As investigators start to piece together the cause of a fire that destroyed a 45-year-old Wasilla commercial building on Tuesday, stories emerged of the support locals are giving those displaced by the blaze, and the firefighters who fought it.
A former Valley Dairy co-owner and federal agriculture official was sentenced to prison time plus fines and community service for her role in what prosecutors called a partner's scheme to take grant funds and funnel them into another business. Now, she's vowing to appeal.Zaz Hollander
The fire, which was first reported shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday, was declared under control around 11 a.m. A family of four was displaced from the primarily commercial building, and businesses and nonprofits housed there were affected as well.Zaz Hollander
A stubborn fire burning for hours Tuesday morning in a commercial building just outside downtown Wasilla drew a massive response from Matanuska-Susitna Borough firefighters but caused no injuries, authorities say.
Months after people started complaining about the long waits at the Palmer post office -- and a few elected officials got involved -- the U.S. Postal Service says new hires are coming to help.Zaz Hollander
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is creating a 17-member committee to advise it on marijuana issues and sending the Alaska Legislature a list of issues it seeks to clarify, including whether future regulations will differentiate between cannabis for recreation and medicine. Zaz Hollander
The Federal Transit Administration last year demanded the Mat-Su Borough pay back more than $!2 million in grants spent on the beleaguered ferry Susitna. Officials last week countered with an offer that hinges on the as-yet uncertain sale of the vessel and blames an array of factors outside the borough's control on the ferry's failed journey to Cook Inlet. Zaz Hollander