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YWCA aims to close gender pay gap by 2025

YWCA aims to close gender pay gap by 2025

Women in Alaska earn significantly less than men, and the YWCA is setting out to change that. Their new initiative aims to close the wage gap by 2025. One of the solutions may be simple–encourage more women to join the trades.

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September 4, 2014 - 5:06 pm

California Company Pitches LNG Project At Port MacKenzie

A California energy company is exploring constructing a liquified natural gas plant at Port MacKenzie to supply gas to interior Alaska and the railbelt. WesPac representatives outlined the plan to the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly last week.

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September 4, 2014 - 5:05 pm
Invasive Elodea Found In Valley

Invasive Elodea Found In Valley

Elodea, the waterway clogging invasive plant, has been identified for the first time in a Matanuska-Susitna Borough lake.

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September 4, 2014 - 9:16 am
Walker, Mallott form Unity Ticket to oppose Parnell

Walker, Mallott form Unity Ticket to oppose Parnell

The Bill Walker and Byron Mallott campaigns have joined forces to defeat Governor Sean Parnell in November. They’re calling their combined campaign the Alaska First Unity ticket. The pair announced their decision at a packed press conference Monday afternoon.

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September 2, 2014 - 5:55 pm
Former UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb. (Photo courtesy UAA Athletics)

Former UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb Passes Away

Former University of Alaska Anchorage athletic director Steve Cobb, age 55, passed away Monday night in Florida. The cause of death is currently unavailable.

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September 2, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Freedom Summer Marks 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, when civil rights activists from across the United States joined together to register black voters in the Deep South. It was a summer marred by violence and filled with hope for much of the country. But in Alaska,things were different.

September 1, 2014 - 4:06 pm

ENSTAR strike ends without a new contract

The ENSTAR operating employees strike is over, but the workers do not have a new contract. After two and a half weeks, they voted to return to work today.

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August 28, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Post-Ferguson, APD stands by civil unrest preparation plans

The Anchorage Police Department says they are ready if civil unrest breaks out in Alaska’s largest city, like it did in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month. But their main tactic is being as transparent and open as possible so that riots don’t happen in the first place.

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August 27, 2014 - 4:54 pm
Giant Pumpkin Tips the Scales

Giant Pumpkin Tips the Scales

The winner in this year’s Alaska State Fair giant pumpkin weigh-off tips the scales, but doesn’t break the record.

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August 26, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Borough To Ask Ferry Debt Forgiveness

The Matanuska Susitna Borough is appealing to top US officials to resolve the Borough’s $12 million ferry debt.

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August 22, 2014 - 4:38 pm
ENSTAR Strike Finishes Second Week, No End In Sight

ENSTAR Strike Finishes Second Week, No End In Sight

The ENSTAR strike has lasted two weeks, and there’s no end in sight. Local workers are picketing in front of ENSTAR offices around Anchorage and in Homer. They’re having a dispute with the management over retirement benefits for both present and future workers.

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August 22, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Mat Su Borough Assembly Wrestles With Ferry Issue

The Matanuska Susitna Borough has until September 5 to repay more than 12 million dollars in federal grants related to the ferryboat “Sustina.”

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August 21, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Anchorage Youth Court celebrates 25th anniversary

The Anchorage Youth Court is getting old. It’s celebrating it’s 25th birthday this week. The organization has shrunk over the years. The court now hears about a third of the cases it did a decade ago. But it’s goal is the same — to give young people a second chance.

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August 21, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Feige Losing, Stoltze Wins Mat-Su Legislative Races

Unofficial results of Tuesday’s primary election are in, and it looks like there may be one upset in the Valley. Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver could upset incumbent Eric Feige for the Republican nomination for the House District 9 race. Former state representative Bill Stoltze won the Republican nod for the Senate District F.

August 20, 2014 - 4:30 am

Dubey, Hadley, Vazquez Win GOP House Bids

Tuesday’s Republican primary pushed three Anchorage candidates a little closer to Juneau. Anand Dubey had a clear lead over challenger Mark Fagnani for the Republican candidacy for House District 21. Don Hadley bested challenger Kevin Kastner for the Republican nomination in House District 16. Liz Vazquez won the Republican nod for House District 22 with more than 52 percent of the vote. Challenger Sherri Jackson finished with 47 percent.

August 20, 2014 - 3:30 am

Health Industry Honors Two

Two men associated with the Mat-Su Health Foundation have received recognition for their work.

August 19, 2014 - 10:20 am

Keogh Announces Senate E Run

Former Mat Su Borough Assemblyman Warren Keogh tosses his hat in the Senate E race.

August 15, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Three Way Race For House 9

A three way race for the Republican nod for a state House 9 run is being watched closely. Incumbent Eric Feige is being challenged by Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver, and by a former primary opponent, George Rauscher.

August 15, 2014 - 11:49 am

Alaska Kayaker Still Missing in Costa Rica

Almost two weeks ago, 27-year-old Alaskan Cody Dial was reported missing on a kayak trip in Costa Rica. Dial is the son of Roman Dial, a well-known outdoorsman and Alaska Pacific University professor.

August 14, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Arvin, Tilton Compete for GOP Nod In Mat-Su

Two candidates familiar with the legislative process are vying for an open state House seat. Ron Arvin is a seasoned Matanuska Susitna Borough Assemblyman, while Cathy Tilton has served as a staffer for a long time Valley legislator. The two are seeking the Republican nod for the House District 12 seat, which represents the Fairview Loop area linking Wasilla and Palmer as well as Eklutna, Chugiak and Peters Creek.

August 14, 2014 - 3:59 pm