Jeremy Hsieh, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Jeremy Hsieh has worked in journalism since high school as a reporter, editor and television producer. He lived in Juneau from 2008 to 2022 and now lives in Anchorage.
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Anchorage Assembly suspends relationship with Russian sister city

The action comes more than a year after Russia invaded Ukraine and Gov. Mike Dunleavy called on Alaska cities to cut these ties.
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Anchorage’s latest municipal attorney says public service drew her to the job 

Anne Helzer is Mayor Bronson’s fourth pick to lead the city’s legal department. She was well received at her confirmation hearing.
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Head of Anchorage trash services resigns

It’s the second resignation announcement in Mayor Dave Bronson’s administration in as many days.
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Half-mile stretch of Anchorage’s 15th Avenue closed due to sinkhole

A drainage culvert beneath the street failed, causing the sinkhole.
Over a crowded diner table, a group of adults talk and laugh.

Left-of-center candidates lead in most Anchorage Assembly races 

Both Anchorage School Board incumbents appear on track to keep their seats.
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A masked man assaulted an ADN photographer looking into campaign sign vandalism 

The incident comes amid what a campaign consultant says is an unprecedented level of sign theft and vandalism this election cycle.
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Today is the last day to vote in Anchorage’s by-mail election. Here’s what to know.

The ballots are long this year, with questions on some filling up all four sides of two ballot cards.
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Contractor sues Anchorage for unpaid work on shelter

The acting municipal attorney previously said that if the contractor sued, the city would lose.
A man with a hat is standing on a sidewalk next to a utility pole.

Connecting the Seward and Glenn highways scarred Fairview. Now, lots of agencies want to make it right.

The Anchorage neighborhood recently won a federal grant specifically for repairing damage to the community from past transportation projects.
Rows of cots are organized on the floor of an arena.

Politics and pessimism are weighing down Anchorage’s latest push for a new homeless shelter

City officials have repeatedly failed to establish new, low-barrier shelter spaces, and repeatedly fallen back on using the Sullivan Arena as one.
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Anchorage Assembly threatens legal action over Bronson admin’s illegal contract authorization

The mayor and Assembly leaders say they hope they can sort out their differences with each other, then settle up with Roger Hickel Contracting.
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Anchorage Assembly sues Mayor Bronson to force disclosures about former health department head 

Several Assembly members previously accused the administration of using confidentiality to hide the lackluster investigation from the public.
Jamie Heinz inside Anchorage Election Center

Furor over mail-in voting fades as Anchorage prepares for April election

It peaked in 2021. Anchorage’s election administrator thinks increasing transparency around election operations has helped settle the public’s concerns.

ACLU sues Alaska prison system over forced medication policy

The ACLU says Mark Andrews' experience shows that a policy affecting many people in state custody with mental illness should be struck down.
Cots and totes are organized on the floor of an arena.

Anchorage Assembly orders third-party oversight of emergency cold-weather shelters

The city will hire a consultant to receive and investigate complaints, after the homelessness coalition said clients’ basic needs are not being met.
Jim Crawford at a conference table

Anchorage Assembly members want commission appointee to resign for raising stereotypes about homelessness

Jim Crawford serves on an advisory commission, and suggested race and mental illness cause homelessness during a recent meeting.
A Regal Cinemas movie theater in East Anchorage.

Anchorage’s IMAX movie theater spared from bankruptcy closure — for now

In a court filing, attorneys for the parent company say they are still negotiating with the theater’s landlord.
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Glenn Highway reopens, but police warn of traffic delays

Drivers headed north on the Glenn Highway were stuck for about two hours on Friday due to multiple accidents and icy roads.
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ACLU sues Alaska Department of Corrections over eligibility for pre-release transition programs

The civil rights organization says after a parole board grants someone an earlier release date, they may be denied access to helpful transition programs because of a bad interpretation of eligibility rules.
Anchorage Fire Department responders with shovels near a collapsed roof.

Inspectors investigate cause of fatal Anchorage roof collapse

There is a lot of concern that heavy snow loads may have contributed to the collapse, said Anchorage Fire Department Assistant Chief Alex Boyd.