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NTSB Report on Wasilla Midair Crash Inconclusive

The NTSB has released a preliminary report on a January midair collision of two light planes.

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February 10, 2015
Ethan Berkowitz officially announces his candidacy to a group of supporters on Tuesday afternoon. Hillman/KSKA

Berkowitz enters Anchorage mayoral race

Former Democratic state legislator Ethan Berkowitz is the ninth candidate to enter Anchorage’s mayoral race.

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February 10, 2015

Mat Su Pursues Waste Solution

The city of Anchorage and the Matanuska Susitna Borough are wrestling over the problem of disposal of the Borough’s septic waste. A Borough waste treatment facility could be years away, while Anchorage’s wastewater utility has had its fill of the Borough’s sludge.

February 10, 2015

Fire Sweeps Wasilla Assisted Living Home

Firefighters responded to a blaze at an assisted living home near Wasilla early Monday afternoon.

February 9, 2015
Math teacher Piper Jones listens to her students before distributing a quiz.

Middle school teachers think planning time cuts are hurting students

There’s tension in Anchorage’s middle schools because some teachers feel they’re being treated unfairly. Elective teachers have less planning time, and they say it impacts their relationships with the students.

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February 9, 2015

Economic Group Sees Affordable Housing Shortage As Barrier To Growth For Anchorage

The Anchorage housing market is one of the most expensive in the country. A recent grant application by AEDC is trying to bring data on homelessness and affordability to the forefront of the conversation on the city’s economic future.

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February 9, 2015
Anchorage Assembly member Paul Honeman (left) and Anchorage Police Department Chief Mark Mew (right) talk with Zachariah Hughes (center) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN, Anchorage)

Combating Anchorage’s Violent Crime Spike

A recent uptick in deadly shooting incidents and assaults in Anchorage have police and public safety advocates sprinting to organize a response to curb the violent trend. The Anchorage Police Department is organizing a task-force to tackle the problem, but what can communities do to help remedy the problem?

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

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February 6, 2015

Mat Su Behavioral Health Report Reveals Lack of Services

A new report released by the Mat Su Health Foundation indicates that behavioral health services in the Matanuska Susitna Borough are woefully inadequate. The report, the first of three, suggests that residents are not accessing care until they are in a crisis situation.

February 5, 2015

Point in Time Count gives snapshot of homelessness in Anchorage but not whole picture

Each year communities across the nation participate in the Point in Time Count during the last 10 days in January. They’re trying to take a snapshot of homelessness by asking how many people slept on the streets or in shelters during one specific night.

February 4, 2015

UAA Prioritization Report Lays Out Next Steps, Many Questions Remain

The University of Alaska Anchorage on Tuesday released its report on the findings of the prioritization process it has been undergoing for the last year and a half. It gives recommendations and lays out a basic plan of how to move forward, but many questions remain unanswered.

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February 4, 2015

Tax On Alcohol to Treat Anchorage’s Worsening Substance Abuse Issues Fails

The Assembly ordinance would have put a 5.5% tax on sales in package stores, setting the money aside for housing units, beds in detox centers, and other treatment options. The plan was the latest proposed solution to the city’s costly issues managing chronic inebriates.

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February 4, 2015

UAA Releases Prioritization Report Findings, Recommendations

The University of Alaska Anchorage on Tuesday released it’s report on the findings of the prioritization process it has been working on for the last year and a half.

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February 3, 2015
Scott Hamel answers questions from concerned parents and community members about the university's decision to terminate it's long-standing agreement with Tanaina. (Photo by Josh Edge - APRN - Anchorage)

Parents Voice Frustration Over Termination Of Tanaina, UAA Agreement

Tanaina Child Development Center has been housed on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus for decades, but, last week the group received a letter from the university saying they would need to find a new home. Parents gathered Monday night to ask questions and voice their concerns.

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February 3, 2015

Governor’s proposed budget cuts could mean fewer staff at ASD

The Anchorage School Board is debating what to do about next year’s school budget in light of the governor’s proposed funding cuts. Wrapped into the discussion is the future of the middle schools and literacy programs.

February 2, 2015

Tanaina Child Development Center, UAA May Be Parting Ways

Tanaina Child Development Center at the University of Alaska last week received notice from the university that the center will need to find a new location. The decision has left many parents frustrated, but the two sides are still in discussions to see if a new agreement can be reached.

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February 2, 2015

Middle school teachers upset over pay inequities

Anchorage Middle School teachers are upset about pay and workload inequities between elective teachers and core subject teachers and the divisions it’s causing in the schools.

January 30, 2015
APD Chief Mark Mew spoke in front of a dozen reporters Thursday afternoon at a press conference. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.

Police To Assemble Task Force In Wake of Week’s Fourth Murder

Crime analysts report the number of confirmed shootings more than doubled compared to last year, with much of the violence attributed to the illegal drug trade at a press conference held by the department.

January 29, 2015

Common Core Stirs Mat-Su Debate

Common Core, the federally – sponsored education standards adopted by many states, has raised the hackles of some Alaska legislators and some Mat-Su parents.

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January 29, 2015

Alaska History Gallery To Get Complete Rebuild

After nearly 30 years, the Anchorage Museum is preparing a complete renovation of one of its most visited areas. The Alaska History Gallery will be taken down at the end of summer 2016 and rebuilt from scratch.

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January 29, 2015
Project Homeless Connect connects vulnerable communities with services

Project Homeless Connect connects vulnerable communities with services

More than 1,000 Anchorage residents experience homelessness every year. Though Anchorage has dozens of agencies to help people, reaching them all is difficult. In comes Project Homeless Connect.

January 28, 2015