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Kate McPherson

Stories by Kate McPherson

  • 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 […]

  • Crime

    Police say woman dies after assault by son

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 06, 23:33

    Anchorage police say a woman died after being assaulted by her son in a house on Cache Drive on Friday afternoon. An hours-long standoff followed, and when police were finally able to enter the home, they found the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Michelle Goss lives across the street from where the assault […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Assembly votes no on alcohol sales tax

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 04, 1:28

    Anchorage voters won’t get the chance to vote on implementing an alcohol sales tax after the Anchorage Assembly voted down the proposal, 6 to 5, Tuesday night. Assembly members Pete Peterson, Dick Traini, Elvi Gray-Jackson, Paul Honeman and Ernie Hall voted yes to advance the proposal onto April’s ballot for voters to decide, but they […]

  • Alaska

    University of Alaska plans revitalizing teacher education

    by Kate McPherson on Feb 03, 12:10

    Recruiting and retaining teachers is a long-standing problem for school districts across Alaska. According to the University of Alaska, 750 new teachers are hired each year and most of them are from Outside. Anchorage School Board member Tam Agosti-Gisler is hopeful a plan from the University of Alaska to revitalize teacher education and produce more […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mayoral candidates address recent Anchorage violence

    by Kate McPherson on Jan 30, 20:34

    With the recent surge in violent crimes in Anchorage, some of the candidates in the upcoming mayoral race are speaking out against the actions of perpetrators and looking for ways to protect other residents. Candidate Andrew Halcro says the recent shootings in Anchorage need to be addressed with dedicated gang and drug task forces. “When […]

  • Crime

    APD Chief Mew: New task force to tackle violent drug-related crimes in Anchorage

    by Kate McPherson on Jan 29, 17:45

    Anchorage Police Department Chief Mark Mew has announced the creation of a special task force designed to crack down on activities that have led to the recent string of shootings in Anchorage since the new year. During a press conference Thursday, Mew explained the task force will be compiled of officers currently on staff with […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mental health system failing Valley youth, foundation says

    by Kate McPherson on Jan 29, 11:55

    The Mat-Su Health Foundation says youth in the Mat-Su Valley are resorting to self-harm because of a lack of mental health services. “The data was so shocking, our consultant group on this work was the McDowell Group, that we actually held a special meeting with our emergency department folks to make sure there wasn’t some […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    No pot in public: Anchorage Assembly creates new code for enforcement

    by Kate McPherson on Jan 28, 1:47

    The Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance Tuesday night banning marijuana consumption in public places and instating a $100 fine for lawbreakers. The ballot initiative passed by voters in the November election made it illegal to consume pot in a public place, but there was nothing in the Anchorage city code for police officers to follow. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New report reveals behavioral health crisis in Mat-Su

    by Kate McPherson on Jan 23, 23:18

    Not enough is being done to help Mat-Su Valley residents with mental health and substance abuse problems, according to a new report published by the Mat-Su Health Foundation. The report examined the care Mat-Su residents receive when they are experiencing a behavioral health crisis, brought on by mental health and substance abuse problems. A lack […]