Jeremy Hsieh, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
An Anchorage Assembly leader says it demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding in the administration.
Prosecutors say DNA links an Oregon man to the killing of 16-year-old Shelley Connolly. The defense says it also points to other suspects.
A judge in Idaho dismissed a manslaughter case, and the military hasn't said if it disciplined its personnel involved in the death.
Mayor Bronson agreed with about one-third of the Assembly’s operating budget additions. They disagreed over budgeting for staff vacancies.
Assembly Chair Chris Constant, who is often politically at odds with the mayor, agreed with Bronson’s optimism about downtown Anchorage.
The most common causes of death for unsheltered people in Anchorage are drug overdose, cardiac arrest and hypothermia.
Separately, the administration is working on lining up a contract for Assembly approval next week to establish a winter warming area for up to 50 people.
Anchorage schools are "on track" to reopen Thursday, after district officials said it was unsafe to bus students Wednesday, the fourth consecutive school day of remote learning.
The additional beds will go to the most vulnerable people on the waitlist.
Anchorage opened a 150-bed cold-weather shelter on Oct. 31. But less than a month into winter shelter season, it has a 1,000-person waitlist.
For at least the third time, the Assembly and the Bronson administration fought publicly over a significant contract after it was executed.
About 1,000 people are on a waitlist for winter shelter, but the city’s newest, 150-bed shelter hasn’t hit capacity yet.
The mayor’s veto message triggered indignant backlash from some Assembly members. The Assembly overrode the veto.
The most controversial piece of the Assembly's request: a policy to automatically release recordings from police shootings.
City officials say demand is much higher than expected, and the new numbers mean there could be 400 people or more left out in the cold.
The mayor said if there’s another extreme snowfall event this winter, his administration will have more flexibility to get more drivers and equipment on the roads.
The Assembly's action resolves the last major piece of the city’s winter shelter plan.
About 200 people turned out for a solidarity event in Anchorage.
Shelter beds opening up soon are a stepping stone to stability. But a bad choice, a bad actor or bad luck can quickly reverse progress.