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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Another Anchorage muni executive entangled in lawsuit resigns

Saxton Shearer’s last day as the head of the city’s Maintenance and Operations department will be May 26.
A woman and her dog walk around a yellow van

With Anchorage’s shelters full, homeless campers eke out life in limbo

Policymakers haven’t publicly said what they’ll police within the camps. For now, the plan is to meet the campers where they are.
Anchorage City Hall

Former Anchorage employee who recorded Judy Eledge’s racist comments sues city for discrimination 

The former executive assistant also alleges discrimination against women among fire department leaders.
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Anchorage CFO is the latest city executive to resign

Since Mayor Dave Bronson took office in July of 2021, more than a dozen executives have turned over due to firings and resignations.
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Two Anchorage Assembly members call on Judy Eledge to resign

The deputy library director has made racist comments toward Alaska Natives and is the subject of numerous workplace complaints.
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Denali National Park officials say 2 missing men likely fell while climbing

Rangers say the climbers’ tracks led into the path of an avalanche on Moose’s Tooth.
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Public hearing set for wrongful termination payouts for 2 former Anchorage city employees

Confidentiality around legal matters and personnel issues will make discussion awkward on May 23, said the Assembly chair.
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How Anchorage’s response to homelessness has changed over the last 20 years

Nancy Burke has worked on housing and mental health issues in Alaska since 2002. She’s moving on soon, but shared some of her perspective first.
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The beginning of the end? Sullivan Arena shelter scales down

Not everyone leaving will end up camping. Some got last-minute housing placements, some will couch surf, some caught flights out of town to stay with friends or relatives.

As Anchorage’s mass shelter winds down, workers push to smooth transition for homeless residents

Even though the reality of the coming closure is sinking in, a lot of people in the shelter only had vague plans.
Cots and totes are organized on the floor of an arena.

Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena shelter will close to hundreds Monday

Up to 90 people with mobility or other impairments will be able to stay in the shelter until May 31.
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Anchorage Assembly to consider keeping Sullivan Arena shelter open in limited capacity

The extension is expected to be a last-minute addition to the Assembly’s agenda at its next regular meeting..
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Anchorage’s winter shelters are closing soon. What then?

Most people will have to start camping outside as Anchorage Assembly members and service agencies plot what’s next.
Rows of cots are organized on the floor of an arena.

No, the Sullivan Arena won’t be a shelter beyond April

With fresh snow and nowhere else to go, a consultant recommended keeping the mass shelter open into May.
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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.