On Dec. 1, many Anchorage businesses will either be forcibly closed or severely limited for the duration of 2020. This decision rests squarely with the city’s unelected Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson and the Anchorage Assembly. Before heading down this
After two hours of public testimony which overwhelmingly opposed extending the emergency declaration in Anchorage, the Assembly voted 7-3 to keep it until at least Jan. 15. The passage allows Anchorage’s unelected acting mayor, Austin Quinn-Davidson, to
Wrangell Assembly members gathered on short notice Nov. 12 to pass a borough wide mask mandate with limited exceptions. Failure to comply can now result in a $25 fine. The meeting was announced via Facebook at 11:15 a.m. and held through Zoom less than five
Emergency alarms suddenly blared from smart phones across Alaska just before 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 to announce an ominous video message from Gov. Mike Dunleavy. His three-minute YouTube video warned residents that COVID is spreading rapidly across Alaska and
U.S. Rep. Don Young said he recently tested positive for COVID-19 but that he’s doing fine. “I have tested positive for COVID-19,” he announced Nov. 12 on Twitter. “I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in Alaska, and ask
Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Nov. 6 that he is issuing a new 30-day disaster declaration in response to COVID. This goes into effect on Nov. 16 and expires on Dec. 15. Dunleavy’s initial March 11 disaster declaration is set to expire on Nov. 15. In issuing
Anchorage’s unelected acting mayor, Austin Quinn-Davidson has decided to wield her newly inherited emergency powers to impose city-wide mask mandates and tighter restrictions on gatherings. She announced her new mandates during a Nov. 6 press conference.
As we head into winter, and the renewed media frenzy over Covid cases reaches a literal fever pitch, it’s time there was some clarity given and a reality check regarding the state of the state of this pandemic. First, some clarity. There have been
Most of local headlines this past week have focused on the surge in COVID cases across Alaska. But a quick search the CDC data hub reveals that Alaska has the very lowest death rate in the nation at 9 deaths per 100,000 people. While Alaska’s total case
The State of Alaska has expansive powers to enact laws during a state of emergency, but there are limits. Ed Sniffen, the state’s acting attorney general, spoke during a Sept. 22 online townhall where he spelled out the limits of emergency powers Gov. Mike
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