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Kate McPherson

Stories by Kate McPherson

  • Local

    Mat-Su Valley leaders hash out legal pot priorities

    by Kate McPherson on Dec 09, 3:23

    Banking problems, tax levies and jurisdictional conflicts are just some of the issues facing Mat-Su Valley officials since Alaskans voted to legalize and regulate marijuana. Mat-Su Assembly member Jim Sykes says it’s time to start having serious discussions about how the Valley wants to see marijuana regulated, beginning with the finances. “We have to think […]

  • Local

    In light of child pornography case, former Anchorage detective warns parents of cybercrime

    by Kate McPherson on Dec 06, 19:02

    Anchorage radio host James Laplante is accused of using Kik, a smartphone messaging application, to message minors and ask for nude images. Kik was developed in 2009, but many parents aren’t aware that the app even exists. Glen Klinkhart, former detective with the Anchorage Police Department, is encouraging parents to know what programs their children […]

  • Iditarod

    Injured musher beating the odds returns home

    by Kate McPherson on Dec 05, 7:10

    Despite having three broken vertebrae, musher Karin Hendrickson is exceeding medical expectations and was released from Alaska Regional Hospital Thursday night. “I’m not messing around, I’ve got stuff to do,” Hendrickson said. Her friend Jennifer Hawks said she was surprised by the early release. “I didn’t believe her until I came here and talked to […]

  • State

    PTSD help now available for previously ineligible Vietnam veterans

    by Kate McPherson on Dec 04, 1:31

    Vietnam War veterans who received a less-than-honorable discharge because of behavior resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could soon be eligible for help. The Department of Defense has directed military boards to reconsider the discharge status of veterans who served prior to the recognition of PTSD in 1980. If a veteran does receive an upgrade, […]

  • State

    As oil prices tank, tough budget decisions ahead for Alaska leaders

    by Kate McPherson on Dec 03, 1:35

    Alaska’s gasoline prices are falling from summer highs, and drivers are noticing the difference at the pump. “Saving a lot more money, helping out the family,” said Opapo Luafau at Cline’s Tesoro on Gambell Street. “It is better by 15 bucks,” said Anthony Ladd as he finished filling up his tank Tuesday. “That’s good, times are […]

  • Local

    In Anchorage, solutions scarce for special education teacher shortage

    by Kate McPherson on Dec 02, 1:20

    The Anchorage School District is expecting a $21.4 million budget surplus by the end of the school year, but some of that money should’ve gone to teachers’ salaries. “It’s not money we should count on or add up, the way you did,” said Anchorage School Board president Eric Croft to Andy Ratliff, ASD’s budget director. ”Because it […]

  • State

    Online scams blend in with busy shopping season

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 28, 22:27

    It’s the season when businesses take extra steps to make you part with your money and unfortunately, criminals use the same tactics — commonly via email. “They send out a thousand emails, they only need one or two people to actually fall for it,” said Glen Klinkhart with Digital Securus, an information security consulting group […]

  • Local

    Injured Iditarod musher must take year off, expects to race again

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 27, 18:02

    Update: Karin Hendrickson is leaving the hospital tonight, more than a week earlier than expected. Her friend will drive her from Alaska Regional Hospital to her home in Willow. Hendrickson says can’t wait to get back to her dogs. Read the updated story. Original Story: Musher Karin Hendrickson remembers everything about Tuesday night when a car […]

  • Local

    Thanksgiving travel tales from the Anchorage airport

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 27, 8:02

    Spending Thanksgiving with loved ones isn’t possible for everyone. But for others, taking a flight or two is all it takes to get the family together. At the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Wednesday night, 2-year-old Rachael waited patiently for her dad to come home from the North Slope. Her mom, Melissa Chapman, is happy that […]

