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Kirsten Swann

Journalism combines the opportunity to keep learning about my state with the daily chance to share stories and experiences unique to the Last Frontier.

Stories by Kirsten Swann

  • Alaska News

    Dalton Highway reopens following spring flood closure

    by Kirsten Swann on Jun 05, 11:02

    Traffic began moving along the Dalton Highway Friday morning following an 18-day closure triggered by spring flooding. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities warned drivers to travel slowly and watch for flaggers and a pilot car from mile 412-414. The entire flood zone stretches from mile 392-414. The highway there “remains in rough […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska LNG receives key export approval

    by Kirsten Swann on May 28, 10:53

    A massive Alaska energy project reached a major milestone Thursday, receiving conditional authorization to export liquefied natural gas to international markets. Issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, the authorization allows the Alaska LNG Project, LLC to sell domestically produced LNG to foreign countries that don’t have Free Trade Agreements with the United States — […]

  • News

    While seismic questions linger, Ship Creek development plans progress

    by Kirsten Swann on Jul 18, 17:57

    The latest version of the Ship Creek Development Plan features a modern vision for a bustling Anchorage waterfront district, but few details on what it would take to redevelop the unstable, earthquake-prone area. In a presentation to Anchorage Assembly members Friday afternoon, a representative for international design firm KlingStubbins outlined the three-phase plan that involves […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Assembly committee grapples with paramedic shortage, surprise budget cuts

    by Kirsten Swann on Jul 16, 16:27

    Paramedic staffing problems and a few unexpected budget cuts dominated the conversation at the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday afternoon. Addressing committee members in a meeting room at the Loussac Library, Anchorage Fire Department Chief John Fullenwider outlined a proposal to temporarily shift South Anchorage-based Medic 12 to one of the downtown stations to […]

  • News

    Questions, memories remain after 5-year-old’s Glacier Creek drowning

    by Kirsten Swann on Jul 08, 13:44

    When the man working at the Girdwood Tesoro Friday evening picked up the phone and heard his girlfriend’s broken voice, he looked across the highway and saw the EMS lights by the creek where she often brought her boys to play. He started running. It was just about 6:30 p.m. and there was one thing […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Listening local: Alaska musicians turn to radio to reach growing audience

    by Kirsten Swann on Jun 25, 15:33

    If you flip through Anchorage’s FM radio stations on any given evening, you’ll hear a pretty standard mix of music – top 40 pop, top 40 country, rock, alternative, some golden oldies. If you set your dial on 106.1 FM weeknights from 6-10 p.m. you’ll hear something else entirely. The four-hour show features nothing but […]

  • Lifestyle

    During National Small Business Week, Alaska entrepreneurs thrive

    by Kirsten Swann on May 16, 14:30

    As communities around the country recognize National Small Business Week, numbers show Alaska entrepreneurs continue to rise to the top. In 2013, Alaskans created more businesses per capita than in any other state except Montana, according to data from the Kauffman Foundation. Statewide, the U.S. Census Bureau shows small businesses account for more than 50 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    As sex assault rates rise, victims face difficult choice

    by Kirsten Swann on May 05, 15:12

    Despite a statewide push to “Choose Respect” and a plethora of other prevention initiatives, statistics show Anchorage sexual assault rates have increased by nearly 30 percent since 2005. Those reported cases are just the tip of the iceberg. Anchorage victims’ advocates said many assaults still go unreported, and Alaska’s fight against sexual assault remains an […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Assisted living homes look for break from 911 fees

    by Kirsten Swann on Apr 23, 15:22

    A group of administrators from several Anchorage assisted living homes petitioned Assembly members for a change to the municipality’s 911 fee structure Wednesday. At a meeting of the Anchorage Assembly’s Public Safety Committee at the Loussac Library, representatives from Personalized Assisted Living and New Concept Assisted Living said they’d seen tens of thousands of dollars […]

  • Money

    Health department housing program contracts with Mush Inn, Black Angus

    by Kirsten Swann on Apr 21, 14:02

    The Municipality of Anchorage is set to spend up to $40,000 housing ill Alaskans at two Anchorage motels known for crime, pests and poor conditions. Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly will review two sole source contracts with both the Mush Inn Motel and the Black Angus Inn, according to a municipal procurement report. The report states […]

