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.
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Suzanne LaFrance declares victory in Anchorage mayor’s race

After another 27,000 ballots were counted, LaFrance's lead over Dave Bronson narrowed by percentage points, but widened in absolute votes.
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Suzanne LaFrance poised to be Anchorage’s first elected female mayor

Partial, unofficial election night results show the former Assembly chair leading incumbent Mayor Dave Bronson by nearly 10%.
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Anchorage’s mayoral runoff election ends today. Here’s what to know. 

Anchorage voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to return their ballots.
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Backlash to ‘cheese grater’ fence in Anchorage triggers changes to DOT outreach 

The state transportation department says the fence isn’t going away, but the minor drama will lead to more outreach on similar projects going forward.
A gray concrete building labeled Eklutna Power Plant along a snowy road

The governor has a big decision to make about the Eklutna River and hydro project. Here’s what to know. 

The governor has an Oct. 2 deadline to review the plan, comments, any alternatives, and try to smooth out any disagreements.
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Anchorage woman charged with vandalizing Bronson campaign signs

Police charged a 27-year-old East Anchorage woman with two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with 14 vandalized campaign signs.
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Hey Anchorage, who’s your pick for mayor? Why?

We spent a day talking to locals all over Anchorage, from Eagle River to Girdwood, about what matters to them. 
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In Anchorage’s LaFrance-Bronson runoff election, the incumbent mayor is the underdog

Suzanne LaFrance outperformed Mayor Dave Bronson in campaign fundraising, the regular election results and a post-election poll.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.