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Furie Applies For New Cook Inlet Platform

Furie Alaska has submitted an operations plan for a new offshore drilling platform in Cook Inlet. If the project is approved, natural gas production could begin as soon as this fall.

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March 10, 2014 - 4:42 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

Bill Stoltze Announces Run For New Senate Seat

Representative Bill Stoltze, a Republican from Chugiak, announced a new political path at the Mat Su Senior Center in downtown Palmer on Friday. Stoltze told the audience that his heart has always been in Palmer, and now he’d like to represent that city in a new state Senate district. He said he’d done “a lot of soul-searching” before making the announcement.

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March 7, 2014 - 5:29 pm

State Bans Importation, Sale Of Certain Elodea Plants

The state has taken steps to ban the importation and sale of some aquatic plants that are commonly found in aquariums. Elodea is a plant used in fishbowls that has become a big problem in Alaska, and is considered an invasive species. Last year, the state began working to eradicate the plant from areas in Fairbanks and in Anchorage.

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March 6, 2014 - 5:22 pm
Photo by Josh Edge, APRN -  Anchorage.

Fresh Snow Sends Drivers’ Slipping

Several inches of fresh snow coat Anchorage roadways and that’s causing problems for drivers.

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March 5, 2014 - 1:27 pm
Municipality Sues Feds for Port Damages

Municipality Sues Feds for Port Damages

The Municipality of Anchorage is suing a federal agency over problems with a port expansion project. This is the second lawsuit that the administration of Mayor Dan Sullivan has initiated to try to recover funds spent on the troubled port project.

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March 3, 2014 - 5:27 pm
Alaska Zoo Polar Bears To Get New Home

Alaska Zoo Polar Bears To Get New Home

The Alaska Zoo in Anchorage has been home to a long line of polar bears over the years, from the infamous sneaker stealing Binky to the fluffy cub Kalli which was shipped to a sister zoo back East last year. Right now, Ahpun a female, and Lyutik, a young male, are the only two residents in the zoo’s polar bear enclosure, but that is soon to change, as the Zoo plans a new program that is expected to help Alaska lead the country in polar bear captive breeding and research.

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March 1, 2014 - 6:21 pm
EPA Moves to Protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

EPA Moves to Protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that they are using section 404 C of the Clean Water Act to halt development of the Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska.

February 28, 2014 - 8:08 am
Assembly Moves Election to November

Assembly Moves Election to November

The Anchorage Assembly has voted to move municipal elections from Spring to Fall. Proponents argued it would increase voter turnout, which has been low. Critics say local issues will be lost amongst state and national ones.

February 26, 2014 - 1:32 am
Assembly Okays CH2M Hill to Lead Troubled Port Project

Assembly Okays CH2M Hill to Lead Troubled Port Project

The Anchorage Assembly approved awarding the engineering firm CH2M Hill a 30-million dollar contract to get the Port of Anchorage Project back on track at Tuesday’s meeting. But assembly members had some questions.

February 26, 2014 - 1:21 am
Pro-Union Delta Western Workers Press On

Pro-Union Delta Western Workers Press On

Last week, a handful of Delta Western fuel supply employees in Unalaska kicked off an effort to unionize by going on strike. They’re pressing ahead — even after a visit from the company president.

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February 25, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Adult Learning Center Helps Dropouts Earn Diplomas

As the traditional strains of Pomp and Circumstance rang out of a boombox at Anchorage’s Wilda Marston Theater recently, thirty black- robed and square- hatted high school graduates paraded down the aisle. February is not the usual month for such a ceremony, but what makes this graduation really different — the grads are not teenagers, and they hail from as far away as the Congo.

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February 24, 2014 - 6:03 pm
ASD Board Taps Saving to Pass Budget

ASD Board Taps Saving to Pass Budget

After weeks of number crunching, the Anchorage School Board unanimously passed a budget on Thursday night. It cuts $23 million and 200 positions. More than a dozen people testified about the cuts. Then the board made small changes that will make a big difference to the community.

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February 21, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Alaska Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Parental Notification Law

The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a lawsuit that halted a voter-passed law requiring health care providers to notify parents of minors before performing abortions.

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February 20, 2014 - 5:33 pm
Mao Tosi.

Accuser Absent at Tosi APOC Hearing

Mao Tosi’s campaign for an East Anchorage Assembly seat was under scrutiny by Alaska Public Offices Commission Officials on Thursday. They held a hearing to address allegations of 15 violations filed in a complaint Tuesday.

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February 20, 2014 - 5:32 pm
A poster delineates the wetlands throughout the U-Med area. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage.

U-Med Access Route Design Dependent On Wetlands Permits

Earlier this week DOWL HKM engineering and the Alaska Department of Transportation held an open house at East High School, presenting the preferred U-Med Access route.

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February 20, 2014 - 4:52 pm
Mao Tosi.

APOC Reviewing Tosi Complaint

A complaint was filed today (Tues. 2/18) with the Alaska Public Offices Commission against Anchorage Assembly candidate Mao Tosi. The complaint alleges Tosi’s campaign for an East Anchorage Assembly seat violates Alaska’s campaign laws on 15 counts.

February 18, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Not All Happy With Fish Board Decisions

The state’s fisheries board wrapped up two weeks of meetings on Upper Cook Inlet commercial and sports fisheries late last week. This session, management changes were approved for Kenai River early and late king runs, and for the central district sockeye management plan. Supporters of the changes say that the new regulations are expected to allow more salmon to pass through the inlet. But those opposed to the changes say that commercial driftnetters and setnetters will be hurt, and that they have suffered a disproportionate hit in fishing time and area.

February 17, 2014 - 4:03 pm
Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

APD Policies Now Online

After 10 high profile officer-involved shootings over two years, the Anchorage Police Department has made their use-of-force policy public. Police Chief Mark Mew made the announcement Thursday night in response to a recommendation from the Anchorage Community Relation’s Task Force.

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February 14, 2014 - 4:26 pm
APD Releases Use-Of-Force Policy

APD Releases Use-Of-Force Policy

After two years of high profile officer-involved shootings, the Anchorage Police Department has made their use-of-force policy public. Police Chief Mark Mew made the announcement last night, (Thursday 2/13) during a community forum at Clark Middle School in the Mountain View Neighborhood.

February 13, 2014 - 10:03 pm