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Anchorage hospitals appeal state’s ER bed cap

Anchorage hospitals appeal state’s ER bed cap

Anchorage’s two largest hospitals are appealing the state’s recent allocation decisions in hopes of building more emergency room beds in the next several years.

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August 18, 2015
Dozens of people lined up during Thursday's listening session to speak on concerns and experiences with the VA. Though overwhelmingly critical, many laid out positive experiences receiving care in Alaska. (Photo: Jillian Rogers)

Fiery Testimony, Complex Problems at Mat-Su Visit From VA Secretary

A listening session held Thursday night in Wasilla by the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs was dominated by complaints about the healthcare system for veterans.

August 14, 2015
Emergency Call from Wrecked Pilot Believed to Be From Sat Phone

Emergency Call from Wrecked Pilot Believed to Be From Sat Phone

Alaska State Troopers say they believe Seth Fairbanks made an emergency call with a Satellite phone when his Supercub crashed into Cook Inlet around midnight August 6. They also say their investigation reveals he called the non-emergency number for the Alaska State Trooper Post in Bethel, not 9-1-1.

August 14, 2015

Mat-Su Vets Rail Against VA During Secretary’s Visit

A listening session held Thursday night in Wasilla by the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs was dominated by complaints about the healthcare system for veterans in Alaska.

August 13, 2015
Mayor Pulls The Plug on A Slow and Spendy Software Project

Mayor Pulls The Plug on A Slow and Spendy Software Project

A massive software project that’s run millions of dollars and years over budget was halted today by Anchorage’s new mayor. The move is meant to reexamine the city’s path forward, but won’t totally shut off money for the project.

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August 13, 2015
Anchorage Assembly Seeks to Add LBGT Clause To Anti-Discrimination Code

Anchorage Assembly Seeks to Add LBGT Clause To Anti-Discrimination Code

The Anchorage Assembly is trying again to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinances. Assembly member Bill Evans filed the amendments Thursday. They’ll take public comment on Sept. 15.

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August 13, 2015
Mayor Berkowitz, center, with his new Homelessness Coordinator, Nancy Burke, standing to his right during Wednesday's press conference. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

City Hires Homelessness Coordinator Using State Funds

The city’s new mayor is taking quick steps towards leveraging State resources that may fix what many in Anchorage see as an intractable urban issue.

August 12, 2015
Marijuana Regulators Run Low on Time and Money

Marijuana Regulators Run Low on Time and Money

The group setting up Alaska’s rules for commercial marijuana is on pace to finish regulations by a November 24th deadline. But just barely.

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August 12, 2015
A Two-Wheeled Crusade Against Transphobia Hits the Road

A Two-Wheeled Crusade Against Transphobia Hits the Road

Reports show that violence against transgender people is rising nationwide. But one Anchorage woman is trying to fight transphobia locally by raising awareness that they’re part of the community, too. Her plan involves a bike, flashy pink nails, and an achingly long ride.

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August 12, 2015
Attorney Kevin Feldis with the U.S. Attorney's Office addresses reporters during a press conference at the FBI's Anchorage Office. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

FBI Charges Wasilla Man In Abduction of 2 North Pole Kids

In a rare move, the Bureau held a press conference to discuss the case, hoping to calm public concerns and solicit more information about the man charged.

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August 10, 2015
‘Stop the Violence’ Walk Asks Community to Pay Attention

‘Stop the Violence’ Walk Asks Community to Pay Attention

After two recent shooting deaths of local teenagers, more than 60 people marched through the rain in East Anchorage on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness of violence in the community.

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August 10, 2015
Spice is commercially sold in different packaging, typically as a loose packet of herbs treated with chemicals. (Courtesy photo - US Marine Corps)

Hospitalizations from Spice on the rise, many cases near Bean’s Cafe

More than 30 people have been hospitalized this week because of the drug spice. Though it’s not directly linked to deaths in the homeless community, staff at Bean’s Cafe are concerned.

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August 6, 2015
Meet The Elasmosaur: A Nessie-Like Dino Unearthed Near Talkeetna

Meet The Elasmosaur: A Nessie-Like Dino Unearthed Near Talkeetna

Earlier this summer, paleontologists confirmed that fossilized vertebrae found in the Talkeetna Mountains belonged to an ancient sea creature, the elasmosaur. This is the first time that remains of the species have been found in the state.

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August 5, 2015
A June 24th letter from the Division of Public Assistance Director under the Department of Health and Social Services.

3,000 in Anchorage to Lose Food Stamps Under Change to Work Requirement

Residents across the state told of changes in a June letter detailing work requirements many must meet in order to qualify for benefits longer than three months.

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August 3, 2015
Ginny Shaffer is the Parent Navigator in the NICU at The Children's Hospital at Providence in Anchorage.

Former NICU Parent Helps Other Families Navigate A Stressful Time

Most people working in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit have some type of advanced medical degree. But one employee at The Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage has a very different set of qualifications. Ginny Shaffer spent more than three months in the NICU as a parent, with her daughter who was born at 23 weeks. Now she helps other parents through one of the most stressful times of their lives as a Parent Navigator.

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August 3, 2015

New Transit Director As Berkowitz Administration Looks for Efficiencies

Jody Karcz has been with the transportation department for 30 years, and knows the municipality’s bus, ride-share, and van programs intimately.

July 31, 2015
From right to left, House member Bob Herron, Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, Adjudant General Laurie Hummel, Taya Kyle in Blue, and Allen Miller, CEO of UHS. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Psychiatric Hospital for Military Opens Amid VA Funding SNAFU

The Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital in Anchorage opens as healthcare systems serving Alaska’s military are struggling to meet demand.

July 29, 2015
Sockeye Plea… Not Guilty

Sockeye Plea… Not Guilty

Sockeye Wildfire suspects waived arraignment in state court in Palmer on Tuesday.

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July 28, 2015
Matanuska River Erosion Continues To Threaten Sutton Homes

Matanuska River Erosion Continues To Threaten Sutton Homes

The dramatic surge of the Matanuska River during the past few days has pushed families from some homes and is continuing to threaten others.

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July 28, 2015
Anchorage’s homeless community endures 6th death in two weeks

Anchorage’s homeless community endures 6th death in two weeks

Another member of Anchorage’s homeless community died early Tuesday morning. It’s the sixth such death in the last two weeks.

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July 28, 2015