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Minimum wage increase helps individuals, ok for small biz

Minimum wage increase helps individuals, ok for small biz

Alaska’s statewide minimum wage increase went into effect on Tuesday. Now, thousands of jobs in the state pay $8.75 an hour — a dollar increase. So what does this means for Anchorage’s small businesses and consumers?

February 26, 2015

Independent Power Producers Seek Utility Regulations Change

Some Alaska alternative energy producers may benefit from new rules the Regulatory Commission of Alaska is considering. But other independents say the state’s power statutes are so antiquated they should be completely revised.

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February 26, 2015

Alaska Pacific University Offers New Scholarship For Pell-Eligible Students

Alaska Pacific University is adding a new scholarship for low-income students who are eligible for the Pell Grant. The school also recently lowered tuition costs and hopes both measures will help attract new students.

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February 25, 2015
On the left, Bruce Schulte of the CRCL at a press conference with Dr. Tim Hinterberger of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

State Lags Behind Municipalities Adapting to New Marijuana Law

New marijuana rule change is a long way from the full legal market that voters passed. And as state entities work to develop comprehensive new laws municipalities are rushing to find shorter-term public safety solutions.

February 24, 2015
Community members want action from muni to get more detox facilities

Community members want action from muni to get more detox facilities

Community members gathered to ask assembly members to get more detox beds in Anchorage as part of the solution for alcoholism.

February 24, 2015
(Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage)

With Troop Cuts Looming, Anchorage Officials Turn Out Crowd

Several hundred people turned out to show support for the military in Alaska and speak against potential troop reductions at an event Monday night.

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February 24, 2015

ANSEP builds bridges for middle schoolers to science education

Middle School students from around the state are participating in the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program at UAA this year. Forty-eight students from the Lower Yukon and Northwest Arctic Borough completed the two-week residential program on Friday but their learning doesn’t stop there.

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February 23, 2015
Suggestions on the Youth Wall at the Northway Mall. Hillman/KSKA

‘Youth Speak Out’ Event invites suggests on improving the community

The NAACP and Global Block are trying to get youth to speak up about their needs and what they want from the Anchorage community. They hosted an event Saturday at the Northway Mall.

February 23, 2015
George Vakalis (left), Zachariah Hughes (top), Bill Popp (bottom) and Lt. Col. Allen Brown (right) discuss potential troop draw-down in Alaska. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage Rallies Against Potential Troop Cuts As Walker Meets with Head of Army

City and business leaders prepare tour for visiting officials ahead of a rally and public listening sessions in the hopes of insulating Alaska from an overall force reduction of 120,000 troops by 2018.

February 23, 2015
The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a 5 percent tuition hike for the 2015-16 academic year. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

University of Alaska Board Of Regents Approves 5% Tuition Increase

The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted 8-2 in favor of a 5 percent tuition hike for the 2015-16 academic year. The Board voted down a similar measure last fall.

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February 20, 2015

New Prelim ASD Budget Reinstates Middle School Model

Anchorage School Board passed a preliminary budget that includes planning time for all middle school teachers and more than 60 new positions. But it’s not final until the state legislature passes their final budget later this spring.

February 19, 2015
NAACP leads conversation on helping young men of color succeed

NAACP leads conversation on helping young men of color succeed

Data from the state’s Department of Education and Early Development show that students of color drop out of high school at higher rates than white students. Anchorage’s chapter of the NAACP is trying to change that.

February 19, 2015

Seward Highway Reopened After Rock Slide

Alaska Department of Transportation and Anchorage police report the Seward highway is open again. It was closed this morning due to a rock slide near the scales south of Potter Marsh. Both lanes of the highway were closed.

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February 19, 2015
Tanaina supporters voiced their concerns to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Tanaina Supporters Appeal To UA Board of Regents

Supporters of the Tanaina Child Development Center appealed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents on Thursday, urging the board to help save Tanaina. The center was informed it would need to find a new home late last month, when UAA opted to end an agreement which allowed the childcare facility space on campus.

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February 19, 2015

Anchorage Assembly Approves New Start for Former Platinum Jaxx Building Downtown

A controversial effort in the Anchorage Assembly to block a liquor license transfer failed during Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting.

February 18, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges Alaska’s Regulation Restricting Abortions For Low Income Women

State Superior Court judge John Suddock will decide on Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s complaint against the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

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February 17, 2015
The cast of "Emotional Creature" listens to Rashid tell a story. Photo courtesy of Frank Flavin.

“Emotional Creature” teaches young women to speak

A new play opened this weekend at Cyrano’s Playhouse in Anchorage from the author of the Vagina Monologues. On stage, the songs and monologues tell the true stories of traumas faced by young women around the world. But behind the scenes, it’s the tale of Anchorage’s young women learning what it means to be an “Emotional Creature.”

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February 17, 2015

“Stagnant” Anchorage Software Project To Move Forward After Two Separate Audit Reports

Internal and external audits of the SAP software implementation find poor management, lack of accountability, and problems with scheduling, but conclude it’s too late to start over.

February 16, 2015

AVTEC Nursing Programs Cut

AVTEC, the state’s vocational and technical school with campuses in Seward and Anchorage, will be losing programs due to the budget ax.

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February 12, 2015

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