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Kate McPherson

Stories by Kate McPherson

  • Alaska

    Choose Respect campaign on chopping block

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 27, 9:56

    As communities across Alaska rallied Thursday supporting the Choose Respect campaign, the Senate Finance subcommittee on the Department of Public Safety recommended eliminating what was left of the budget. Former Gov. Sean Parnell initiated the program in 2009 with the aim of putting an end to domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. Gov. Bill Walker is […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage mayoral candidate Dan Coffey speaks out about controversial conversation

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 23, 21:34

    Anchorage mayoral candidate Dan Coffey says he would like the public to hear the controversial conversation he had back in 2008. It wasn’t the topic Coffey says he wanted to focus on during the Anchorage Chamber’s “Make it Monday” forum, but he dedicated his opening remarks to the issue. “If I had the tape today, […]

  • Alaska

    Judge dismisses Tongass timber sale lawsuit

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 20, 21:40

    A logging project in the Tongass National Forest is one step closer to commencing. A district court judge in Alaska dismissed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service Friday. Last year, the Forest Service approved the sale of 6,000 acres of old growth trees for logging as part of the Big Thorne timber project, located on Prince […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage mayoral candidate threatens to sue media

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 20, 0:02

    Mayoral candidate Dan Coffey has stated he doesn’t want the public to hear a private conversation he had with current Anchorage Assembly member Bill Starr back in 2008.  The conversation with Starr  was recorded onto an answering machine. Coffey said Thursday he hired Anchorage lawyer Thomas Amodio to “look into the issue” — referring to whether […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska Satellite Facility crucial for new NASA mission

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 19, 14:26

    Scientists and engineers at the Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) in Fairbanks are part of a NASA mission that will reshape our understanding of water on Earth. Two 11-meter dishes on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus are now receiving unique data from the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory launched in late January. “Active” refers […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Officials: Community policing good in theory but not possible in Anchorage now

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 18, 7:10

    A senior Anchorage police officer says some of the shootings and other violent crimes that have plagued the city this year could have been prevented if the Anchorage Police Department had an effective community policing program. “And the reason I think it would have is perhaps we would’ve had the intelligence given to us before […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks adopts community policing, aims to reduce crime

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 17, 7:17

    The Fairbanks Police Department has implemented a new community policing program with the goal of reducing crime in certain neighborhoods. Chief Randall Aragon calls it a philosophy — one that he’s implemented successfully in other states, including North Carolina and, most recently, Texas. “You can’t build an effective rapport with the community looking through the windshield […]

  • Local

    Powerful national group funnels funds into Anchorage mayoral race

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 06, 7:11

    The President of Americans for Prosperity, Tim Phillips, says he visited Alaska this week to work with the local chapter as they try to persuade the Legislature not to expand Medicaid. Phillips also used his visit to speak about his group’s decision to get involved in the Anchorage mayoral race. “We think it’s a good role […]

  • Alaska

    CSI: Cyber Alaska?: Foreign threats keep FBI Cyber Squad busy

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 04, 23:38

    FBI Special Agent Betsy Bartko doesn’t know how many times a day computers are hacked in Alaska, or across the country, but she says it’s more than she could guess. “We are constantly battling those nation states that are attacking our interests here,” said Bartko, who is part of the Cyber Squad based in Anchorage. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage proposes sale of Solid Waste Services’ collection unit

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 03, 22:10

    The Municipality of Anchorage is proposing to sell the collections division of Solid Waste Services (SWS). A resolution was introduced on behalf of Mayor Dan Sullivan at Tuesday night’s Anchorage Assembly meeting. Assemblyman Paul Honeman said the idea needs to be analyzed to make sure it’s in the best interest of the rate payer. “We […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Home builders say over-regulation in Anchorage is slowing growth

    by Kate McPherson on Mar 03, 8:31

    City planning officials say Anchorage is not on track to meet the housing demand over the coming decades. “Looking at the building permits issued in 2013 and 2014 they are not meeting the benchmarks,” said Jerry Weaver, director of Community Development with the municipality. A report prepared for the municipality in 2012 says Anchorage needs 18,000 […]

  • Crime

    Wasilla homeowner holds intruder at gunpoint

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 25, 18:12

    Charles Hayes was walking through his unlit home-office towards the garage door Tuesday afternoon when he saw a figure at his desk. “There was this guy sitting on my chair, with camouflage clothing on and hat pulled down to his eyes,” Hayes recalled of the burglary. “I yelled, ‘Who are you and what the hell […]

  • Crime

    Alaska man sentenced to 8 years in prison for possessing child porn

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 23, 21:39

    Johnathan Michael Nichol will serve eight years in prison for taking sexually exploitative photographs of a 20-month-old girl and possessing child pornography. Nichol, who was living in Eagle River when he was arrested in 2010, pled guilty in July of last year to taking the photos of his relative and sharing them on the Internet. Prosecutors say […]

  • Local

    Iron flies high to rev up the start of Iron Dog weekend

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 21, 12:42

    The Flying Iron freestyle show was held Friday night in downtown Anchorage to kick off Iron Dog weekend. The event starred riders Joe Parsons, Sam Rogers and homegrown talent Cory Davis and Tim Beckner. Organizers say it was a logistical, political and financial challenge to bring the show together. Plus, they say, there’s been hardly […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    New film shows decline in wild salmon and hope in Alaska

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 20, 14:30

    A film highlighting the decline of wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest and the hope found in Alaska’s fisheries played to a sold-out crowd at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub Thursday night. ‘The Breach” examines the destruction of salmon habitat, including Washington’s Elwha River and the fight to remove the dam. Bristol Bay’s fishery and the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage community dialogue focuses on setting the bar higher for young men of color

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 19, 3:41

    More than 100 people, including teachers and Anchorage police, came together Wednesday night to talk about ways to improve opportunities for young men of color. The NAACP Anchorage Branch hosted the event to coincide with Black History Month. “If we can’t communicate what we are feeling and who we are, then we don’t get the chance to […]

  • Alaska

    Proposed UA student tuition increase to be decided Friday

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 18, 6:54

      The University of Alaska Board of Regents will decide this Friday whether or not to raise student tuition fees by 5 percent. There will be a public hearing in Anchorage at 9 a.m. Thursday ahead of the vote. Undergraduates could see an increase of between $8 and $11 per credit and graduate students could face […]

  • Local

    Former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell weighs in on Anchorage mayoral race

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 14, 11:20

    The race is on for Anchorage’s next mayor, and it’s expected to be close. Twelve candidates have filed to take Mayor Dan Sullivan’s place after the April 7 Municipal Election. Some of the contenders have the advantage of an established public profile; others are not so well known. Former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell decided not […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska AG investigates if drug company made ‘pay-to-delay’ deal

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 12, 22:53

    According to a report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Alaska’s attorney general is investigating whether Impax Laboratories, Inc. violated state law by accepting money to delay releasing cheaper versions of prescription medication. According to the filing, the attorney general’s office is investigating whether Impax entered into settlement agreements with brand-name manufacturers that […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage man loses nomination over ‘disrespectful’ Facebook photos

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 12, 7:17

    Last Updated Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. Photos posted to social media have quashed a professional opportunity for Anchorage man Jeff Landfield. Early last week the 30-year-old was nominated by Gov. Bill Walker’s administration to serve as one of the nine members of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, which oversees the conduct of justices of […]