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  • Money

    Palmer’s abandoned Matanuska Maid building to become large-scale brewery

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 20, 21:33

    Right in the heart of Downtown Palmer, the former Matanuska Maid blow mold building has sat empty for the last decade. Where some see the abandoned remnants of a once thriving diary operation, Matthew Tomter sees opportunity. “I remember drinking Mat Maid milk,” Tomter said. “I remember this place being functional back in the 90s.” Tomter […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New passing lanes, bridges part of Seward Highway improvement project

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 20, 20:35

    The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) is working to make major safety improvements to a busy section of the Seward Highway prone to crashes. The Milepost 75-90 Rehabilitation Project will upgrade the road from Girdwood to beyond the Portage curve toward Turnagain Pass. DOT spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said the project will cost up to $250 million. […]

  • Alaska News

    What’s at stake for Alaska if Trump repeals ACA Medicaid expansion?

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 20, 19:50

    One of President Donald Trump’s first actions in office was an executive order regarding health care reform, the first step in seeking to promptly repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order “allows the Health and Human Services Department and other federal agencies to delay implementing any piece of the law that might impose a ‘fiscal […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Nearly 20 Alaska communities plan to hold women’s marches Saturday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 20, 19:24

    Organizers of Anchorage’s version of the Women’s March on Washington say more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event on Saturday at the Delaney Park Strip downtown. Alaska’s largest city is one of at least 18 communities around the state holding its own version of the national march, according to local organizer Celeste Godfrey. One of […]

  • Alaska News

    Audit of $90M state crime lab highlights empty promises, need for improvement

    by Daniella Rivera on Jan 20, 16:20

    Empty promises and revelations about evidence procedures — a newly released audit of the $90 million crime lab the state built in 2012 isn’t a shining report card. The 86-page audit references public testimony from Department of Public Safety management in 2010. “[At the new crime lab] there would be an immediate increase in efficiency of twenty […]

  • Alaska News

    Aleutians volcano sends up ash cloud Friday; aircraft warned

    by Associated Press on Jan 20, 16:10

    An Alaska volcano that has been erupting periodically since mid-December has sent up another ash cloud. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian lslands erupted at 1:17 p.m. Friday. Pilots report an ash cloud reached 36,000 feet. Ash clouds higher than 20,000 feet are a threat to intercontinental jet aircraft because ash […]

  • US/World

    Hawaii mother’s airplane child assault conviction overturned

    by Associated Press on Jan 20, 15:48

    A federal judge is overturning the conviction of a Hawaii mother found guilty of assaulting her 15-month-old daughter on a flight from Alaska. U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi’s ruling Friday orders a new trial for Samantha Watanabe. A jury convicted her of assault in 2015. Prosecutors said she cursed at her daughter, smacked her […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Gov. Walker proposes pay freeze for non-union state employees

    by KTVA / AP on Jan 20, 15:28

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has proposed freezing his own salary, along with the salaries of the lieutenant governor, legislators and state department heads. It’s part of a broader bill that would freeze non-union state-worker pay for two years, beginning in July. The bill also would allow the governor to waive any portion of the governor’s […]

  • Alaska News

    17-year-old boy killed when ATV flips on Iliamna Lake

    by Associated Press on Jan 20, 15:11

    A 17-year-old boy riding double on an all-terrain vehicle died in a crash on Iliamna Lake 12 miles north of the village of Kokhanok. The boy’s name has not been released. Alaska State Troopers say the teen and another juvenile Thursday night were traveling at about 40 mph and didn’t see a snowbank on the […]

  • Alaska News

    Strip club owner says he was unfairly targeted

    by Rachel D'Oro / AP on Jan 20, 13:10

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Latest on sentencing of strip club owner in waste dumping case (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A sentencing hearing has been canceled for the second day in a row in the case of an Alaska man who was convicted of illegally dumping human waste into a harbor while operating a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Trailer destroyed in Friday morning fire, 3 people displaced

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 20, 12:33

    The Anchorage Fire Department said there were no injuries as a result of a fire that decimated a trailer in Midtown Friday morning. A text message alert sent at 8:43 a.m. Friday stated AFD was responding to the blaze at 3007 Arctic Boulevard, advising people to be aware of first responders in the area. AFD Capt. […]

  • U.S. Politics

    In inauguration speech, Trump vows to give power back to the people

    by Rebecca Shabad / CBS News on Jan 20, 11:31

    After taking the oath of office, President Donald J. Trump promised to take the power from the Washington elite and return it to the people, and he stressed that his priority will be to put the U.S. ahead of other nations. WATCH: Donald Trump’s inaugural speech Live coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration Speaking from the […]

  • Local

    Cold temps? Alaskans are hearty, but not foolhardy

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 20, 9:08

    When it comes to weathering the elements, even Alaskans have their limits. Ten below zero is the temperature cutoff to keep elementary-schoolers inside for recess. And this week’s subzero readings necessitated the postponement of several activities for the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA). “We are concerned with keeping hands and toes warm, as well […]

  • Alaska News

    Feds declare salmon disaster for Gulf of Alaska fisheries

    by Associated Press on Jan 20, 8:13

    The federal government has issued a disaster declaration for Alaska’s pink salmon fishery and several other salmon and crab fisheries along the West Coast. The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Wednesday that Gov. Bill Walker requested the declaration after last year’s pink salmon harvests in Kodiak, Prince William Sound, Chignik and lower Cook Inlet came […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Watch: Donald Trump sworn in as 45th president of the United States

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 20, 4:00

      On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The swearing-in ceremony will begin Friday at 7:30 a.m. Alaska Standard Time. The official oath of office and inaugural address will happen at 8 a.m. Chief Justice John Roberts will once again administer the oath […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Governor, lawmakers find common ground on one issue: Alaska’s heroin epidemic

    by Liz Raines on Jan 19, 20:56

    It’s only the third day of the 2017 legislative session, but already the dialogue in Juneau has been dominated by the state’s budget problem — a $3 billion shortfall, according to Gov. Bill Walker. Lawmakers and the governor may not agree on how to fix the state’s finances, but there is one issue they say […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Crashes involving school busses on the rise in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 19, 20:22

    The Anchorage School District is reporting an unusually high number of crashes involving school buses over the past few weeks. Chuck Moore, head of pupil transportation for ASD, said there have been eight crashes since mid December. In every case it was a driver that hit a school bus, almost all with students on board. No […]

  • Marijuana News

    Where’s the weed? Anchorage pot shops cope with cannabis shortage

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 19, 19:30

    If you’re hoping to pick up some legal marijuana in Anchorage, you may be out of luck. Currently, there are three stores open locally. Budtenders at Alaska Fireweed say they still have some flower on their shelves, but Dankorage and Artic Herbery say they’re sold out. It didn’t take long for Anchorage’s first pot shop to […]

  • Crime

    Court docs: APD officer shook hands with suspect wanted for stealing car with toddler inside

    by Daniella Rivera on Jan 19, 18:21

    Anchorage police are still looking for the man they believe stole a running car with a toddler inside on New Year’s Day and has allegedly stolen two more vehicles since. Court documents explain the series of events that led the Anchorage Police Department to their search for 37-year-old Bruce Allen King. In a criminal complaint […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The legitimacy of Donald Trump

    by John Tracy on Jan 19, 16:38

    America will swear in a new commander in chief Friday. The ceremony in Washington, D.C. is intended to demonstrate, once again, that a peaceful transition of power is central to our democracy. However, many members of Congress now say they will boycott the inauguration. When Georgia Rep., and civil rights icon, John Lewis said he […]