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Anchorage business owners will not be forced to require face masks for all employees. The Assembly narrowly defeated the proposal by Assembly Member Forest Dunbar at its June 2 meeting. Dunbar argued that mandatory masks at all businesses were needed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Widespread mask wearing also has a “symbolic value,” he said. “That is, if I go into a store and see other people are wearing masks, I think it helps,”...

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The Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 on June 2 to extend Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s ability to enact and enforce emergency orders as they pertain to COVID-19. With the extension, Berkowitz can continue to punish residents who violate his orders regarding the wearing of facemasks for certain businesses, as well as businesses that do not adhere to health and safety mandates regarding social distancing, hygiene and cleaning requirements. Violations can be punished through fines as well as...

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The Marxist inspired Party for Socialism and Liberation will lead a march through the streets of Anchorage this Saturday, June 6. “Join us in standing together in solidarity with the uprisings in the lower 48 and in opposition to any military occupation of US cities,” the group’s Facebook page states. The planned march comes at a time when many cities across the nation are suffering from widespread vandalism and violence in the wake of the...

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America’s mainstream media has done it’s best to frame the ongoing murder, violence and destruction of public and private property across America as little more than peaceful protests with a few bad actors sprinkled in. This above video illustrates the point vividly. The aim is to paint mob riots that have broken out in the wake of the death of an unarmed black man – George Floyd – at the hands of a former Minneapolis...

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The Anchorage Assembly will consider a regulation mandating that all businesses require face masks for their employees. The issue is set for discussion at the June 2 Assembly meeting. If passed, employers would need to supply employees with the coverings and enforce compliance with the law. It does not apply to customers. The proposal comes at a time when Anchorage has 41 active cases of COVID-19 and just two current hospitalizations. Also on the agenda...

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Alaska’s practice of letting boys compete as girls in high school sports could jeopardize its federal education funding. The U.S. Department of Education said the practice of Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and several Connecticut public schools, which allow males who identify as females to compete in girl’s athletics, disadvantages females and denies them equal opportunities. The Education Department issued a letter of impending enforcement noting that the Connecticut athletic conference as well as several area...

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Alaska’s Congressman Don Young joined the House Republican lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Democrats’ recently passed rule that allows representatives to vote without being physically present. In joining the suit, Young is committed to refrain from voting via proxy for a fellow member of Congress or designating a proxy for his own votes. “Rather than call the House back into session and implement a plan to safely vote, Speaker Pelosi and House Democratic Leadership cooked...

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Despite concerns about the security and integrity of mail-in only voting, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly will consider a resolution at its June 2 meeting to halt in-person voting for the 2020 regular election this fall. Assembly Members Dan Mayfield and Tam Boeve are sponsoring the resolution. Citing worry about a resurgence of COVID-19, crowded polling stations and protection of election workers, the resolution notes that the State Legislature has allowed the State Division of Elections to conduct...

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy held a special press conference on Sunday to address the report that there were 27 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska reported on May 30. While the number was the largest single day jump in positive test results, Dunleavy said the new figures are no cause for panic as they do not come close to overburdening the state’s health care capacity. As of May 30, the state had only 82 active cases...

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With talk of allowing widespread mail-in balloting across Alaska, a group of concerned conservatives are holding an online public meeting on June 1 to discuss ways of ensuring the integrity of statewide elections this fall. “If our elections aren’t completely truthful, transparent and verifiable, then all our efforts, hard work and support are in vain, if the system can be rigged,” writes John Miller, president of the Alaska Republican Assembly (AKRA). “We need to demand...