A high-stakes battle over whether to re-impose a citywide mask mandate on Anchorage residents briefly included a scheme to pit neighbors against each other in an effort to enforce the controversial plan.

Assemblywoman Meg Zaletel wants to empower neighbors to take the unmasked to court.

Assembly members Pete Peterson and Meg Zaletel (who is up for a recall election on Oct. 26), introduced and then rescinded a modified version of a proposed mask mandate which the Anchorage Assembly considered on Sept. 28.

The Zaletel-Peterson plan would have empowered private citizens to report masking violations to an administrative judge in order to punish suspected violators. Residents would have needed to identify the location, property owner, business or business owner where the alleged violation took place.

Additionally, the Zaletel-Peterson plan sought to impose fines of up to $300 for first time offenders and $600 for subsequent violations.

While Zaletel pulled her version of the mandate, the Assembly is still considering its original plan with a meeting set for tonight (Sept. 29) for the public to weigh in (details here).

Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson strongly opposes forcing residents to wear masks, and stated repeatedly that he will not mandate them. He is supported by the two conservative members of the Assembly, Jamie Allard and Crystal Kennedy. The left-leaning majority of the 11-member Assembly, however, is adamant about creating a mandate.

Employers must “deny admittance to any individual who fails to comply with this ordinance and shall require or compel removal of such individuals from the premises.”

Zaletel submitted a memo explaining her modifications to the proposed ordinance. She wanted to clarify that under her now rescinded plan enforcement of the mandate would not have depended solely on the mayor, but could be done with private citizens appealing to administrative courts. She also emphasized that the mandate would apply to vaxed and unvaxed alike.

Both the original and modified proposed ordinances state that so long as Anchorage is in “high alert level,” meaning there are either more than 50 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 persons in the city over the past seven days or the “percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in the past seven days exceeds 8%,” the mask mandate will be in effect.

If the original mandate passes, it will require all individuals to “wear masks or face coverings over their noses and mouths when they are indoors in public settings or communal spaces outside the home; or outdoors at large crowded public events.”

Limited allowances are made for those who cannot tolerate a mask for physical or mental reasons or for those working in environments where masks pose a danger. The mandate does not apply to children under age five or to presenters, musicians and other communicators who are 10 feet from their audience.

Enforcement falls to employers who must “deny admittance to any individual who fails to comply with this ordinance and shall require or compel removal of such individuals from the premises.” This includes city buildings which are under direct control of the mayor.


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Anchorage Assemblywoman Zaletel wanted neighbors to take the unmasked to court

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Ekim Kcidrub says:

    Did all of these Nut Jobs study Hitler too much. Or does a little bit of power make them think that they are someone. Pitting neighbor against neighbor and so on. Too much Craziness and we don’t need this here in Alaska. Damn!!

  • Lobo says:

    They want to make it Anhoraforna.

  • Mary says:

    And,,, how many of these Anchorage liberals moved to Alaska within the past five years? I suspect from California!

  • Michael S Totten says:

    No they didn’t study Hitler at all. He wasnt this stupid. He actually did get everyone’s guns BEFORE he sent the STAZI out to round people up. These idiots skipped right past the second act. This is going to get nasty when citizens start popping city officials

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Zaletel version Did you read this bull crap.
    It’s scary that people will fall like sheep for this madness
    She’s a loser, and so is the rest of the libs on the assembly.

  • Mark Clemons says:

    I don’t live in anchorage but if the people don’t stand up to that power hungry pack dictators you’ll be just like Australia where you can’t go more than 5 miles from your home. I know the mayor is a good man let him know you’ll stand with him to push the unconditional mandates back down their throat to chew on

    • Greg says:

      I don’t live in Anchorage either, I live near Fairbanks, and I completely agree. I hope that many people show up to support freedom and to support the mayor.

  • NAV says:

    Pete Peterson and Meg Zaletel must face charges of Title 7 clause 2 of civil liberties violations in a class action law suit and anyone who sides with them can also be charged, the class action lawsuit must be filed in the state supreme court not your district court!!! You can SUE them for everything they own UNITE AND FIGHT that is the NEW ALASKAN moto!!!

  • G Aleution says:

    We do NOT consent! Government derives its JUST powers only from the CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. This consistent disrespect of the people’s will and consent gives evidence of tyranny. These assembly persons are tyrants and must be removes per the duty expressed in the US Constitution.

