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Kate McPherson

Stories by Kate McPherson

  • 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 […]

  • Politics

    Begich responds to pay equality criticism

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 26, 6:58

    Creating conditions in the workplace that make it easier for women to fight for equal pay continues to be a political divider. Republicans are trying to use the equal pay issue against Sen. Mark Begich, who’s running for re-election in November. Republican heavyweight Karl Rove is behind a group that put out the latest ad attacking […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Youth Court celebrates 25 years of service

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 21, 23:20

    The Anchorage Youth Court is celebrating 25 years in operation this week. The goal is to keep young, first-time offenders out of the criminal justice system by allowing them to be judged and sentenced by their peers. “There’s definitely pressure I think because we know it’s a real defendant, this is something real that happened,” […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Campaigning set to increase ahead of November election

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 20, 23:10

    Republican power brokers across the country are still celebrating after Tuesday night’s primary election secured their favorite candidate to run against Sen. Mark Begich in November. Dan Sullivan won his race against Tea Party-backed Joe Miller and current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. Despite the negative jabs between the Republican Senate candidates, political commentator and University […]

  • State

    High drivers predicted to increase, Alaska’s police chiefs say

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 15, 22:59

    Drugged driving will become an increasing problem on our roads if marijuana is legalized, according to the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police. The organization, which represents chiefs and law enforcement commanders at the local, state and federal level, has renewed its concern about driving high on marijuana after hearing what it says are “unsupported […]

  • Local

    Referendum on AO-37 adds another big issue for Anchorage voters

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 12, 23:09

    The Anchorage Assembly had one last chance Tuesday night to avoid a referendum on the city’s labor law. But it came up one vote short, and now, the fate of AO-37 is in the hands of voters in the November election. Even supporters of the initial referendum petition say it’ll be a tough sell. “It’s […]

  • News

    Public debate precedes oil tax vote

    by Kate McPherson on Aug 12, 6:51

    A passionate debate on Alaska’s new oil tax law was held at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium Monday night. Ballot Measure 1 is a contested issue among Alaskans, who will have the opportunity to repeal Senate Bill 21 next week during the primary election. KTVA and the Alaska Dispatch News hosted Monday’s debate, which was broadcasted […]