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Mat-Su Borough school bus drivers picket

Mat-Su bus drivers declare midday strike after dropping students off at school

The school district said parents and guardians must now pick up their students at the end of the day.
Heidi Drygas

Former lieutenant governor candidate Heidi Drygas is new head of Alaska’s largest public union

Heidi Drygas will replace Jake Metcalfe as executive director of the Alaska State Employees Association.
a Ketchikan house fire

1 home destroyed, 2 damaged in early-morning Ketchikan house fire

Fire Marshal Gretchen O’Sullivan says crews worked for more than four hours to extinguish the Monday blaze on Deermount Street.
Unalaska Department of Public Safety

Unalaska settles suits claiming hostile police work environment for $765K

Four former city police officers all sued during the tenure of police chief Jay King, who resigned in December.
a mother and child

‘Hungry, frustrated and unheard’: With food stamp backlog, Alaska mom struggles to feed son

A state leader cites multiple reasons for the growth of the backlog, which has no clear end in sight.

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gas prices on a mobil sign

Exxon announced record earnings. It’s bound to renew scrutiny of Big Oil.

ExxonMobil earned nearly $56 billion in profit in 2022, setting an annual record not just for itself but for any U.S. or European oil...
a book listing Japanese World War II detainees

A project collects the names of those held at Japanese internment camps during WWII

More than 125,000 Japanese Americans interned during World War II are now being recognized in the Ireichō, or the Sacred Book of Names.
a Monterey Park shooting memorial

Nearly all U.S. mass attackers were male and faced major life stressor, report finds

The U.S. Secret Service has released a first-of-its-kind report that analyzes 173 mass attacks that took place in the country from 2016 to 2020.

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Reversing Outmigration in Anchorage | Alaska Insight

Anchorage and Alaska have seen a decade-long pattern of population decline. Birth rates are slowing, and more people are leaving the city than coming in.
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Unstable January Snowpack Causes Avalanches in Southcentral Alaska | Alaska Insight

In this episode of Alaska Insight, Lori Townsend talks with avalanche experts Elliot Gaddy, a local guide and avalanche instructor, and John Sykes, a forecaster with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center.
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Expanding renewable energy in rural Alaska | Alaska Insight

Alaskans seeking relief from high energy prices and unreliable supplies are finding success in transitioning to renewable energy. What projects are in the works, and where do opportunities exist for further development?
Above: In 2022, destination development consultant Roger Brooks presented his finding at the Anchorage Economic Forecast Luncheon about how the city could be improved to become more appealing to visitors and residents. This work has been the launching point for several initiatives around the city to increase in-migration and tourism. Madilyn Rose breaks down Brook’s recommendations to better understand how they can be applied to Anchorage.

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