An unlikely group of city employees are on the front-line of handling worsening woes with homelessness in Anchorage.
The morning at Brother Francis Shelter starts with a sleepy bustle. Guests wake up at 5 am, start gathering their belongings, drink some coffee and help clean the shelter. One morning in late July, in the back dormitory shelter guest William Teal wiped down the plastic sleeping mats with cleaning solution.
Those who suffered losses in the Sockeye Fire earlier this summer will be getting some financial help from the (SBA) *Small Business Administration. Wednesday’s announcement covers both residences and businesses.
Officials, politicians, and veterans themselves agree on what is causing massive problems accessing healthcare recently. Now, they are pivoting towards a search for solutions.
The YWCA Alaska is one year into their initiative to eliminate the gender pay gap in Alaska by 2025. State Dept. of Labor and US Census data show that women in Alaska only make about 68 cents for every dollar made by a man. The question is, why?
Last spring we spoke with a young couple who moved to Wasilla in their attempt to quit meth. Now, six months later, they are still sober, living in Anchorage, and living a new life.
The White House released more details today on President Obama’s visit to Alaska next week. The President will spend Monday in Anchorage, Tuesday in the Seward area and Wednesday in Dillingham and Kotzebue. Planning the security for Obama’s visit isn’t easy, according to retired Federal Marshall Marc Otte. For 22 years, the Eagle River resident helped protect foreign dignitaries and federal judges.
Working at the Brother Francis Shelter is stressful and chaotic, but for one young woman, it’s definitely worth it.
Schoolchildren sang their school song as Matanuska Suisitna Borough officials and state politicians dug into the dirt today [monday]. It ‘s all part of the groundbreaking for the new Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School in Wasilla. The event marks a one-of-a-kind construction plan.
Everyone has a story to tell, but it may not be the story you’d expect. An Anchorage non-profit called StoryWorks is helping teenagers find their stories, and this summer they focused on students who arrived in the state as refugees.
A man with a long history in drug enforcement will take the reins as Anchorage’s new police chief. The city administration says he’ll be in step with a plan to develop a community policing model.
An Anchorage teen who pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a man on a bicycle will be sentenced to three years in prison with two suspended. Judge Michael Wolverton accepted the plea deal agreed to earlier this year.
People don’t usually plan to experience homelessness; life just takes unexpected turns. But for some guests of the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage, like Michael Hindman, the experience leaves them with more hope than anything else.
Anchorage’s two largest hospitals are appealing the state’s recent allocation decisions in hopes of building more emergency room beds in the next several years.
A listening session held Thursday night in Wasilla by the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs was dominated by complaints about the healthcare system for veterans.
Alaska State Troopers say they believe Seth Fairbanks made an emergency call with a Satellite phone when his Supercub crashed into Cook Inlet around midnight August 6. They also say their investigation reveals he called the non-emergency number for the Alaska State Trooper Post in Bethel, not 9-1-1.
A listening session held Thursday night in Wasilla by the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs was dominated by complaints about the healthcare system for veterans in Alaska.
A massive software project that’s run millions of dollars and years over budget was halted today by Anchorage’s new mayor. The move is meant to reexamine the city’s path forward, but won’t totally shut off money for the project.
The Anchorage Assembly is trying again to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinances. Assembly member Bill Evans filed the amendments Thursday. They’ll take public comment on Sept. 15.
The city’s new mayor is taking quick steps towards leveraging State resources that may fix what many in Anchorage see as an intractable urban issue.