Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media

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

Lawsuit could stall Mat-Su marijuana vote

Potential marijuana growers in the Mat - Su are suing to have a controversial ballot initiative taken off the October Borough ballot.

Kenai Peninsula, Southcentral brace for high winds, flooding

High wind warnings go into effect Tuesday night throughout the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage.

Eagle River Suspect Sought

At last check, Anchorage police were still on the scene of a gun related incident in Eagle River that started shortly before noon on Monday. According to APD spokesperson Renee Oistad, police got a call regarding a man with a gun threatening people inside a residence. LISTEN NOW
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Anchorage Municipality to see higher costs for housing prisoners

The state Department of Corrections announced Thursday that it is increasing the amount the municipality of Anchorage pays to house city prisoners in state correctional facilities. The rate hike affects Anchorage Correctional Complex, which houses mostly Anchorage area offenders. Listen now

Girdwood leaders urge more speed in police contract talks

Girdwood officials fear police contract won't come in time, as Alaska State Trooper outpost there closes October 1. Listen now

Wind drives power outages in Mat-Su

Power company says most outages are repaired as of noon Monday.

Erosion fix will hold, but residents worry not for long

Work to halt riverbank erosion along a stretch of the Old Glenn Highway near Palmer is about done, but some worry that it is only a stopgap.

Lawsuit targets Borough marijuana initiative

Cannabis industry supporters want the courts to demand the Mat-Su Borough remove a voter initiative from the October Borough ballot.Listen now

Alaska State Fair kicks off its 80th birthday in Palmer

It's that time of year again. Giant pumpkins, pig racing and the ever-popular upside down bungee ride make their annual appearance at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. The venerable fair, which turns 80 this year, manages to attract all ages with an eclectic mix of homespun crafts, toothsome food and lots of rock n' roll. Listen now

Wilson upsets Gattis for state Senate seat

In the fallout from the state's primary elections, seven legislative incumbents have lost their seats. How this will change the course of the next session has yet to be seen. Representative Lynn Gattis lost her bid for a Senate seat to a relatively unknown from Wasilla. Listen now

Valley veggies highlight plan to boost health among low income Alaskans

Spring Creek Farm CSA helps low income Alaskans eat well.

Birchwood fatal plane crash

Birchwood light plane crash results in one fatality.

Party infighting shadows House 9 race

House 9 race pits incumbent against Republican Party favorite. Listen now
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13 injured in RV crash on Richardson Highway

More than a dozen people were injured when a recreational vehicle slammed into the back of a tour bus on the Richardson Highway on Sunday. According to Alaska State Troopers, the northbound bus was making a left turn off the highway to the Princess Lodge in Copper Center, when the RV hit it. Listen now
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Eagle River trap-shooter earns bronze in Rio

Eagle River's Corey Cogdell-Unrein took the bronze medal in women's trapshooting competition in this year's summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Listen now

Surgeon General visits Palmer to discuss opioid epidemic

Drug addiction, long viewed as a moral failing, is now recognized as a chronic brain disease. US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy brought this message to the Alaska Wellness Summit in Palmer on Thursday. Substance abuse caregivers, recovering addicts and health officials rubbed shoulders at the day-long meeting, with the common aim of combating the opioid abuse epidemic in Alaska. Listen now

Cook Inlet Tribal Council sells detox facility to Southcentral Foundation

Cook Inlet Tribal Council runs one of only two detox centers in the state of Alaska. At the Alaska Wellness Summit in Palmer Thursday, CITC CEO Gloria O'Neil announced that the Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage will be sold to Southcentral Foundation.

Health officials address opioid abuse at Wellness Summit

A group of Alaskan women met last fall with U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, telling the senator their emotional stories about facing addiction. The Wellness Summit is the product of that meeting.

DOC to shutter Palmer Correctional Center

DOC announces Palmer Correctional Center to close.

In wake of budgetary climate, Palmer Correctional Facility shut down

In a move that may come as no surprise to a cash-strapped state administration, the commissioner of DOC Tuesday announced the shuttering of Palmer Correctional Facility. Listen now