Kavitha George, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage


FBI, police investigate ‘suspicious vehicle’ at Anchorage Midtown Mall

The Anchorage Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a “suspicious vehicle” reported at the Midtown Mall.
two assembly members at the Anchorage assembly meeting

Lawsuit challenges petition to recall Anchorage Assembly Chair Felix Rivera

A group trying to recall Anchorage Assembly Chair Felix Rivera says it has gathered almost 3,000 valid signatures, more than the number required to put the recall petition on the April ballot. Another group is suing to invalidate the recall effort.
Six workers in fluorescent vests stand outside a warehouse in winter

Anchorage’s pandemic jobs program wraps up, for now

A small jobs program in Anchorage has given work to people unemployed by the pandemic and at the same time, helped deal with scores of dead trees and restore trails in city parks. Participants say it was a life-saver. Alaska Public Media’s Kavitha George reports.
Two women wear gloves and hold hands through holes cut in a clear plastic sheet.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services releases guidelines for the next phase of vaccine rollout. And Governor Dunleavy reflects on 2020 and shares some optimism for 2021. Plus, the massive COVID relief spending bill includes a historic boost for clean energy.
A firefightes leans over a hose on a snowy road next to a fire truck.

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

The US Senate sets up to override Trump's veto of the annual defense bill. Two house fires this week in Ketchikan and Fairbanks claim the lives of 3 people. And the pandemic is keeping poor Alaskans in the criminal justice system in limbo without the prospect of jury trials.
A woman talks on a video chat.

Protestors go to the homes of Anchorage mayor, assemblyman

A small group of people protested from their cars outside Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson’s West Anchorage home Tuesday night, the Mayor's office confirmed.
Workers sort crates of food at large tables inside a large room with skylights.

Bean’s Cafe gets surprise after tractor trailer overturns: 15 tons of fresh food

Anchorage soup kitchen Bean’s Cafe received a surprise Christmas gift of about 30,000 pounds of fresh produce and meat after a tractor trailer overturned and spilled the groceries into a ditch on the Glenn Highway Christmas Eve.
A woman wearing scrubs and a face mask receives a shot from a man in scrubs and a mask.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

Alaska's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink, is vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dr. Michael Alter, Emergency Medicine Specialist at Mat-su Regional Medical Center on Dec. 18. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Health...
Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant is empty on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The normally busy dining room was shut down on Monday to comply with the city's new order.

Anchorage acting mayor to ease COVID-19 restrictions beginning Friday

Bars and restaurants will be able to reopen to indoor service at 25% capacity starting New Year’s Day.

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, December 28th, 2020

Mushers and community leaders weigh in on the plans to re-route the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. And Anchorage cross-country ski racer Rosie Brennan recaps her world-class start to the season. Plus, Alaska lawmakers will be required to wear facemasks during floor sessions when they convene in January.

Early data shows Alaska suicide rate stays constant, overdose rates increase

The state Section of Epidemiology published preliminary data this week showing that Alaska’s suicide rate hasn’t gone up in the first three quarters of 2020, though unintentional drug overdoses are continuing an upward trend from previous years.

APD officers shoot and kill man suspected of car theft

Chief of Police Justin Doll said the victim was reportedly carrying a gun, but it’s not immediately clear whether the officers knew the man was armed or if he threatened the officers.
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Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan endorses Bill Evans

Evans is a conservative candidate who served on the Assembly for three years until 2017.

Alaska’s daily COVID-19 count dips over the weekend

Alaska officials reported 185 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the lowest-one day case count for the state since October. No new hospitalizations or deaths were reported.
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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.