Jeremy Hsieh, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

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 sense of place photo in the winter where a semi truck is on the right side of the photo where the road is and utility poles obstructing pedestrian sidewalks on a snow filled street.

Key Anchorage stakeholders skeptical of megaproject solutions to connect Seward and Glenn highways

They're interested in a far less expensive redesign of Gambell and Ingra streets to be neighborhood friendly, with lower speed limits and fewer lanes.
A man in a reflective vest picks uses a trash picker around tarps, tents and needles.

Anchorage officials aim to keep camping in check as winter shelters wind down

The Anchorage Assembly is taking up an ordinance to limit the size of encampments and create safe parking for people living in their cars.
a ballot drop box

It’s Election Day in Anchorage. Here’s what to know.

Ballots were mailed to eligible voters on March 12. They can be returned by mail, to secure drop boxes or at vote centers through April 2.
A gray concrete building labeled Eklutna Power Plant along a snowy road

Anchorage mayor vetoes Assembly action in latest transparency row

The Assembly appears to have the supermajority needed to override the mayor’s veto of a measure to subpoena a confidential agreement.
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Anchorage’s long overdue financial audit may cost the city millions

Annual, audited financial records are a condition to keep various grants flowing to the city from the state and federal governments.
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Anchorage ombudsman substantiates several allegations made by ousted city manager

In his report, Ombudsman Darrel Hess concludes that three of Amy Demboski’s six allegations were justified.
Anchorage City Hall

Bronson vetoes new rules for Anchorage Airbnbs

The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday had approved the ordinance that would’ve required short-term rental owners to locally license their operations.
a sign on a building says airbnb

Divided Anchorage Assembly to vote on new requirements for short-term rentals

The vote on the measure was postponed from the Assembly's last meeting so an absent member could cast a potentially decisive vote.
Campaign signs supporting mayoral candidate Suzanne LaFrance

3 takeaways from the last campaign finance disclosures before voting begins in Anchorage

Mayoral candidate Suzanne LaFrance is this election’s top fundraiser so far. But overall fundraising is down significantly from 2021.
A white truck cab without any cargo on a snowy road with cargo containers stacked behind it

Federal appeals court hears Anchorage port case with up to $367M on the line

The appeals court judges seemed more skeptical of the federal Maritime Administration's case than Anchorage's.
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With unease, Anchorage Assembly calls for Israel-Hamas cease-fire

Members wrestled with trying to satisfy constituents on an emotionally charged conflict that they have little expertise or influence on. 
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Ravn Alaska slashes workforce, raising questions about regional airline’s future

At this point, a Ravn Alaska spokesperson says none of its nine Alaska destinations will be eliminated, but they can expect fewer flights.
a white, snowy landscape of a dam covered in snow and mountains covered in snow.

Anchorage Assembly preps for legal fight with Bronson administration over future of Eklutna Dam

The Assembly and administration have major differences over who sets the policy and what the city’s position actually is.

Anchorage mayoral candidates address sales tax, muni workforce issues

Most of the questions at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce event were about economic and business issues.
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Alaska lawmaker says systemic changes to food stamps program will reduce backlog, save money

Alaska Beacon reporter Claire Stremple discusses proposed processing and eligibility changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
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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.
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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.