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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Anchorage Assembly nudges police department to be more forthcoming on body cam rollout

The most controversial piece of the Assembly's request: a policy to automatically release recordings from police shootings.
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Hundreds of people are moving from Anchorage homeless camps into hotel rooms

City officials say demand is much higher than expected, and the new numbers mean there could be 400 people or more left out in the cold. 
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‘We are ready’: Bronson unveils revamped Anchorage snow removal plan

The mayor said if there’s another extreme snowfall event this winter, his administration will have more flexibility to get more drivers and equipment on the roads.
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New temporary homeless shelter in Anchorage to open by Nov. 1

The Assembly's action resolves the last major piece of the city’s winter shelter plan.
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Rabbis and Alaska politicians condemn attack on Israel, pledge support

About 200 people turned out for a solidarity event in Anchorage.
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For Anchorage’s homeless residents, the path out is precarious and rarely straight

Shelter beds opening up soon are a stepping stone to stability. But a bad choice, a bad actor or bad luck can quickly reverse progress.
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Anchorage Mayor Bronson proposes leaner budget for 2024

Bronson’s proposed budget anticipates property tax bills will decrease by 4% on average. 
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Anchorage Assembly preparing $10M ballot question to improve access to Chugach State Park 

Some Assembly members are concerned the initial project list is too deferential to homeowners who don't want more neighborhood traffic.
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Alaskans can skip the down payment in this housing program. Instead, they put in sweat equity.

Families commit to work 36 hours a week building a block of homes. Their labor covers the down payments, and they get access to low-interest and subsidized mortgages.
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Anchorage joins long list of cities petitioning U.S. Supreme Court to hear key homelessness case

Mayor Dave Bronson says he wants the high court to nullify Ninth Circuit decisions that made it more difficult to manage homeless people.
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Officials are aiming to move all of Anchorage’s homeless campers into housing or shelter in October

Unlike last winter, the plan does not include a mass shelter like the Sullivan Arena.
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Can this robot print a whole house? Nome is going to find out next year. 

Nome and its partners hope the project will prove the technology can slash the time and cost to build quality housing, even in Alaska’s most remote communities.
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Anchorage IT director resigns after Assembly pressures mayor for more information on scheme to challenge election

Weeks after an investigator’s report laid out inappropriate behavior, the mayor said he asked for the resignation.
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Anchorage Assembly to put off vote on residential zoning reform pending planners’ review 

The proposed residential zones generally allow for more density and more flexibility in terms of both land uses and types of buildings.
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Does Alaska have an affordable housing crisis?

Across the state, homebuilding and vacancy rates are down. Rent, mortgage rates and home prices are up.
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Longtime Alaska writer reflects on Alaska’s history of aviation fatalities

“It’s something we really can’t get used to, shouldn’t get used to,” said Charles Wohlforth.
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Bill Popp enters Anchorage mayoral race

He's the fourth major candidate to enter the race, joining incumbent Mayor Dave Bronson, former Anchorage Assembly Chair Suzanne LaFrance and former state Rep. Chris Tuck.
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Anchorage Assembly temporarily boosts police, outreach and sanitation at large homeless encampments

There was a particular focus on crime, drug use and uncleanliness in the camp near Third Avenue and Ingra Street downtown. 
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Anchorage Assembly rejects mayor’s library board picks in latest culture war skirmish

Assembly member Anna Brawley said the candidates were engaged in a national, partisan effort against LGBTQ people and freedom of speech in libraries.
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New report highlights circumstances around hundreds of Alaska’s missing Indigenous people

The report includes 280 missing persons cases, some dating back to the 1960s.