Matanuska-susitna, AK

State-owned Alaska corporation advances plans for road through the Mat-Su

The state-owned Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority has requested permission from the federal government to build a 100-mile road into the mountainous western Matanuska-Susitna Borough. On Tuesday, AIDEA officials said by email that they had filed a permit request under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act with the...
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Mat-Su assembly gives final okay to $431 million budget for borough operations, capital projects and schools

After several month of work the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly gave unanimous final approval for a Fiscal 2023 budget at its meeting last Tuesday, May 24. The final tab was $431 million, including $127.8 million for borough operations; $258.5 million for schools; $32 million for the borough’s self-financing enterprise funds, and $35.5 million for a capital projects budget.
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Mat-Su Borough Assembly passes reconsidered budget after cuts to school district scrutinized. After pushback from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District over an $11 million cut to the educational operating budget, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly re-adopted a budget which reinstated funding to the district. Updated: 3 hours ago. Troopers said that...
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Borough assembly passes budget once again after rolling back school funding changes

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly has once again passed a budget for the fiscal year beginning in July. The budget ordinance originally passed earlier this month, but came up for reconsideration after outcry regarding the removal of about $12 million in funding for borough schools. The original amendment was made by Assembly Member Rob Yundt, who cited the school district’s large reserve accounts and the need for roads near schools in his reasoning for the change. Yundt said the funds could be used to make needed road upgrades without incurring bond debt for the borough.

Retiring Mat-Su teacher gets surprise celebration at school assembly

PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - Saying goodbye at the end of a school year is never easy, and that is especially true for one Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District teacher. Chris Hebert — a math teacher and cheer coach at Colony Middle School — is retiring at the end of this year, but the school wasn’t going to let her off so easily.

Retired educator Chesbro files for Senate as only Democrat

PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - Patricia Chesbro has joined the race for U.S. Senate and is the only Democrat currently bidding for the seat held by Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Chesbro is a retired educator and currently serves on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning Commission. The recent Supreme Court leak that signals an...

New bus contractor takes over Mat-Su student transportation this fall

PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - Starting this fall, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District students will ride different buses on their way to school. The district’s school board approved a 10-year contract worth close to $200 million with Durham School Services for pupil transportation on Feb. 3, 2021. The contract begins July 1 of this year and lasts through June 30, 2032. The school board passed the contract by a 7-0 vote.

Avian Flu Confirmed In Alaska

The first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in Alaska in a non-commercial backyard flock of chickens and ducks in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Alaska’s Office of the State Veterinarian is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on a joint response.