In the wake of national and local protests which have included calls to defund and disband police departments, the Anchorage Assembly is set to establish Aug. 15 as the annual ‘Back the Blue Day.’ A resolution to this effect is being sponsored by every
The increase in homelessness in Anchorage and the corona virus pandemic have sparked two crises that, paradoxically, have also produced unprecedented offers of government and private funds to address the homeless problem. That’s the good news. The bad news
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
Update from editor: While the actual text of Mayor Berkowitz’s latest emergency order makes no mention of churches or religious exemptions, his legal department clarified on July 23 that churches will be allowed to operate under a previous order which
Enormous public outcry over Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s plan to set up government-run homeless shelters in several Anchorage neighborhoods has spanned three days and will continue on Tuesday, July 21. Assembly members have already listened to scores of upset
Homer police officers got a morale boost earlier this week when supportive signage popped up at the police department. “Thanks for being people who care.” “We love HPD.” “We donut forget about you.” “This … just absolutely made our day,” the
Parishioners at St. Nicholas of Myra Church heard what sounded like an explosion just moments before Father Joseph Wargacki was about to read from the Gospels on June 21. The small Byzantine Catholic parish tucked along Anchorage’s Arctic Blvd. had been hit
The Juneau Assembly is set to discuss a list of demands from protesters who want to reshape the Juneau Police Department. The June 22 Assembly meeting will include discussion of demands issued at the June 6 Black Lives Matter protest in Juneau, and additional
Police officers in Alaska and around the country have been under close scrutiny over the past few weeks. The death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis has stirred outrage across the nation. This isn’t the first time a black man has suffered unjustly at the
Below are three video clips from the June 18 rally outside the Anchorage Police Department. Roughly 150 supporters turned out to show their appreciation for the men and women in uniform. https://www.facebook.com/688761428/videos/10157850184826429/
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