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Chugach Board Approves Fire Island Wind Farm Agreement

Yesterday Anchorage's wind turbine farm power project received the first of two corporate board blessings it needs to become a reality.

Redistricting Plan Approved, 30 Days To File Lawsuits

Tuesday morning in Anchorage, Alaska's Redistricting Board held a ceremonial signing of its final plan for the state's legislative districts. It was a second signing of sorts. To meet the 90 day deadline demanded by the Alaska Constitution the board actually approved the plan yesterday.

Federal Law Strict About Hate Crime Definition

Last week, an FBI agent based in California and specializing in Civil Rights crimes took part in a public forum held at Anchorage's Fairview Recreation Center. For an hour, Supervisory Agent Peter Kaupp told the packed room what constitutes a federal hate crime and what does not.

United Way’s Graduation Campaign Attracts Enthusiasm and Checks

Yesterday the United Way of Anchorage announced a new initiative combining community energy with educational expertise to boost the Anchorage School District's three year graduation rate by 20 percent. Michele Brown, CEO and President of United Way of Anchorage, began by saying recent efforts to keep young people in school had enjoyed some success.

New Clinic Reverses Trend and Seeks Medicare Patients

Most Anchorage health clinics refuse new Medicare beneficiaries, but last Friday a new clinic opened in Anchorage that only takes Medicare clients.

Infection at Providence ICU on the Decline

An infection that struck Providence Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit in Anchorage in March now appears to be on the decline. A hospital administrator says Providence–working with state epidemiologists–carefully monitored the situation and instituted new procedures to protect the infants and assure the parents.

Food Bank Launches Summer Lunch Program

“Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation.” For many Anchorage and Alaska children this seasonal truth begins when the school year with its free or reduced lunch program ends for three months. Wednesday the Food Bank of Alaska kicked off its fifth Summer Food Service Program in Fairview...

New Center Expands Salvation Army Community Services in Anchorage

In late May the Salvation Army dedicated its new 5 point 5 million dollar Community Center in Anchorage. Now with the arrival of June, it offers the first of its community activities.

Anchorage’s Police Department Extends Deadline

This fall the Anchorage Police Department will hold its an officer training academy. It’s been a couple of years since the last one and the time lapse has in part prompted the department to lengthen the application period.

Plane Crash Kills Five Near Birchwood

At about 10:15 this morning Anchorage police responded to a plane crash near the Birchwood Airport in the Chugiak area. All five people aboard were killed.

Citizen Calls Important to Traffic Enforcement

A recent study by the Anchorage Police Department shows citizen involvement is a key factor in keeping city streets safer. On Wednesday, Police Chief Mark Mew asked citizens to be extra vigilant during the upcoming weekend.

Neighborhood Activists Share Problems, Solutions

What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? This week over 250 delegates from four countries gathered in Anchorage to learn new and share proven answers to those questions. The 36th National Neighborhood USA conference began Wednesday.

Assembly Approves Mandatory Photo IDs at Anchorage Liquor Stores

Beginning on July 1st, buying alcohol at a package store in Anchorage will require photo identification. Tuesday night the Anchorage Assembly approved the new law by a 10 to 1 margin.