Anchorage

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Anchorage shelter contract extended as leaked text investigation stews

Assembly Chair Chris Constant said he’s seen a draft of the investigation report and has been discussing next steps with city lawyers.

Anchorage police chief says body camera footage of Handy shooting to be released ‘probably within a week’

A new body camera policy starting on Monday mandates the release of footage of police shootings within 45 days.
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Prosecutors clear Anchorage officers who shot and wounded murder suspect

Parker Boydston and Jordan Varak were legally justified when they shot 22-year-old Kaleb Bourdokofsky early on June 1, prosecutors say.
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Fistfight led to fatal shooting outside Anchorage bar, police say

Two people are charged with evidence tampering in the Sunday encounter that left 30-year-old Tahjeay Baldwin dead and another man wounded.
Alaska Native Dancers.

An expansion underway at the Alaska Native Heritage Center includes a new healing garden and a subsistence kitchen

The center’s president said the new offerings will help Alaska Natives pass down traditional knowledge.
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Anchorage Assembly to APD: Publish recordings of recent police shootings and revise body camera policy

Police Chief Sean Case said he intends to discuss changes at the end of the week and have the new policy in place on July 22.
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Assembly confirms Anchorage’s new police chief and municipal attorney

Assembly members lauded both Police Chief Sean Case and Municipal Attorney Eva Gardner. They were confirmed in 10-0 votes.
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A proposed Anchorage sales tax could fund projects from a children’s museum to a public sauna

Supporters of Project Anchorage told a business-minded audience Monday that the 3% tax could be used to improve residents’ quality of life.
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As encampment settles in next door, Anchorage nonprofit to build 6 tiny homes for the homeless

The leader of the nonprofit says there has been a lot of positive interest in the project. She hopes other groups emulate it.
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Anchorage police set timeline for release of body camera footage in new draft policy

The policy would have the department release footage of “critical incidents” like police shootings within 45 days.
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Brian Smith sentenced to 226 years for killing 2 Alaska Native women

The courtroom was packed for Friday's sentencing of a man who had bragged to police about killing two Alaska Native women.
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1 man dead, 1 wounded in downtown Anchorage shooting

Police are seeking to speak with witnesses in the shooting early Sunday, near police headquarters on West 4th Avenue.
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After a spree of Anchorage police shootings, advocates call for a citizen review board

The board would be staffed by professional investigators who would be guided by a board made up of Anchorage residents, aimed at holding the Anchorage Police Department accountable.
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Anchorage police arrest new suspect in man’s 2022 murder outside Spenard home

Vincent Sandifer, 20, is charged with murder in the November 2022 shooting of Brad Robert.
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Alaska prosecutors release photos of possible third victim in sentencing for convicted killer Brian Smith

Prosecutors released images of the woman, allegedly found on Smith's cellphone, in court documents before his sentencing begins Friday.
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New East Anchorage mountain bike trails open after 2 dads advocated for them for years

Steve Cleary and Carl Battreall said they wanted a place on the east side of town where kids could learn to mountain bike.
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Anchorage man fired shotgun at police and stranger before officers shot him, charges say

Damien Dollison, 51, is charged with felony assault for firing a shotgun at officers and a witness at an Anchorage gas station early Monday morning.
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Workforce shortages and inflation are key challenges for Alaska’s small businesses, new survey says

Small businesses remain optimistic even as they face hiring competition from other states.
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New survey shows some signs labor shortage in Anchorage is easing

The list of top job openings include registered nurses, administrative assistant and customer service representatives.
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JBER soldier charged in infant son’s shaken-baby death

Prosecutors say Spc. Antonius Meyers, 24, shook the boy in April when he was less than a month old, leaving him unresponsive until he died in May.
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As breaking makes its Olympic debut, an Anchorage dancer is focused on growing the sport in Alaska

B-Boy Icey Ives said Alaska has a tight-knit dance scene that’s welcoming to all skill levels. 
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Police shoot and critically injure man near East Anchorage gas station

The man is the fifth person shot by Anchorage officers during a police response since mid-May. Three of those people have died.

Alaska Pacific University to receive millions from NASA to study microplastics

APU is set to receive roughly $5 million from NASA to establish a microplastics research and education center.
A white truck that says "Alaska Plastic Recovery Home of the Grizzly Wood" is parked in front of an oversized garage with a red door. Two big white plastic bags and two people in camping chairs are next to the truck.

Company provides new Anchorage option to recycle more types of plastic

Alaska Plastic Recovery is opening a drop-off location in Anchorage where people can recycle four types of plastic for free.

Rainbows, glitter and glam: Our favorite photos from the annual Anchorage Pride Parade

On Saturday, hundreds celebrated LGBTQ+ rights during the annual Anchorage Pride Parade. Ten favorite shots from the event.

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