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The Municipality of Anchorage has found a new contractor to operate the service that picks up intoxicated people from city streets and gives them a place to sober up.

In April, NANA Management Services, a subsidiary of NANA Regional Corp., said it was opting out of its contract to run the Anchorage Safety Patrol as well as the Anchorage Safety Center on Third Avenue. A spokesperson told the Anchorage Daily News at the time that the company, after eight years of holding the contract, was making a “business decision” aligned with efforts to focus on security operations in Anchorage and Outside...

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A pair of surveys being conducted this month are designed to give Anchorage transportation planners a better picture of how commuters get from point A to point B.

One, called the Regional Household Travel Survey, began Monday and asks randomly-selected households to offer an in-depth window into travel habits. It’s the first time the federally funded survey has been conducted since 2002.

The survey is jointly sponsored by the Municipality of Anchorage and the Alaska Department of Transportation. Surveyors sent postcard invitations to households in Anchorage, Chugiak-Eagle River and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough with instructions to record “travel diaries” and report findings either online or over the phone...

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The Anchorage Assembly approved changes to city burglar alarm policies Tuesday aimed at reducing fees for homeowners and businesses.

The shift came despite the objections of the Anchorage Police Department, which estimated a revenue loss of $265,000 for the department as a result of the changes, as well as a reduced incentive for people to maintain alarm systems.

The newly approved ordinance requires a $50 one-time fee to register a burglar alarm with the police department instead of a $25 recurring annual fee...

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Unions determined to defeat Anchorage’s controversial labor law at the ballot box in November have launched a campaign marked by heavy advertising spending.

The No on 1 - Repeal 37 campaign recently purchased $300,000 in radio advertising, according to a Sept. 4 filing with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

“It’s going to be tight in this market because of all the other races,” said Gerard Asselin, president of the Anchorage Coalition of Unions and an Anchorage police sergeant. “So we made the decision up front to buy as much radio as we could.”...

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Nearly two years after Theodore Meiners fell to his death from an escalator inside the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, a lawyer representing Meiners’ estate has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city and the center’s operators.

Lawyer Phillip Paul Weidner filed the lawsuit Aug. 13 in Anchorage Superior Court. The suit, which demands at least $400,000 in damages on behalf of Meiners’ estate and two adult children, accuses center managers of serving Meiners alcohol even when he was visibly intoxicated and alleges code and safety problems with the center’s escalator...

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Anchorage chief fiscal officer Lucinda Mahoney is leaving her position, and a former city chief fiscal officer is taking her place.

Mayor Dan Sullivan announced Mahoney’s departure late last month. Kate Giard, who served as chief fiscal officer during the administration of Mayor George Wuerch, is stepping up to fill the post in the interim.

“Lucinda has been an integral part of this administration and the Municipality has been very fortunate to have her expertise,” Sullivan said in a statement released by his office.

In an interview, Mahoney said she is leaving to pursue entrepreneurial projects in Alaska, which she said are mostly oil- and gas-related...

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A man was shot in the arm when someone opened fire on an apartment complex in Mountain View late Friday night, Anchorage police said.

The shooting was reported just before 11:30 p.m. at the 200 block of McCarrey Street. Police responded and found a man in the parking lot who had been shot in the arm, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in a statement. He was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

An investigation found that several shots had been fired at the west side of the apartment building, striking two apartments, Castro said.

No one else was injured in the shooting...

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A 29-year-old man who Anchorage police were seeking for questioning in connection with a fatal East Anchorage shooting is no longer considered a “person of interest” in the case, police said Saturday.

Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said police made contact with Derrick Hall on Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada, and were able to interview him. Hall came forward “immediately” once he learned Anchorage police were looking for him, and authorities in Las Vegas helped verify his identity, Castro said.

“He was cooperative in working with us,” Castro said...

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A Fairbanks man died in a rollover accident while driving a pilot car on the Dalton Highway on Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities and the man’s family.

About 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dale Linse, 72, was driving south on the highway in the Galbraith Lake area when his pilot car hit an icy patch, lost control and went over the bank, said his son, Shane Linse.

A spokesman for the North Slope Borough confirmed the death but would only say police were investigating the cause and circumstances of the crash.

Shane Linse said his father first arrived in Alaska in 1975 to work on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and spent years driving a haul truck. About a decade ago, he retired from trucking to start a pilot car service and work as an independent contractor...

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Anchorage leaders are again delaying the launch of a new software system meant to automate many functions of city government. The project is now running more than two years behind schedule and has cost the city more than $25 million to date.

The Municipality of Anchorage had planned to go live Oct. 1 with the new system, called SAP and named for the German company that created it. The system is designed to manage city financial data, including accounting, purchasing and benefits administration. It replaces the aging Peoplesoft system.

But at a monthly update with Anchorage Assembly members Aug. 15, officials said the city now plans to launch the software in two stages, with the first go-live date set for Jan. 1. The second stage is scheduled to launch April 1...

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