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Top Mat-Su emergency official resigns, citing ‘sabotage’

PALMER -- The top emergency official in the fastest-growing part of Alaska has resigned, accusing borough employees and assembly members of undermining his actions. Otto Feather served as director of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough emergency services department for just under two years before tenderin


Palmer Buzz: Palmer Arts Council celebrates artistic efforts

It was a cold Saturday night in Palmer and it was the 2019 Annual Meeting at Turkey Red. Nice wines, good food, fun people, art on the walls, interesting speakers, and Palmer Hip Hop on the mic warmed up a full crowd of supporters. This is an organization which cheers, supports and applauds the many


Wasilla restaurant gives free cookies, coffee to furloughed feds

A Wasilla restaurant is offering furloughed federal workers a free treat during the partial federal government shutdown. The owners of Bistro Red Beet announced on Facebook on Tuesday they will give out free cookies and coffee or tea to employees going without a paycheck.


NLC Rankings: Wasilla logs air miles

The Wasilla boys’ basketball team should adopt the moniker Road Warriors. Through the first month of the prep season, Wasilla has traveled to Ketchikan, Kodiak and Tennessee.


Winter light in Alaska might be scarce, but what’s there can be breathtaking

I was out cross-country skiing a couple of weeks ago, enjoying the relative warmth of Government Peak Recreation Area in Palmer. The beautiful trails there are set in a hillside adjacent to Hatcher Pass and often the temperatures are a little higher than down in the Butte where we live.


Untapped market: 203 Kombucha to open first kombuchery in Valley in February

PALMER— A new shop, 203 Kombucha, is gearing up to open its doors in downtown Palmer February, making it the first kombuchery in the Valley. Owner David Boortz said he’s excited to open up the draft to an untapped market.


Alaska man kills mother, continues living in house with her body, police say

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - A Fairbanks man has been arrested for, and area police say he confessed to, strangling his mother and then continuing to live in the house with her discolored, decaying body.


Wasilla pays for tax study

WASILLA — The Wasilla City Council voted to pay $10,000 to the Alaska Municipal League to fund a study on municipalities ability to collect a sales tax from online retailers following the Supreme Court’s decision on Wayfair v. South Dakota.


Sharon Jackson sworn in — across the street

(2-minute read) REBUKED BY HOUSE DEMOCRATS, SHE TAKES OATH OF OFFICE ANYWAY. Reps. Josh Revak of Anchorage and David Eastman of Wasilla took things into their own hands today, and, with the authority of Alaska State Statute, swore in Rep. Sharon Jackson as the representative for House District 13.


Edie Grunwald to chair Parole Board

Gov. Michael Dunleavy has named Edie Grunwald as the incoming chair of the Alaska Parole Board, Must Read Alaska has learned. Grunwald ran for lieutenant governor in 2018, and she is well-known across Alaska for her indomitable spirit, optimism in the face of adversity, and frank style of communicat


No limits Palmer paralympian wins national title

PALMER — Palmer Paralympian Grace Miller, who has joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks ski team, won a national title during the US Paralympic National Championships in Jan. 5 Craftsbury, Vermont. Miller is currently at the World Cup in Sweden where she will compete in the biathlon for the firs


Alaska Railroad installs winter shelter

DENALI PARK — The Alaska Railroad has installed a winter shelter at the Denali National Park train depot to accommodate winter visitors who end up waiting for rides to their Denali destinations.


Wasilla woman killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, troopers say

WASILLA, Alaska (KTUU) - A Wasilla woman was declared dead last week, and authorities say the apparent cause is carbon monoxide poisoning in her home. Michelle Ahern, 44 of Wasilla, "appears to have succumbed to Carbon Monoxide poisoning," troopers wrote in an online report.


Edie Grunwald appointed chair of state parole board

WASILLA — Edie Grunwald has been appointed as chair for the state’s parole board. She said that she was pleasant surprised and is excited for her five-year term. “I’ve already been scouring the statues and the codes,” Grunwald said Tuesday.


Woman who helped bring a library to Palmer to be honored Sunday

PALMER — Sunday at 2 p.m., the Friends of the Palmer Library are hosting a free event open to the public to honor Verna Euwer, “long tome friend of the library, educator and author,” according to the event description on Facebook.


Prisoner Reentry and Our Community Summit at Mat-Su College draws high attendance from multiple fields to discuss reentry options

PALMER—The Mat-Su College’s café bustled with activity for a two-day summit hosted by the Mat-Su Reentry Coalition. The Prisoner Reentry and Our Community Summit had a plethora of topics and discussions regarding challenges and solutions locals face when they are released from prison and attempt to


Scammer posing as Alaska State Trooper targets Anchorage couple

Investigators say a man pretending to be an Alaska State Trooper called an Anchorage couple, threatening jail time and demanding money. Saturday evening David McFadden and Susan Luce came home to a voicemail from someone claiming to be a lieutenant with the Alaska State Troopers Office asking for Su


WATCH: Wasilla family gets "ding dong ditched" by moose

WASILLA, Ak Before the aftershock Sunday morning, a Wasilla family woke up to a larger, more hairy and hooved surprise. A moose made it's way onto their front porch and rang the doorbell!


Palmer girls win Government Peak ski race

The first race of the season cancelled by an earthquake. The second was cancelled due to lack of snow and closure of schools by earthquake. The third race — threatened by subzero temperatures.


City council approves Palmer airport improvements

PALMER — The Palmer City Council approved improvements on the Palmer Airport to the tune of over $150,000 on Tuesday night, along with other regularly scheduled business in their first meeting of 2019.