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Obama delivers closing remarks at the GLACIER conference, focusing on the ways climate change is already taking a dramatic toll on Alaska. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes)

Industry and Interest Groups Both Displeased with Obama’s Words on Climate

As the President continues to visit sites in Alaska during a trip focused on climate change and Arctic policy, reactions are to his speech at the close of the GLACIER conference yesterday are still forming. However, a consistent opinion from energy and environmental advocates alike is dissatisfaction.

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September 1, 2015
Presidential enthusiasm touches down in Seward

Presidential enthusiasm touches down in Seward

Crowds lined the Seward Highway below the city’s airport Tuesday morning, in anticipation of a glimpse of President Obama’s arrival. A glimpse was about all they got.

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September 1, 2015
President Obama arrives in Alaska to give closing remarks at the GLACIER Conference in Anchorage.

GLACIER conference ends with a dire, if vague, keynote from Obama

As the President continues touring Alaska, the aims and outcomes of Monday’s GLACIER Conference are still being sorted out.

August 31, 2015
Protesters constructed the "Polar Profiteer" to oppose offshore drilling in the Arctic. Hillman/KSKA

Alaskans rally against drilling, climate change outside of GLACIER conference

About 200 people gathered on the Park Strip in downtown Anchorage on Monday afternoon to protest offshore drilling in the Arctic and to speak in favor of stronger measures to fight climate change.

August 31, 2015

Alaska Supreme Court Refuses To Block Medicaid Expansion

The Alaska Supreme Court has refused to temporarily block the state of Alaska from expanding Medicaid. About 20,000 more people will become eligible Tuesday.

August 31, 2015
Amarius Estelle-Tate and Lorrain Estelle pose with an old friend--the doctor who delivered Amarius. Hillman/KSKA

In Anchorage, some eagerly wait to catch a glimpse of the chief

As the crowd waits outside of the Dena’ina Center for the president, just the excitement is enough.

August 31, 2015

Legislators View Palmer Meat Plant

Palmer’s Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage is the only US Department of Agriculture approved slaughterhouse in Southcentral Alaska. But the facility may only have one more year in operation.

August 28, 2015

Judge denies injunction; Medicaid to roll out Sept. 1

An Anchorage Superior Court Judge ruled Friday afternoon that Medicaid expansion can go forward in Alaska as planned next week. Judge Frank Pfiffner denied the Alaska Legislative Council’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the program. The council is appealing the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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August 28, 2015

Superintendent of the Year

Chugach School District Superintendent Dr. Bob Crumley is Alaska Superintendent of the Year, 2016.

August 28, 2015
Jamie Whiteman starts watering flowers after she and her crew finish gathering trash and rousing people that stayed overnight in Town Square Park

Town Square gardeners pick up the burden of city homelessness

An unlikely group of city employees are on the front-line of handling worsening woes with homelessness in Anchorage.

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August 28, 2015
The dorm room at Brother Francis Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Social Services.)

Cleaning Up to Be with His Kid — Stories from Brother Francis Shelter

The morning at Brother Francis Shelter starts with a sleepy bustle. Guests wake up at 5 am, start gathering their belongings, drink some coffee and help clean the shelter. One morning in late July, in the back dormitory shelter guest William Teal wiped down the plastic sleeping mats with cleaning solution.

August 27, 2015

SBA To Offer Sockeye Wildfire Relief

Those who suffered losses in the Sockeye Fire earlier this summer will be getting some financial help from the (SBA) *Small Business Administration. Wednesday’s announcement covers both residences and businesses.

August 27, 2015
With VA problems clear, Sullivan summons officials for solutions

With VA problems clear, Sullivan summons officials for solutions

Officials, politicians, and veterans themselves agree on what is causing massive problems accessing healthcare recently. Now, they are pivoting towards a search for solutions.

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August 26, 2015
Advertising for the YWCA's equal pay initiative, which just finished its first year. (Courtesy of YWCA Alaska.)

YWCA is One Year Closer to Closing the Wage Gap for Women

The YWCA Alaska is one year into their initiative to eliminate the gender pay gap in Alaska by 2025. State Dept. of Labor and US Census data show that women in Alaska only make about 68 cents for every dollar made by a man. The question is, why?

August 26, 2015
Life Beyond Addiction: The Story of Two Young Women Making It, Together

Life Beyond Addiction: The Story of Two Young Women Making It, Together

Last spring we spoke with a young couple who moved to Wasilla in their attempt to quit meth. Now, six months later, they are still sober, living in Anchorage, and living a new life.

August 25, 2015
Keeping a president safe on the road: the devil’s in the details

Keeping a president safe on the road: the devil’s in the details

The White House released more details today on President Obama’s visit to Alaska next week. The President will spend Monday in Anchorage, Tuesday in the Seward area and Wednesday in Dillingham and Kotzebue. Planning the security for Obama’s visit isn’t easy, according to retired Federal Marshall Marc Otte. For 22 years, the Eagle River resident helped protect foreign dignitaries and federal judges.

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August 24, 2015
Guests sleep in one of the dorms at Brother Francis Shelter. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Social Services.)

‘It’s Good to Be Here’ — Working at the Brother Francis Shelter

Working at the Brother Francis Shelter is stressful and chaotic, but for one young woman, it’s definitely worth it.

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August 24, 2015
Wasilla charter school forges a new financial path to fruition

Wasilla charter school forges a new financial path to fruition

Schoolchildren sang their school song as Matanuska Suisitna Borough officials and state politicians dug into the dirt today [monday]. It ‘s all part of the groundbreaking for the new Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School in Wasilla. The event marks a one-of-a-kind construction plan.

August 24, 2015
Rosey Robards chats with Iqlas Dubed. (Photo courtesy of ATMI)

Story-telling gives refugee teens a voice in their new community

Everyone has a story to tell, but it may not be the story you’d expect. An Anchorage non-profit called StoryWorks is helping teenagers find their stories, and this summer they focused on students who arrived in the state as refugees.

August 20, 2015
From left to right: Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz, incoming APD chief Chris Tolley, outgoing police chief Mark Mew. Photo: Ellen Lockyer/KSKA.

Out with Mew, in with the new: Anchorage hires a new police chief

A man with a long history in drug enforcement will take the reins as Anchorage’s new police chief. The city administration says he’ll be in step with a plan to develop a community policing model.

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August 19, 2015