A white woman in a red suit speaks at a microphone

Anchorage Assembly decides against formal action after member defends Nazi license plates online

The Anchorage Assembly unanimously dismissed a resolution on Tuesday to recognize actions from Assembly member Jamie Allard around two controversial, Nazi-themed license plates as a “breach of the public trust.”
A white woman in red sits behind a screen with her finger on her lip

Anchorage Assembly considers ethics review for member who defended Nazi license plates

The Anchorage Assembly will consider a resolution this week to formally recognize Assembly member Jamie Allard’s statements defending a pair of Nazi-themed license plates as a “breach of the public trust.”
A white man in an officers uniform speaks at a podium

Anchorage police report declining violent crime and property crime in 2020

Police Chief Justin Doll said he’s hopeful the department’s anti-violent crime initiatives are having a positive impact.
A white woman in red sits behind a screen with her finger on her lip

Anchorage Assemblywoman removed from Human Rights Commission over comments defending Nazi terminology

The Anchorage Assembly member made comments on social media defending Nazi terminology on a pair of custom Alaska license plates.

Online ordering causing cardboard pile-ups around Anchorage

Recycling coordinator Suzanna Caldwell said an uptick in cardboard recycling happens every year after the holidays, but the pandemic is also to blame as more people order products online.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Man who sent death threats to Anchorage Assembly members in custody

A man who sent death threats to members of the Anchorage Assembly was arrested on Wednesday. In text messages sent to South Anchorage Assemblyman John Weddleton, 39-year-old Richard Leemon Joe threatened to “come after” assembly members and anyone else who might be nearby with an AR-15 rifle, according to charging documents. Joe also referred to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month in his threat.
An aerial photograph of a snow-covered wooded area with buildings nearby.

Anchorage police officers who shot William Riley-Jennings won’t be charged

State prosecutors have deemed the fatal police shooting last month of an unarmed man suspected of vehicle theft as legally justified.
assembly members stand for a pledge

Anchorage Assembly extends emergency declaration, denounces Capitol violence

The Anchorage Assembly voted late Tuesday to extend the city’s emergency declaration a seventh time, until April 16. The body also voted to pass a resolution condemning the violence at the U.S. Capitol last week.
A special education, self-contained classroom at Huffman Elementary School.

Here’s where the Anchorage School District will make COVID testing available as students look to return to classrooms

Anchorage families are encouraged to get a COVID test before returning to in-person learning next week.

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.
a person receives a vaccination

Hundreds of Anchorage seniors pour in for COVID vaccinations at school district vaccination clinic

Appointments for shots were almost immediately completely booked as soon as they became available.
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.

With teachers next in line for vaccines, some in Anchorage want to postpone return to face-to-face instruction

Teachers are scheduled to get a vaccine after older Alaskans but there is no timetable set for widespread distribution
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.
an old photo of a Black woman in a graduation gown

Anchorage School District’s first Black teacher and principal remembered as ‘trailblazer’

Etheldra Davis dedicated her life and career to education and community activism in Anchorage.
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.

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.
A screenshot of a zoom video call

Anchorage students spark mental health conversations through personal stories in upcoming show

The group of girls share their experiences with everything from cancer to eating disorders, heartbreak and seeking counseling.

Thinking outside of the Zoom-box, Anchorage teachers get creative

From Freaky Friday dress up days to virtual read-alouds during lunch time, Anchorage teachers tried different tactics to engage students during the first all-virtual semester.