Joel Davidson, Author at Alaska Watchman
 
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Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz might not be able to use federal CARES Act funds to purchase homeless shelters after all. On Aug. 12, just one day after the Anchorage Assembly voted to grant the mayor authority to buy four properties in Anchorage, the Inspector General’s Office has indicated that the CARES Act funds, which are intended to provide relief during COVID-19, cannot be used to purchase buildings for homeless services. Assembly Chair Felix Rivera issued...

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When Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was asked by the Assembly on Aug. 11 to give a defense of his emergency order which is crippling Anchorage’s bars and restaurants, he lashed out at his growing number of critics. Berkowitz began by claiming that emergency order 15 was needed in order to address a spike in COVID cases earlier this month, and the opinion of a UAA professor hospitals may run out of beds by mid-September. “Something drastic...

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Several hundred energized protesters gathered outside the Anchorage Assembly chambers on Tuesday night, including former Mayor Dan Sullivan and several state legislators. Demonstrators expressed frustration and anger at Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and many of the Assembly members. The main grievance stems from the Anchorage Assembly granting the mayor extraordinary emergency powers due to COVID-19 to impose crippling mandates on small businesses and restrict church services and many other gatherings while demanding citizens wear masks in...

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The next organized racial justice protest in Anchorage has been postponed until Labor Day, Sept. 7. Hosted by the Alaska Black Caucus, the “March on Alaska” was originally scheduled for Aug. 28 to coincide with the 57th anniversary of the historical March on Washington, where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Berkowitz disregarded his own warnings about large crowds and joined a Black Lives Matter protest in June. Due...

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In the run up to the Alaska primary and general elections, a nonpartisan website has emerged to provide factual information on how each member of the Alaska Legislature votes on legislation that deals with taxation, government growth, the free market and constitutional issues. Alaska Politics Explained aims to provide factual data that is easily understood. “By shining the light on government activities, we inform Alaskans what their government is doing and the potential impact on...

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A voter guide detailing Alaska candidates’ positions on abortion, marriage, LGBT issues, religious freedom, educational choice and judicial reform has been released for Alaska’s Republican primary races. Absentee voting has already begun for the Aug. 18 primary. While the Alaska Family Action voter guide is not comprehensive in that not all candidates responded, including some who support prolife efforts and traditional family values, it does give voters a sense of where many candidates for Alaska...

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Anchorage Baptist Temple is standing up to Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s latest emergency order that bans churches from having more than 15 people in attendance. On Sunday, Aug. 9, Pastor Ron Hoffman gave an inspired sermon to a large gathering inside his church. The theme focused on a Christian’s duty to obey God by gathering together in worship, even when civil authorities prohibit it. “We will not stop being the church. We cannot stop. It...

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The Alaska State Fair may be closed this year, but Golden Wheel Amusements is using the traditional fairgrounds in Palmer to host a three-week event that includes many of the most popular rides, vendors and games. The “Hometown Jamboree” kicked off on Aug. 8 and runs through Aug. 23, 12-10 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Golden Wheel is featuring 25 of the most popular rides with guests paying one entry price that...

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The Anchorage Assembly and Mayor Ethan Berkowitz will have to walk past an organized protest before they convene for what promises to be a contentious Aug. 11 Assembly meeting, and one that is closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns. A group called Save Anchorage has organized a protest rally outside the Assembly Chambers demanding that the mayor loosen his emergency orders that have crippled many local businesses while essentially shutting down church services....