Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage
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Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS, will soon be flying more often over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Soldiers assigned to the aircraft just tested out a new runway on the base earlier this month. Officials say it will allow more training on the remotely piloted aircraft in Anchorage.
Freezing rain created hazardous driving conditions across Southcentral Alaska today and the roads aren’t much better tonight. Freezing rain began coating snow at around 9 a.m. By noon cars were stranded across Anchorage and the People Mover Bus system shut down.
Going into 2014, the Anchorage School District faces more budget cuts. The gap is big: $21 million, caused four years of flat funding from the governor combined with general cost of living increases. The School Board recently held three community meetings to gauge what the residents value as the district approaches the next round of cuts.
The Anchorage Assembly heard final testimony Tuesday on what has become a controversial proposal to build a rec center in the city with indoor tennis courts. The Assembly never asked for money for the project and accusations flew about how the tennis appropriation came about.
The Anchorage Assembly passed a $467 million municipal budget for 2014 Tuesday evening. It’s about half a million dollars more than the one proposed by Mayor Dan Sullivan.
More police officers will be patrolling downtown Anchorage late at night when the bars let out, starting this weekend. Officers will patrol in cars and on foot downtown overnight on the weekends.
The Anchorage Assembly has been crafting an ordinance that will overhaul the permitting process for taxicabs, limousines as well as chauffeurs and dispatch services and other vehicles for hire. Dozens from the industry testified on the issue at Tuesday’s regular meeting and virtually nobody liked it.
During last week’s regular Anchorage Assembly meeting dozens testified at the second public hearing on the 2014 Municipal budget. They were concerned about two things: bus fares and library services.
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is overhauling the state’s public housing system. Effective April 1st, any family with one able-bodied adult in the household will see yearly rent increases. And after five years, the assistance will end and they’ll be responsible for paying their own rent. The changes will impact those renting public housing and those receiving voucher assistance to rent private units.
The cost of prep work on a new power plant that Municipal Light and Power is building is now double what it was budgeted at.Anchorage Assembly grilled the power company’s manager the about increased cost at Tuesday’s meeting of the Anchorage Assembly.
A decision on whether the Anchorage Assembly will accept money from the legislature to build a rec center with indoor tennis courts was put off at Tuesday’s regular assembly meeting. Dozens testified mostly in favor of building the facility.
Serious arson seems to be on the rise in Anchorage for 2013. In August, someone intentionally set several fires in a heavily wooded section of Russian Jack Springs Park. And in October a man was caught on surveillance tape setting the roof of a Mountain View pawn shop ablaze.
The Anchorage School District has long been struggling to get more students to graduate from high school, with only slight improvement. Last year, the rate of students graduating jumped three and half percentage points overall for ASD. Bartlett High School is leading the way.