  • NAV says:

    No. 12–398. Argued April 15, 2013—Decided June 13, 2013

    Legally the vaccinated are no longer human
    In 2013 court case Pathology v Myriad Genetics, inc, in US Supreme Court ruled that human DNA coukld not be patented, because it was “a product of nature”. But at the end of the decision, the Supreme Court ruled that if a human genome is modified by mRNA vaccines (which are currently in use), then the genome can be patented.
    This means that everyone who has received the vaccine is now technically “patented” and something that is pantented is “proprietary” and will be included in the definition of “transhumanism”.
    People who are legally identified as transhuman ‘do not have access to human rights or rights granted by the state. This is because they are not classified as 100% biological or human.
    Therefore, technically anyone with this vaccine would no longer have access to human rights.
    Thanks Mr. Adams for the incite.


    • Dr. Greg Moody says:

      I am skeptical of that statement. My right leg is titanium. It is in my body and it carries a patent by the manufacturing medical firm that made it. But I can find no documentation that placing it in my body causes me to become property of that company nor does it cause me to infringe on their patent to have it in my body.

  • G Aleution says:

    Z is attempting to: 1) coopt the people’s due process of complaint and removal of tyrants- in other words, your process for removing her; and, 2) enlarge into ultra vires the judiciary itself. One may not move out of US Constitutional land by creating defacto, kangaroo courts. The judiciary branch is defined and expressed in the US Constitution. To change the US Constitution we call for a US Convention. That is not happening. Assembly persons, no matter how ardent, do not possess personal and subject matter jurisdiction to unilaterally change our form of government, obliterate The US Constitution and alien the rights to life and infringe breathing rights of sassy, verbal, obnoxious and free countrymen simply because one is a bit miffed about being recalled never to receive a stipend anywhere again in these equal footing fifty (50) states. Here is an American Maxim of Law: “A contentious man HAS his rights.” That is HOW he has his rights. He comes for it – the right to breath without alienation. This IS OUR form of government. If you want to lien my breath, my kiddos breath, you’d best scram off the dais.

  • G Aleution says:

    Anything in conflict with the US Constitution is void for effect. Therefore, unenforceable by anyone.

  • G Aleution says:

    And then there is this little problem where you cannot take a right (to breath, live, and etcetera) and convert it into a privilege and charge a fee or a punitive fine for it for that would be… what? An act of tyranny to eke out our means of livelihood. Tyrants must be removed from office in order to preserve the republic for which we stand? And that is what ostensibly the revolution was about: the right to grow, sell, and drink tea without paying a tax to “the crown” whereever it was. Eventually the crown acquiesced and removed itself from the dais of the day.

  • I am who I AM says:

    GOOD GRIEF I left California to get away from this tranny

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  • G Aleution says:

    Peterson and Zaletel must be motion to discharge for cause. Attendees to assembly Tuesday get on agenda a motion to urgently appoint new temps to represent the people. Could we do any worse than these ensconced tyrannical people?

  • Rebecca Knapp says:

    This is the start of Brownshirting. They will have our children turning us in next. This is exactly how the world ended up with Hitler, Stalin and Mao. The most evil trio set upon this earth. Stop the madness. Vote for and support in any way you can a true conservative in every election.

    • Greg says:

      Agreed. People that think history won’t repeat itself are blind. Just as those individuals you mentioned had blind followers who assisted them in their evil, the corrupt statist liberals in this nation have their blind followers too.

  • BurtG says:

    Swarm the chambers and library tonight!

  • lewis matthew says:

    Good. Grow up you immature little winers. We could be done with all this if you just followed the instructions of scientists.

    • Tamra C Nygaard says:

      Okay, Lewis, which scientists do you suggest we listen to? The one who invented the virus and unleashed it on the world? The one being paid by the vaccination makers to shill their vaccine? Maybe the one working for Joe Biden who knows he either toes the line or gets fired? Which one do you like?

    • Greg says:

      “An international group of physicians and scientists signed a declaration Friday accusing COVID-19 policy-makers of “crimes against humanity” for preventing the use of life saving treatments on their patients.

      As of Monday morning, the Physicians Declaration had garnered more than 4,600 signatures. The signers accused policymakers of forcing a “one-size-fits-all” treatment strategy, resulting in “needless illness and death,” rather than “upholding fundamental concepts of the individualized.”

