Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Wesley Early covers municipal politics and Anchorage life for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at wearly@alaskapublic.org.

New community fridge aims to ease hunger in Anchorage

For Alaskans looking to get something to eat, it’s as easy as walking up and taking it.

Class-action lawsuit says state is failing Alaska foster kids

The plaintiffs hope their lawsuit results in a Superior Court judge ordering reform.

Anchorage police union says it has waited more than a month for city to begin negotiations on body cameras

Jeremy Conkling, the president of the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association, says he put in a request to the city’s human resources department in mid-April, asking for a date to start the negotiations.

Developer plans construction of $200M project in downtown Anchorage, including tearing down 4th Avenue Theatre

Developer Peach Holdings LLC is expected to spend roughly $200 million to overhaul the city block between 4th and 5th Avenues and F and G Streets. The developer already owns most of the properties on the block, including the 4th Avenue Theatre.
Healthcare workers throwing pies at the carnival for nurses week.

Rooftop celebration for ANTHC nurses is moment of joy after two tough years

While the pandemic is ongoing, and COVID-19 cases continue to pop up, it’s gotten to a point where for one sunny day, nurses could relax, meet with colleagues, enjoy some treats and, if their aim is good, hit their boss with a whipped cream pie.
Dave Bronson speaks with the media

Anchorage Assembly overrides Mayor Bronson’s budget revision vetoes

By an 8-3 vote, Assembly members voted to put funding back towards building inspectors, operating the city’s mobile crisis team 24/7 and school resource officers.

Uluao ‘Junior’ Aumavae brings community and personal experience to Anchorage’s top equity job

The former NFL player says strong community ties and diversity and equity programs got him to where he is today. He hopes to provide the same opportunities for Anchorage residents.
A city street as seen from above

7 Anchorage residents file to run for new Assembly seat

The winner will join Chris Constant in representing the new “North Anchorage” district which includes downtown.
Dave Bronson at an Assembly meeting

Proposed Anchorage Assembly ordinance would establish a process to remove the mayor

"It’s not intending, in fact, to remove the mayor," Assembly Vice-chair and ordinance author Chris Constant said. "It is intending to establish a set of bright line principles for the mayor to be able to understand where the lines are not to cross.”

Anchorage police renew push to find missing boy, 9 years after he disappeared

Anchorage police say they’ve exhausted all leads and are reaching out to the public for information on DaShawn McCormick, who was 6 years old when his mother Jasmine McCormick last saw him in 2013.
A white man in a suit and glasses speaks into a microphone on a podium in front of some flags

Bronson vetoes most of Anchorage Assembly’s budget revisions

Some of the vetoes include cuts to building inspector staffing, operating the city’s mobile crisis team 24/7 and funding for school resource officers.

Anchorage used car dealership pays thousands in restitution for shady selling tactics

The state received complaints that Anchorage Auto Mart had sold vehicles without disclosing that they lacked valid titles or had reconstructed titles.
An open Parking lot with various cars in it and trees surrounding.

Anchorage Assembly delays vote on putting millions towards homeless navigation center

While the funding won't be in front of the body until May, members did amend the project to reduce the shelter's bed capacity from 200 to 150.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Filing period opens Tuesday for special election to fill 12th Anchorage Assembly seat

After years of being the only Anchorage district to have one seat, District 1, which represents Downtown, will have a second Assembly member to represent the area.

Mobile crisis team and school resource officers among budget revisions passed by Anchorage Assembly

A little under $1 million of the added funding comes from unspent alcohol taxes from last year. Assembly member Forrest Dunbar says the increase in spending from general property taxes falls under the tax cap.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Mayor Bronson selects Robert Hudson as third pick to lead Anchorage library

Unlike Bronson’s first two picks, Hudson does have a master’s degree in library science.
An aerial view of a parking lot next to some woods.

Anchorage officials and private funders agree to put $13M toward addressing homelessness crisis

The money will go toward four new projects to serve the more than 700 people who have been using the Sullivan Arena for more than two years, along with local hotels.

Interior Department opens 27 million acres for Alaska Native Vietnam veteran land allotments

Veteran Nelson Angapak applauded Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for her outreach to the state’s Native Vietnam vets. "We’re grateful that through her efforts and the efforts of the Department of Interior and Bureau of Land Management, the land base for our veterans has expanded," said Angapak.

Interior Secretary Haaland still undecided on King Cove Road after village visit

During her trip, Haaland said, she heard from residents about the importance of the road due to various transportation and medical challenges. As of now, she said, she’s made no decision on the road project.