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  • Alaska News

    Parents in Seward concerned about looming gap in childcare

    by Daniella Rivera on Apr 29, 7:40

    The State of Alaska’s Division of Public Assistance Child Care Program Office says they haven’t been properly inspecting home daycare facilities in Seward for years. The office has a new supervisor, and he says when inspectors make unannounced visits to home daycares, they also have to inspect the provider’s personal home space, including bedrooms and […]

  • Alaska News

    Driver dies in Parks Highway crash south of Cantwell

    by Associated Press on Apr 29, 7:38

    A driver died early Thursday morning in a crash on the Parks Highway about 15 miles south of Cantwell. Alaska State Troopers say a southbound box van crossed the centerline at Mile 194 and crashed into a UPS tractor trailer driven by 61-year-old Karl Reid of North Pole. Troopers took a 911 call on the […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Sitka Assembly passes ban on cellphone use while driving

    by Associated Press on Apr 29, 6:02

    Sitka officials have voted to approve an ordinance that prohibits drivers from using their cellphones while driving. The Sitka Sentinel reports that the Sitka Assembly approved the measure Tuesday. The cellphone law, which prohibits texting, talking and using GPS while driving, will take effect on May 26. Assembly members had cited statistics showing the higher risk […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Citizen lobbyists frustrated by short-notice cancellation of session Thursday

    by Liz Raines on Apr 28, 21:04

    The Alaska House was supposed to take up an omnibus criminal justice reform bill, Senate Bill 91, in a floor session Thursday morning, but the meeting was cancelled with less than an hour’s notice. A House Majority Press Secretary said the latest version of the bill wasn’t finished being drafted after amendments were made in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Construction worker remembered as one of dozens killed on the job in Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Apr 28, 20:39

    More than two dozen workers in Alaska were killed on the job in 2015. On Thursday, people gathered at the Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial to honor those men and women for Workers Memorial Day. “All I can say is that I will never forget Samuel, and you and your family and I vow and our staff vows […]

  • News

    Citing dry conditions, AFD encourages free home inspection program

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 28, 20:24

    Captain Joe Albrecht has spent 38 years with the Anchorage Fire Department. He said this year’s fire danger is ”unprecedented,” especially on Anchorage’s hillside. “It’s a fact that sooner or later there’s going to be a large incident and there’s not much the Anchorage Fire Department is going to be able to do when it happens,” […]

  • Outdoors

    Living Alaska: A 360-degree view on Bodenburg Butte

    by Megan Edge on Apr 28, 18:34

    I just needed one minute, after I summitted, to take in every angle of the 360-degree view from atop Bodenburg Butte: the Matanuska River valley, the Talkeetna Mountains, the Knik River valley, Pioneer Peak and the Knik Glacier. I could see it all after an hour-long drive and a 1.5-mile traverse from the West Butte […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Numbers don’t lie: Alaskans are crazy about their chickens

    by Carolyn Hall on Apr 28, 18:18

    A small tract of land can yield quite a crop for an ambitious backyard homesteader such as Mountain View resident Phil Cannon. His garden produces all the staples: carrots, potatoes, beets and lettuce. “We try to grow as much as we can for vegetables. This year we’re gonna let the kids grow their own sections […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Negotiators reach deal on excess power program earnings

    by Associated Press on Apr 28, 17:21

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement for use of any excess earnings from a fund set up to help rural areas faced with high electricity costs. A conference committee Thursday agreed to legislation that would allow for 70 percent of excess earnings from the Power Cost Equalization endowment fund to […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Why the fiscal gap should be fixed now

    by John Tracy on Apr 28, 16:56

    Back in October, when I first began these commentaries, I said that lawmakers would be unlikely to levy an income tax, or use earnings from the Permanent Fund to help balance the budget. It didn’t take much of a crystal ball to make that prediction going into an election year, even though it was possible […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage man admits to stealing mail, credit cards from Hillside residents

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 28, 16:01

    An Anchorage man pleaded guilty to charges of mail theft and credit card fraud in federal court Wednesday, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Evan Mullen, 28, admitted to stealing mail and packages from multiple homes in Anchorage’s Hillside neighborhood from December 2015 until his arrest in February 2016. His main target […]

  • DayBreak

    Homes for Heroes program now available in Alaska

    by Daybreak Staff on Apr 28, 15:11

    A program to thank heroes by making the home buying, selling or refinancing process a little easier has finally come to Alaska. The Homes for Heroes is a “hero saving” program that is now available in Anchorage. It offers discounts on agent fees and bank loans to those who serve our country and communities. Realtor […]

  • Health

    Fewer U.S. teens are having babies; here’s why

    by CBS News on Apr 28, 13:39

    Birth rates among teens in the U.S. have dropped dramatically since 2006, according to a new report, and there are a lot of factors behind the trend, including a steep decline in births by black and Hispanic teens. Births to all American teenagers have plummeted by more than 40 percent, said Lisa Romero of the U.S. […]

  • Weather News

    Garden Report: Thyme to start growing herbs

    by Rachael Penton on Apr 28, 13:04

    It’s shaping up to be a record-setting year in Anchorage. Ten new record high temperatures have already been set, and eight additional record highs tied. With warmer than normal temperatures forecast through the summer months, 2016 could be the warmest year ever recorded in Anchorage. However, gardeners shouldn’t get overexcited about the warm weather. With […]

  • Alaska News

    Troopers investigate 2 caribou wanton waste cases

    by Associated Press on Apr 28, 8:22

    Alaska State Wildlife Troopers are investigating two cases of wanton waste of caribou in northwest Alaska. Troopers found multiple cow caribou killed and left to waste near the Kauk River. The say it’s likely the caribou were killed near the beginning of April. Troopers found another kill site 25 miles northwest of the first on […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    State fines assisted living home operator $75,000 after caretaker’s death

    by Daniella Rivera on Apr 28, 6:00

    The license holder for an Anchorage assisted living home, where a caretaker was killed by a patient last November, could have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines to the state. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development said on November 6, 57-year-old Glenna Wyllie was working alone at Eye to Eye […]

  • Education

    ASD superintendent finalists have plans to move district forward

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 27, 23:30

    The candidates for Anchorage School superintendent have been narrowed down to two. Steve Atwater is the interim dean of the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Education. Deena Paramo is the current superintendent of the Matanuska-Susitna School District. Paramo said she’s ready to take on the challenges of the district’s top job at a time […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Proposal to provide healthcare for families of fallen officers fails in House committee

    by Liz Raines on Apr 27, 21:39

    The House Finance Committee Wednesday voted against an amendment to an omnibus criminal justice reform bill that would have continued healthcare benefits for families of fallen peace officers, including troopers. House Majority Leader Charisse Millett had been working on the proposal for the last four years. “Obviously I’m disappointed,” she said. “I’d like to see those folks […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Wells Fargo Building considered for Anchorage legislators’ new home

    by Liz Raines on Apr 27, 20:22

    The Alaska Legislature is looking for new office space in Anchorage, after Gov. Bill Walker announced earlier this month that he’d veto funding for a purchase of the current legislative facility. One option is the Wells Fargo building on the corner of Minnesota Drive and Benson Boulevard. After seeing it Tuesday, Sen. Gary Stevens said […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Governor softens stance on income tax, prepares for special session

    by Liz Raines on Apr 27, 20:07

    Wednesday was day 100 of the legislative session. Gov. Bill Walker told reporters at a press conference he’s already preparing for a special session in Juneau. Last month, the governor sent a letter to lawmakers with a list of expectations this year — including the passage of a broad-based tax. “Make no mistake,” he said, […]