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Wasilla Fire Contained

A massive building fire in Wasilla is under control

January 20, 2015

APU Student Killed In Climbing Accident On Mt. Yukla

A young man fell to his death on Sunday while climbing Mount Yukla, above Eagle River. Dasan Marshall, 24, of Portland, Oregon was a student at Alaska Pacific University.

January 20, 2015

Mat-Su Borough Mulls Marijuana Regulation

An entrepreneurial spirit drove a public forum on a future Matanuska Susitana Borough marijuana law Thursday night.

January 16, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court Building. Photo by Kjetil Ree, via Wikimedia Commons

Supreme Court agrees to hear same-sex marriage cases; Alaska’s appeal on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear four same-sex marriage cases and will rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans by early summer. This does not have immediate impacts on the legality of same-sex marriage in Alaska.

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January 16, 2015
Jennifer Pastrick, far left, sat beside Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anch), Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anch.), and retired Lieutenant Ken Blaylock on the second floor of the Legislative Information Office.

Anchorage Democrats Push Bills Combating Sexual Assault, Retaliation in National Guard

Anchorage Democrats Chris Tuck and Bill Wielechowski introduced a packet of legislative measures revising reporting procedures, revamping the Guard’s internal protocols, and creating a mechanism for private companies to give veterans hiring preference.

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January 15, 2015

Anchorage tourism numbers up, expected to continue

2014 was a record year for tourism in Southcentral Alaska according to Visit Anchorage. The organization predicts 2015 might be just as good.

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January 15, 2015

Landbank Lawsuit Aimed at USACE Regs

An obscure lawsuit filed by a Matanuska Susitna wetlands mitigation bank could have national implications. The suit, now in Federal Claims Court, alleges breach of contract by the US Army Corps of Engineers, and land developers are closely watching the outcome.

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January 15, 2015
Making walking in Anchorage safer

Making walking in Anchorage safer

Nearly 8 percent of Alaskans walk to work. It’s the highest rate in the nation according to American Community Survey data. The national average is only 2.8 percent. But the state is also ranked #3 for the rate of pedestrian deaths. Three people have been killed in Anchorage the past month. So what’s happening to help keep walkers safe?

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January 14, 2015
Exact numbers won't be available until after committees and the public weigh in.

Anchorage Measure Will Tax Alcohol to Pay For Treatment and Services

In a surprising addition to the agenda, Assembly Chair Dick Traini introduces a plan short on specifics but with broad ambitions.

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January 13, 2015

Halcro Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Anchorage

Anchorage Chamber of Commerce president announces he will leave his position in order to run for mayor of Alaska’s largest city.

January 13, 2015

APD Investigating Two Attacks on Dogs as Class C Felonies

A Search and Rescue dog in Anchorage was poisoned with anti-freeze days before a pitbull puppy was found in Mid-town with multiple gunshot wounds.

January 12, 2015
Sculptors Bring Cubism, Chainsaws to Chunks of Ice in Anchorage

Sculptors Bring Cubism, Chainsaws to Chunks of Ice in Anchorage

Artists wielding sanders and drills spent three days this weekend carving blocks of ice into salmon and sea-dragons in downtown Anchorage, showcasing all you can create out of a one-and-a-half ton block of frozen water.

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January 12, 2015
Legislators take comments in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library.

Anchorage Legislators consider ways to cut capital costs

Before heading to Juneau, Anchorage Legislators are listening to community input on ways to cut state spending.

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January 10, 2015

Borough Seeks Railroad Funds

Hopes for state help for Matanuska-Susitna Borough capital projects are plunging along with the price of oil, which is at about $50 a barrel. But there is at least one bit of encouragement in the bleak outlook.

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January 9, 2015

Mat Su Ferry Draws Interest

The Matanuska Susitna Borough has received $20, 000 from an interested buyer outside the US to pay for sea trials for the ferry MV Susitna

January 7, 2015
The Anderson House Museum player piano. Hillman/KSKA

Touring A Historic Anchorage Building

Anchorage turns 100 this year. And one of the city’s first permanent homes was the Oscar Anderson House downtown.

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January 7, 2015

Illegal Dumping On State Land Draws Prosecution, Fines

State Fish and Game officials are cracking down on illegal dumping on state game refuges. Recent incidents at Goose Bay State Game Refuge near Wasilla have resulted in at least one prosecution, and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are on the look-out for further arrests, and heavy fines, and possible jail time is in store for offenders.

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January 6, 2015

MEA Eklutna Plant In Testing Phase

Yellow smoke emitted Monday by the new Matanuska Electric Association power plant in Eklutna is worrying some nearby residents.

January 6, 2015

Weekend Gun Violence Lands 2 In Anchorage Hospitals

More weekend overnight violence involving firearms in Anchorage. Two people are reported injured at a party in Muldoon early Saturday morning.

January 5, 2015

Legacy of Bar Break Violence Haunting Downtown Business Development

The Anchorage Assembly is casting an unusual amount of scrutiny on a pending liquor license transfer that’s raising questions about how businesses that sell liquor should develop downtown.

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January 2, 2015