Alaska Association for Historic Preservation will hold their annual membership meeting on November 5, 2020. It will be a virtual meeting via Zoom beginning at 6:00pm AK time. The event is a celebration of historic preservation around the state with announcements of the Historic Preservation …

**In-Person or virtual interviews will be available upon request**

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A lawsuit was filed against the Anchorage Police Department and the Municipality of Anchorage today alleging the discrimination of Anchorage police officers on the basis of color, race and ethnicity.

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The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) has been named one of “America’s Cultural Treasures,” a national initiative from the Ford Foundation that provides grants to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) arts and cultural organizations severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 10/7/20 around 1:20 a.m., Dispatch received a report of shots fired in the 200 block of McCarrey Street.

Anchorage Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway, 12-year-old Sahli Howard.  Howard was last seen on foot in the area of Patterson and Northern Lights at 1:30 PM today; efforts to locate him by family and police have been unsuccessful.

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President Donald Trump tweeted late Thursday night that both he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. Only hours before, Trump had tweeted that he and the First Lady would begin the quarantine process after aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for the virus. 

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This year, we’ve heard a lot about the effect of the pandemic on mental health. The US Centers for Disease Control conducted surveys in June, finding that 40% of respondents reported an adverse mental or behavioral health condition. The number rose to 75% for those ages 18-24. The Alaska Dep…

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On September 23, there was an announcement in the Alaska DHSS Case Count Summary that went largely unnoticed:

Over half believe people traveling interstate should be forced to quarantine for 14 days.40% of respondents do not believe they will spend Thanksgiving with extended family due to social distancing regulations.55% believe all domestic interstate travelers should be forced to quarantine for 1…

Identity, Inc. celebrates queer and questioning youth in Alaska with a virtual LGBTQ+ Youth Summit, Oct. 5-11, 2020. This online gathering is a safe place for youth to explore their identities and themselves. They can ask questions, learn and make connections. 

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DHSS today announced 117 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska. 115 are residents in 16 communities: Anchorage (77), Fairbanks (12), Bethel (3), Chugiak (3), Eagle River (3), North Pole (3), Juneau (2), Nome Census Area (2), Sitka (2), Wasilla (2) and one each in Denali Borough, Gird…

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has selected five projects in two states to receive more than $6.9 million in Special Transportation Circumstances (STC) Grants made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Acts of 2019 and 2020. This includes…

Today, Amy Coney Barrett was selected as President Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee. At a time when our country requires leadership on COVID-19, when millions are in financial crisis, and we are grappling with a racial reckoning, this confirmation process is what the administration is pri…

On 9/25/20 at 4:07 AM, Officers with the Patrol Division responded to a wooded camp area to the northeast of the Pine Street and Reka Drive intersection in reference to a citizen report of a deceased person.

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An adult male brown bear has been killed by wildlife officials after making nocturnal visits to the area. The bear had been flipping dumpsters in order to break bear-resistant mechanisms and access trash, and on Saturday night it broke through a section of the zoo’s perimeter fence and enter…

On 9/23/20 at 1:35 AM, Anchorage Police responded to the area of the intersection of Brayton Drive and Academy Drive in reference to an adult female lying on the side of the road and sticking out into the roadway. Upon arrival, officers located the adult female victim and she was declared de…

At 10:36 AM on September 22, 2020, Anchorage Police responded to the 4300-block of Florina Street in response to the report of a deceased adult male lying in the bushes. Upon arrival officers made observations at the scene that has warranted a closer look at the circumstances surrounding the death.

