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MEA Official Accuses Anchorage Assembly Of Misusing City Funds

A Matanuska Electric Association official charges that the Anchorage Municipal Assembly is spending city funds on private interests. Joe Griffith, MEA’s executive director, has contacted Anchorage officials with concerns that city money is being spent on one Assemblyman’s legal fight against a power station upgrade.

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April 15, 2014 - 5:36 pm

HB23 Would Allow Public Financing Of KABATA

With a 16-4 vote on Saturday, the state Senate approved House Bill 23, allowing public financing of the Knik Arm Crossing. The approval moves the $892 million project forward by updating the project’s financial model. The bill allows funding for the bridge to come from three public entities: one third from bonds, one third from National Highway System funds, and the final third from federal loans.

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April 14, 2014 - 6:36 pm

HAARP Research Facility To Shut Down

Gakona’s High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, better known as HAARP, is slated for the junkpile. But a group of University of Alaska researchers are trying to stave off a Department of Defense move to scuttle the often – misunderstood scientific facility.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:38 pm

FEMA Head Meets With Mat Su Officials

FEMA administrator Craig Fugate met with Matanuska Susitna Borough officials on Friday, April 4, to discuss changes in federal emergency assistance legislation. Those changes could smooth the flow of reimbursment dollars to the Borough for local emergency response and to homeowners who suffered flood damages in the fall of 2012

April 10, 2014 - 11:47 am

Students Compete For Spot In National Geography Bee

Students from across the state competed in the 26th annual Alaska State Geographic Bee last week in hopes of winning a spot in this year’s national competition in Washington D.C. 101 students vied for the spot.

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April 8, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Wife Of Missing Mt. Marathon Racer Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The wife of a man who went missing during the 2012 Mt. Marathon race is suing the Seward Chamber of Commerce. The wrongful death suit is asking for a judgment of $5 million.

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April 3, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Petersen Trumps Trombley

Voters in Alaska’s biggest city elected six municipal assembly seats Tuesday, but with thousands of absentee and early ballots still to be counted, the outcomes of some races may change.

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April 2, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Early Unofficial Results Show Tight Races in Anchorage Municipal Election

Anchorage’s unofficial municipal election results show at least one upset, although outcomes of most other Assembly races are not surprising.

April 2, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Mat-Su Considers Ordinance Allowing Borough To Pay For Ballot Proposition Ads

An ordinance now before the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly would allow the Borough to pay for advertising to influence voters in the case of state ballot propositions. The ordinance comes at a time when an upcoming state ballot is expected to put a number of controversial issues before the voters.

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March 31, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Mat-Su Borough Rejects Ordinance Restricting Cell Tower Construction

A proposed Matanuska Susitna Borough “tall tower” ordinance has been found to be toothless, according to the Borough’s planning commission. The public is expected to weigh in on the ordinance at an upcoming Borough Assembly meeting.
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March 27, 2014 - 6:01 pm
2014 Anchorage Assembly Candidates. Photo by Alaska Public Media.

Candidates Compete for Six Assembly Seats

Candidates are competing for six seats on the Anchorage Assembly. The Assembly has been deeply divided this past year and faced many challenges – a controversial labor law, a rewrite of Title 21, and a troubled port project, to name a few. And the challenges will continue in 2014.

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March 26, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Anchorage Office of Emergency Management Readies For Earthquake Drill

Anchorage was hit hard during the 1964 Alaska earthquake, which caused terrible destruction downtown and along Turnagain Arm. For the 50th anniversary of that event, the city is planning to take part in emergency drills that involve all schools and city agencies. This week is declared Earthquake Preparedness Week by city officials, and residents are urged to be prepared for the real thing.

March 26, 2014 - 12:20 pm
2014 Anchorage School Board Candidates. Photo by Alaska Public Media.

Candidates Vie for Two School Board Seats

Two School Board Seats are up for grabs during the April 1 Municipal election. Three candidates are running for Seat C and two are running for Seat D.

March 26, 2014 - 11:37 am

7 Bond Proposition Before Voters April 1st

There are seven bond propositions on the April 1 Municipal ballot in Anchorage.

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March 26, 2014 - 10:28 am
Image from Google Street View.

School Renovations Depend on Prop 1

Proposition 1 is an education bond that would give the Anchorage School District more than 57 million dollars for building maintenance and improvements.

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March 26, 2014 - 10:17 am
Library Upgrades Depend on Prop 3

Library Upgrades Depend on Prop 3

There are seven bond Propositions on the April 1 Municipal Ballot. Proposition 3, allots $2.75 million for renovation of Loussac Library, the main library in Anchorage, which was built in the 1980s.

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March 25, 2014 - 9:25 am
Two Charter Amendments on Muni Ballot

Two Charter Amendments on Muni Ballot

Right now only sworn police officers are allowed to issue parking tickets. The situation stems from something called the parking fairy wars. Yes, you heard that right – the parking fairy wars.

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March 24, 2014 - 9:16 am
Mayor Sullivan Vetoes East Anchorage Park, Assembly Could Override

Mayor Sullivan Vetoes East Anchorage Park, Assembly Could Override

Mayor Dan Sullivan has vetoed an ordinance the Assembly passed last week that designated municipal land in East Anchorage for a park.

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March 18, 2014 - 4:26 pm
Photos © Jerrianne Lowther: Chester Creek in natural creekbed east of Muldoon Road.

Anchorage Assembly Approves Muldoon Park

The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday to designate land at the center of a controversy in East Anchorage for a park.

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March 13, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Fairbanks Coal Ash Health Impacts Under Scrutiny

The Alaska Department of Health is looking into possible coal ash health impacts from Aurora Energy’s downtown Fairbanks plant. Coal ash is increasingly coming under scrutiny around the country due to contamination from large scale spills, but the situation in Fairbanks is different.

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March 10, 2014 - 4:42 pm