Anchorage began distributing 160,000 free cloth masks to the community on Monday.
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
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.
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.
Superintendent Deena Bishop says the decreasing number of covid cases in the city is a good sign for resuming in person learning.
Donna Baker has become a familiar face at fire stations across the city with her annual appreciation effort.
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.
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.
Experts say the lack of a national testing strategy has led to unnecessary deaths of people experiencing homelessness.
While some hecklers attended, the event remained peaceful and it was quiet.
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.
The Anchorage Assembly is reopening chambers for in-person testimony after the Berkowitz administration loosened limitations on gatherings last week.
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.
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.
High schools can begin conditioning only practice based on guidance from the Alaska State Activities Association
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.
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.
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.
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.