  • Local

    First day of Great Alaska Shootout sees over 1,300 tickets sold

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 26, 2:39

    The Great Alaska Shootout is on the rebound after the first two women’s games drew decent crowds to the new venue at the Alaska Airlines Center Tuesday night. More than 1,300 tickets were sold for the session, though attendance was higher with some players’ families and team support staff not included in the ticket-sale figure. […]

  • Local

    Powder prayers for Alyeska as opening day is delayed

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 25, 1:31

    Not since the 1970s or ’80s does Brian Burnett remember a year like this at Alyeska Resort. As of Monday evening, there’s no accumulation at the base of the mountain and only around 19 inches at the top — a third of what’s desirable for it to open. “We are pushing hard to open as soon […]

  • Local

    Young people find more than a bed at Covenant House

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 21, 7:10

    Covenant House’s annual candlelight vigil was held Thursday night to show support for the youth who have nowhere else to turn, and to let them know the community cares. For the second year, the nonprofit also held an executive sleep out. Around 30 business and community leaders spent the night talking with young people about […]

  • State

    Tongass officials say transition away from old growth logging is on track

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 20, 1:22

    Tongass National Forest officials are defending the amount of time and money being spent on transitioning the logging industry from old growth into young growth. In 2010, the U.S. Forest Service announced a transition away from old growth logging, but a report released this week by Headwaters Economics says budget and staffing allocations point to […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Assembly approves Uber ordinance

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 19, 1:07

    Update: Wednesday, Nov. 19 After hours of public testimony Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly voted 8-3 in favor of an ordinance that could pave the way for Uber in the municipality. The ordinance temporarily exempts Uber from Title 11, which regulates taxi laws in Anchorage. It also directs the municipality to work with Uber to […]

  • Local

    Following election loss, Mayor Sullivan focuses on Anchorage land sale

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 17, 23:24

    He may not be Alaska’s next lieutenant governor, but Mayor Dan Sullivan says he isn’t letting the election loss get in the way of business. “I’m probably in the best position of anyone who’s lost an election,” said Sullivan on Monday. “I get to be mayor for eight more months. I love my job.” One […]

  • Local

    Homeowners consider Butte, Sutton land sale plan

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 14, 8:37

    The Mat-Su Borough wants to buy nearly two-dozen properties in Butte and Sutton because of the constant risk of flooding from the Matanuska River. Emergency officials say it’s safer for residents to leave as the river floods and erodes more land every year. Many of the homeowners met for a meeting at the Butte Fire […]

  • Campaign 2014

    In Anchorage, a tale of wait-and-see for 2 candidates

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 11, 23:10

    After the first day of absentee and questioned ballot counting, two House District seats in Anchorage are still too close to call. In the race for House District 21, Matt Claman extended his lead from Anand Dubey. Claman was up 86 votes to represent the Turnagain and Spenard area, as of 6 p.m. Tuesday. In […]

  • State

    Big changes for the VA include more choices for veterans

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 11, 0:05

    A $10 billion Veterans Affairs program hopes to cut patient wait lists by giving veterans the opportunity to be seen by doctors in the private sector. Alaska veterans who enrolled before August will soon receive a new card in the mail called the Choice Card. The director of the Alaska VA Healthcare System, Susan Yeager, […]

  • Local

    Instagram users show their love for Anchorage

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 07, 23:02

    The photo-sharing application Instagram is being used to promote Anchorage as the best city in which to live, work and play. “I Love Anchorage” is an Instagram account that is passed on to a new person every week, and photos from the account were featured at a special First Friday event at the Egan Center […]

  • Local

    Legalizing Marijuana: Anchorage businesses prepare for ‘green gold rush’

    by Kate McPherson on Nov 05, 22:56

    Supporters of Ballot Measure 2 have much to be optimistic about, but Alaska’s laws on marijuana haven’t changed yet. The results still need to be certified, and regulations need to be adopted. That, however, is not stopping some local businesses from preparing for a green gold rush. In Anchorage, adult novelty store The Look is […]