An Anchorage Assembly decision on a contentious Chugiak construction debris dump is on hold for six months after Eklutna Inc. detected potential contamination from a property next door -- the municipality’s old Peters Creek Landfill.
The landfill closed in 1987 and now sits beneath Roberta French Horse Park, near ball fields and between the Glenn and Old Glenn highways off South Birchwood Road.
Anchorage-based Central Environmental Services Inc. wants permission to dump shredded construction and demolition waste at a 17-acre parcel owned by Eklutna next to the old dump. The monofill property is part of a larger 85-acre parcel the Alaska Native corporation hopes to develop...
WASILLA -- David Estrada dishes up lasagna soup, cinnamon rolls and coffee at the counter of Gathering Grounds coffee house near downtown Wasilla.
The affable, dark-haired 18-year-old isn’t just working for video game money.
The cafe is one of several businesses affiliated with MyHouse, a nonprofit drop-in center for homeless youths celebrating its first year of operation with a public event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday featuring coffee and food, speakers and music.
Estrada moved out of his mother’s house on Easter this year to escape what he described as constant fights with a relative that cast a pall of tension over his home life...
WASILLA -- The driver killed Thursday afternoon following a short Alaska State Troopers pursuit near Wasilla was caught burglarizing a home in the area before he died in a rollover at Church Road.
Troopers on Friday identified the man as 54-year-old Anchorage resident James Bain.
Bain was driving a 1991 Chevrolet pickup reported stolen by Wasilla police on Wednesday, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email. He showed up around 2:30 p.m. Thursday at a construction site on Patsy Drive in Wasilla; somebody there who talked to him told troopers that he “was behaving in a strange manner,” she wrote...
WASILLA -- Alaska State Troopers say a brief pursuit just outside Wasilla ended with the driver of a stolen car killed in a single-vehicle rollover Thursday afternoon.
Troopers received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at a construction site in Wasilla at 2:39 p.m. Thursday and determined the vehicle was reported as stolen, spokeswoman Megan Peters said. It had also been the subject of a citizen report about a dangerous driver earlier in the day.
Troopers spotted the vehicle driving down Spruce Avenue toward Church Road at 2:44 p.m. Thursday and tried to make contact, Peters wrote in an email. But the adult male driver eluded troopers and wrecked two minutes later where Spruce intersects with Church...
WASILLA -- Donna Turner, former owner of a much-loved Big Lake wedding business, was indicted last week by a Palmer grand jury on felony theft and fraud charges involving the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Charging documents say Turner took roughly $40,000 from the relatively small chamber over a period of years, President Nancie Linley said Monday.
Turner spent about eight years affiliated with the chamber and was its treasurer, a position she left in October, Linley said. Chamber officials first noticed discrepancies between bank statements and computer accounting records that same month.
“As soon as we noticed a discrepancy in some of our records, we relinquished all of our documents and everything over to the authorities,” she said...