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Berkowitz Appointees Reflect Focus on Housing, Community Development

Fleek-Green, Wilber, Shuttee to take over prominent roles in next mayor’s administration.

June 11, 2015

Regular Flights To Russian Far East From AK Resume

If you’ve run out of isolated wilderness to explore in Alaska, there’s good news: flights from Anchorage to Yakutsk start in July.

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June 11, 2015

New Marijuana Restrictions Regulate Secondhand Smoke

The move is a blow for legalization advocates in Anchorage, and leaves many regulatory questions unanswered.

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June 10, 2015

Coal Lawsuit Results In Little Change

The Sierra Club is claiming a victory for environmentalists opposed to Seward coal shipments.

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June 9, 2015

Budget Woes Hurt Small Spuds

The legislature’s lack of action on a budget is no small potatoes.

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June 9, 2015
John Will and his sculpture, "One Man's Trash..." Hillman/KSKA

Kinetic Energy, A Ball and An Unlikely Path to Art

An Eagle River man started with a pile of junk, a roll of wire, and an obsession, and ten years later, ended up with art. The ball obstacle course is on display in downtown Anchorage.

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June 9, 2015
The Level 1 combatives course lasts a week, and is required of Army soldiers stationed at JBER. Higher tiers require at least a month of coursework. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Army Troops Cope In The Cage

109 members of the military gather at JBER for two days of unsanctioned fighting.

June 8, 2015

Homeless Teens Find Help At ‘My House’

A Wasilla plan is helping homeless teens get off the street and into housing. Mat Su Youth Services, or My House, relies on initiative, trust and responsibility to spur teens to set goals for a solid future.

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June 8, 2015
Map from the BLM. The patents on the red area have expired. The "for school purposes only" patents on the blue and yellow areas have not. The orange line indicates the location of the proposed road.

U-Med Road Developers Need Permission from BLM Because of Land Patents

The original land patents for some of UAA’s land restrict its use “for school purposes only” and could impact the U-Med District Access Road.

June 5, 2015

Rotating Propeller Kills Wasilla Man In Wrangell-St. Elias

A Wasilla man is dead after an accident in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. According to Park officials, 62-year-old Clark J. Baldwin was killed instantly when he backed into a spinning plane propeller.

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June 5, 2015
Mike Bonito poses with his donuts at The Kobuk. Hillman/KSKA

National Donut Day brings wide attention to local baker

The Kobuk’s old fashioned donuts were highlighted by Huffington Post as one of the best in the nation.

June 5, 2015

Borough Board Upholds Sutton Shooting Range

A dispute between two Sutton landowners highlights the challenges of zoning in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

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June 4, 2015
Repsol announces significant oil find on North Slope — nearly 6,700 barrels per day

Repsol announces significant oil find on North Slope — nearly 6,700 barrels per day

The Spanish oil company Repsol has confirmed that two of their North Slope test wells could produce up to 2.4 million barrels of oil per year. The prospect is near the Colville Delta, north of Nuiqsut.

June 3, 2015
Urban gatherers find free salads outside their doors

Urban gatherers find free salads outside their doors

Looking for salad ingredients? Want a new type of tea? No need to head to the store, just look outside your door–even if you live in the middle of the city. Some Anchorage residents are urban gatherers.

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June 3, 2015
A group of chamber musicians played for nearly an hour as the 45 bus wound through town, part of a city-wide cultural event drawing crowds to a central location. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Strings On The Bus: Anchorage Has A Conflux

Community members and cultural institutions pair up to throw Anchorage a surprise party.

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June 2, 2015

Investment Group Eyes Mat Su for Senior Facility

An Idaho company is looking into the possibility of constructing an assisted living facility near Palmer.

June 2, 2015
ASD To Revise Suspension Policy

ASD To Revise Suspension Policy

The Anchorage School Board passed the first reading of a new suspension policy on Monday evening, but they plan to delve deeper into the issue later this summer.

June 1, 2015
The state's first job fair comes just two weeks after a large convention in Anchorage, further proving to many that the commercial industry is bringing an opportunity for large financial profits. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Green Business: Alaska’s First Cannabis Career Fair Held in Anchorage

This weekend, Alaska saw its first-ever job fair for careers in commercial cannabis, offering a glimpse of how the semi-legal marijuana industry is taking tentative steps towards professionalism and profits.

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June 1, 2015

Illness Linked To Child Trauma

Adverse childhood experiences are long lasting, and efforts are underway to understand the link between childhood trauma and disease.

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May 29, 2015

Mat-Su Borough Assembly Rethinks Lifetime Auto Registration

The Mat Su Borough was the first governmental entity to put a new state law into practice. But now, the Borough is taking a second look.

May 29, 2015