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By the Associated Press

Alaska imports 96 percent of its food, and the governor said that should change. The Juneau Empire reports Gov. Bill Walker spoke during a conference for the National Association of Farmer's Market Nutrition Programs.

He said population growth since statehood helped reduce the percentage of locally-grown food that residents consumed from half to 4 percent. He said he would like to see significant growth in the percentage of Alaska-grown food. Walker noted there are now 42 farmers markets statewide compared to 11 in 2004.

By Joaqlin Estus

Gusts of 30 to 35 miles per hour have kept the McHugh Creek fire just south of Anchorage going, but light showers forecast for this afternoon are expected to help.

As of 7 p.m. Yesterday, the fire was 842 acres. Blackhawk helicopters have been dropping bucket-loads of water to keep it from moving closer to area structures. It’s about a mile from Potter Valley to the west and the Rainbow Valley subdivision to the east.

KNBA News - McHugh Fire update

Jul 20, 2016

by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media, and Joaqlin Estus, KNBA Anchorage

The McHugh wildfire continues to burn uncontained south of Anchorage.

Both lanes of the Seward Highway were opened last night [Tuesday]. Falling rocks, dense smoke, and fire activity near the road do create hazardous conditions so officials are asking people to avoid the area from Milepost 108 to 113.

by the Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker is proposing a new, statewide 3-percent sales and use tax, an alternative to his proposal to reinstate a personal income tax.

The sales tax bill was among the measures introduced Monday, as lawmakers began a special session called by Walker to address the state's budget deficit. Certain items would be exempted from the sales tax, including groceries, wages and real estate purchases or rentals.

The Department of Revenue estimates the tax could generate $500 million annually.

Advisory: APD warning drivers to not leave keys in vehicle for warm up following spree of stolen vehicles

Anchorage police are warning motorists to not leave their keys in their vehicle to warm it up following a spree of stolen vehicles over the past two days.

Yesterday, APD received 13 reports of stolen vehicles and police have already received three reports of stolen vehicles this morning. A majority of these cases include incidents where the drivers left their keys in their running vehicle to warm it up.

KNBA News - We Are All Related Here

Dec 7, 2015

Dec. 3, 2015

We Are All Related Here

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

A Pennsylvania filmmaker had seen the many stories about climate change and looming disasters, and thought the subject was ripe for a new angle. Brian McDermott wanted to show what would be lost if no one acts to move a village to safer ground.  In the second of three stories about some of the films coming up at the Anchorage International Film Festival, we hear excerpts from the film “We Are All Related Here.”

Anchorage Snow Day

Associated Press

The Anchorage school district canceled classes Tuesday due to icy roads from an overnight snowstorm. The Alaska Dispatch News reports police dispatchers had reports of 11 accidents and two more with injuries. Dispatchers had reports of more than 25 other vehicles in distress, and almost all of those were on the Glenn Highway.


Homer to reimburse bankrupt company 

State witnesses take the stand in Fairbanks Four case

By Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The state has begun calling witnesses in the Fairbanks Four evidentiary hearing now in its fourth week. Witnesses so far were summoned by attorneys representing exoneration petitioners George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts, and Eugene Vent. Now the focus has shifted to witnesses offered by state lawyers trying to uphold the men’s convictions for the murder of John Hartman.

Oct. 26, 2015

Risks, rewards at issue

By The Associated Press

Republican legislative leaders say they want to know more about the potential risks and rewards of the state buying out gas pipeline project partner TransCanada Corp.

They also want to know how the state would pay for its share.

The Legislature opened a special session Saturday to consider buying out TransCanada's share in the project. As it is now, TransCanada would hold the state's interest in a gas treatment plant and pipeline.