Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
The delay comes after Assembly members were told that several portable classrooms from the Anchorage School District wouldn’t be usable as shelters this winter.
The return to using the arena as a shelter comes after more than a month of debate over how to house roughly 350 homeless people through the winter.
All of the former hotel's residents have recently been homeless, and either have a job or are in the process of getting employed.
McClure has a master’s degree in library science and was the head of Anchorage's Mountain View Library from August 2014 to July 2017.
The move came after strong public outcry against using the Dempsey Ice Arena as a shelter.
The task force estimates being able to house between 85 and 170 people at the Golden Lion, with another 240 to 260 people at the ice arena.
After a massive storm brought storm surge and flooding across hundreds of miles of Western Alaska coastline, officials with the National Weather Service say they expect the worst of the wind has passed.
Assembly chair Suzanne LaFrance wants the audit to review Gerace's work as health director such as, “documents that were signed, disciplinary actions that were conducted, grants that were administered, contracts executed and policies enacted."
Karen Lomack hopes her outreach helps inform people of how alcohol can affect pregnancy, and reduce the negative stigma of those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Bronson announced that his chief of staff Alexis Johnson will be taking over as the city’s homeless coordinator, a job vacant since Dave D’Amato resigned in February.
Mario Bird’s confirmation failed on a 4-8 vote, with members Jamie Allard, Randy Sulte, Kevin Cross and Pete Petersen voting in support of him.
The reversal comes less than a week after the Bronson administration included using the rec centers as part of the move to transition homeless people out of the makeshift homeless camp at the Centennial Park campground in Northeast Anchorage.
Officials say transportation will be provided to bring homeless campers to either the Spenard or Fairview rec centers, which are set to be converted into emergency shelters starting Sep. 29.
Eligible Alaskans who applied online and opted for direct deposit should start receiving their money on Sept. 20.
Bronson’s winter sheltering plan now includes using 2 Anchorage rec centers previously described as emergency options
Bronson's administration first outlined the plan last week. What's different now: using the Spenard and Fairview rec centers as emergency shelters is no longer a last resort.
Bronson's plan includes using up to 20 portable buildings to house people.
Police say 36-year-old Michael Valu was also charged with 15 felony assault charges and a charge of misconduct involving a firearm.
Police say the man fled with the child after firing a weapon during a domestic dispute early Friday morning. Officers say the man was not fatally injured in the shooting.
The Assembly also overrode the mayor's veto of federal COVID-19 relief money.
An ordinance from Mayor Dave Bronson would’ve put a question to voters in the next municipal election on whether the city clerk would be elected by residents, rather than appointed by the Assembly.