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Halcro Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Anchorage

Anchorage Chamber of Commerce president announces he will leave his position in order to run for mayor of Alaska’s largest city.

January 13, 2015

APD Investigating Two Attacks on Dogs as Class C Felonies

A Search and Rescue dog in Anchorage was poisoned with anti-freeze days before a pitbull puppy was found in Mid-town with multiple gunshot wounds.

January 12, 2015
Sculptors Bring Cubism, Chainsaws to Chunks of Ice in Anchorage

Sculptors Bring Cubism, Chainsaws to Chunks of Ice in Anchorage

Artists wielding sanders and drills spent three days this weekend carving blocks of ice into salmon and sea-dragons in downtown Anchorage, showcasing all you can create out of a one-and-a-half ton block of frozen water.

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January 12, 2015
Legislators take comments in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library.

Anchorage Legislators consider ways to cut capital costs

Before heading to Juneau, Anchorage Legislators are listening to community input on ways to cut state spending.

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January 10, 2015

Borough Seeks Railroad Funds

Hopes for state help for Matanuska-Susitna Borough capital projects are plunging along with the price of oil, which is at about $50 a barrel. But there is at least one bit of encouragement in the bleak outlook.

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January 9, 2015

Mat Su Ferry Draws Interest

The Matanuska Susitna Borough has received $20, 000 from an interested buyer outside the US to pay for sea trials for the ferry MV Susitna

January 7, 2015
The Anderson House Museum player piano. Hillman/KSKA

Touring A Historic Anchorage Building

Anchorage turns 100 this year. And one of the city’s first permanent homes was the Oscar Anderson House downtown.

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January 7, 2015

Illegal Dumping On State Land Draws Prosecution, Fines

State Fish and Game officials are cracking down on illegal dumping on state game refuges. Recent incidents at Goose Bay State Game Refuge near Wasilla have resulted in at least one prosecution, and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are on the look-out for further arrests, and heavy fines, and possible jail time is in store for offenders.

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January 6, 2015

MEA Eklutna Plant In Testing Phase

Yellow smoke emitted Monday by the new Matanuska Electric Association power plant in Eklutna is worrying some nearby residents.

January 6, 2015

Weekend Gun Violence Lands 2 In Anchorage Hospitals

More weekend overnight violence involving firearms in Anchorage. Two people are reported injured at a party in Muldoon early Saturday morning.

January 5, 2015

Legacy of Bar Break Violence Haunting Downtown Business Development

The Anchorage Assembly is casting an unusual amount of scrutiny on a pending liquor license transfer that’s raising questions about how businesses that sell liquor should develop downtown.

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January 2, 2015

Anchorage Sets New Temperature Record

The city of Anchorage can claim a new record. The city did not see a temperature drop below zero for the entire year of 2014. The last time Anchorage residents saw a below zero reading was December 26, 2013.

December 31, 2014
Fish Skin Art Combines Past with Present

Fish Skin Art Combines Past with Present

Native Alaskans and other people of the north have tanned fish skins for centuries to make bags, shoes, and other useful items. Now fish skin leather is appearing on high-end products from Prada, Nike, and Dior. Commercially produced salmon leather is made in mass in Europe and Chile, but in Alaska, it’s still made by hand, one fish at time.

December 24, 2014
Lilly shops with Officer Bonnie Charles for Christmas presents for herself and her family. Hillman/KSKA

Shop with a Cop highlights family homelessness in Anchorage

For the past 15 years, the Anchorage police and firefighters have donated money to the Shop with a Cop program. It gives disadvantaged children the chance to buy gifts for themselves and their family members for Christmas. But it also highlights a problem in Anchorage – families experiencing homelessness.

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December 21, 2014

Proposed Anchorage Ban on Commercial Pot Fails in Assembly

Nearly a hundred people came to the meeting, many of them to share their feelings on the marijuana ordinance. The majority of those who spoke during public testimony opposed the ban.

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December 17, 2014

Anchorage Police Department to Get $3.1M to Fill Budget Gap

Department had to rely on overtime hours to cover shifts after a wave of retirements, back-to-back training academies, and a misunderstanding with a municipal agency.

December 17, 2014

Anchorage School Board puts money into savings, Rilke Schule facility

ASD will put $17 million aside for next year’s budget, $2 million to help Rilke Schule construct a building, and $4 million to help with classroom crowding during the second semester.

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December 16, 2014

Ballot Measure to Combat Corruption Has A Year To Gather 30,000 Signatures

A small group of supporters behind an effort to criminalize what they see as corruption in Alaska politics gathered at the Division of Elections Friday, for a training on how to collect all the signatures they will need from across the state to put the issue to voters in 2016.

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December 15, 2014
Akeela's celebration cake for their 40th anniversary. Hillman/KSKA

Akeela House celebrates 40 years of successful sobriety treatments

The Akeela House in Anchorage turned 40 this year. It’s one of Anchorage’s oldest substance use treatment facilities. Now it has programs in communities and prisons across the state. Former clients say it still delivers a message of hope.

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December 12, 2014

Anchorage Capital Budget Seeking $350 Million for Port Expansion

Facing lean capital expenditures from the Legislature, the City of Anchorage is hoping a multi-year funding commitment can avoid future increases in overdue upgrades to port infrastructure.

December 11, 2014