City officials weigh in on Anchorage’s recent COVID-19 spike

COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Anchorage, with an average of 70 new cases per day in the municipality this last week, up from 48 the week prior. Five new deaths were also reported in the last week, according to Dr. Janet Johnston, an epidemiologist with the city. Johnston and other health officials are not sure what is causing the spike.

Assembly approves police transparency resolution

The Anchorage Assembly approved a resolution on Tuesday that aims to improve transparency within the Anchorage Police Department. It passed with an amendment supported by both the Berkowitz administration and APD, requiring regular reports to the assembly of any changes to police policy. It also involves the existing Public Safety Advisory Commission in reviewing policy changes to determine if public input is needed.
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Many Anchorage teachers say they don’t want to return to classrooms

Overwhelmingly, public testimony during the meeting came from district teachers who expressed concerns about social distancing, cleaning supplies, and class sizes.
City Hall in downtown Anchorage.

City proposes CARES Act reappropriation to simplify relief spending

The municipality is proposing to use relief money to pay first responders like police, fire and public health workers. Then the general municipal funds that normally pay for first responders would fund the relief projects.
A teacher sits at her desk in a classroom full of tables and chairs but no students

Excitement and betrayal: families and teachers react to Anchorage plan to return to classrooms

As families await more details from the district, they’re trying to figure out what this plan means for them.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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