Mat-Su

Talkeetna fills with more than 100,000 water-drinking, toilet-flushing tourists and climbers every summer, but locals say they're the ones getting stuck with the bill now that the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is proposing major rate hikes to operate and repair the community's aging sewer-water system. 

Zaz Hollander
Central Monofill Services last week withdrew a permit application before the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to dump waste at a contentious landfill site near Palmer.Zaz Hollander
Two children sustained minor injuries when a bus taking preschoolers to Sutton Elementary scraped a guardrail on the Glenn Highway about a mile from town shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, school officials say.Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska State Troopers said they received a report of a dangerous driver in a truck at Mile 10.5 of the Knik Goose Bay Road outside Wasilla, then found wreckage of the truck, and the driver dead, at Mile 12.Alaska Dispatch News
The state's plan to close the Alaska State Troopers post in Talkeetna for a savings of $80,000 a year is generating heated local criticism. Zaz Hollander
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough says West Lakes Fire Chief Bill Gamble, a longtime local responder who rose through the ranks, will become the new director of the Department of Emergency Services on Monday.    Zaz Hollander
Since the late 1980s, the State of Alaska has acquired six once-private parcels in and adjacent to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through purchases and donations. Several additional parcels were gained in trades with the Mat-Su Borough. A bill winding its way through the legislature seeks to add these parcels, totaling 3,000 acres, to the refugeRick Sinnott
Emergency crews responded to a fire at a single-family home near Palmer Monday morning, but three people were able to safely evacuate the residence.Suzanna Caldwell
The state has cited longtime Big Lake contractor Tew's Inc. for safety and wage violations during work last year on a federally funded salmon project near Trapper Creek.  Zaz Hollander
Troopers say no foul play is suspected in the death of inmate Grant Simmons, 55, at the Palmer Correctional Center on Saturday. Alaska Dispatch News