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF), organizer of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood (Symphony) since 1994, is announcing the postponement of the Symphony event planned for November 2020 due to the ongoing health and  safety issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rescheduling for…

Fifteen community arts organizations and counting have joined together to shine a light on the arts community that has been dark since March of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Six months later, with no end in sight and still unable to bring large groups of people together, these 15 a…

 The Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) is looking for design submissions for Alaska Face Mask Design contest. Children and students can design their own Alaskan face mask, send it in, and their design could be one of four chosen to be printed on face masks, which will be distributed across Alask…

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The specter of a “twindemic” — two epidemics at the same time — looms as cold and flu season is set to start in October in the Northern Hemisphere. No one can predict what will happen when flu meets COVID-19, but public health officials are urging people to prepare for the worst.In this case…

Wondering how to vote on the two ballot measures appearing in the General Election this November? Join Alaska Common Ground for online discussions on each of the initiatives. For both events, we will begin with an overview, followed by a panel discussion weighing the pros and cons. There wil…

The Alaska minimum wage will increase from $10.19 to $10.34 effective Jan. 1, 2021. Voters passed a ballot initiative in 2014 to adjust the minimum wage annually for inflation.

The Municipality of Anchorage Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is partnering with community organizations and other municipal departments to distribute 160,000 cloth masks to Anchorage residents beginning September 14. The EOC has done two other rounds of community mask distribution, result…

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From the Attorney General’s Office:

During its full board meeting Sept. 10, the University of Alaska Board of Regents agreed to maintain men’s and women’s nordic (cross-country skiing) programs based on a revised recommendation from UAA Chancellor Cathy Sandeen. The regents approved the elimination of men’s hockey, women’s gym…

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The Alaska Ballet has recently announced free classes for the month of October. During these times and through month of October, all classes at Alaska Ballet will held for students without tuition.

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In an ill-advised and potentially illegal move, Governor Mike Dunleavy took to social media to encourage his supporters not to shop at Sitka Gear after the company made a social media post opposing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Sept. 1, 2020) - In defiance of the national Green Party, the Green Party of Alaska has drafted Jesse Ventura and Cynthia McKinney as their presidential and vice presidential nominees, granting them ballot access in the state. A final poll was held by the party to choose w…

The Anchorage Assembly held a worksession on Monday, August 31, during which it was announced that the Municipality will ensure access to Ben Boeke arena for ice hockey. The Assembly's use of Coronavirus Relief Funds for housing allowed reopening of the arena.

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Today, Assembly Chair Felix Rivera announced the reopening of the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library, beginning with today’s Special Assembly meeting at 5pm. The Assembly has received thousands of comments via email and has had hundreds of individuals participate in phone testimony in …

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A tort claim filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court that names both the Department of Homeland Security and Officer Chris Heitstuman as defendants seeks monetary damages for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the fall of 2017. 

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Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced plans to implement Emergency Order 14, Version 2, beginning Monday. Click HERE to read the full order.

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ANCHORAGE – The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee (LB&A) voted this afternoon to make it so more Alaskans will have access federal pandemic relief money made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Today’s vote amends the eligibility require…

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For COVID-19 testing, Alaska is currently the most tested state in the nation, per capita, followed by Rhode Island, according to Worldometer, a website that ranks states and countries on several key measures in the COVID-19 response. The testing measure is cumulative and based upon all test…

At 9:04 PM on August 17, 2020, a citizen called APD Dispatch to report a 2015 gray Dodge Charger that had hit a concrete barrier on the AC couplet bridge.  The caller stated the vehicle appeared to have sustained pretty substantial damage but was able to continue driving.  At 9:11 PM a secur…

The Seward Highway is closed in both directions at Mile 110 / Beluga Point until further notice as the Anchorage Fire Department responds to a rescue call. Please avoid the area.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Alaska and across the country, university administrators have grappled with the difficult question of how to move forward with course delivery and campus operations this fall.

Liberty University has announced that Chairman Jerry Prevo has accepted the appointment by the Executive Committee of the Board to serve as the Acting President of the University. This follows the announcement on August 7 that the Board of Trustees and President Jerry Falwell, Jr. agreed to …

On Friday, the Anchorage Assembly launched a website dedicated to Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The website serves as a one-stop spot to see all decisions made on funding allocations.

Update at 1:45 PM:  The suspect has been taken into custody without incident.  15th Avenue is open.  Fairbanks Street will be re-opened once SWAT has cleared the scene.  Thank you for your cooperation.