Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media
The politics around reopening Alaska’s economy are getting contentious. But blame isn’t spread uniformly. And in Anchorage, a vocal contingent is faulting the mayor over policies that are largely in lockstep with the governors.
Residents in the area say there has been increased “drug use, excessive litter, violence and neighborhood vandalism," as well as inadequate measures to curb coronavirus spread.
The move represents a shift in the city's plan to go from a "hunkering down" phase to an "easing" period on the road toward recovery.
A discrepancy between the state and local timelines for allowing previously shuttered businesses to begin opening up is creating some confusion.
A medical group in Anchorage wants to make sure it has surge capacity if there are shortages in essential equipment like masks. So they built a large, anti-viral sauna in a trailer.
The document is not a timetable, but a series of public health conditions officials say they need to see in order to ease current restrictions.
During a press conference in Anchorage, mental health professionals offered advice for families on how to mitigate distress and long-term problems created by the unique social situation.
The move allows the administration to keep using special powers to more swiftly respond to the coronavirus, but does not mean that all of the current “hunker down” orders will remain in place that long.
A month into closures, gyms and fitness facilities are getting creative try retain clients. But many worry their businesses will shrink and remain hobbled into the foreseeable future.
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz at a March COVID19 press conference in Anchorage (Joey Mendolia, Alaska Public Media). Anchorage might not begin relaxing its emergency orders until May. And...
A majority of incumbents appear to have kept their seats, with a tax on alcohol voted down last year on track to pass.
Incident Commander Bill Falsey spoke at a weekly briefing from the city’s Emergency Operation Center, saying that according to municipal and third-party figures, residents are complying with orders to hunker down.
Instead of riding out the coronavirus in towns or cities, some Alaskans are opting out: Relocating to cabins, second homes, or remote locales.
Candidates, bonds, and on-site cannabis consumption are all on the ballot, with a Tuesday deadline for submitting votes.
City will move to an "on demand" system for essential trips, waiving fares for riders on "curb to curb" service.
Curbside growlers? Industry groups push for change to alcohol sales rules to accommodate coronavirus
In an effort to help desperate businesses, regulators and lobbyists are asking the governor to relax rules barring take out and curbside pickup of alcoholic beverages.
Anticipating more coronavirus cases, officials in Anchorage are racing to bring more medical beds online, scrounging for equipment, and even preparing potential mortuary spaces.
A new academic study of the coronavirus’s likely impacts on Alaska is clear: to prevent thousands of deaths, strict interventions will be necessary for months.
Industry structure means many workers are uniquely ill-equipped for the mass closures now in place for the foreseeable future.
Anchorage is rushing to open a new emergency shelter to try and curb the spread of the coronavirus among the homeless.