Jeremy Hsieh, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Jeremy Hsieh, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Jeremy Hsieh covers Anchorage with an emphasis on housing, homelessness, infrastructure and development. Reach him at or 907-550-8428. Read more about Jeremy here.
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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.
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Anchorage Assembly seeks 2-year extension on Eklutna Lake fish and wildlife plan process

Assembly members say they have fundamental problems with the utilities’ plan, the process that produced it and the property tax impacts.
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City warming centers may scale back soon as Anchorage cold snap ends

The weather forecast for Anchorage says the prolonged, sub-zero temperatures will let up soon.
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Workforce woes? Invest in Anchorage’s quality of life, experts say

Anchorage’s economy has lots of positive signs and job growth ahead, but not enough people for its anticipated job openings.
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Girdwood housing development deal greenlit by Anchorage Assembly

Many locals fear an opportunity to address the community’s workforce housing crisis was squandered in the Holtan Hills deal.
A man in a suit speaks at a podium.

Anchorage Economic Development Corp. backs sales tax for property tax relief, community investment

The head of the nonprofit says business leaders are interested in a 3% sales tax with two-thirds for property tax relief.
A man in a suit speaks at a white podium.

Anchorage Assembly, Bronson trade accusations over subpoena-powers veto and override

The Assembly unpacked misleading statements in Mayor’s Dave Bronson's argument against an ordinance, then overrode his veto of it in a 9-3 vote.
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Anchorage, Mat-Su utilities disagree with Eklutna village on full dam removal to restore namesake river

The public has until Feb. 19 to comment on the utilities’ hydro project river repair plan, which is much more modest.
North Wind Apartments with "Now Leasing" sign (for rent)

Anchorage homeless rental program gets $1.5M boost

The Assembly also set aside $500,000 in alcohol tax revenue for a potential tiny home, transitional shelter pilot project.
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Anchorage Assembly OKs public restroom, Chugach access ballot questions

The Assembly has more ballot questions to finalize by its deadline on Jan. 23.
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Indiana man who manipulated Alaskan teens into murder-for-hire gets 99 years

“One down, five to go,” the victim’s father said after the sentencing.
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Anchorage Assembly renames port after Don Young

Assembly members voted 10-2 to designate Anchorage's port the Don Young Port of Alaska, after the state's late congressman.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.