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    ASD, state lawmakers spar over budget concerns.

    by Joe Vigil on Mar 27, 22:51

    First state lawmakers fired off a letter criticizing Anchorage School Board members for passing a budget that included nearly $12 million cut by Gov. Bill Walker in January. Now the Anchorage School Board president is firing back with a letter of his own to state lawmakers. In that letter, Eric Croft says that while the district […]

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    Lawmakers discuss Alaska Code of Military Justice

    by Associated Press on Mar 27, 7:27

    Lawmakers heard an update on efforts to draft new rules for the Alaska National Guard. Lt. Forrest Dunbar talked about efforts to update a code of military justice in Alaska during a House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting Thursday. The current code dates to territorial days. And Dunbar said the guard currently has three […]

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    Gov expected to introduce property tax bill for gas project

    by Associated Press on Mar 26, 10:32

    Gov. Bill Walker is expected to introduce legislation setting out a framework for calculating property tax payments for the state and municipalities from a major liquefied natural gas project. Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck says the formula will lay out a structure so the parties know the variables that will be involved in calculating the payments. […]

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    Senate bill imposes five-year moratorium on school debt reimbursement

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 25, 22:39

    Just as Anchorage voters are being asked to approve a $59 million school construction bond, a bill cleared the Senate on Wednesday that might chill enthusiasm for passage. It’s been a long-standing policy for the state to reimburse school districts for a large share of school construction costs, but the Senate passed House Bill 64, […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Mayor’s race: What’s in an endorsement?

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 25, 22:17

    In the Anchorage mayoral race, four frontrunners have emerged from the crowd of 11: Ethan Berkowitz, Dan Coffey, Amy Demboski and Andrew Halcro. Municipality rules say the candidates in the April 7 election must get at least 45 percent of the vote to win. If not, the top two earners will face each other in […]

  • Local

    Meet the Anchorage School Board candidates: Starr Marsett, Seat G

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 25, 20:39

    Starr Marsett is running for Seat G on the Anchorage School Board. Marsett has lived in Alaska for more than 30 years and, currently, one of her children attends East High School. Her interest in the board began when she started substitute teaching at her grandson’s school and others around the district. “I saw that our teachers and our […]

  • Local

    Meet the Anchorage School Board candidates: Elisa Snelling, Seat G

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 25, 20:39

    Elisa Snelling is running for Seat G on the Anchorage School Board. Born and raised in Anchorage, Snelling says she’s “a product of the Anchorage School District.” “I have watched the school district from my time there to my children’s time now,” said Snelling, adding that she’s seen  changes in not only the district but […]

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    Endorsements roll in ahead of Anchorage mayoral election

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 25, 19:10

    With just two weeks left before the Anchorage mayoral race, local organizations are voicing their support for the various candidates. The Anchorage Firefighters Union Local 1264 endorsed candidate Ethan Berkowitz on Wednesday. Berkowitz called the firefighters’ endorsement “a ladder to victory.” The union, which represents about 360 employees, says it chose him after interviewing all of […]

  • State

    State of the salmon in Alaska: Mixed reports

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 25, 10:29

    Catch it. Eat it. Sell it. Smoke it. Share it. It’s hard to image Alaska without salmon, because it’s part of the Alaskan identity. A special legislative committee on fisheries recognized the importance of salmon at a series of presentations on Tuesday, called “State of the Salmon.” Lindsey Bloom, a Juneau fisheries consultant who fished […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Assembly approves school district budget

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 25, 9:11

    After lengthy testimony and discussion, the Anchorage Assembly passed a 2015-2016 school district budget of more than $784 million Tuesday night. The vote was not unanimous, with Assembly members Jennifer Johnston, Amy Demboski and Bill Evans voting against the budget. Johnston said she is worried Anchorage School District officials are overestimating the amount of money […]

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    Anchorage mayoral candidates address youth at South High debate

    by Alexis Fernandez on Mar 24, 20:13

    Candidates vying to become the next mayor of Anchorage took their message to the muni’s youth at South High School’s first mayoral debate. Seven candidates answered questions from students on a variety of topics — the regulation of marijuana, figuring out solutions for Anchorage’s homeless population and how they plan to keep young people from […]

  • Local

    Meet the Anchorage School Board candidates: David Nees, Seat F

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 24, 15:35

    David Nees is running for Seat F on the Anchorage School Board. Nees, a math teacher for the Anchorage School District for 28 years, says he wants to take a closer look at the district’s budget if he’s elected to the board. “I’d like to see the Anchorage School District fund the classroom first, then look […]

  • Local

    Meet the Anchorage School Board candidates: Tam Agosti-Gisler, Seat F

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 24, 15:35

    Tam Agosti-Gisler is seeking her second term as Seat F on the Anchorage School Board. “I have a 52-year relationship with the Anchorage School District,” said Agosti-Gisler, who attended Turnagain Elementary, Romig Junior High and West High before becoming an ASD teacher for 22 years. Agosti-Gisler says she wants to continue improving the graduation rate and language […]

  • State

    4 bills to educate students about sexual assault in legislative holding pattern

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 24, 7:39

    With less than a month to go in the 90-day session, it’s likely many bills will get lost in the chaotic push toward adjournment. That’s what happened last year to two versions of a bill known as Erin’s Law – one in the House, sponsored by Rep. Geran Tarr, and another in the Senate, backed […]

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    Sen. Dan Sullivan gives first speech to Alaska Legislature

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 23, 19:15

    For Sen. Dan Sullivan it was partly a right of passage, partly a homecoming. He had spoken to lawmakers many times in committee hearings while serving as attorney general and natural resources commissioner, but never as an entire group. Two Mat-Su Valley lawmakers, Rep. Lynn Gattis and Sen. Charlie Huggins, escorted Sullivan into a joint […]

  • State

    House passes bill limiting AGDC’s role in alternate gas plan; goes to Senate next

    by Associated Press on Mar 23, 18:59

    The Alaska House has passed legislation that would limit participation of a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker. HB 132 passed 24-14. It next goes to the Senate. Walker has said he would veto the bill. His spokeswoman said his views haven’t changed. Supporters of the bill say […]

  • Local

    Meet the Anchorage School Board candidates: Derrick Slaughter, Seat E

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 23, 14:34

    Derrick Slaughter is seeking his first term as Seat E on the Anchorage School Board. A graduate of Bartlett High School, he plans to bring a “fresh, new ideas and innovative strategies” to the board. Slaughter has a son who is a student in the Anchorage School District, citing that as one of his main motivators […]

  • Local

    Meet the Anchorage School Board candidates: Kathleen Plunkett, Seat E

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 23, 14:34

    Kathleen Plunkett is seeking her third term as Seat E on the Anchorage School Board. Plunkett, who was born in Fairbanks and has lived in Anchorage for almost 50 years, says she’s been involved with many initiatives during her time on the board. One that she’s most proud of is ARISE — Anchorage Realizing Indigenous […]

  • State

    Committee to take up gas line board appointments

    by Associated Press on Mar 23, 12:21

    The House Resources Committee plans to take up the appointments of three members to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC. Gov. Bill Walker shook up the board by removing three of the five public members. Walker said he wanted Alaskans on the board and greater regional representation. He said he also […]

  • State

    Lawmakers hear hopeful message about breaking cycle of violence

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 19, 8:12

    Domestic violence may be pervasive in Alaska, but it’s also preventable. That’s the message victims’ advocates brought to a luncheon presentation at the State Capitol on Wednesday sponsored by Sen. Kevin Meyer. Lawmakers and their staff got an overview of programs offered by Pathways to Prevention, run by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and […]