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.
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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,...
Protesters gather outside of Anchorage Assembly Chambers on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, holding flags and signs.

Another bid to end Anchorage mayor’s emergency powers fails

A motion to end the emergency powers of Anchorage acting mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson failed at an Assembly meeting Wednesday night. Assemblywoman Jamie Allard, citing a single-day drop in COVID-19 cases in the municipality this week, said residents should be able to “make decisions for themselves” when it comes to pandemic precautions.
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Concerns about in-person learning reach Anchorage Assembly

Top leaders from the Anchorage School District will present the plan next week to bring some students back into classrooms starting Nov. 16.
A female teacher points to a word projected on a white board in a classroom with three students sitting a tables facing the front of the classroom

Tutoring programs give a window into what reopened Anchorage schools may look like

The Anchorage School District's tutoring program is targeting children who most need in-person instruction, and testing out its protocols for when more students return to classrooms in November.
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Anchorage Assembly weighs how to fill the mayor’s seat

On Friday evening, less than two weeks after Mayor Ethan Berkowitz resigned due to a scandal, Austin Quinn-Davidson was sworn in as the acting mayor of Anchorage. Now, the Anchorage Assembly is turning to decide how to permanently fill the mayor’s seat.
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Austin Quinn-Davidson, a relative newcomer, sworn in as Anchorage mayor

Quinn-Davidson, a lawyer by training, says she'll work to regain trust in the city government while continuing to help residents get through the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic.

Assembly reorganizes, elects Austin Quinn-Davidson to become interim mayor

The Anchorage Assembly voted to reorganize on Friday, electing Austin Quinn-Davidson to the role of Assembly chair. Following Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s resignation on October 23, Quinn-Davidson will become the interim mayor of Anchorage until the public elects a new mayor.

Anchorage Assembly allocates $10 million for small businesses

The money, while currently in the city’s general fund, is from the federal CARES Act funding allocated to the municipality.

LISTEN: First Presbyterian rings bells to honor 200,000 COVID-19 deaths in America

The national COVID-19 death count crossed 200,000 last month. Social distancing and quarantine protocols have made it difficult to gather to mourn as a community, but yesterday, First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage held a short outdoor ceremony to recognize the huge death toll of the ongoing pandemic.

City officials weigh in on Anchorage’s recent COVID-19 spike

COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Anchorage, with an average of 70 new cases per day in the municipality this last week, up from 48 the week prior. Five new deaths were also reported in the last week, according to Dr. Janet Johnston, an epidemiologist with the city. Johnston and other health officials are not sure what is causing the spike.

Assembly approves police transparency resolution

The Anchorage Assembly approved a resolution on Tuesday that aims to improve transparency within the Anchorage Police Department. It passed with an amendment supported by both the Berkowitz administration and APD, requiring regular reports to the assembly of any changes to police policy. It also involves the existing Public Safety Advisory Commission in reviewing policy changes to determine if public input is needed.
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Many Anchorage teachers say they don’t want to return to classrooms

Overwhelmingly, public testimony during the meeting came from district teachers who expressed concerns about social distancing, cleaning supplies, and class sizes.
City Hall in downtown Anchorage.

City proposes CARES Act reappropriation to simplify relief spending

The municipality is proposing to use relief money to pay first responders like police, fire and public health workers. Then the general municipal funds that normally pay for first responders would fund the relief projects.
A teacher sits at her desk in a classroom full of tables and chairs but no students

Excitement and betrayal: families and teachers react to Anchorage plan to return to classrooms

As families await more details from the district, they’re trying to figure out what this plan means for them.
Dozens of cardboard boxes containing cloth masks are stacked on pallets inside a warehouse.

Anchorage distributes thousands of free cloth masks to community

Anchorage began distributing 160,000 free cloth masks to the community on Monday.
A line of elementary children line up and walk down the hallway out to recess in the winter

Anchorage School District outlines plans for return to school buildings

The youngest children will return first, in mid-October. Middle school children will return in November and high school students will return in early 2021

Assembly tables bill to protect hotel workers

The Anchorage Assembly voted on Tuesday to indefinitely postpone an ordinance providing protections for hotel workers after several hours of public testimony against the proposed measure.
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After 18 months of negotiations, Mat-Su teachers move closer to a strike

All members of the Mat-Su teachers union are eligible to vote over the next few days on whether to go on strike. The district will have 72-hours notice before a strike takes place.
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When will the Anchorage School District reopen to students? Possibly mid-October, district says

Superintendent Deena Bishop says the decreasing number of covid cases in the city is a good sign for resuming in person learning.