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A 40-acre chunk of hayfield near the Palmer fairgrounds once eyed for an industrial training center is now protected by a conservation easement that preserves the land for farming. 

Zaz Hollander
Trees blocking trails, obscenities, gunfire -- Willow mushers say it's just one sled dog critic who's responsible for several years of harassment of the kind that now falls under a new Matanuska-Susitna Borough ordinance. Zaz Hollander
The home of the Iditarod has become the first place in Alaska to give dog mushing its own rule book, addressing everything from poop-scooping to people who try to harass dog teams on the trail.  Zaz Hollander
 A Palmer Superior Court jury on Tuesday found the City of Houston was not acting in retaliation when officials fired police Capt. Charley McAnally in 2011. Zaz Hollander
Authorities say a married couple and their dogs escaped a fast-moving fire near Wasilla that spread to frost-killed grass and prompted the state’s Department of Forestry to send out a news release warning residents in Southcentral Alaska of high fire danger due to dry conditions and a lack of snow. Zaz Hollander,Tegan Hanlon
An Anchorage road construction company that wants the Mat-Su Borough to lift agriculture-only protections near Willow has reinvigorated the debate over the Valley's shrinking farmland. Zaz Hollander
The Mat-Su Borough is taking another crack at regulations governing wireless and other tall towers to meet the communications demands of the borough's growing population. Zaz Hollander
Arvette and Clyde Loucks were killed in a fire at their home in Palmer Saturday morning, and investigators are still trying to determine what started the blaze.Michelle Theriault Boots
Go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars -- the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is getting behind the family entertainment business with a major loan to a new indoor fun center in Wasilla. Zaz Hollander
Hilcorp Corp. is getting into the liquefied natural gas plant business in Alaska.Associated Press

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