  • Health

    Study ranks Anchorage last when it comes to affordable produce

    by Kirsten Swann on Apr 08, 17:19

    A recent survey of 189 metro areas nationwide places Anchorage at the bottom of the list when it comes to accessing “affordable fruits and vegetables.” The Gallup-Heathways Well-being Index, which gathered information from at least 300 Anchorage adults between January 2012 and December 2013, shows only about two-thirds of respondents reported easy access to fruits […]

  • Money

    Nordstrom Rack plans Anchorage location

    by Kirsten Swann on Mar 12, 9:45

    ANCHORAGE – A discount retail division of Nordstrom, Inc. is scheduled to open its doors in Anchorage in fall 2015. The company announced plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at the Mall at Sears in a written release early Wednesday morning. The 35,000-square-foot space — the first Rack location in Alaska — will be developed […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Candidates talk small business, city spending at Chamber forum

    by Kirsten Swann on Mar 10, 19:34

    ANCHORAGE - Eight Anchorage Assembly candidates presented their vision for the municipality to Anchorage Chamber of Commerce members at a lunchtime forum Monday afternoon. The candidates were each given several minutes to introduce themselves and their platforms, then participated in a timed question-and-answer session covering everything from education spending to a controversial local labor ordinance and […]

  • Money

    Contaminated beef could reach Alaska retailers

    by Kirsten Swann on Mar 07, 12:50

    Editor’s note: This story was updated March 9 to reflect an expanded recall list and statements from several retailers. ANCHORAGE – More than two dozen Alaska grocery stores may have recieved beef products processed from diseased animals, federal health officials said. In February, the California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Kenai driver charged with assault, DUI in Sunday collision

    by Kirsten Swann on Feb 17, 10:34

    ANCHORAGE – A 71-year-old Soldotna woman was hospitalized Sunday morning after a head-on collision with an intoxicated Kenai driver. According to Alaska State Trooper dispatch, 20-year-old Ashli Kippi was driving south in the northbound lane of the Kenai Spur Highway when she struck the 2006 Ford pickup truck driven by Linda Wirz. Troopers responded to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Man convicted of Kincaid Park assault

    by Kirsten Swann on Feb 14, 13:51

    ANCHORAGE – A 41-year-old Anchorage man has been convicted of first-degree attempted sexual assault in connection with an attack in Kincaid Park more than two years ago. Prosecutors said Jeremy Christian Bienek was convicted by an Anchorage jury Feb. 6. According to a statement from the Alaska Department of Law, Bienek had taken his 18-year-old […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Human remains recovered near Indian positively identified

    by Kirsten Swann on Feb 14, 12:08

    Update: The remains found in Indian have been positively identified as Nichole M. Millsaps, according to a Feb. 18 troopers report. Her next of kin have been notified, they said. ANCHORAGE – A human skull discovered Sunday morning in Indian is believed to belong to a Wasilla woman last seen in 2010, Alaska State Troopers […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Man charged with November shooting at Midtown bar

    by Kirsten Swann on Feb 13, 11:13

    ANCHORAGE – Police have arrested Wills Johnbaptiste, 26, in connection with a shooting that injured three people at the Office Lounge in November 2013. Johnbaptiste faces two counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree misconduct involving a weapon. Two people suffered bullet wounds and a third victim was grazed […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Truck rollover causes Dalton Highway diesel spill

    by Kirsten Swann on Feb 13, 9:29

    ANCHORAGE – State environmental officials said they’re unsure how much tundra was impacted when an overturned truck spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel on the side of the Dalton Highway. A situation report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said the Eggor Enterprises truck overturned just before 11:30 p.m Tuesday near mile 309 […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Road to Warped to perform at Northway Mall

    by Kirsten Swann on Feb 07, 11:57

    ANCHORAGE – Bands from a popular touring music festival are set to play a show in Anchorage this summer. In an announcement on its website, Vans Warped Tour said the Road to Warped show will take place in the parking lot of the Northway Mall from 2-10 p.m. June 11. Presale tickets are available beginning […]