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Emily Carlson

I’m thrilled to be part of the new KTVA news team. Almost everything about us may be new, but we are doing things right. Look for solid news coverage from a crew that is excited to be here and tell you interesting, informative and well-thought-out stories.

Stories by Emily Carlson

  • Local

    Assembly: 4th Avenue Theatre public hearing to continue Thursday

    by Emily Carlson on May 13, 7:23

    The Anchorage Assembly voted to continue meeting on Thursday after a more than 5-hour gathering Tuesday. They were in the middle of hearing public testimony on a proposed plan to revitalize downtown’s 4th Avenue Theatre. The $150 million plan would turn the theatre into condos, retail and office space while preserving the historic sign outside. […]

  • State

    When it comes to Medicaid, some lawmakers demand reform with expansion

    by Emily Carlson on May 12, 7:54

    Alaska’s commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services says her office has fixed most of the problems with a system that handles Medicaid payments. Monday was the first hearing on Medicaid expansion at the technical session in Anchorage, and lawmakers on the House Finance Committee had a lot of questions. DHSS Commissioner Valerie Davidson […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Poll numbers show Berkowitz with slight lead in runoff race

    by Emily Carlson on May 05, 7:26

    New poll numbers show Ethan Berkowitz with a lead heading into Election Day. Marc Hellenthal, an Anchorage Republican pollster, used money from former mayoral candidate Dan Coffey to conduct two polls. One after the mudslinging from both candidates’ supporters started, then, one after. The numbers from April 20-23 show Democrat Ethan Berkowitz with a commanding […]

  • Alaska

    In Kotzebue, traditional Native diet coming to longterm care facilities

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 26, 14:32

      Diet isn’t just about food — it’s about history; it’s about identity. A new program in Kotzebue will allow some Native elders the chance to again enjoy the tastes of their culture. On a wintry afternoon in the Northwestern community, an eclectic bunch gathered at the Maniilaq Association to eat traditional Native food. For most, it’s […]

  • Alaska

    Sitka rescue facility offers up-close look at Alaska bears

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 13, 8:00

    Every year, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game euthanizes orphaned bear cubs. In Alaska, it’s illegal to rehabilitate bear cubs and release them back into the wild. The Fortress of the Bear in Sitka, however, wants to change that. The rescue facility just installed a new feature called the “bear breezeway” that allows visitors the […]

  • Alaska

    2 VPSOs graduate training: First in state to carry firearms

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 03, 23:01

    Two Village Public Safety Officers graduated from the pilot arming training ceremony Friday in Sitka, making them the first VPSOs allowed to carry a firearm while on duty. It was a stressful three weeks for the three VPSOs who went through the training, and just two of them graduated Friday — Hooper Bay VPSO 1st […]

  • Alaska

    Sitka School District faces largest budget deficit in its history

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 03, 10:26

    It’s fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Love’s favorite time of year: sticky and messy paper mache time. Keeping arts in the classroom is a top priority at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School in Sitka. Arts the district hopes won’t fall victim to this year’s sweeping budget cuts. The Sitka School District is facing the largest budget deficit […]

  • Alaska

    1974: ‘Explosive’ April Fool’s Day joke still remembered

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 01, 22:08

    Sitka received the prank of a lifetime 41 years ago, when a longtime jokester fooled the entire town into thinking a dormant volcano was erupting. A plume of smoke rising from Mt. Edgecumbe: It was a vision that sparked a near panic in Sitka on April 1, 1974. Brian Bickar was in his eighth grade math class […]

  • Alaska

    In Sitka, VPSOs undergo firearm training ahead of Friday’s graduation

    by Emily Carlson on Apr 01, 7:59

    Starting next week, a few Village Public Safety Officers will have an added weapon at their disposal: firearms. Lawmakers passed the controversial bill allowing VPSOs the ability to bear arms last year, and on Friday, the first group graduates from training. At first, many of the regional corporations that employ them were skeptical and some […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After months with no doctors, Valley VA health clinic may soon have a physician

    by Emily Carlson on Mar 11, 6:55

    After searching for nearly three years, the Mat-Su Veterans Affairs health clinic has tentatively hired a doctor to assist the nearly 2,000 vets who need care there. Tuesday night, the VA held one of their quarterly hearings to learn how they can improve care. Many vets were concerned with staffing. Since last May, the outpatient […]

