Devin Kelly

Just two weeks have passed since Jeff Landfield signed up for a rematch with incumbent state Sen. Lesil McGuire in a South Anchorage district, and there are still 15 months to go before the election, but a social media war is already brewing between the two Republicans.

On Sunday, a photo of Landfield with two women at a bar turned up on retired radio talk show host Eddie Burke’s Facebook page. A few hours earlier, Landfield had written a lengthy post on Facebook accusing an unidentified Alaska state senator of behaving drunkenly at a barbecue they both attended, swearing at him and taking his photo or filming him while he was playing blackjack. He later identified the senator in an interview as McGuire...

Devin Kelly

Some of Alaska’s social services agencies said this week they’re barely scraping by in the face of delayed state grant funding brought on by the Legislature's late budget, and a new state computer accounting system.

State health officials said Wednesday the Department of Health and Social Services, which provides a safety net for addicted, chronically ill and needy Alaskans, has awarded about 45 percent of its grants. That’s compared to nearly 96 percent of grants awarded this time last year, said Sarana Schell, spokeswoman for the Division of Behavioral Health...

Devin Kelly

Future technology costs, low city employee morale and a recommendation for a civil rights law to add protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people were among the issues and suggestions in a report compiled by Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s transition team.

The transition report, issued Monday, will serve as a signpost for the new administration. It makes recommendations in the areas of public safety, homelessness, administration, jobs and economy, and quality of life, signaled by the phrase “Live. Work. Play.”...

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Downtown Anchorage bar and restaurant owners say they want more cops on the street during weekend bar-break hours, and they're now willing to pool their money to pay for it.

A formal agreement in the works would use voluntary contributions from downtown businesses to pay for up to six overtime Anchorage police officers in the downtown area between midnight and 4 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, a time when alcohol-fueled violence has broken out among patrons as the bars close.

Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said it’s not a “rent-a-cop” program, but is set up as a grant to fund overtime police staffing for the downtown patrol area...

Devin Kelly

The state-city planning organization that oversees major road and transportation projects for Anchorage unanimously passed a resolution Thursday that expressed doubt about the future of the Knik Arm bridge project...

Devin Kelly

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Thursday he’s assembling a group of local economic and military experts to help respond to the U.S. Army’s recent decision to cut about 2,600 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Berkowitz said in a statement released by his office that the so-called Base Economic Analysis Review Group will make recommendations after examining how the cuts could affect Anchorage’s economy. Berkowitz said the group will also explore the city’s relationship with JBER.

“While planning to protect our economy, community, and security, we will continue to work with the Congressional delegation and Governor to reverse these cuts,” Berkowitz said in the statement.

Members of the group will include:...

Devin Kelly

A network outage disrupted work at Anchorage City Hall Wednesday afternoon, with employees losing access to telephones, email, timekeeping and electronic financial systems.

Muni.org, the city’s website, was also down, including job postings. In an email to city employees, the city’s information technology department said the outage began at 11:40 a.m., caused by “power issues” at the city data center on Dimond Boulevard.

Reached on his cellphone at about 2:15 p.m., city ombudsman Darrel Hess said his office hadn’t had a phone call in several hours. He also said he was having trouble keeping up with work because he couldn’t pull up his electronic case system...

Devin Kelly

A few dozen people packed into a City Hall conference room Tuesday evening to weigh in on a proposed update to Anchorage’s long-range transportation plan , with some hoping to kill big road projects they don’t like...

Devin Kelly

In a high-ceilinged room filled with artwork, furniture and other knick-knacks, 114 firearms sat in metal baskets or leaned against wooden stands.

“MOA (Municipality of Anchorage) gun auction here today,” the sign outside the Grubstake Auction warehouse in Northeast Anchorage declared.

Inside, Ron Alleva’s voice boomed over the microphone: “Sold it on the net! Three and a quarter.”

Every few months, the contents of the Anchorage Police Department’s evidence locker and lost-and-found drawers go up for auction. At Saturday's auction, run by Grubstake, there were Smith & Wesson revolvers, various .22 caliber pistols and what auctioneers described as a collectible 9 mm German military Luger. Jewelry, sound equipment and electronics were also up for bidding...

Devin Kelly

On Saturday afternoon, authorities investigating Friday's plane crash in a rugged area between Juneau and Hoonah recovered the body of the pilot, the sole fatality in the crash, while two of the four survivors were flown to Seattle for treatment.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator and members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Juneau Mountain Rescue flew to the crash site about 18 miles west of Juneau in a Coast Guard helicopter at 1 p.m. Saturday, said Clint Johnson, NTSB spokesman.

Johnson described the area of the crash site, north of Point Howard, as mountainous, tree-covered and otherwise “very challenging” terrain for rescuers...

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