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As the population in Mat-Su has exploded, so too has the number of businesses providing bus service, prompting a state mandate to consolidate or risk losing crucial federal grant money. 


Zaz Hollander
Cottonwood Creek, a pretty waterway flowing through the heart of Wasilla, is paying the price for its urban setting. The creek is the first in the Valley to exceed state fecal bacteria standards linked to horses, dogs -- and, of course, people. Zaz Hollander
A group of ATV riders reported no serious injuries Monday after they fell into an icy lake west of Point MacKenzie early in the morning.Tegan Hanlon
Big Lake can become a second-class city if the state Local Boundary Commission approves and locals vote for property taxes that turn out to be a sliver lower than the ones they pay now. Commission staff this week recommended incorporation. Zaz Hollander
The Alaska Supreme Court has disbarred a Palmer attorney after the state bar association found she moved money out of a dead client's account, saying he told her he'd rather it go to her than to his relatives. Zaz Hollander
One of two men who showed up at an emergency room in Wasilla with bullet wounds last week, minutes after a reported home invasion in which the resident returned gunfire, has died, according to Alaska State Troopers.  Tegan Hanlon
Valley garbage customers can expect bigger bills for curbside pickup even as people using government-operated transfer sites get to keep paying $1 a bag. Transfer sites, a mark of the area's rural roots, will get a hard look from Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials next year. Zaz Hollander
In comments filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, Attorney General Craig Richards raised antitrust concerns about the proposed sale, which could give Hilcorp significant influence over the gas market in Fairbanks.Eric Lidji | Petroleum News
The events will be on five consecutive Saturdays starting Jan. 3 in Valdez, followed by Juneau, Nome, Fairbanks and Anchorage. The last two are Feb. 6 in Wasilla and March 7 in Ketchikan. Nathaniel Herz
Month-to-month GCI subscribers will see an increase of between $6.25 and $6.76 per month, depending on where they live. Sean Doogan