Two girls sit on a utility box on a street corner holding signs that read "Stop Asian Hate" and "Black Lives Matter"

A year after Floyd rallies, two Anchorage teens mark Chauvin verdict

The girls said they wanted to keep the conversation going even though community activism has died down over the past year.
two assembly members at the Anchorage assembly meeting

Anchorage Assembly discussion reveals deep division after brutal year of pandemic politics

After an explosive disagreement during a meeting last week, the Anchorage Assembly held a routine reorganization vote Tuesday to elect an acting chair. Despite opposition from some members, Midtown Assembly member Felix Rivera was re-elected to the position.

Anchorage School Board passes anti-racism and equity policies with overwhelming support

The policies stemmed from the murder of George Floyd in 2020 and have been hotly debated for weeks. The policies passed the same day a jury convicted the police officer who killed Floyd.

Warm weather and plowing in Anchorage mean clear trails likely a week away

A month into a cold spring that followed a pandemic winter, temperatures in Anchorage are reaching into the 60’s this week and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department is hard at work, transforming the slushy remains of ski trails into clear paths for the bikes, strollers and roller blades of summer.
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Anchorage Assembly extends COVID emergency declaration by closest vote yet

The Anchorage Assembly approved an eighth extension of the city’s COVID-19 emergency declaration Tuesday. The measure passed six to four, the slimmest margin an extension has seen since the COVID emergency began.
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Dunbar and Bronson still lead Anchorage mayor’s race as more ballots are counted

Assembly member Forrest Dunbar and former Air Force pilot Dave Bronson are still leading the race for mayor after the Anchorage municipal clerk added a second batch of votes to the results of the April 6 election Wednesday afternoon.
Large white boxes that read "Vote by Mail Ballot Drop Box" sit in a warehouse.

Turnout holding steady so far in Anchorage’s 2021 election

Tuesday is Election Day in Anchorage — residents will be voting for the next mayor, a number of school board members and several ballot propositions. According to the municipal clerk, 27,445 ballots have been returned as of March 31 out of nearly 230,000 that went out earlier in the month.
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Anchorage Assembly shapes early plans for next round of COVID-19 stimulus

Another round of federal COVID-19 stimulus money is on its way to Anchorage, though it’s not quite clear how much it will be or when it will arrive.
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Anchorage’s parking boss quits in rift with city, after pandemic hits revenues

Andrew Halcro, who heads the organization that oversees parking downtown, abruptly resigned Friday, in what appears to be a split with city officials after the pandemic caused a large drop in parking revenue.
A man sits on the bottom bunk of a bunk bed smiling with his mask partially removed.

Providers work to vaccinate Anchorage homeless population as quickly as possible

Since congregate shelters became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines last month, health care workers and homeless shelter coordinators have been working non-stop to get Anchorage’s 3,000-person homeless population vaccinated.
A snowy city street in downtown Anchorage.

Mixed reactions from Anchorage restaurants over latest emergency order

With a new emergency order in place this week, Anchorage restaurants are allowed to open at full capacity, as long as they maintain social distancing and masking requirements. While this seems like good news, some restaurants are still frustrated by the remaining restrictions and others are concerned that more customer interaction could lead to increased COVID-19 transmission.
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Anchorage Assembly rejects motion to end emergency proclamation

The Anchorage Assembly rejected another motion to throw out the city’s emergency proclamation at a meeting on Tuesday evening. The city has been under an emergency proclamation since the pandemic began last March. It is currently set to expire next month unless the Assembly votes to extend it for the eighth time.
Words on a building red building that say "Brother Francis Shelter. 1021 E. 3rd Ave."

More than half of Brother Francis guests will be fully vaccinated by next week

More than half of the guests at Anchorage’s Brother Francis Shelter will be fully vaccinated by next week. Lisa Aquino, head of Catholic Social Services, which runs the shelter, said residents have been very willing to take the vaccine.

After years of discussion, Anchorage will consider a tax levy to fund body cameras for police

Anchorage officials have discussed introducing body-worn cameras for police for a few years, but a lack of funding has stopped the idea from moving forward.
A sign in a snowy parking lot reads "COVID Radio 95.9 FM."

At an Anchorage testing site, “COVID Radio” broadcasts local music and public health

If you turn up the radio while you’re in line for a COVID-19 test in Anchorage, you might hear music from familiar local artists like Medium Build and the West High School Jazz Band. COVID Radio is a project sponsored by the Anchorage Concert Association and the Health Department to provide a platform for local artists and keep the community entertained and informed while they’re getting tested.
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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.”
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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.”
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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.
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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.