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The Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public forum Thursday evening to detail plans for improvements along the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail next summer. The meeting will be held at the Spenard Community Recreation Center from 6 to 8 p.m...

Sean Doogan

The Anchorage Assembly, after about two hours of public testimony Tuesday night, voted 8-3 to pass an ordinance that could eventually break the stalemate between ride-sharing giant Uber and city officials and taxicab permit owners.

In a meeting already crowded with agenda items including the city budget, towing ordinance changes and liquor license renewal challenges, public testimony on an Uber ordinance from Assembly members Dick Traini and Amy Demboski took up much of the night. Just minutes before the deadline to end the meeting, the Assembly approved the ordinance. Ernie Hall, Pete Petersen and Paul Honeman voted against it...

Sean Doogan

Ride-sharing service Uber may soon be a legal operation in Anchorage. The Anchorage Assembly appears poised to pass an ordinance Tuesday night that will temporarily exempt Uber from local taxi codes and direct the city and Uber to enter into an as-yet-unwritten memorandum of understanding...

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With the arrival of national wireless company Verizon in the Alaska market, local wireless providers are facing growing competition for mobile customers. One local telecom company says it's adapting by working to provide services that national competitors like Verizon and AT&T can't offer....

Sean Doogan

With the arrival of national wireless company Verizon in the Alaska market, local wireless providers are facing growing competition for mobile customers. One local telecom company says it's adapting by working to provide services that national competitors like Verizon and AT&T can't offer...

Sean Doogan

Update, Nov. 5:

In two tight Anchorage legislative races, hundreds of ballots are still waiting to be counted, according to the Alaska Division of Elections.

In the East Anchorage matchup between GOP Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux and Democrat Laurie Hummel -- a retired Army colonel -- LeDoux has a 168-vote lead, but 589 early votes and absentee ballots already in hand remain to be counted, Gail Fenumiai, state elections director, said in an email. Plus absentee ballots can arrive through Nov. 19, the deadline for overseas ballots...

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Two ballot measures, either of which would have been high-profile in an election year that didn’t include an expensive Senate contest and an effort to legalize marijuana, won by wide margins as the last precincts reported early Wednesday morning.

Ballot Measure 3: Raise the minimum wage

With all 441 of the state's precincts reporting, Ballot Measure 3, an effort to increase the state’s minimum wage, passed with 69 percent voting in favor and 31 percent opposing.

Measure 3 would raise the state’s minimum wage by $1 in 2015 to $8.75 an hour, and another dollar in 2016, to $9.75 an hour. If passed, it would make Alaska’s the seventh-highest minimum wage in the nation along with New York...

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It doesn’t get much more Alaskan than the tale of the beginnings of a small but growing Haines-based ski-making company. Ian Seward, a local woodworker, was driving along a Haines road one day last year when he picked up a man and woman who were hitchhiking. The couple soon became Seward's neighbors, and its male half, Canadian backcountry ski expert Graham Kraft, would eventually be his business partner.

The business, Fairweather Ski Works , is still small, but the duo's ambitions are big: to bring a sustainable ski-making company, along with jobs and outside money, to Haines...

Sean Doogan

Among the 21 legislative races in Anchorage this year, those in one district stand out: Senate District K in West Anchorage. None of the area's three incumbents are running for re-election, creating hotly contested races for the Alaska Senate and House.

Open seats in the district -- which runs south from Turnagain through the Spenard, Jewel Lake and Sand Lake neighborhoods -- have drawn interest from a variety of aspiring and seasoned politicians. And in an election year filled with the constant din of U.S. Senate and governor hopefuls' ads, two issues have emerged as the most debated: education funding and state spending...

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A torrent of money has flooded into the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Sen. Mark Begich and his challenger, Dan Sullivan. The more than $50 million spent so far has shattered statewide records, and with less than a week to go before the vote, Alaskans can expect the deluge of radio, television and online ads to continue -- even grow...

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