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Head of UAA student affairs to serve as interim chancellor

Bruce Schultz will begin in his new role on January 4, 2021, following current chancellor Cathy Sandeen's departure.
Melissa Hutchinson is a waitress and the dayshift supervisor at Gwennie's Old Alaska Restaurant. She's standing behind the bar at the Anchorage restaurant.

Anchorage Assembly passes $15.4 million relief package

The last of the city's CARES Act funding will go toward rental and mortgage relief, small business grants, and food and voucher programs helping Anchorage families cover the essentials.
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In Downtown Anchorage, a quiet holiday season and an uncertain future

In downtown Anchorage, the holiday season is usually a busy time. This year, with a hunker down order and increased COVID-19 transmission across the city, things look different.
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Officials expect Anchorage’s CARES Act money to dry up by the end of the month

As the third hunker down order of 2020 hits Anchorage residents and businesses, the city has just $15 million in CARES Act funding left to provide relief.
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Here’s ASD’s latest plan to bring Anchorage students back to classrooms

Under the plan, small groups of students will return to in-person learning in January, with more joining in phases. But the biggest obstacle will be staffing classrooms.

Anchorage announces voucher program to assist residents during shutdown

In response to COVID-19, a new municipal voucher program means Anchorage families can apply for up to $400 to cover essentials such as groceries, gas and medications during the December shutdown.
Entrance to Anchorage's Providence Hospital emergency room. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

New Mobile Crisis Team to shift Anchorage mental health crisis response from police to behavioral health experts

The Anchorage Assembly approved funding last week for a new mobile intervention team that will respond to mental health crisis calls. The program, which is funded by alcohol tax revenue, is meant to shift the city’s mental health response from police to behavioral health experts.
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Anchorage students to continue online learning through end of quarter

Staffing challenges at local hospitals and within the district is preventing school buildings from reopening ASD said.
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Hard-hit Anchorage restaurants prepare for more restrictions

As COVID-19 cases soar in Anchorage, restaurants are bracing for the possibility of another shutdown. Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson said this week that she had no immediate plans for new emergency mandates, but noted the city may need to take action soon.
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Anchorage School District projects $15 million loss due to lowered student enrollment

The district’s annual financial report shows many families have left the district for statewide homeschool and private school programs.
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.
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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.