The Mayor's Office in Anchorage is reporting a $14 million surplus after revising its first-quarter budget. Download Audio

In Anchorage this week, a panel of federal scientists is getting a look at progress on environmental studies for the Susitna-Watana Dam. It's all part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's pre-licensing process, although, an earlier hold on the hydro project has caused a two year delay in work on the application, and now some are questioning whether the environmental studies are accurate. Download Audio

The court's decision voids the contract for renting the Legislative Information Office building, but doesn't spell out what's next. Download Audio

The preliminary budget passed totals $768,401726, a decline of $4,935,000 from what was approved last year.

Shannon Croft, a West High student, recently won the State Poetry Out Loud competition. Croft will travel to Washington D.C. in May to compete in the national championship. Download Audio

A new report on policing in Anchorage says the city needs dramatically more officers to meet its public safety goals. Download Audio

The Municipality of Anchorage is well on its way to producing an updated land use plan for the Anchorage Bowl. The map currently in use has not been updated since 1982. Download Audio
Cannabis Plant. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

When Alaska voters approved legalization of recreational pot and retail sales of marijuana products in 2014, they also approved the right of local governments to ban commercial marijuana grow operations or pot sales within city limits. Two cities in the Matanuska Susitna Borough have opted to ban marijuana sales and grow operations. But Houston is aiming to bolster its city revenues with legal marijuana commerce. Download Audio

BP says it is planning to further reduce its workforce in Alaska as the state continues to struggle with low oil prices. BP spokeswoman Dawn Patience told KTUU-TV on Monday that about 4 percent of the company's workforce will be cut. Most of the affected positions are based in Anchorage.

Covenant House, a youth shelter in Anchorage, aims to protect young people from human trafficking, but the facility used to inadvertently contribute to the problem. Now, they’re helping solve it. And it all starts with a door. Download Audio

Alaska could join the other states in linking insurance premiums to personal credit ratings.

Mat Su's ailing ferry, Susitna, could be sold to a humanitarian group by this summer.
Ms. Becker’s fifth grade class. (Hillman/KSKA)

An illustrative poem performed by a group of 5th graders.

The Municipality of Anchorage is conducting a comprehensive study on the impact of the potential troop drawdown at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and is seeking community input.

Mat Su's troublesome ferry, Susitna awaits a slot in drydock, while the Borough Assembly argues over whether or not to spend money to repair the ship's engines.

Amid record turnout, Ted Cruz squeaked out a win over Donald Trump in Alaska. Party members said voters responded to both candidates' anti-establishment messages. Download Audio

It's school lottery time in Anchorage. That means parents who may want to opt out of their neighborhood school are considering optional and charter school programs across the district. But at least one neighborhood school principal says charter schools and neighborhood schools aren't necessarily so different. Download Audio

Potential cannabis growers in the Valley are worried that a one hundred foot setback rule could quash business.

Cruz received 36 percent of the vote, with New York businessman Donald Trump taking 34 percent, and record-breaking turnout among party-members.

Few people's livelihoods in Anchorage depend on reliable winter conditions. But there may be a hazard to the city's economic health if winter-loving outdoor enthusiasts decide dark, icy winters aren't worth sticking around for.