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Summit builds community through hip hop culture and history

Hip Hop is more than just music and dancing; it’s a culture based on bringing people together. That was the message during this weekend’s All Tribes Hip Hop Cultural Heritage Summit at Begich Middle School in East Anchorage.

May 24, 2015
Data show positive skill-building improves Anchorage youth behavior

Data show positive skill-building improves Anchorage youth behavior

Newly compiled data shows kids in Anchorage are better behaved than they were 20 years ago. A comparison of data from 1995 and 2013 shows teenagers are participating in fewer risky behaviors like smoking, drinking, and unprotected sex. And it may be because we’re relating to kids differently.

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May 21, 2015
Chester Creek Trail To Close This Summer for Repaving

Chester Creek Trail To Close This Summer for Repaving

Parts of the Chester Creek Trail will be closed for most of the summer starting on Tuesday while it’s being repaved and improved.

May 21, 2015

Mat Su Borough Assembly Sets Mill Rate, Passes Budget

Matanuska Susitna Borough lawmakers pass the FY2016 budget.

May 21, 2015

APD says 4 Anchorage deaths likely a murder/suicide

Investigators say the deaths of four people in an Anchorage residence last week is likely a murder-suicide. According to Anchorage police, all indications show 24-year-old Curtis Young III shot and killed his girlfriend and their two children.

May 21, 2015
Anchorage mayor-elect announces community-driven transition process

Anchorage mayor-elect announces community-driven transition process

Anchorage Mayor-Elect Ethan Berkowitz is developing a plan to transition into his new role. He says it will be created by a group of community leaders in his transition team and use input from public discussions and town hall-style meetings.

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May 19, 2015

Suspect arrested for attack on biker on Chester Creek Trail

A man biking to work along the Chester Creek trail near the Goose Lake overpass was assaulted by a group of three young men on Monday morning and struck in the face by a thick branch.

May 19, 2015

Parents Sue ASD Over Vague Suspension Notification Policies

Two families are suing the Anchorage School District for illegal suspension practices. The mothers say that the suspension notices the district sends out don’t include the full reasons for the suspensions, just simplified codes like “74-Dangerous Actions” or “14-Willful Disobedience.”

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May 15, 2015

Anchorage: Activists Rally for Medicaid Expansion, Oil Tax Law Revision

Supporters of Medicaid expansion have continued their efforts with rallies in downtown Anchorage this week.

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May 15, 2015
AK: Biking a Century

AK: Biking a Century

Have you ever thought about biking one hundred miles in one go? KSKA’s Anne Hillman did, so she signed up for the Clean Air Challenge. It’s a bike ride the American Lung Association hosts every year to raise money for education and research on lung disease. At first Anne was in it more for the challenge of the ride than for the cause. But then something happened along the way.

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May 15, 2015
Death of 4 in Anchorage Believed To Be Domestic Violence, No Suspect

Death of 4 in Anchorage Believed To Be Domestic Violence, No Suspect

Evidence from APD suggests one of the parents is responsible for the deaths, but just a day into the investigation detectives are not yet able to say conclusively what happened.

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May 14, 2015
Pre-Historic Shark Fossil Comes Home

Pre-Historic Shark Fossil Comes Home

A unique fossil rock from Atigun Gorge is back in the state after a 29 year detour in Washington, DC. The rock bears the imprint of teeth from an animal that has not been seen on Earth for about 250 million years, and the story behind the rock and it’s current status as centerpiece of a Seward art exhibit is almost as fascinating as the prehistoric creature which imprinted it.

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May 14, 2015

Borough Budget Still A Work In Progress

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly was handed a letter Wednesday night from the Borough manager, outlining a dire revenue forecast for the coming four years. The bad news further dampened budget discussions.

May 14, 2015

Marijuana OK’d At State’s First Pot Convention, But Only For Display

While the city’s Assembly voted to allow marijuana on site at an upcoming convention, it cannot be consumed there.

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May 13, 2015

Uber, Utility Sale Tossed By Anchorage Assembly

Two controversial business proposals for Anchorage were settled during last night’s Assembly meeting. Services connected to both taxi cabs and garbage trucks will stay the same

May 13, 2015
Image courtesy of Anchorage Youth Development Coalition.

Coalition Uses A Data-Driven Approach To Find Behavioral Health Solutions

Anchorage organizations are using the wealth of data about youth behavioral health to develop local, community-relevant solutions for things like substance use and suicide.

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May 12, 2015

Treat Your Soil With A Little TLC, Reap The Benefits During Harvest

“If we throw mother nature out the door, she comes back in with a pitchfork.” Masanobu Fukuoka. His book, “The One Straw Revolution,” changed the way many look at farming practices.

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May 12, 2015
Anchorage: Data Show 2% Dip In Major Crime

Anchorage: Data Show 2% Dip In Major Crime

Outgoing Mayor Dan Sullivan held a press conference Tuesday at City Hall to explain that statistics for the last year tell a more optimistic story than the one on the campaign trail.

May 12, 2015

Mat Su Assembly Budget Discussions

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly wrestles with providing services while keeping the mil rate low.

May 12, 2015
Mine-Sweeping, Playground-Building, Parachuting Sapper Brigade Leaves JBER

Mine-Sweeping, Playground-Building, Parachuting Sapper Brigade Leaves JBER

The deactivation of an engineering unit at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson this month is a small piece amid larger changes for the Army in Alaska.

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May 11, 2015