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Anchorage charter schools seeking facilities, school board discussing solutions

The Anchorage School District is considering ways to help charter schools find permanent facilities. ASD has six facility-based charter schools and one more that’s petitioning for creation. Most of them are have difficulty finding and paying for adequate building space, especially the German immersion program, Rilke Schule, and the proposed math, science, and arts middle school.

December 1, 2014

Anchorage Assembly Member Pushes For Pot Ban In Municipality

The Anchorage Municipality may use its leverage as the state’s population center to influence how laws on commercial marijuana take shape in the year ahead.

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December 1, 2014

New Palmer Landfill Proposal Up For Public Comment

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning Commission will hear public comment Monday on a proposal to locate a new landfill in the Palmer area.

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December 1, 2014
Alaskan Writers Push to Finish a Novel in a Month

Alaskan Writers Push to Finish a Novel in a Month

Nearly 500 Alaskans are trying to write a novel this month. An entire novel. They’re participating in November National Novel Writing Month, a worldwide movement aimed at getting people writing. Some of the writers gathered at Anchorage’s Loussac Public Library.

November 28, 2014
People gathered in downtown Anchorage to show their solidarity with the community of Ferguson, Missouri.

Anchorage Residents Demonstrate in Solidarity with Ferguson, MO

About 25 people stood on the corner of C and 7th in downtown Anchorage holding signs reading “Black lives matter” and “His name was Michael Brown.” They gathered to stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in August was acquitted earlier this week.

November 26, 2014

Tennis Courts Re-Appear As the Assembly Approves a $472 Million Budget for Anchorage

With very few amendments or changes made, many members said it was one of the smoothest budget cycles they have been a part of in their time on the Assembly.

November 26, 2014

Palmer Man Sentenced To 50 Years On Child Sexual Exploitation Charges

A Palmer resident has been sentenced to 50 years in federal prison on multiple charges of child sexual exploitation. Forty nine year old Robert Earl Cunningham, also known as “Bear” Cunningham and a registered sex offender, will serve the term concurrently with an 88-year state sentence.

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November 26, 2014
Design Challenge encourages innovative solutions for Cabin Fever

Design Challenge encourages innovative solutions for Cabin Fever

As the state is cloaked in darkness and cold, cabin fever starts to set in. But some Alaskans think they can fight winter’s scourge by reinventing the spaces we inhabit. The Alaska Design Forum is hosting a challenge to get community members and designers to reconsider the cabin of the future.

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November 26, 2014

Hilcorp To Purchase Port MacKenzie LNG Plant

Cook Inlet oil and gas producer Hilcorp has announced purchase of an LNG plant at Port MacKenzie.

November 25, 2014

Details Sketchy on Expanded Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants

Now, some undocumented immigrants may be eligible for an expanded deferred action program announced last week by President Barack Obama.

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November 24, 2014
“Frost” Brings Art Seekers into Anchorage Parks

“Frost” Brings Art Seekers into Anchorage Parks

Frost is one of Anchorage’s newest public art projects. It’s a scavenger hunt with photo clues that lead you to a place where the artists have mixed lights and film into a temporary art piece. We went on a quest to find the newest installation.

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November 24, 2014
Hundreds of delegates came to Anchorage to offer policy solutions to the incoming governor and his team. In 1990, Hickel's transition team was 20 advisers who met behind closed doors. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes).

Walker Transition Team Brings 250 Delegates to Shape Policy

Small working groups made up of stakeholders from across the state met in classrooms all over the UAA campus to discuss a wide array of topics as the transition team announced two new department heads.

November 23, 2014
On top is the current Port of Anchorage configuration, and below is the proposed modification, with a draft depth of -45 feet, and other tweaks. Photo: Anchorage Port Modification Plan.

City to Pursue $485 Million Design Strategy for Port of Anchorage

The mayor’s office announced it has selected a design for the Anchorage Port’s overhaul, setting a blue-print for how the half-billion dollar project will take shape in the years ahead.

November 21, 2014

Mexican Consulate Readies To Help On Deferred Action Plan

The Mexican government, through it’s consulate in Anchorage, has issued a statement regarding President Barack Obama’s announcement regarding deferred action on illegal immigrants.

November 21, 2014

Borough Musher’s Law Protects Dog Kennels

Dog mushers in the Matanuska Susitna Borough now are protected under a new Borough ordinance. The law licenses kennels, but critics say it may never be enforced.

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November 21, 2014

Borough Bus Lines To Consolidate

State budget contraints are getting tighter, and that’s being felt in the Matanuska Valley. Several public bus lines now serve various markets within the Mat Su Borough, but a new state mandate may force them to consolidate.

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November 21, 2014

ASD budget surplus indicator of unfilled positions

The Anchorage School District spent less money than they planned during the first quarter of this year. If that trend continues, they’ll have an extra $22 million left over by the end of June 2015. Much of the savings come from the district’s difficulty in hiring and retaining highly-experienced teachers and staff. ASD is spending less than planned on salaries and benefits.

November 20, 2014

Community gives input on Anchorage plan to end homelessness

The municipality is developing a new community plan to end homelessness in Anchorage. During a listening session held Wednesday evening, about 20 people gathered to discuss possible solutions to the decades old problem, including involving more local government and making services more efficient.

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November 19, 2014
More than a hundred people attended Tuesday's Assembly meeting. Photo: KSKA.

Anchorage Will Talk With Uber on Ride-Share Regulations

The ride-share service won an important battle in the Anchorage Assembly, and will be allowed to keep operating in the city as they work out a memorandum of understanding with the municipality.

November 19, 2014

Japan Eyes Port MacKenzie LNG Facility

A Japanese company, Resources Energy Incorporated, has plans to beat other, larger companies to the punch when it comes to shipping LNG from Alaska to Japan. And, the company is courting Mat Su’s Port MacKenzie as a site for it’s gas plant project.

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November 19, 2014