ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A group of companies using Anchorage's port want major rehabilitation work delayed while earthquake damage to critical infrastructure is being assessed, officials...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, is defending the city after some state lawmakers said it hasn't done enough to deal with illegal homeless camps.
Anchorage proposal offers tax break for new downtown housing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage officials have proposed giving 12-year property tax breaks to developers who build housing in the city's downtown area.
Anchorage plans downtown district celebrating mushing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A section of downtown Anchorage will honor the sport of dog mushing, city officials and business groups announced.
The city, Greater Anchorage Inc. and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership announced plans Monday to name a stretch of Fourth Avenue the Anchorage Mushing District, KTVA-TV reported .
Alaska city offers free bus rides for federal workers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The public transportation system in Alaska's largest city is offering free bus rides for federal government workers during the ongoing government shutdown.
Anchorage officials announced the offer Thursday, the 27th day of the federal government's partial shutdown. About 800,000 federal workers across the country missed a paycheck last week because of the shutdown.
Anchorage Assembly sends alcohol sales tax to April ballot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A proposal to set a 5 percent sales tax on alcohol to fund services that address homelessness and substance abuse will go before Anchorage voters next year.
The Anchorage Assembly voted last week to send Mayor Ethan Berkowitz's alcohol tax proposal to the city's ballot in April, the Anchorage Daily News reported .
Alaska putting together pieces after massive earthquake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The supply chain of food and other goods delivered to the Port of Anchorage from the Lower 48 has not been disrupted by the powerful earthquake that caused widespread damage to roads in the Anchorage area.
"The ships are coming in on schedule, the supply lines are at this point uninterrupted," Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Sunday at a news conference.
Anchorage mayor proposes alcohol tax to fund health, safety
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage's mayor has proposed asking voters to approve a 5-percent sales tax on alcohol that could support services to address homelessness and substance abuse.
Former NYC mayor Bloomberg gives $1M for Anchorage art space
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is awarding a $1 million grant to Anchorage to convert an empty downtown building into a workspace for artists and designers.
Bloomberg joined Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to announced Wednesday the first winner of the 2018 Public Art Challenge, the Anchorage Daily News reported .
Anchorage fire chief warns of budget cut consequences
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The chief of the Anchorage Fire Department is warning that response times to emergencies in outlying hillside neighborhoods may increase if budget cuts under consideration are approved.
Anchorage television station KTVA reports Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is seeking a cut of $2.4 million in the fire department budget.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Clerks at the Anchorage Police Department say they're increasingly overwhelmed with paperwork and dispatchers are swamped with calls, as the department has added about 100 new police officers in three years without hiring additional support staff.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has appointed the city's first female fire chief.
Berkowitz says Jodie Hettrick has earned the respect of department staff during her work as deputy fire chief and has taken steps to improve the department.
Hettrick has been acting chief since Denis LeBlanc retired in last month.
Anchorage seeks money for port, financial flexibility
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz plans to ask state lawmakers to fund nearly $300 million in improvements for the Port of Anchorage and to make several law changes designed to give local governments more financial flexibility.
Berkowitz submitted his legislative request Friday to the city's assembly. The document includes a list of funding items and bills that Anchorage is seeking from the state Legislature, The Alaska Public Radio Network reported (http://bit.ly/2htTiAl).
The Latest: Anchorage mayor reacts to jump in prisoner fee
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the state Department of Corrections raising fees for housing Anchorage prisoners (all times local):
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz says his city is paying the price for the state's failure to resolve its fiscal crisis.
Berkowitz reacted after the state Department of Corrections announced it would raise the fee it will charge Anchorage for housing prisoners.
Corrections Department increases fee for Anchorage prisoners
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state Department of Corrections says it's raising the fee it will charge the municipality of Anchorage for housing prisoners by nearly 50 percent due to the state's fiscal crisis.
The department announced Thursday it will increase the fee from $2 million to more than $2.9 million.
That's a 46 percent increase.
The department says the increase is due to the state fiscal crisis and legislative inaction on not passing a fiscal plan.
Homeless awareness campaign breaks fist-bumping record
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three hundred people in Alaska looking to raise awareness of homelessness are the new world record holders in fist-bumping.
KTVA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2bVGmVv) a Guinness World Records representative verified each of the fist bumps passed along a line of registered participants in a fenced-off area Saturday.
An improper fist bump could have meant disqualification.
Beverage distributor plans $40 million facility in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A major Alaska beverage distributor is planning a $40 million investment in Anchorage.
Washington-based Odom Corp. announced Tuesday it will build a 240,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center.
Anchorage television station KTUU (http://bit.ly/2aZvanY) reports Odom Corp. executive Bill Odom and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced the project.
The city will reimburse Odom up to $500,000 for road work associated with the project.