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.
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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.

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.
A teacher sits at her desk in a classroom full of tables and chairs but no students

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.
Four air force firemen stand with a woman in front of the rear of a fire truck

With ‘baskets of love’ Anchorage woman marks 17th year of 9/11 memorial project

Donna Baker has become a familiar face at fire stations across the city with her annual appreciation effort.
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Anchorage Planned Parenthood graffitied with threatening messages

Anchorage Planned Parenthood staff arrived to work Wednesday morning to find the outside of the building graffitied with threatening messages. Photographs posted on social media show the phrases “Quit or die,” and “Stop killing our kids” spray painted on the windows of the Lake Otis clinic location.

Anchorage police: homicide, assault and property crime calls are down

The Anchorage Police Department reported this week that calls for police assistance appear to have decreased in the city this year, compared to the last three years. Reports of assault, thefts and property crimes are all trending somewhat down, according to Chief Justin Doll, who presented the statistics to the assembly’s Public Safety Committee on Wednesday.
A worker dressed in black leaves thebeige double doors of a grey building. In the foreground, a sign reads "at capacity"

COVID-19 outbreak among Anchorage’s homeless points to gaps in testing strategy

Experts say the lack of a national testing strategy has led to unnecessary deaths of people experiencing homelessness.
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Hundreds gather in Anchorage to commemorate ‘March on Washington’ anniversary

While some hecklers attended, the event remained peaceful and it was quiet.

Muni receives $18.6 million grant to support People Mover through the pandemic

Anchorage received a nearly $20 million CARES Act grant from the Federal Transit Authority this week to help support People Mover bus service with pandemic response.

Anchorage Assembly reopens for in-person public testimony

The Anchorage Assembly is reopening chambers for in-person testimony after the Berkowitz administration loosened limitations on gatherings last week.
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Treasury lays out options for city to move forward with controversial property purchases

Uncertainty over the city’s controversial purchase of four properties for substance treatment and housing services seems to be at least partially resolved after the Berkowitz administration met with U.S. Department of Treasury officials this week.

Here’s what nearly $157 million in CARES Act money is funding in Anchorage

Anchorage will spend a little more than half its CARES Act money on rental and mortgage relief, child care assistance, small business relief and first responder efforts.

Anchorage School District to begin high school sports Monday

High schools can begin conditioning only practice based on guidance from the Alaska State Activities Association
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Assembly passes sweeping CARES Act spending plan

On Wednesday evening, the Anchorage Assembly passed a wide-ranging spending plan for more than $100 million in federal CARES Act funding allocated from the state. Among other things, it includes money for housing assistance, child care, jobs programs and small business and nonprofit relief.

U.S. Treasury Inspector General warns property purchases might not be acceptable use of CARES Act funds

Federal officials cautioned the Anchorage municipality that the plan to purchase properties for a substance treatment center and housing for people experiencing homelessness may not fall within the allowable use for CARES Act funds.
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Anchorage Assembly authorizes city to purchase properties for homeless services

The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday night to authorize the municipality to move forward with the purchase of four properties for substance treatment and homelessness resources. The controversial plan stirred multiple protests on both sides of the issue, plus nearly thirty hours of public testimony and thousands of emailed comments about the proposal.
Two people wearing masks hold protest signs on a sidewalk in front of the Best Western Golden Lion. One sign says "Love thy neighbor," and the other says "Housing is a human right."

Assembly to vote on controversial property purchases, CARES Act money distribution

The Anchorage Assembly is expected to vote on the distribution of the city’s remaining CARES Act funds on Tuesday. Of $156 million in federal funds, a little more than 85 percent remains unallocated.

Anchorage Assembly extends emergency proclamation into October

The Anchorage Assembly voted on Tuesday to extend the city’s emergency proclamation a fourth time, this time lasting until October 16. The decision was driven by the continued increase in COVID-19 cases that threaten to overwhelm the city’s health care resources.