Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media

APTI Reporter-Producer Ellen Lockyer started her radio career in the late 1980s, after a stint at bush Alaska weekly newspapers, the Copper Valley Views and the Cordova Times. When the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Valdez Public Radio station KCHU needed a reporter, and Ellen picked up the microphone. Since then, she has literally traveled the length of the state, from Attu to Eagle and from Barrow to Juneau, covering Alaska stories on the ground for the AK show, Alaska News Nightly, the Alaska Morning News and for Anchorage public radio station, KSKA elockyer (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8446 | About Ellen

Three new fires in the Matanuska Susitna Borough were sparked over the long weekend. On Monday, fire crews were called out to two fires in the Palmer area. Despite the area being under a burn suspension, both of the fires were human caused on private land, when residents chose to burn debris piles. Forestry crews from Palmer responded to those fires, which were declared contained. Download Audio

Attorneys for the two defendants in the Sockeye fire case have asked for more time from the court to prepare a case for trial. Download Audio
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State budget cuts are hitting home. The Anchorage and Sitka offices of the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service are slated for closure by the end of October. UAF spokesperson Marmion Grimes said the closures reflect severe reductions in state funding.

A Goose Creek prison guard has been arrested in connection with an alleged conspiracy to distribute drugs in the correctional facility. The corrections officer faces federal charges. Download Audio

The state education department is seeking public input on a new plan to meet Alaska's unique education challenges. Under the new federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act, the state must design its own requirements to meet the standards under the new federal law.

It is almost one year since the Sockeye fire in Willow devastated over 7,000 acres of Southcentral Alaska and torched 55 homes. Download Audio
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The Matanuska Susitna Borough school board has announced a replacement for outgoing school superintendent Deena Paramo. Download Audio

A new honor for the American bison.. it's now an official national mammal. Download Audio

A water main break at a busy midtown Anchorage intersection has stalled traffic, and fouled city streets. Anchorage police are warning drivers to avoid the Tudor Road and Old Seward highway area until further notice, and the traffic snarl my continue into commute hours.
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with the nation's regional forest heads on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming wildfire season. This year is expected to be worse than average in the Southwest US, Alaska and Hawaii. Download Audio
Cannabis Plant. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Three steps forward, two steps back.. Mat-Su's tangled marijuana regulations take another U turn.
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Alaska's elders face drastic budget cuts. Download Audio
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Mat -Su Assembly sets mil rate, approves spending plan for next fiscal year.
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Despite a $3 million appropriation from the Mat-Su Borough, the Borough's school district is millions in the red. Download Audio
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State funding may keep Mt. McKinley slaughterhous open another year, while details of a sale are worked out. Download Audio
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State Trooper post in Girdwood could stay open.. if the price is right.

A Mat-Su Borough ban on commercial marijuana enterprise is angering pot entrepreneurs.

The 30-acre Sunrise wildfire north of Wasilla is now 100% contained. Mop-up operations are underway, according to state fire information officer Norm McDonald. About 30 firefighters are on the job and will remain there through the night.

Sunrise Fire update 9:00 am Thursday

New evidence indicates a plane that crashed April 20 near Birchwood hit a bald eagle. Four died in the accident. Download Audio