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Maeva Ordaz. Photo courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Anchorage senior wins national Poetry Out Loud competition

West Anchorage High Senior Maeva Ordaz won the national Poetry Out Loud competition this week in Washington DC. It’s the first time an Alaskan has both reached the finals and won.

May 1, 2015
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Little Known Alaska Musher Spurs Japanese Musical

“Samurai Musher” plays in private performance for Seward and Anchorage high schools this week. A public performance is scheduled for May 1 at the Alaska Performing Arts Center in Anchorage, and a second public performance for Fairbanks on May 3.

May 1, 2015

Mat-Su Begins Budget Process

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly begins it’s budget sessions this week A worksession on April 30 starts the process, with public hearings to follow starting on May 4.

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May 1, 2015

Delving Into Anchorage’s Mayoral Runoff Election

With just a few days left before Anchorage voters head to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to pick a new mayor the race is intensifying. On April 7th, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski took the most votes in the city-wide election. For the most part the campaigns were cordial, with the candidates sparing on policy disagreements, but respectful of one another. But in the last week or so new issues have been quickly popping up—both personal and policy related. Today we’ll be sorting through the mayor’s race stories appearing online and in the news, getting a handle on what coverage is substantial, and what’s superficial.

KSKA: Friday, 5/1 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 5/1 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 4:30pm

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May 1, 2015
Regan Brooks teaches about storytelling as Service High student Kevin Goodman listens. Hillman/KSKA

Story Works Alaska gives high schoolers a voice

Think about being sixteen, in high school, and standing in front of a group of friends and strangers telling a story. Your story. That’s what a new Anchorage organization called Story Works Alaska is teaching local students to do while helping them build community at the same time.

April 29, 2015

As PAC Money Pours Into Runoff, Some Numbers Still Missing

Candidate Ethan Berkowitz has an overwhelming lead in terms of donors and funds, but with no polling data released by either campaign, the results are difficult to predict.

April 29, 2015

Controversial Anchorage Budget Bumps Up Taxes for Public Safety, Veto Likely

The Assembly passed a budget adding a 5.61% rise in property taxes, splitting the body between those calling for fiscal conservatism, and others stressing a need for spending on public safety.

April 29, 2015
Signs posted around Town Square Park protesting budget cuts to education. Hillman/KSKA

Alaska PTA, community speaks out against education funding cuts

Community members and education groups, like Alaska PTA, organized in Anchorage to speak out against public education funding cuts.

April 29, 2015

Anchorage Nepalese community reacts to quake

Anchorage’s 80-member Nepalese community is trying to reach out to family members still in Nepal.

April 27, 2015
Kim Gumera of Unalaska kicking at 110". Gumera won the award for Best Overall Male Athlete. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Cultivating Native Values, NYO Tournament Continues Growing

500 athletes from across the state were joined for the first time in decades by a foreign delegation from the Yukon Territory in Canada. Organizers say the tournament continues because of more deliberate efforts to promote traditional values across Alaska.

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April 20, 2015
Student protesters asking  the legislature to increase education funding. Hillman/KSKA

Anchorage Students Rally Against Education Funding Cuts

More than 150 high school students walked out of class Thursday afternoon to attend an impromptu rally at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.

April 16, 2015
Battle Over Medicaid Spills Onto Capital Steps

Battle Over Medicaid Spills Onto Capital Steps

The event is another strategy from the administration to get lawmakers to bring the issue to a vote in the Legislature ahead of session’s end.

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April 16, 2015

Petitioners ask Governor to Stop Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Bans

More than 1,200 sign a petition asking Gov. Walker and Attorney General Craig Richards to remove Alaska from an amicus brief.

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April 16, 2015

Anchorage Announces Fiscal Surplus

As law-makers battle over budgets in the closing days of the Legislature, the city of Anchorage is announcing a fiscal surplus.

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April 15, 2015
Tanaina Announces Move To St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

Tanaina Announces Move To St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

It has been just over two months since Tanaina Early Childhood Development Center was informed it would need to vacate its space at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Now, the center has reached an agreement to stay temporarily at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

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April 10, 2015
Amy Demboski surrounded by supporters, including one holding a sign with the middle cut-out, a reference to attacks last week against her campaign posters. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

National & State Level Conservative Groups Ramping Up Presence in Anc Mayor’s Race

The May runoff between Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz is drawing increasing attention from groups like Americans for Prosperity that hope to help shape politics at the federal, state, and municipal level.

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April 10, 2015

Delving Into Anchorage’s Municipal Election Results

Today, we’ll be talking about he aftermath of this week’s Anchorage municipal election – results that were surprising to some.

KSKA: Friday, 4/10 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/11 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/10 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/11 at 4:30pm

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April 10, 2015
Ethan Berkowitz, Amy Demboski Heading For Mayoral Runoff Election

Ethan Berkowitz, Amy Demboski Heading For Mayoral Runoff Election

Unofficial results show Ethan Berkowitz leading the mayoral race with 37 percent of the vote. But because Berkowitz didn’t take 45 percent, he’ll be in a run off with Amy Demboski, who, with about a quarter of the total votes, was the second place candidate.

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April 8, 2015
2015 Anchorage Municipal Election

2015 Anchorage Municipal Election

With over 97 percent of the precincts reporting in, the winner has yet to be determined in Anchorage’s mayoral race. Leading the pack of 11 candidates is Ethan Berkowitz, with 36.84 percent of the vote. Amy Demboski and Andrew Halcro trail Berkowitz with 24.31 percent and 21.60 percent, respectively.

April 7, 2015

Anchorage School Board considers wide-ranging budget cuts

The Anchorage School Board is discussing the possible ways to cut $29.4 million from their budget for next year, and plan to prioritize protecting classroom instruction.

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April 6, 2015