Spice takes toll on Anchorage’s emergency responders

With calls for help and emergency transports staying frustratingly high, the drug is exacting a toll not just on users, but paramedics and firefighters, as well.

Alaska’s first female African American judge: ‘Justice is not just done. Justice is seen. And justice is experienced.’

Anchorage District Court Judge Pamela Scott Washington is like a lot of dedicated public servants: a member of the community trying to help others resolve conflicts, in her case, through the justice system. But, as Washington put it, "Justice is not just done. Justice is seen. And justice is experienced."
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Assembly to vote on city purchase of 4 properties to provide homelessness resources

The Anchorage Assembly is expected to decide Tuesday whether to move forward with a plan to purchase four properties to turn into homelessness resource facilities. The properties, located in Downtown, Midtown and Spenard will help to distribute homeless care to more parts of the city.

LISTEN: First Presbyterian rings bells to honor 200,000 COVID-19 deaths in America

The national COVID-19 death count crossed 200,000 last month. Social distancing and quarantine protocols have made it difficult to gather to mourn as a community, but yesterday, First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage held a short outdoor ceremony to recognize the huge death toll of the ongoing pandemic.
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Protestors go to the homes of Anchorage mayor, assemblyman

A small group of people protested from their cars outside Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson’s West Anchorage home Tuesday night, the Mayor's office confirmed.

Birchwood crash victims include former NTSB investigator

Plane crash victims well-known locally.

Anchorage Teachers Get Tiny Raise, Part-Timers Lose Benefits

Anchorage teachers have a new contract. It gives them a small raise that doesn't keep up with the cost of living and eliminates benefits for part-time educators. Listen Now

Mat Su Behavioral Health Report Reveals Lack of Services

A new report released by the Mat Su Health Foundation indicates that behavioral health services in the Matanuska Susitna Borough are woefully inadequate. The report, the first of three, suggests that residents are not accessing care until they are in a crisis situation.

Walker gives ‘unprecedented’ address on local budgeting woes

Walker's vetoes on the operating budget have carved at $17 million dollar hole in the Anchorage's revenues, with the bulk of that drop hitting the school district. Listen now

Israel Keyes book reveals new details about serial killer

A book out this summer takes an extensive look at Israel Keyes, the man federal authorities say admitted to kidnapping and murdering...
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Assembly passes sweeping CARES Act spending plan

On Wednesday evening, the Anchorage Assembly passed a wide-ranging spending plan for more than $100 million in federal CARES Act funding allocated from the state. Among other things, it includes money for housing assistance, child care, jobs programs and small business and nonprofit relief.
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Anchorage School District’s first Black teacher and principal remembered as ‘trailblazer’

Etheldra Davis dedicated her life and career to education and community activism in Anchorage.

Assembly Okays Sheltering Homeless at 45 Degrees

It's official - Anchorage Churches and overflow facilities can now house the homeless, even after it starts warming up - at least to 45 degrees.

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. Download Audio

After A Long Wait, Going Back Could Be Tough

Twenty six homes were lost to the Sockeye wildfire, according to Matanuska Susitna Borough officials on Thursday. Some neighborhoods have been surveyed for damage, and some evacuees are going back home.

Longevity crucial to teachers’ impact in classroom

While school is in session, students spend about 30 hours in the classroom every week. That's more than 1,000 hours each academic year. This means teachers play a pivotal role, not only in a student's education, but in their development as a person. Listen now

Water and power will not be shut off during city emergency, Anchorage mayor says

The Municipality of Anchorage said customers’ water and power will not be shut off for nonpayment for the remainder of the city’s disaster declaration.
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With ‘baskets of love’ Anchorage woman marks 17th year of 9/11 memorial project

Donna Baker has become a familiar face at fire stations across the city with her annual appreciation effort.

With ‘laser focus,’ Anchorage School District commits to in-person study beginning Jan. 19

The district is taking a phased-approach that prioritizes elementary and special-needs students.

Anchorage Mayor Candidates: Dominic Lee, Paul Kendall and Jacob Seth Kern

Dominic Lee (left), Paul Kendall (center), Jacob Seth Kern (right). Photos by Erick Cordero. KSKA continues its series on the mayor candidates in the April...