The historic Mat-Su farm community in Palmer is experiencing some of the big-city vagrancy problems that have plagued larger urban populations for decades. With rising reports of public defecation, litter and even threats of violence, the city is set to hold
A citizen-led recall effort is currently underway to remove three left-leaning Palmer City Council members after a city investigation found they likely violated Alaska law prohibiting elected officials from meeting in quorum to privately discuss matters which
One year after narrowly losing its conservative 4-3 majority, the Palmer City Council appears to be headed back into conservative control. Four candidates were running for two seats with a 4-3 liberal majority in the balance. By the end of election day on
An investigation into four Palmer City Council members, including Julie Berberich who is up for re-election on Oct. 5, has found that their participation in a private Facebook group likely violated Alaska’s prohibition against elected officials meeting in
In an effort to clearly identify the strongest conservative candidates for local office in the Mat-Su, the Alaska Watchman sent a survey to everyone running for seats in Palmer, Wasilla and the Mat-Su Borough. Our survey focused on some of the most important
Palmer Mayor Edna DeVries has submitted a memo asking the city clerk to conduct a hand recount of the upcoming Oct. 5 election in which two new city council members will be elected. “The backbone of our democracy rests on open, and fair elections,” the
Editor’s note: At the Aug. 24 Palmer City Council meeting, the writer of this letter, Mike Coons, raised concerns that Council Members Sebrena Combs, Julie Berberich, Brian Daniels and Jill Valerius may have violated the Alaska Open Meetings Act by
The Alaska Watchman has obtained dozens of screen-shot images showing four Palmer City Council members engaged in numerous closed discussions about local politics. The problem is that these exchanges took place in a private Facebook group, out of the public
The Palmer City Council has formally requested that City Manager John Moosey launch an investigation into four City Council members who are allegedly members of a private and exclusive online group that discusses and advocates for political topics that
Starting July 19, Palmer residents will have an opportunity to file for a spot on the city council. Liberal progressives currently enjoy a slim 4-3 advantage on the council after Linda Combs narrowly lost her seat to Brian Daniels last year. Two seats are up
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