Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
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Wesley Early covers Anchorage life and city politics for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at wearly@alaskapublic.org and follow him on X at @wesley_early. Read more about Wesley here.

In his final days as Anchorage mayor, Bronson says he’s focused on a smooth transition

Dave Bronson says he has a number of accomplishments he's proud of as well as a few regrets.

4 men have died in Alaska’s North Slope oil fields in just over a year

Before the recent string of workplace fatalities, there had not been a death in the area since 2018.

LaFrance names municipal attorney, announces new chief administrative officer position

The new position of chief administrative officer will oversee the city’s human resources and IT departments, as well as purchasing and financial functions.
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Anchorage man charged with making false bomb threat at federal building

James Pearce, 40, is accused of falsely claiming he had planted bombs at seven Anchorage locations.
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Anchorage Juneteenth festivities kick off this weekend

Juneteenth is recognized as the oldest African American holiday in the United States, and marks the anniversary of when the last American slaves were freed in Texas on June 19, 1865.
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Family of man fatally shot by Anchorage police lobbies to view body camera footage

Monte Handy, father of 34-year-old Kristopher Handy, said the family wants to see what happened for themselves.
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Anchorage restaurants can now start serving alcohol 2 hours earlier

Under the new rules approved by the Assembly, restaurants can serve alcohol starting at 8 a.m.
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How a 12-year-old got an Anchorage street named after a Harry Potter location

In the Harry Potter universe, Grimmauld Place is where Potter’s godfather Sirius Black lives. Now it's a West Anchorage street.

Anchorage Mayor-elect LaFrance announces chief of staff and municipal manager

Suzanne LaFrance has hired Becky Windt Pearson as her municipal manager and Katie Scovic as her chief of staff.

Assembly leaders aim to postpone police chief confirmation until LaFrance takes office

Assembly chair Chris Constant said the decision to name the next chief should come from the next administration.
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Downtown Anchorage businesses are stressed. Advocates hope new projects will revitalize the area.

Between a rise in homelessness and a hit to the economy, several business owners say they’re fighting to stay afloat.
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Anchorage police identify the man fatally shot by officers on Monday as a 21-year-old

This is the third armed man shot by Anchorage officers in the past month.

Man charged with murder in shooting outside downtown Anchorage bar

Responding officers shot and wounded the man, Kaleb Bourdukofsky, as he ran from the scene with a gun, according to the police chief.
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Suzanne LaFrance prepares to take over as Anchorage mayor

“It’s still sinking in,” LaFrance said. She takes office July 1 as the city's first elected female mayor.

Anchorage voters have until May 29 to ‘cure’ their mayoral runoff ballots

There aren’t enough rejected ballots to impact Suzanne LaFrance’s election victory over incumbent Mayor Dave Bronson, but officials say people should still cure their ballots.
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Bronson concedes Anchorage mayoral race to LaFrance

“As I transition out of office, I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition to Mayor-Elect LaFrance and her team,” Bronson said in a statement Thursday.
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Anchorage Assembly passes new rules for homeless camps

The measure prohibits campsites within a half-mile of a shelter and limits campsites to no more than 25 tents.
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Anchorage Assembly rejects a right-on-red ban in downtown

The measure would’ve banned vehicles from turning right at red lights in the area between 3rd and 9th avenues and Gambell and L streets.
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Family of man fatally shot by Anchorage police demands release of officers’ body camera footage

"They have six other videos for body cameras and two dash cameras with different angles of what transpired that night,” said Travis Handy.

Researchers and city officials work to inform Hillside communities of wildfire risks

Experts say it's not a matter of if but when a large blaze impacts the Hillside neighborhood in Anchorage.