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.
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.
A man uses a snow blower on his driveway.

Anchorage leaders reexamine snow removal, question ‘new norm’

The city’s in-house snow removal team has shrunk over time and its target time to plow out neighborhoods has gotten longer.
A mirrored building.

Anchorage Assembly overrides all Bronson budget vetoes

Some Assembly members took issue with Bronson’s stated rationale for the cuts. They debated the veto overrides for about a half-hour.

Why Anchorage Mayor Bronson vetoed funding for crisis teams he supports

An Anchorage Assembly leader says it demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding in the administration.
three men pose for a photo together

Anchorage teen’s accused killer on trial 45 years after her murder

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.
Jessica Swan at memorial for her daughter Mackenzie Wilson

Alaska mother of slain ROTC cadet says lack of accountability ‘unconscionable’

A judge in Idaho dismissed a manslaughter case, and the military hasn't said if it disciplined its personnel involved in the death.
the corner of the City Hall building

Anchorage Assembly OKs 2024 budgets with veto-proof majority

Mayor Bronson agreed with about one-third of the Assembly’s operating budget additions. They disagreed over budgeting for staff vacancies.
A man in a suit speaks at a white podium.

Anchorage mayor says downtown in a renaissance, but departing cafe’s fans disagree

Assembly Chair Chris Constant, who is often politically at odds with the mayor, agreed with Bronson’s optimism about downtown Anchorage.
A man in a black coat tends to a fire.

Anchorage’s unsheltered and good Samaritans adapt to cold snap

The most common causes of death for unsheltered people in Anchorage are drug overdose, cardiac arrest and hypothermia.
A picture of a downtown skyline while it's snowing.

Anchorage Assembly member calls for warming facility ahead of sub-zero weekend temps

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.
A man in a suit answers question in front of a camera.

Anchorage mayor responds to frustration over snow plowing and canceled in-person school

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.
A snowy hill with tents

Anchorage Assembly expands winter shelter with hundreds on waitlist and snow pummeling city

The additional beds will go to the most vulnerable people on the waitlist.
A man in a dark green jacket sits on a cot alone inside a building that has been converted into a shelter.

A look at Anchorage’s emergency cold weather shelter plan

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.

1 dead after fire in east Anchorage encampment

According to the fire department, a dozen people have now died in fires in Anchorage this year. Two others were also in outdoor encampments.
two men speak inside an empty arena

Anchorage mayor and Assembly at odds over contracts signed without input

For at least the third time, the Assembly and the Bronson administration fought publicly over a significant contract after it was executed.
A woman in an orange and black cameo coat gives a tour

Anchorage’s winter shelter system has a long waitlist and unused capacity. Here’s why.

About 1,000 people are on a waitlist for winter shelter, but the city’s newest, 150-bed shelter hasn’t hit capacity yet.
a man in a suit

Anchorage Assembly members decry mayor’s equity measure veto as political gaslighting

The mayor’s veto message triggered indignant backlash from some Assembly members. The Assembly overrode the veto.