Laws says Alaskans need to be part of the national dialogue about race relations and police actions.

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December 5, 2014

Land Conservation Project Preserves Over 1,000 Acres Of Eklutna Land

Eklutna, Inc. and the Greatland Trust have partnered on a land conservation project that will preserve over 1,000 acres of Eklunta, Inc. owned land for subsistence use.

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December 5, 2014
(Photo by Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage)

AK: Drumline

Imagine you’re in middle school. You don’t love math or history or any other subject. But there’s this thing you look forward to everyday after school. It’s called drumline. And a teacher at Clark Middle School thinks it can help kids learn about music and teach them some other skills too.

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December 5, 2014

Anchorage Police Investigate Church Vandalism

A Catholic church vandalism incident has spurred an Anchorage Police investigation.

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December 4, 2014

Palmer Waste Dump Plan Draws Opposition

About one hundred people turned out to speak at a Matanuska Susitna Borough planning commission meeting on Monday. At issue – a plan to construct an inert construction debris dump on private land near Palmer.

December 4, 2014
Traditional gut sewing at the Anchorage Museum

Traditional gut sewing at the Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum is hosting three Alaska Native artists this week. They are teaching students and others about gut sewing, a traditional skill still used today to make rain gear. They’re also learning about the craft from each other and from historical items in the museum’s collection. Mary Tunuchuk talks about the process.

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December 3, 2014

ASD seeking solutions to staff morale, hiring and retention problems

Financial uncertainty at the Anchorage School District is leading to morale problems and an inability to attract qualified teachers. The School Board is looking for solutions.

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December 2, 2014

MEA Rates To Rise

MEA Projects First Quarter 2015 Rate Increase

December 2, 2014

Anchorage charter schools seeking facilities, school board discussing solutions

The Anchorage School District is considering ways to help charter schools find permanent facilities. ASD has six facility-based charter schools and one more that’s petitioning for creation. Most of them are have difficulty finding and paying for adequate building space, especially the German immersion program, Rilke Schule, and the proposed math, science, and arts middle school.

December 1, 2014

Anchorage Assembly Member Pushes For Pot Ban In Municipality

The Anchorage Municipality may use its leverage as the state’s population center to influence how laws on commercial marijuana take shape in the year ahead.

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December 1, 2014