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Kate McPherson

Stories by Kate McPherson

  • 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 […]

  • State

    Report on Alaska National Guard calls for serious change

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 06, 0:50

    The fallout from the report on misconduct within Alaska’s National Guard continues, but Gov. Sean Parnell is hoping a special project team will be able to make the changes recommended in the report – and restore trust. There are many recommendations in the report for how to fix what’s described as a “toxic work environment” […]

  • Local

    No doctors at the Mat-Su VA clinic

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 03, 21:56

    The recruitment problem at the Mat-Su Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Wasilla is now much more serious following the departure of all the clinic’s doctors. Three physicians who were working under contract over the summer decided not to renew. A nurse practitioner was transferred from Anchorage last Wednesday and is now responsible for carrying […]

  • Local

    Former UAA athletic director dies

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 02, 21:40

    Dr. Steve Cobb, former athletic director for the University of Alaska Anchorage, passed away Monday in Pensacola, Florida. As of Tuesday evening, there was no official word on the cause of death. Former colleagues say they aren’t aware of any health problems the 55-year-old may have been suffering from. They also say the news has […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Senate campaigns retract political ads

    by Kate McPherson on Sep 02, 6:59

    Two political ads — one from Sen. Mark Begich, the other from Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, are being pulled from the air. Begich endorsed an ad, which began airing across the state on Friday, claiming Sullivan signed off on a reduced sentence for a man who is now charged with murder and sexual assault. Sullivan […]

  • State

    Alaskans fill firefighters’ boots for muscular dystrophy

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 29, 23:13

    The 60th annual Fill the Boot once again showed the generosity of firefighters and Alaskan donors. Street corners across Anchorage were occupied by firefighters giving their time to help raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Friday. Last year, more that $90,000 was donated. “Looks like some good money is coming in, hopefully it’s as […]

  • Crime

    Prowlers and thieves anger Airport Heights residents

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 29, 0:05

    An Airport Heights resident, who wants to remain anonymous, says she would move from the neighborhood if she had the choice. “My heart started racing, I was in shock,” she said, after reviewing her surveillance video on Aug. 2 to find a man shining a flashlight into her car and trying to open the door. It […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Senate candidates debate health care and national debt

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 28, 6:47

    The first debate between U.S. Senate candidates Dan Sullivan and Sen. Mark Begich drew an equal number of supporters for both men, if you compared the level of applause. It was hosted by United for Liberty and held Wednesday night at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The crowd got particularly excited […]

  • Local

    Rustic Goat wins fight for parking lot

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 26, 23:28

    The Anchorage Assembly unanimously approved a request from the Rustic Goat restaurant to build a 28-space parking lot in Turnagain Tuesday night. The land to be paved over is across the road from the restaurant and is used by some locals as a park – though it’s not officially designated as parkland. Other locals are […]