Joel Davidson, Author at Alaska Watchman - Page 2 of 14
 
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One of the oldest churches in Alaska, and a spiritual treasure to Orthodox Alaska Natives, is on the verge of falling off a massive cliff on Kodiak Island. Built in 1888 by the Russian Orthodox, The Ascension of Our Lord Chapel located near the remote Village of Karluk is in danger of being destroyed due to erosion from a river which is undercutting a bluff. The nationally recognized church is now less than 25 feet...

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Seward residents will continue to live under an extensive list of COVID-19 mandates. On Monday, July 27, the Seward City Council voted unanimously to extend emergency regulations that restrict campgrounds to 50% capacity, prohibit gatherings of 20 or more people, and require masks in public indoor settings. The extended state of emergency did not sit well will several Seward residents who provided written testimony for the meeting which did not allow in-person participation from the...

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In an effort to allow greater public input over another hot-button social item the Anchorage Assembly unanimously voted to postpone debate over a proposal that would ban any Anchorage counselor, therapist, psychologist or health care provider from helping a minor work through unwanted same-sex attraction. The ordinance also prohibits counseling that helps a person reconcile and identify with their actual biological sex. As written the ordinance would only allow therapy that supports the idea of...

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Human sex trafficking, including abuse perpetrated on minors has become an international scourge that has left its mark on Alaska. July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, and a group called Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) is sponsoring “Rise up for Children” rallies to raise awareness of child trafficking and slavery across the nation, including in Anchorage. Founded in 2013, Operation Underground Railroad works with local law enforcement to mobilize extraction operations and anti-child...

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Mayor Ethan Berkowitz may have to wait a few more days, but the Anchorage Assembly kept  in play all four of the properties he hopes to purchase for homeless shelters and services. At the July 27 special meeting the Assembly moved to delay taking a final vote on the controversial ordinance until Aug. 11. If it passes, Berkowitz will be authorized to spend $22.5 million in CARES Act funding and money from the pending sale...

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A leading national attorney warned of legal challenges if the Anchorage Assembly presses ahead with a proposed ban on counseling that aims to help minors overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion. “So much of this counseling is based on either counselors who come from a religious perspective and are offering guidance from their faith, whether it’s the Christian faith or Jewish faith or otherwise, to adherence to that faith,” said Matt Sharp an...

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This fall, voters will choose three members for the Juneau Assembly and two for the School Board. Those interested in running have until 4:30 p.m. today (July 27) to file for office. The terms are for three years. As of July 27, at 10 a.m., only three candidates had filed for Assembly. One person has filed for the areawide seat, two candidates filed for District 1 and no one has filed for the District 2...

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The day before the Anchorage Assembly takes up debate over an ordinance to outlaw counseling for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction, a conference will occur in Anchorage to help equip parents to take a stand against the measure. Hosted by the Alaska Family Council, the Anchorage Baptist Temple and Alliance Defending Freedom, the conference is set for Monday, July 27, from 12-1:30 p.m. The event will be both in-person and via Zoom teleconference. In-person participants...

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Seward residents have been living under an extensive list of COVID-19 mandates. On Monday, July 27, the Seward City Council will consider extending emergency ordinances that restricts campgrounds to 50% capacity, prohibits gatherings of 20 or more people, and requires masks in public indoor settings. The ordinance (2020-009) extends a state of emergency in the town of 2,700 despite the fact that there have been zero hospitalizations or deaths due to COVID-19, and there are...

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The Anchorage Assembly voted July 22 to indefinitely postpone a decision on Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s request to let him purchase four building to establish homeless shelters in various neighborhoods that are not zoned for that purpose. After five long days of testimony, mostly opposed to Berkowitz’s two-part plan to both purchase and use buildings for homeless services across the city, the Assembly voted 11-0 to postpone a decision. Purchasing the four properties, however, is still...