Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Lex Treinen covers culture, homelessness, politics and corrections for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at ltreinen@alaskapublic.org.
Joe Gerace talks with people in front of dumpsters in front of the Sullivan Arena shelter

Anchorage mayor says he’s investigating the hiring of former health director Joe Gerace

Mayor Dave Bronson’s statement follows an investigation by American Public Media and Alaska Public Media that found Gerace used a resume that misrepresented his educational credentials and military background to get a job running the city’s health department.
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Bronson’s pick for top Anchorage librarian declines job, leaving controversial deputy director in charge

Three months after Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson announced a new pick to lead the city’s library system, officials say Robert Hudson will not be taking the job after all. 
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Outdoor deaths in Anchorage spiked in June, coinciding with sharp increase in unsheltered homelessness

Six people died outside in the city in June, the highest number in at least two years. Advocates fear the trend could continue without immediate action.
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Anchorage police name suspect injured in shootout with officers at homeless campground

Police say 32-year-old Iese Gali Jr. shot at officers, who returned fire.
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Anchorage police officer and suspect hit after exchanging gunfire at campground city sanctioned for homeless

Two officers were conducting what police described as a “security check” Wednesday night at Centennial Campground prior to the shooting, police said.
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Records fall at Mount Marathon race in Seward

Allie McLaughlin of Colorado smashed the women's record by 40 seconds.

Emotions high as Anchorage’s largest homeless shelter shuts down after more than 2 years 

Dozens of people have moved from shelter to camping in the past weeks as the city closes its pandemic-era shelter.
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Anchorage’s largest homeless shelter will close Thursday after 2 years. Here’s what to know.

Dozens of people will be left without a place to stay when the Sullivan closes on Thursday morning, officials say. They hope some will move into a new sanctioned campground.
A woman in a tie dyed shit and hat wipes her eye standing over a camping tent

Despite community pushback, some say authorized homeless campground in Anchorage is needed

Community leaders say the abrupt opening of the Centennial Campground in East Anchorage was poorly planned, but homeless advocates say it’s a place where campers can feel safe.
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Anchorage HR director’s ‘I’m with Judy’ t-shirt part of wrongful termination suit

Former Office of Equal Opportunity Director Heather MacAlpine was fired while investigating complaints about the city’s top librarian, Judy Eledge, who has gotten public support from the mayor and chief human resources officer.
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With hot, dry weather expected, Alaska boosts firefighting resources

Alaska is now on “Preparedness Level 4," the second-highest level based on current fires and fire potential.
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Anchorage mayor appoints staunch conservative after municipal attorney resigns

Patrick Bergt resigned as city attorney after less than a year on the job.
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Officials say they’ve finished work on massive tundra fire near Yukon River that threatened St. Mary’s

All of the more than 150 evacuees have returned to their home villages, according to the fire service.
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Rainy weather tamps down fires near St. Mary’s for now as officials warn of flammable conditions in Interior

Residents of St. Mary’s on the Yukon River were told they no longer need to be packed up to leave, though smoke is still lingering.
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Southwest Alaska fire evacuees start returning home, but changing climate presents lingering risks

People who evacuated are returning to a home that’s seeing ever-increasing effects of climate change.
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Smoke from Western Alaska wildfires blankets much of the state

Smoke is expected to start clearing in the most heavily populated areas by Monday evening, but in Interior Alaska, the forecast shows that lightning strikes could lead to more wildfires.
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The largest homeless shelter in Alaska will close this month. Many staying there aren’t sure where they’ll live next.

Many guests are waiting for housing to open up, but they’re not sure it will free up before the end of the month. If they don’t find options, some say they’ll camp.
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Former Anchorage Museum employees demand investigation into work environment under director

Five former employees charged the museum’s director, Julie Decker, with fostering an opaque, chaotic and stressful work environment.
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As Anchorage phases out its main homeless shelter, providers fear a surge in campers

Some in the homeless services community say the transition plan from the health department has been poorly communicated.
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Assembly investigates Anchorage library management following workplace allegations

Assembly members asked the Bronson administration to answer questions about unfilled staff positions and new rules at the library under its deputy director, Judy Eledge.