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Kate McPherson

Stories by Kate McPherson

  • State

    Same-sex couples gear up for weddings after Supreme Court denies state’s request

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 18, 11:20

    It’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions for some same-sex couples in Alaska. Same-sex marriages will resume Monday in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the State of Alaska’s request for a stay on Alaska’s new marriage laws. “It’s been hard, it’s been hard,” said Courtney Lamb. “It’s better now.” Gov. Sean […]

  • Local

    Recognition and rights for Anchorage same-sex family

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 14, 7:46

    It’s spaghetti night at the Tow-Laborde household. After 10 years together, Chris Laborde and Susan Tow know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Cooking is Tow’s strength — Laborde once fed leftover chocolate cake to their sons for breakfast when they were younger. Dylan Tow, 17, has also picked up some of his mother’s culinary skills, […]

  • State

    Celebration for same-sex couples in Alaska

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 13, 7:54

    Same-sex couples in Alaska are celebrating a new freedom: they can get married. The State of Alaska must also recognize same-sex marriage entered into legally in other states. On Sunday, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess ruled on the case of Hamby v. Parnell, declaring Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. “I feel very […]

  • State

    Alaska judge to decide fate of same-sex marriage ban

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 10, 14:34

    The future of Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban is in the hands of U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess, who heard arguments Friday in a case brought forward by five Alaska same-sex couples. Four of the couples married in other states and want their union recognized in Alaska, while a fifth couple waits and hopes that […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Baby wins McGraw tickets for Anchorage mom

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 10, 8:11

    Country music star Tim McGraw will play in Anchorage later this month and tickets are selling fast. The cost, around $200, means some people are hoping to win their way in. “He’s a mega star so it’s a big deal to have somebody like this in Anchorage,” said radio host Dawson McKay. Anchorage radio station […]

  • Local

    Cottle, Means vying for mayor’s seat in Wasilla

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 04, 13:52

    City of Wasilla Mayor Verne Rupright is nearing the end of his second term, the maximum number of terms allowed. On Oct. 7, when the city conducts its regular election, voters will have two choices for mayor: Bert Cottle or Loren Means. Means is a general contractor. He first visited Wasilla 18 years ago from Nevada […]

  • Local

    Coastal trail bridge reconstruction pushed back to 2015

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 03, 11:24

    The Tony Knowles Costal Trail bridge that collapsed in mid-June at Westchester Lagoon won’t be rebuilt this year. The Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department says it will be reconstructed at the same location, but construction crews won’t be able to start work until spring or summer next year. The department’s goal is to replace the bridge […]

  • State

    Wasilla mistakenly garnishes 130 PFD checks

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 02, 14:55

    Waking up to find the Permanent Fund Dividend money in your bank account is a great feeling for most people, but Thursday morning, more than a hundred Wasilla residents didn’t get the full satisfaction: some of the money was missing. The City of Wasilla incorrectly garnished 130 PFD checks, according to Finance Director Troy Tankersley. […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Senate race plagued by Sullivan residency confusion

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 30, 23:09

    Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan’s residency has once again come into question. Maryland tax officials have confirmed that Dan Sullivan and his wife claimed their Maryland home as their primary residence from 2006 until 2008, during which they received property tax benefits. The Sullivans bought the $1.3 million home in 2006 while Sullivan was working for […]

  • Local

    What should the school board cut? Anchorage public asked to weigh in

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 30, 7:25

    The Anchorage School District is facing a budget shortfall of $22.5 million next year, and the school board is asking the pubic to weigh in on where cuts should and shouldn’t be made. On Monday night, parents and teachers attended one of three public listening sessions with the Anchorage School Board and ASD staff at […]

  • State

    Turning Tongass waste timber into energy

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 27, 11:48

    Having been in the timber industry on Prince of Wales Island for more than three decades, Mel Cook has worked with some of the most beautiful wood in the world. But he says the availability of timber isn’t what it used to be, and his business and his body is slowing down. “We supported five […]

  • State

    Guitars, mandolins, ukuleles: Tongass tonewood grows business

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 26, 8:14

    There’s a beautiful view of Port St. Nicholas from Brent Cole’s workshop. Located in the town of Craig on Prince of Wales Island, Cole, his wife Annette and two sons run Alaska Specialty Woods. Cole works six days a week making soundboards and tonewood that he sells to some of the most renowned manufactures and craftsmen […]

  • State

    Wolf numbers in Tongass unknown, but logging project approved

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 24, 23:26

    The U.S. Forest Service says it doesn’t know how many wolves are on Prince of Wales Island, but it will proceed with the Big Thorne timber sale regardless, provided it overcomes several lawsuits. There is also no requirement for the Forest Service to delay logging while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines whether to […]

  • State

    In Tongass, moving away from old-growth logging poses challenges

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 24, 7:14

    Keith Landers planned to purchase a small sawmill on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska in the mid ’90s. “The night before we got here, it burnt to the ground,” Keith Landers said. “And so we weren’t able to purchase.” So he tore his mill down in Oregon and moved it to the island […]

  • State

    Tongass logging project moves forward to keep small towns alive

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 23, 8:23

    Thousands of acres of old-growth forest will be put up for sale this week by the U.S. Forest Service — the largest logging project announced in two decades. The project area is located on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest. Its size, 6,186 acres of old-growth forest and 46 miles of new roads, […]

  • Local

    Landowner continues legal battle with City of Palmer

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 13, 13:40

    A seven-year legal battle between Palmer resident Ray Briggs and the City of Palmer continues. As the 68-year-old Vitenam veteran battles lung cancer, he says the City of Palmer has unconstitutionally taken his land. “I’ve got roughly a year and half to live,” Briggs said. “The city said they are going to take it one […]

  • Local

    Anchorage firefighter honored along with 9/11 first responders

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 12, 7:01

    An Anchorage Fire Department captain who died in the line of duty is now part of the Alaska Fallen Firefighter Memorial, which is located at Station 1. Senior Capt. Jeff Bayless worked as a firefighter for two decades and was based at Station 11 in Eagle River. “We miss him terribly, his passing left a […]

  • Local

    Sheraton employees, supporters rally for better working conditions

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 10, 23:21

    Sheraton employees and their supporters rallied once again outside of the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, calling on management to negotiate new contracts that provide higher wages and better working conditions. The battle between the union and hotel management has continued since negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement fell apart in early 2009. “I don’t give […]

  • Local

    Study predicts negative results for 6th-graders in middle school

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 10, 8:00

    The Anchorage School District held a public meeting Tuesday night at Central Middle School of Science to present the findings of a study into the performance of sixth-graders in middle school compared to sixth-graders in elementary school. The meeting is one of three being used to gauge whether Anchorage parents think it’s a good idea […]

  • Local

    Family, friends of Michelle Lane protest police investigation into her death

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 08, 23:16

    Dozens of people protested outside of the Anchorage Police Department headquarters on Tudor Road Monday evening, angry over the handling of an investigation into the death of 21-year-old Michelle Lane. Police initially indicated her death as a suicide, but family and friends believe she was murdered. “We all know that she wouldn’t hurt herself,” said […]