Jeremy Hsieh, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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Jeremy Hsieh covers Anchorage with an emphasis on housing, homelessness, infrastructure and development. Reach him at jhsieh@alaskapublic.org or 907-550-8428. Read more about Jeremy here.
A "Plowing for Pizza" branded snow plow truck

Domino’s Pizza stunt marketing lands Anchorage $25,000 for snow plowing

A “significant” number of Anchorage locals nominated their city for the grant, according to a Domino's spokesperson.
A narrow lake among snow-capped mountains

Eklutna hydro owners say they won’t extend wildlife restoration process

Stakeholders who have fundamental objections have little time for further negotiation, and little recourse but federal court.
A man in sunglasses blows snow off the roof.

Anchorage building officials are trying to identify roofs prone to fail under heavy snow

Anchorage roofing companies have been slammed with snow removal jobs amid record snowfall and a series of collapses.
pilings along a body water, two container cranes and a cargo ship

Big Lake lawmaker proposes state port authority take over Anchorage and Mat-Su ports

Rep. Kevin McCabe said he wasn’t able to answer questions about compensation for local governments, impacts to local property taxes or how port user groups feel about it.
a person sits on a cot in a row of cots in an industrial space

Anchorage’s emergency warming rooms scale back from 3 to 1

Two of the warming rooms weren't heavily used. The third one has helped the 200-bed shelter at the same location run more efficiently.
A narrow lake among snow-capped mountains

Anchorage Assembly seeks 2-year extension on Eklutna Lake fish and wildlife plan process

Assembly members say they have fundamental problems with the utilities’ plan, the process that produced it and the property tax impacts.
A man in a dark hoodie at a shelter

City warming centers may scale back soon as Anchorage cold snap ends

The weather forecast for Anchorage says the prolonged, sub-zero temperatures will let up soon.
A woman in a white dress shirt gives a presentation

Workforce woes? Invest in Anchorage’s quality of life, experts say

Anchorage’s economy has lots of positive signs and job growth ahead, but not enough people for its anticipated job openings.
a red sign in a storefront window

Girdwood housing development deal greenlit by Anchorage Assembly

Many locals fear an opportunity to address the community’s workforce housing crisis was squandered in the Holtan Hills deal.
A man in a suit speaks at a podium.

Anchorage Economic Development Corp. backs sales tax for property tax relief, community investment

The head of the nonprofit says business leaders are interested in a 3% sales tax with two-thirds for property tax relief.
A man in a suit speaks at a white podium.

Anchorage Assembly, Bronson trade accusations over subpoena-powers veto and override

The Assembly unpacked misleading statements in Mayor’s Dave Bronson's argument against an ordinance, then overrode his veto of it in a 9-3 vote.
a woman with a laser pointer in front of an audience

Anchorage, Mat-Su utilities disagree with Eklutna village on full dam removal to restore namesake river

The public has until Feb. 19 to comment on the utilities’ hydro project river repair plan, which is much more modest.
North Wind Apartments with "Now Leasing" sign (for rent)

Anchorage homeless rental program gets $1.5M boost

The Assembly also set aside $500,000 in alcohol tax revenue for a potential tiny home, transitional shelter pilot project.
the corner of the City Hall building

Anchorage Assembly OKs public restroom, Chugach access ballot questions

The Assembly has more ballot questions to finalize by its deadline on Jan. 23.
A man in a yellow prison jumper looks through documents

Indiana man who manipulated Alaskan teens into murder-for-hire gets 99 years

“One down, five to go,” the victim’s father said after the sentencing.
Large cranes and stacks of shipping containers

Anchorage Assembly renames port after Don Young

Assembly members voted 10-2 to designate Anchorage's port the Don Young Port of Alaska, after the state's late congressman.
stacks of shipping containers. A few read "Matson."

An Alaska lawmaker has quietly proposed taking over Anchorage’s port, but won’t say why

The city’s local elected officials are concerned Senate Bill 155 could lead to a knock-down, drag-out fight.
A boated docked in the port of Alaska

Anchorage Assembly wrestles to impasse on renaming port after Don Young 

The Assembly put off the decision indefinitely. There was no consensus about what, if anything, to do next.
North Wind Apartments with "Now Leasing" sign (for rent)

Anchorage leaders pitch regular rental housing as transition out of winter homeless shelters

Homelessness experts say per person, it’s cheaper than shelter. The new plan emulates what Houston, Texas, did.
A sign that says, "Incompetence has a price tag" stand halfway buried in snow along a picket fence.

Who’s behind the ads attacking Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson?

The 907 Initiative's leader says it advocates for progressive values, but isn't trying to influence elections.