Kavitha George, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Kavitha George is the host of Alaska Morning News at Alaska Public Media. She also reports on business, labor and the economy. Reach her at kgeorge@alaskapublic.org.
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Anchorage police ask for help identifying ‘person of interest’ in posting of swastika stickers

Police on Thursday released three security photos of a man who was spotted last week near Mad Myrna’s and at the Alaska Jewish Museum.
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Bronson announces two new members of Anchorage mayoral transition team

Anchorage mayor-elect Dave Bronson announced two more members of his transition team who will lead the new administration's response to homelessness: an anesthesiologist and a budget manager.
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More than 11,000 people’s personal information released in APD data leak

Since 2019, 11,402 people have had their birth dates and driver’s license numbers published accidentally, due to a glitch in the Anchorage Police Department records system, the department announced Wednesday.
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Anchorage clerk reports ‘unprecedented harassment’ of election workers during mayoral runoff

The municipal clerk also says there was "intense scrutiny of the election (and) the dissemination of disinformation to sow distrust among voters."
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As fire season begins, a small blaze sparks at Flattop in Anchorage

A small wildfire broke out near the popular Flattop Mountain parking lot in Anchorage late Tuesday night. The Anchorage Fire Department described the burn as a 100 square foot brush fire, and said it was under control in less than half an hour.
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Acting Mayor ends Anchorage’s emergency proclamation

Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson announced that Anchorage’s emergency proclamation ended Tuesday at an Assembly meeting last night.

Dunbar concedes in race for Anchorage mayor

East Anchorage Assembly member Forrest Dunbar conceded to retired commercial pilot Dave Bronson in the race for Anchorage mayor Friday night.

How will a conservative mayor and progressive Assembly work in Anchorage?

The bulk of Dave Bronson’s campaign has centered on undoing the work of the Anchorage Assembly over the last year. Bronson's now on track to become the city's next mayor, and will be partnered with the majority-progressive Assembly to govern Anchorage.
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Bronson pulls ahead by 1,100 votes in the race for Anchorage mayor

Retired commercial pilot Dave Bronson has pulled ahead by 1,116 votes in the race for Anchorage mayor, according to results posted by the municipal clerk Friday afternoon. That’s a difference of 1.3%, well outside the 0.5% gap that would require a recount. Just over 87,000 ballots have been counted.
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Dunbar says he is unlikely to overcome Bronson lead in Anchorage mayor race

Assembly member Forrest Dunbar appeared to acknowledge that he is unlikely to win the Anchorage mayoral runoff Thursday night. He tweeted “Given the size of the deficit and the number of votes we believe are outstanding it appears unlikely that we will make up the difference.”
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Bronson widens lead in Anchorage mayoral race

Retired commercial pilot Dave Bronson is ahead by 627 votes in the runoff race for Anchorage mayor against East Anchorage Assembly member Forrest Dunbar. That’s according to updated election results posted Thursday afternoon. The margin between the two candidates is still less than 1 percent, but it has widened since Wednesday, when Bronson was up by less than 300 votes.
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Bronson takes a slim lead in the Anchorage mayoral runoff

Retired commercial pilot Dave Bronson took a slim lead in the runoff election for Anchorage mayor on Wednesday. With about 76,000 votes counted, Bronson leads over Assembly member Forrest Dunbar by under 278 votes. Only about 4,000 votes were added to the count between Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Anchorage mayor’s race too close to call, with thousands of ballots left to count

Forrest Dunbar leads Dave Bronson in a narrow race, but full results won't be known for weeks.
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Anchorage’s new police chief wants to prioritize building community trust

Anchorage's first Black police chief said his said his top priority will be building trust in the community, particularly with communities of color.
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Signs of strong turnout for Tuesday’s hotly-contested mayoral runoff in Anchorage

As of Friday the municipal Elections Center had already received 61,525 ballots. That’s 3,563 more than had been received by general election day last month. About 75,000 people voted in the general election.
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Bronson outraises Dunbar in latest campaign finance reports

Bronson’s campaign has outraised Dunbar’s in the runoff election by about $77,000, but overall, Dunbar has still raised more — close to $591,000 in total, compared to Bronson’s $559,000.
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Still deciding between Bronson and Dunbar? Here’s where they come down on major issues.

Anchorage voters still have about a week to cast their ballots as the city chooses its next mayor in a runoff election. The two candidates, East Anchorage Assembly member Forrest Dunbar and retired commercial...
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Anchorage Assembly confirms city’s first Chief Equity Officer

The Anchorage Assembly confirmed the city’s first Chief Equity Officer on Tuesday, a new role dedicated to promoting equity in city government. That includes making sure municipal hiring and contracting is fair and representative of the community, tracking how municipal resources are distributed and educating the community about its role in dismantling systemic inequity.

The bears are back in Anchorage. Here’s what to know.

Bears are up and about in Anchorage, and looking for food. If you haven’t already, now is the time to take down bird-feeders, clean up any outdoor food waste, including pet food, and ensure trash is stored securely.
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Anchorage Assembly rolls back COVID-19 gathering limits and business restrictions

Anchorage COVID-19 restrictions are set to loosen significantly next week. At a meeting on Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly voted unanimously to remove all gathering limits and social distancing requirements for the city starting Monday, May 3. The decision also lifted COVID-19 requirements for businesses like hotels, bingo halls, gyms, salons and childcare centers.