Kavitha George, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

A worker lays out mats in an ice rink under bright flood lights.

Bezos charity awards grant to Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness

A fund set up by Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos recently awarded the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness a grant of $450,000.
The Best Western Golden Lion Hotel

Anchorage finalizes purchase of Golden Lion for substance treatment center

Anchorage officials finalized the purchase of the Best Western Golden Lion Hotel in Midtown on Tuesday. The hotel will be converted into a drug and alcohol treatment center.

Frustration builds for Southcentral restaurants amidst third shutdown

Halfway through the city’s third pandemic shutdown, Anchorage’s hospitality industry is struggling, and increasingly frustrated.
A white man with glasses and a mask sits at a desk

Rep. Lance Pruitt files lawsuit challenging Anchorage election results

Democrat Liz Snyder narrowly beat Pruitt in the November election, and a recount last week affirmed her win by 11 votes.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

State Department of Corrections announces third inmate death due to COVID-19

Three people serving time in Alaska's prison system have now died because of COVID-19. Twenty-one inmates are currently hospitalized, and more than 1,000 of the 4,500 people incarcerated in Alaska have tested positive.
Melissa Hutchinson is a waitress and the dayshift supervisor at Gwennie's Old Alaska Restaurant. She's standing behind the bar at the Anchorage restaurant.

Anchorage Assembly passes $15.4 million relief package

The last of the city's CARES Act funding will go toward rental and mortgage relief, small business grants, and food and voucher programs helping Anchorage families cover the essentials.
a person wearing a mask opens a storefront door

In Downtown Anchorage, a quiet holiday season and an uncertain future

In downtown Anchorage, the holiday season is usually a busy time. This year, with a hunker down order and increased COVID-19 transmission across the city, things look different.
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Officials expect Anchorage’s CARES Act money to dry up by the end of the month

As the third hunker down order of 2020 hits Anchorage residents and businesses, the city has just $15 million in CARES Act funding left to provide relief.

Anchorage and Mat-Su reach grim ICU bed capacity milestones

Anchorage health officials announced worsening pandemic metrics on Friday, including that the city only has five adult ICU beds left. Of the 64 adults currently in ICU care, Anchorage Health Department reported 19 are COVID-19 patients. Nearby, the Mat-Su Borough is already at zero empty adult ICU beds.

Anchorage announces voucher program to assist residents during shutdown

In response to COVID-19, a new municipal voucher program means Anchorage families can apply for up to $400 to cover essentials such as groceries, gas and medications during the December shutdown.
Entrance to Anchorage's Providence Hospital emergency room. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

New Mobile Crisis Team to shift Anchorage mental health crisis response from police to behavioral health experts

The Anchorage Assembly approved funding last week for a new mobile intervention team that will respond to mental health crisis calls. The program, which is funded by alcohol tax revenue, is meant to shift the city’s mental health response from police to behavioral health experts.
A view of Anchorage's skyline from the sea

Anchorage will enter ‘modified hunker down’ for December

The order, which goes into effect on Dec. 1, closes down bars and restaurants to in-person service and puts capacity restrictions on other establishments.
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Hard-hit Anchorage restaurants prepare for more restrictions

As COVID-19 cases soar in Anchorage, restaurants are bracing for the possibility of another shutdown. Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson said this week that she had no immediate plans for new emergency mandates, but noted the city may need to take action soon.
assembly members stand for a pledge

Anchorage Assembly urges Dunleavy and Alaska’s delegation to do more to fight COVID-19

In a nonbinding resolution, the Anchorage Assembly voted 9-1 to ask Gov. Mike Dunleavy to implement a statewide mask mandate.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Anchorage Assembly extends emergency declaration a sixth time

The Anchorage Assembly on Monday voted to extend the city’s emergency declaration for the sixth time, until January 15, 2021. The first declaration went into effect in March, with periodic votes to extend. In recent months COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed and hospital staffing has been increasingly strained.

‘Extra Tough’ exhibit fills in the gaps of women’s history in the circumpolar North

Extra Tough: Women of the North is on display at the Anchorage Museum from November, 2020 to September, 2021. (Kavitha George/AKPM) The Anchorage...
A person holding a silver vape pen

Anchorage Assembly moves to include vaping, e-cigarette products in tobacco tax

The Anchorage Assembly last week passed an ordinance to include vaping and electronic cigarette products under the city’s existing tobacco tax.
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Staffing concerns drove Anchorage superintendent to postpone opening schools

Anchorage School District announced on Sunday evening it would be reversing its controversial plan to return K-2 and special education students to in-person learning as COVID-19 case counts reach record highs in Alaska. Superintendent Deena Bishop made the call after new staffing concerns with both the school district and the city’s health care system emerged late last week.
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Anchorage tightens exemptions on mask rule, limits gatherings as cases rise

Acting Anchorage Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson announced Friday the city will expand masking rules and tighten up permitted gathering sizes to combat the recent record-breaking surge in COVID-19 cases.
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Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson will lead until July

Anchorage Assembly Chair Austin Quinn-Davidson in her Turnagain neighborhood on October 22. Quinn-Davidson will become the interim mayor of Anchorage, following Mayor Berkowitz's resignation on October 23. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public...