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Anchorage could host Alaska's first-ever firefighter combat competition

Anchorage's nationally- and internationally-successful Firefighter Combat Challenge team is used to battling other teams and the clock. But right now, the five-man team from the Anchorage Fire Department faces another foe -- the...

Hold This Thought… moved to holdthisthought.org

For those folks following our broadcasts of the 1-minute series by Barbara Brown called Hold This Thought, please note that e-mail subscriptions, the podcast and web pages have all moved to the new Hold...

Anchorage webs net visitors

Last year proved highly successful for Anchorage's visitors' industry. According to a report presented yesterday by the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau, much of 2007's increased numbers may be due to web site...

Anchorage visitor stats: 2007 good, 2008 better

The final numbers are not yet in, but Anchorage's visitor industry enjoyed a fine year in 2007. And according to the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2008 will likely build on that success. Len Anderson,...

Hold This Thought: Through Yup'ik Eyes

For our inaugural episode of Hold This Thought, we present Jack Roderick reading from Through Yup'ik Eyes by Colin Chisholm (published by Alaska Northwest Books, an imprint of Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company). ABOUT "Hold This...

New Cancer Center receives record contribution

ConocoPhillips President Jim Bowles (left) and Providence Chief Executive Al Parrish (right). Yesterday Providence Alaska Medical Center's brand new Cancer Center was treated to an historic infusion of money. ConocoPhillips presented $5 million...

Jobs galore in state's visitor industry

Yesterday several hundred job seekers went to the Egan Civic and Convention Center to meet with 24 potential employers at the 9th Annual Holiday Break Visitor Industry Job Fair. Indivudals seeking more information about visitor...

New road produces new traffic jams

It's been two weeks since the new Elmore Road opened and offered southeast residents of the city an alternative route to midtown and northeast Anchorage. Since then, the road's proven popular -- perhaps...

Web Extra: Dan Sullivan on running for Mayor in 2009

After filing a letter of intent with the state elections commission earlier this month, Anchorage Assembly member Dan Sullivan this week issued a press release announcing he will enter the 2009 Mayor's race. Sullivan is...

Sullivan gives 'advance notice' for 2009 mayor's race

Almost all the April 2008 municipal election candidates have yet to declare and campaign, but this week long-time Anchorage Assembly member Dan Sullivan officially announced he's a candidate in the 2009 race for mayor. Web...

Mat Maid workers brace for closure

Matanuska Maid dairy plant in Anchorage, Alaska. Photo by Ellen Lockyer. Urban dairy workers are wondering where to find employment, and rural dairy producers are wondering what they’ll do with all that milk. More photos on...

City's Hillside commuters have new route north

As of noon today, traveling between southeast and east Anchorage became considerably quicker and easier. Photos on Flickr Len Anderson, KSKA - Anchorage UPDATE: The word "commuters" in the headline was corrected from the original "communters." We...

District preserves class size ratio

"Smaller class size equals better learning." It's an axiom that guides school district philosophies and budgets. At this week's Anchorage School Board meeting, the administration presented its Class Size Report for the...

MEA debate rages on in Mat-Su valley

Matanuska Electric Association wants the voters of the Mat-Su Borough to take a second look at a borough ordinance aimed at restricting the type and site of new power generation plants. Ellen Lockyer, APRN -...

Compromise mood produces city budget

After much debate, positioning and perhaps a bit of posturing, last night the Anchorage Assembly adopted a compromising mood and approved the Municipal Budget for 2008. Len Anderson, KSKA - Anchorage

Judge changes Joshua Wade trial date

This morning a U.S. District Judge in Anchorage moved Joshua Wade's upcoming trial date. It's the second rescheduling since Wade was first indicted on bank fraud charges. U.S. Judge Ralph Beistline reset the first...

AK tops 200 episodes

Earlier this month APRN's national award-winning show, AK, crept over the 200 episode mark, and we couldn't be happier! First broadcast in the fall of 2003, AK has become a weekly Alaskan cultural touchstone...

Black Friday: 1; Family Budget: 0

Black Friday, the traditional post-Thanksgiving start to the holiday shopping season, descended upon Anchorage last week. At least one store opened at 4:00 a.m. and several others unlocked their doors at 5:00. Irresistible bargains...

Illegal alien proposal troubles public safety committee

On Wednesday the Public safety committee of the Anchorage Assembly unanimously recommended the full Assembly reject a proposed ordinance its sponsor said would help catch illegal aliens, but witnesses said was unnecessary and could...

Mat-Su creamery gets one last look

Matanuska-Susitna valley dairy farmers are hoping a last-ditch effort to put together a small creamery will pan out in time to save their struggling industry. But the current lack of a processing facility could...