      According to Global COVID Summit, the declaration was created by physicians and scientists during the Rome COVID Summit. The signatories are professionals, many of whom are on the front lines of treating COVID patients.”

  • John Galt says:

    This is her Hail Mary play. She is drawing a line in the sand to gauge who is with her, or who is against her. If this fails, her future is doomed, if it succeeds, her future is still intact. I guess it is all up to whether the other “moderates” on the assembly will stand against tyranny or will cave in to the left. I encourage everyone to email the assembly members today. I did this and was shocked by the replies. These “representatives of their areas” to a number feel that, since THEY were the ones elected, THEY are the ones to decide all the while filtering out what their constituents want. May I say now, to a number, THEY ALL NEED TO BE VOTED OUT!! THEY are ignorant or hostile to the will of the people who spoke loudly in the Mayoral election. Their feel is that they “barely” lost. Friends, we did this once, we need to stand now and in the future to do it again. Let your voices be heard.

    • G Aleution says:

      Agree. Petition to remove them all at the meeting tonight except the (Eagle River Representatives) for refusing secure the rights of the people, infringing on their rights, for breaking the charter and US Constitution, refusing to support the republic and our guararteed form of government and other violations.

  • Jen says:

    This is going to get messy. Some people like wearing their masks everywhere even the casual stroll down the street. When they come across another neighbor unmasked also casually walking down the street. No doubt how asinine is the first neighbor will attempt calling the administrator authority on their neighbor they regularly see casually walking outside without a Mask.

    • Jen says:

      I can imagine the conversation goes something like this,” Respected Administrative judge, my neighbor always goes around the neighborhood unmasked, and they talk with those around them ignoring the six foot rule and unmasked. I even got the pictures! Enclosed all the photographic evidence” Respectfully a concerned neighbor.


  • Jen says:

    You know what I see. These guys on the Assembly are digging a political grave for themselves. It’s not going to go well for themselves. While they are digging their pit, the church peoples just gotta keep reading the Word of God, submitting themselves more over to God’s will, and continue sharing the Santification and salvation and freedom that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. All things and tyrannical power grabbing socially dividing leaders will pass away but the Kingdom of Christ remains forever.

  • Jen says:

    You know that you won’t find the Christians retaliating agianst their neighbor. They have to be careful tattling on the unchristian neighbor who will retaliate by vandalizing your property like smash your car windows and keying your vehicle. Since Alaska and the Northwest coast as a long way to go for the place become an evangelical Christian region.

    • Herman Nelson says:

      “Do onto others as they do onto you”. Snitches get stitches. Turn the other cheek did not work out so well for the Jews. The Warsaw Uprising was too little too late.

  • NAV says:

    Attack this political “W” in the state supreme court on Title VII section II for violations of your civil liberties!!!

  • Greg says:

    Who votes for these people?

  • Common Peasant says:

    Judging by how the corrupt assembly keeps trying to divide the people, I dare say they must have some seriously large skeletons in their closet that they do not wish to have revealed.
    Perhaps we need to start a private investigation into Mr. Meg Zaletel to see what he is trying to hide. Seems to be doing his damned best to keep everyone distracted from something much more insidious.

    • John Galt says:

      Other skeletons, I cannot say, but there are other issues concurrently happening that deserve attention that are being completely ignored due to this mask fiasco. There are 2 other AO’s on the table tonight which will both limit and remove the Mayors executive powers and transfer them to the assembly. This is subtle, but a continuous erosion of the duly elected Mayors power diffusing it by giving it to the assembly, specifically the chair. All this while all attention is on the masks. Either way, the Marxists will win something tonight…

  • Dalton Darl Fox says:

    It seems Anchorage now has a great mayor I am so impressed how he has stood up for freedom in your city. I read a great quote from Prager U that I think pertains to your situation. “The new religion of fear says safety is more important than truth or liberty” #PrayingforAnchorageandourGovernor

  • hisakgirl says:

    why don’t these kinds of tyrants just leave AK. go to Portland, Washington, NC, NY or some other blue state that supports this same ludicrous mind set.

  • John says:

    While raising children, working 2 jobs often out of town, I blinked and my city Anchorage was taken over by liberals and the LGBT fringe. Can someone give a Reader’s Digest version how this happened? Our city was a safe conservative place with common sense.