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Low Unemployment Limits Anchorage’s Business Growth

Anchorage’s unemployment rate for May is 4.9 percent, one of the lowest rates in the state. Though that may seem like a good thing, it’s actually a barrier for growth in the state’s largest city. Businesses are having trouble finding reliable workers.

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June 23, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Fishers Flock to Anchorage’s Slam’n Salm’n Derby

This weekend you can expect hundreds of local and tourists to crowd Ship Creek in Anchorage, trying to snag a monster king salmon. The fishing frenzy is part of the slamin salmon derby, a 10-day long competition and fundraiser

June 20, 2014 - 2:49 pm
Search teams retrieving debris from the crash in 2012.

DoD photo by Cpt. Jamie D. Dobson, U.S. Army

Remains of 17 servicemen identified from 1952 crash

The remains of 17 service members who died in a 1952 plane crash near Mount Gannett have been identified by the Department of Defense and will soon be returned to their families. An Alaska National Guard Blackhawk helicopter crew discovered the crash site two summers ago on Colony Glacier during a training exercise. A team went back to the site to recover what they could later that month. Some of the family members reflected on the experience.

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June 19, 2014 - 4:42 pm
A design option for the 36th and Seward intersection called a "Hybrid SPUI."

Seward & 36th improvement plans still under consideration

The state’s Department of Transportation is weighing it’s options for the redesign of the intersection of Seward and 36th.

June 11, 2014 - 6:00 am
Pilot launches unmanned aircraft on North Slope. Photo courtesy of BP.

BP uses drones for first time on land for commercial purposes

For the first time in Alaska, and the United States, a company is flying drones over land for commercial purposes. BP is using Unmanned Aerial Systems to inspect roads, gravel pads, and pipelines on the North Slope. It’s the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has approved drones for this type of use, and it could open doors for other companies.

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June 10, 2014 - 5:40 pm
The National Archives building in downtown Anchorage

National Archives departure impacts broad community

The National Archives in Anchorage is closing its doors to researchers in less than two weeks, despite impassioned pleas by historians and researchers. But they aren’t the only ones who use the stacks of historical records. Playwrights, federal and state agencies, and native organizations do as well. And the archives leaving could impact them all, to a degree.

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June 10, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Borough School District Seeks Pre-K Funds

The Matanuska Susistna School District’s pre-school program is in jeopardy. “Widening the Net ” brings pre-kindergarden education into selected district schools, but school funding reductions (this year) may force the district to shut down the innovative program in the fall. School district officials vow to continue the program on a reduced basis, if a state grant does not come through in time.

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June 5, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Over 4,250 Show For Anchorage’s Bike To Work Day

More than 4,250 bikers turned out for Bike to Work Day in Anchorage on Wednesday. That’s more than double the participants for last year’s snowy event, when low numbers were blamed on the cold, wet weather. In 2012, about 3,800 bikers took to the streets and trails.

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June 4, 2014 - 5:28 pm
Two bikers join the city's largest Bike to Work Day crowd to date. See more photos on Alaska Public's Facebook page.

Anchorage Bike to Work Day participation soars

More than 4,250 bikers turned out for Bike to Work Day in Anchorage today. That’s more than double the participants for last year’s snowy event, when low numbers were blamed on the cold, wet weather. In 2012, about 3,800 bikers took to the streets and trails.

June 4, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Anchorage ranks among nation’s top bike commuting cities

Anchorage is celebrating it’s 10th annual Bike to Work Day on Wednesday — an event aimed at promoting bike commuting in Anchorage. But Bike to Work Day isn’t the only time cyclists are on the road in the city. Data from the American Community Survey says that bike commuting in Anchorage is up 151 percent since 1990. It’s one of the top cities in the nation for bike commuters.

June 3, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Property Thefts Linked To Drug Use

A jump in property thefts in Matanuska Valley communities spurred the Alaska State Troopers to start a new Crime Suppression Unit in Palmer this year. Property crimes in the Valley may be linked to the increased use of drugs, like heroin, and the trend upward – of both drug use and burglaries, has social costs that have yet to be tallied

June 3, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Orphaned wolf pups finding love at the Alaska Zoo

Five orphaned wolf pups found by medics working on the Funny River Fire are now being treated at the Alaska Zoo before they go as a family to their new home at the Minnesota Zoo.

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May 29, 2014 - 5:30 pm
A photo of the Tyonek Fire taken on May 19 by the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Tyonek fire 100% contained

The Tyonek Fire is now considered 100% contained. It burned about 1,900 acres. Most of the crews and resources are now being used on the Funny River Fire instead, though some personnel and equipment will stay behind to make sure the fire stays under control.

May 28, 2014 - 12:11 pm
Detective Bret Sarber speaks about recent arrests in a cold case from 2003.

DNA sample leads to arrests for sexual assault in 2003 cold case

The Anchorage Police Department arraigned two suspects on Thursday in a sexual assault case from 2003. They say they re-opened the case after a DNA sample from one of the suspects matched the sample taken from the victim nearly 11 years ago when she reported the crime soon after it happened.

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May 23, 2014 - 4:30 pm
Anchorage Air Quality Impacted By Regional Wildfires

Anchorage Air Quality Impacted By Regional Wildfires

Smoke from regional wildfires is causing concerns for air quality conditions in Anchorage. The municipality’s Department of Health and Human Services said the air is unhealthy for all people and advises everyone to stay indoors.

May 22, 2014 - 11:00 am

Legislators Honor Mat Su Fish Experts

Alaska’s salmon resource often tangles in the nets of politics, but Tuesday night, members of the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s legislative delegation were all smiles as they acknowledged the Borough’s Fish Commission.

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May 21, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Borough Assembly Upholds School Funding Veto

A mayoral veto of a school district appropriation prompted dozens of people to plead with the Matanuska Susitna Assembly for an override at Tuesday night’s meeting, the votes just were not there.

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May 21, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Crews Work To Contain Wildfire Near Tyonek

State fire crews are scrambling to contain a wildfire near Tyonek on the west side of Cook Inlet.

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May 19, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Anchorage School District releases proposed budget amendments

The Anchorage School District released their suggestions for adjusting next year’s budget on Friday. Under the superintendent’s proposal, the district would cut 57 classroom teachers instead of 143. The proposal does not add back in more than 48 support staff positions that were cut in the initial budget.

May 16, 2014 - 3:54 pm
(Copyright Bill Benish. Taken on Feb. 28, 2009 in Bronx, New York City)

AK: 2014 Rusty Blackbird Blitz

Rusty Blackbirds are beginning to show up in Alaska for their annual migration to breeding grounds in our boreal wetlands. But researchers are worried that the once abundant bird is disappearing, and they don’t know why.

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May 16, 2014 - 3:07 pm