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Happy Seward’s Day, Alaska state government workers!

Monday, March 25 is Seward’s Day, the uniquely Alaska day that allows State of Alaska workers a day off on the last Monday of every March to enjoy time with their families and friends. It’s one of the unique benefits afforded to State workers, along with a 37.5 hour work week.


Alaska stolen car hunter pleads guilty after high-speed chase, but can continue his work

He can’t chase them, but he can still follow them. Floyd Hall, an Anchorage, Alaska, man who is a member of a group that helps find stolen cars, has pleaded guilty on charges of reckless endangerment after police cited him for a high-speed pursuit through town in 2017 that ended with him being shot


After failure during a 2018 tsunami warning, Alaska emergency communications plans are functioning

Alaska (KTUU) In January of 2018, Kodiak was awakened to the sound of tsunami warnings after a 7.9 magnitude quake struck 175 miles southeast of the island. The problem was, after initial warning and sirens, residents were left waiting for updates. It was a domino effect of the statewide emergency a


Dunleavy’s Medicaid meat ax puts Alaska health care at risk

The biggest of the Dunleavy budget cuts, and the one that has been least examined, is the proposal to cut Medicaid spending by $714 million. Like many other ill-conceived elements of the Dunleavy budget, the Legislature won’t accept this one, but the governor has the power to veto and the Legislatur


Hiking in southcentral Alaska

With our long days and easy accessibility to the mountains, many residents of southcentral Alaska look forward to hiking as a main summer activity. Whether you want some great views, you are training for Mount Marathon, you are looking for a place to take visiting friends or you just want some solit


Former Alaska CISO Shannon Lawson takes role with Phoenix

Shannon Lawson, who previously served as Alaska’s statewide chief information security officer, was recently hired for a similar role in Phoenix, the city’s chief information officer told StateScoop.


Mat-Su testifies: Cut the budget

WHILE KETCHIKAN AND BETHEL VOICE GRAVE CONCERN OVER CUTS. The statewide discussion about the state budget is under way this weekend. On Friday, it was Juneau, and Saturday members of the House Finance Committee fanned out to Ketchikan, Bethel, Mat-Su, and Kenai to hear what Alaskans have to say.


Palmer teen provides weekend meals for fellow students in need

PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) — Every Friday morning, Palmer High School junior Zoe Nelles makes over a dozen sandwiches. She was inspired to start the Sandwich Project after learning about homeless and in transition students that are in need of a weekend meal.


5 New Properties For Sale In The Anchorage Area

ANCHORAGE, AK — When you're looking for some fresh digs, hunting down every new listing in the area can be an exhausting task. That's why we've gone ahead and done the initial work for you.


Nearly 300 brave the 5th annual Crazy Lazy Mountain Race

PALMER — It seems to take a certain kind of crazy to run up and down Lazy Mountain in an hour. A mass of enthusiastic racers rose to the occasion at the fifth annual Crazy Lazy Mountain Race, a 3,000-foot vertical climb that’s regarded by many as the inaugural kick-off to the mountain running season


Governor Dunleavy Announces Four New Judges

Declines to fill vacant seat without additional information from Judicial Council. JUNEAU—Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy announced his selections to fill Alaska Superior and District Court judgeships in Utqiagvik, Kodiak, Anchorage, and Palmer.


Dunleavy chose not to fill a Palmer judge position. Constitutionally, he has to.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy declined to appoint a judge to a vacancy in the Palmer Court, asking for more information on the candidates who were not nominated. In January, the Alaska Judicial Council narrowed a field of 11 applicants to three nominees: John Cagle, Christina Rankin and Kristin Stohler.


Search suspended for plane missing near Rainy Pass, ‘Good Samaritan’ pilots likely to continue

Rescue officials suspended the search for a Wasilla-bound plane that went missing in the area of Rainy Pass more than two weeks ago, the Alaska Air National Guard said in a statement Friday.


House majority begins its budget roadshow before Dunleavy's

Before Gov. Mike Dunleavy takes his pitch for an austerity budget to Alaskans next week, the state House majority is doing so with public hearings this weekend. Members of the House Finance Committee will hold meetings Saturday in Bethel, Ketchikan, Soldotna and Wasilla. On Sunday they will meet in


Delayed; Judge allows additional time before sentencing of the first convicted of four accused in 2016 murder of Palmer teen

PALMER — Erick Almandinger, the first of the four charged with the murder of Palmer teen David Grunwald on November 13, 2016, began his sentencing hearings in Palmer Superior Court on Wednesday in front of Judge Gregory Heath.


Culvert Conundrum: Future of borough wetlands debated at assembly meeting

PALMER — The Mat-Su Borough Assembly finally held its long awaited Wetland Mitigation meeting with experts on how the wetlands in the Mat-Su Borough are being managed. “We’re going to see and have been seeing a greater number of fish pass through because the public has got engaged and been unhappy w


The Sandwich Project; Palmer High School student works to feed students in need

PALMER — Public schools, such as Palmer High, have meal programs during the school day for those in need. But one Palmer High student saw an additional problem, and she stepped up to try to solve it.


Crazy Lazy mountain race set to kick of spring and mountain racing season

PALMER— About 250 adults are currently registered for 2019 Crazy Lazy Mountain Race, with 65 on the waiting list, according to Dane Crowley one of the three event founders and race directors. He said the race, which starts Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Lazy Mountain Trailhead, marks the fifth anniversa


Senate to begin hearing Dunleavy constitutional amendments

Hearings on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed constitutional amendments will begin Thursday, when a state Senate panel looks at his plan for enshrining a spending limit. Senate State Affairs Committee Chair Sen. Mike Shower, R-Palmer, said the first hearing will be on Senate Joint Resolution 6. He plans


Sophomore sensation propels Bartlett over battle-tested Wasilla in Class 4A girls tourney

Led by sophomore Amelia Uhila, the Bartlett Golden Bears seized a 52-48 first-round win over the Wasilla Warriors, a team that has appeared in the last three Class 4A state championship games.