  • Alaska

    Low king salmon return leads to emergency orders

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 20, 21:23

    Predicted low run totals for king salmon is again forcing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to issue emergency orders. The latest emergency orders take effect in April for waters in the Cook Inlet and Kenai Peninsula. Fish and Game officials are predicting a return of about 5,200 king salmon. That’s similar to last […]

  • Alaska

    AFN hopeful as Walker’s administration pledges to give Alaska Natives louder voice

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 17, 23:13

    Amidst the pomp and circumstance of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s visit to Alaska, a gathering happened that went largely unnoticed. Compared to the friction between Sally Jewell and Alaska lawmakers over new protections in ANWR, some lost sight that the Alaska Federation of Natives’ leadership meeting was the reason that they gathered in […]

  • National

    Secretary Jewell visits Kotzebue

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 17, 8:35

    A dog and pony show — that’s what some are calling the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s visit to Kotzebue. Lots of media, even more press conferences and an impressive list of lawmakers filled Monday. Everyone in Kotzebue to see what Secretary Sally Jewell had to say about the president’s recently proposed protections for Alaska’s […]

  • Alaska

    Kaktovik: A village divided

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 16, 9:09

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is coming to Alaska to see firsthand how climate change is affecting the Arctic. However, a delegation of state lawmakers plans on giving her an earful about the president’s recent proposal for new wilderness designations in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Those designations would take oil drilling off the […]

  • State

    Sex worker advocate in Juneau lobbying for change to Alaska law

    by Emily Carlson on Feb 04, 1:36

    Lawmakers see all kinds of lobbyists during the legislative session in Juneau. But one sex worker advocate who showed up this week is causing quite a stir in the halls of the Capitol. Terra Burns is in Juneau to fight for the rights of prostitutes. Before she made the trip she was in Fairbanks, where she’s […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Assembly passes $472M budget for 2015

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 27, 9:27

    The Anchorage Assembly passed the municipality’s 2015 budget Wednesday afternoon, but not before some debate on whether to cut additional staff and a surprise tennis court proposal. The $472 million budget passed unanimously in a two-hour special meeting. It’s a little more than $2 million over what Mayor Dan Sullivan proposed in October. The mayor […]

  • Alaska

    Former Guard member speaks out about her assault

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 31, 11:23

    A former Alaska National Guard member says it wasn’t what Guard leadership did, it’s what they didn’t do that nearly killed her after she was sexually assaulted. In the wake of the September report that revealed claims of misconduct and mistrust within the Guard, Spc. Melissa Jones is speaking out. It’s agonizing, she says, but […]

  • Alaska

    Judge rules on National Guard document release

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 30, 21:30

    Update: The Alaska Department of Law has released hundreds of pages of emails in relation to allegations of sexual assault and misconduct within the Alaska National Guard. Read them here. On Friday, Alaskans will get a glimpse into what Gov. Sean Parnell knew about the Alaska National Guard scandal, and when he knew it. Thursday […]

  • Alaska

    Former Guard commander describes working with ‘the three-headed monster’

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 30, 7:24

    They are the documents that led to local schools banning military recruiters from campus. Now, the four men named in those documents are suing the U.S. Army after their confidential investigations were leaked to the media. Lt. Col. Joseph Lawendowski, Sgt. Shannon Tallant, Master Sgt. John Nieves and Master Sgt. Jarrett Carson say they are […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Former Alaska National Guard member alleges fraud, forgery within the ranks

    by Emily Carlson on Oct 09, 22:38

    It’s been more than a month since a federal report revealed a system of abuse and mistrust within the Alaska National Guard. Before that report was released, there were claims made regarding sex abuse — then investigators discovered things were much worse. We’ve told you those stories of alleged sexual assault from inside the Alaska […]