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Top advisor Craig Campbell among several departures from Bronson administration this week

Craig Campbell has served in several roles in the Bronson Administration, most recently as Policy and Programs Director.
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Assembly leaders say firing of chief equity officer was not legal

Leaders of the Anchorage Assembly say Clifford Armstrong III is still the city’s chief equity officer, despite Mayor Dave Bronson firing him earlier this month. 
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Assembly leaders ask Anchorage mayor to enforce mask mandate

Assembly Chair Suzanne LaFrance and Vice Chair Chris Constant pointed out that the the city hired three code enforcement officers last year with federal COVID-19 money who are still on staff. 
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September was Alaska’s deadliest month of the COVID pandemic, state data shows

The state announced on Tuesday that 65 more Alaskans have died of COVID-19, most of them in August or September.
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For many Anchorage businesses, the mask mandate changes little. But it still could be enough to slow COVID spread.

Some Anchorage businesses vowed to turn a blind eye to enforcing the new mask mandate, but supporters of the masking rules say even a small change in public behavior could change the course of the pandemic.
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Officials warn of plateau as Alaska reports 964 new resident COVID cases

Cases have increased by an average of 8% in the last week, but they are still lower than the record highs at the end of September.
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Soldotna trooper arrested for sexual abuse of a minor

Troopers say 39-year-old Benjamin Strachan had been working for the department since June 2020.
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Bronson vetoes Anchorage mask mandate

In his veto, Bronson wrote that the Assembly “openly displayed their scorn for the public process” by passing an emergency ordinance without public testimony.
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Alaska reports over 1,220 COVID cases, 204 hospitalizations on Wednesday

The state's chief medical officer said the single day jump in COVID cases was a result of analyzing a batch of new results, and doesn't represent a trend.
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For some Alaskans, getting vaccinated is a simple choice. For others, like this Anchorage pastor, it’s complicated.

William Tauanu’u knows the danger of COVID-19 and believes the vaccine is effective. But he’s also concerned by reports from friends and family about side effects of the COVID vaccine, which has led him to cancel three appointments to get the shot.
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Anchorage working group proposes building large Midtown shelter and buying 3 smaller sites

Under the proposal, the city would offer 730 shelter beds total, plus an additional 140 beds for surge capacity. The city currently has 758 beds.
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Anchorage Assembly extends testimony on mask ordinance to fifth day

Most of the people at Monday’s meeting opposed a mask mandate.
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Anchorage mayor’s proposed budget cuts over 50 city jobs

The proposal unveiled Friday would chop the city’s budget by 1.3%, reducing taxpayers’ bill by $4 for every $100,000 worth of property they own.
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At a crucial time in the pandemic, dozens of emergency workers arrive at Anchorage hospital

Alaska Native Medical Center's Dr. Bob Onders said that the influx of new workers will hopefully give exhausted staff a break.
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Alaska Native Medical Center third hospital to move to crisis standards for care

ANMC is the third hospital in the state to announce crisis standards in response to a surge of COVID-19 patients. It says it isn't rationing care at this point, but that could be a concern if COVID hospitalizations keep rising.
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Alaska reports 10 more resident COVID-19 deaths, 1,234 cases

Alaska reported 10 more resident COVID-19 deaths and over 1,200 new cases of the disease on Thursday.  Alaska has reported 83 COVID deaths among residents in the last week. Eight of the deaths reported today...
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Alaska reports 10 more resident COVID deaths

The ten deaths have occured since August.
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New Sullivan Arena shelter managers say they’re trying to change the tone for clients

Clients at the Sullivan Arena shelter say there's fewer visible security guards, which makes the atmosphere more relaxed.
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Anchorage’s public health division manager resigns

Christy Lawton led the city’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs. She's the third health official to leave the department since July.
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Alaska reports thousands more COVID cases over the weekend, additional deaths from backlog

If it were its own country, Alaska would rank second for its 7-day average of daily infections per capita behind Grenada, according to data compiled by the New York Tim.