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Anchorage: Data Show 2% Dip In Major Crime

Anchorage: Data Show 2% Dip In Major Crime

Outgoing Mayor Dan Sullivan held a press conference Tuesday at City Hall to explain that statistics for the last year tell a more optimistic story than the one on the campaign trail.

May 12, 2015

Mat Su Assembly Budget Discussions

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly wrestles with providing services while keeping the mil rate low.

May 12, 2015
Mine-Sweeping, Playground-Building, Parachuting Sapper Brigade Leaves JBER

Mine-Sweeping, Playground-Building, Parachuting Sapper Brigade Leaves JBER

The deactivation of an engineering unit at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson this month is a small piece amid larger changes for the Army in Alaska.

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May 11, 2015

Wasilla Scholar Garners Presidential Recognition

Wasilla high school student Ariel Hasse has been named a 2015 Presidential Scholar. The 17 year old has her sights set on a science career. 

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May 7, 2015
Graduating 5th grade with a javelin toss

Graduating 5th grade with a javelin toss

As the school year wraps up, some fifth graders are preparing to move from protective elementary schools to more grown-up middle schools. For the area’s Waldorf school students, that transition includes spears and hand embroidered tunics at the tri-school Greek Pentathalon.

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May 7, 2015
Berkowitz Nabs Mayoral Victory After High Voter Turnout

Berkowitz Nabs Mayoral Victory After High Voter Turnout

Anchorage voters elected Ethan Berkowitz by a wide margin Tuesday to be the city’s next mayor, after runoff race consisting of two candidates from opposite sides of the political spectrum.

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May 6, 2015
Program providing housing, life skills helps youth succeed

Program providing housing, life skills helps youth succeed

Research shows that kids who age out of the foster care system are less likely to finish high school, find jobs, or go to college. But one organization in Anchorage is trying to change the outcome for former foster kids and other young adults who need to learn the skills to live independently.

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May 6, 2015

Mat Su Assembly Struggles To Hold Mill Rate Steady

Few people turned out for a Matanuska Susitna Borough public hearing on the FY 2016 budget on Monday evening. But a divide is brewing between those who want to hold the mill rate steady, and those who say more services will require a nudge in property taxes.

May 5, 2015
Tlingit-Haida Pushes For Larger Tribal Role In U.N.

Tlingit-Haida Pushes For Larger Tribal Role In U.N.

Alaska’s largest tribal government has joined an international effort to boost Native influence in the United Nations. The Juneau-based Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska wants a larger forum to address its concerns.

May 5, 2015
Anchorage School Board amends budget, moves charter school facility money to save teaching jobs

Anchorage School Board amends budget, moves charter school facility money to save teaching jobs

The Anchorage School Board amended their budget to account for proposed legislative funding cuts.

May 4, 2015

As Early Voting Breaks Records, Uncertainty Prevails in the Mayor’s Race

High early voting returns after low turnout last month adds more uncertainty to a mayor’s race with few numbers available.

May 4, 2015

Anchorage Adopts Budget After Battle Over Utility Funds, Public Safety Jobs

The $483.6 million budget came after vetoes coming from the mayor’s office and a last minute deal over money connected to a utility the Administration has proposed privatizing.

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May 4, 2015
Maeva Ordaz. Photo courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Anchorage senior wins national Poetry Out Loud competition

West Anchorage High Senior Maeva Ordaz won the national Poetry Out Loud competition this week in Washington DC. It’s the first time an Alaskan has both reached the finals and won.

May 1, 2015
Photo of Jujiro Wada. Licensed under PD-US via Wikipedia.

Little Known Alaska Musher Spurs Japanese Musical

“Samurai Musher” plays in private performance for Seward and Anchorage high schools this week. A public performance is scheduled for May 1 at the Alaska Performing Arts Center in Anchorage, and a second public performance for Fairbanks on May 3.

May 1, 2015

Mat-Su Begins Budget Process

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly begins it’s budget sessions this week A worksession on April 30 starts the process, with public hearings to follow starting on May 4.

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May 1, 2015

Delving Into Anchorage’s Mayoral Runoff Election

With just a few days left before Anchorage voters head to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to pick a new mayor the race is intensifying. On April 7th, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski took the most votes in the city-wide election. For the most part the campaigns were cordial, with the candidates sparing on policy disagreements, but respectful of one another. But in the last week or so new issues have been quickly popping up—both personal and policy related. Today we’ll be sorting through the mayor’s race stories appearing online and in the news, getting a handle on what coverage is substantial, and what’s superficial.

KSKA: Friday, 5/1 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 5/1 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 4:30pm

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May 1, 2015
Regan Brooks teaches about storytelling as Service High student Kevin Goodman listens. Hillman/KSKA

Story Works Alaska gives high schoolers a voice

Think about being sixteen, in high school, and standing in front of a group of friends and strangers telling a story. Your story. That’s what a new Anchorage organization called Story Works Alaska is teaching local students to do while helping them build community at the same time.

April 29, 2015

As PAC Money Pours Into Runoff, Some Numbers Still Missing

Candidate Ethan Berkowitz has an overwhelming lead in terms of donors and funds, but with no polling data released by either campaign, the results are difficult to predict.

April 29, 2015

Controversial Anchorage Budget Bumps Up Taxes for Public Safety, Veto Likely

The Assembly passed a budget adding a 5.61% rise in property taxes, splitting the body between those calling for fiscal conservatism, and others stressing a need for spending on public safety.

April 29, 2015
Signs posted around Town Square Park protesting budget cuts to education. Hillman/KSKA

Alaska PTA, community speaks out against education funding cuts

Community members and education groups, like Alaska PTA, organized in Anchorage to speak out against public education funding cuts.

April 29, 2015