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Sean Doogan

Call it Uber for snowplowing: A new smartphone app made available in Anchorage this week promises to arrange, estimate and take payment for snowplowing.

But unlike the controversial ride-sharing service , Plowz & Mowz is being welcomed by the industry at which its service is aimed.

Customers use an iPhone or Android app to request a plow and estimate the cost for the job, and they are charged only after the job has been completed by a local plow truck -- a picture is sent to each customer to confirm the job's completion. The app automatically charges the fees to a credit card...

Sean Doogan

The Anchorage Assembly decided late Tuesday that more work needs to be done to reconcile two ordinances about ride-sharing services like Uber .

No action was taken on either ordinance, although public comment was heard on a proposal by Assembly vice chair Dick Traini and Assembly member Amy Demboski to exempt Uber and other ride-sharing services from most public regulations for commercial transportation...

Sean Doogan

Like many of the 200 cities throughout the world where Uber's ride-sharing service has arrived, Anchorage is struggling to decide how, or even if, to regulate the company, as it does more than 100 local taxicabs...

Sean Doogan

Channel 2 anchor and assistant news director Maria Downey had a rough start to her broadcast journalism career in Anchorage. After graduating from the University of Florida, Downey came to Alaska, thinking her stay would be short. But after settling in and deciding to stay, Downey's first on-air job was cut short when her morning news show was canceled after a four-and-a-half-year run. KTUU meteorologist Jackie Purcell had to scrap for an internship at the station, working to become a full-fledged reporter and even quitting before finding her place in front of the weather screen. But almost three decades and more than 9,500 broadcasts later, the women may well be the best-known people who live in the state year-round...

Sean Doogan

Uber , the nation's largest ride-sharing service, will likely have to continue to offer Anchorage customers free transportation even after a Tuesday Anchorage Assembly meeting. That's when Assembly members will hear an ordinance, proposed by Assembly member Dick Traini, that would temporarily exempt Uber from the requirements of the municipality's taxi cab codes known as Title 11.

Traini said he would ask that his ordinance be heard after public testimony on Tuesday so a newly formed Assembly subcommittee could take up the issue.

"We only want to have to do this once," Traini said at a Friday work session dealing with Uber's Anchorage activities...

Sean Doogan

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Corey ruled late Monday that Uber can continue to offer its ride-sharing service in Anchorage as long as it doesn’t charge its customers, which would put the company in violation of municipal taxi laws.

Corey issued a temporary restraining order in effect through Oct. 23 prohibiting Uber Technologies Inc. from charging to transport riders.

The Municipality of Anchorage sued the ride-sharing giant 10 days ago after it said the company and its drivers had ignored two cease-and-desist letters sent by municipal officials...

Sean Doogan

Alaska Superior Court Judge Michael Corey said he will rule by Monday on a temporary restraining order against Anchorage operations of ride-sharing giant Uber .

Corey heard the case Thursday after the Municipality of Anchorage's request that Uber cease all Anchorage operations immediately, after city transportation and legal officials found Uber to be operating illegally in Alaska's largest city...

Sean Doogan

Melissa Rygh and Annette Jones are somewhat distinct among their peers. As co-owners of the Anchorage information technology firm Network Business Systems , Rygh and Jones find themselves in the minority in a field that has actually seen the number of women decline over the years.

According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology , women comprise only 26 percent of the tech workforce. And that number is down considerably since the 1980s, when the new age of smaller, faster and more affordable computers began transforming the technology industry and almost every other aspect of life...

Sean Doogan

Guardians of wild places and wildlife, conservation officers might not seem to be a huge cog in the machine of Alaska's expansive military bases. But they quietly keep the peace between thousands of troops and their families and the untold numbers of wild animals that call the base home. On Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, three federal officers and a few dozen military members patrol areas that are as full of wildlife as some of the most remote places in the Last Frontier...

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Guardians of wild places and wildlife, conservation officers might not seem to be a huge cog in the machine of Alaska's expansive military bases. But they quietly keep the peace between thousands of troops and their families and the untold number of wild animals that call the base home....

Sean Doogan

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