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HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT? CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR GET A MINUTE EACH TO EXPLAIN IN ANCHORAGE FORUM.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 — Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News

ANCHORAGE — Jeffrey Manfull, a long-time Anchorage resident, walked up to the microphone at a downtown forum Thursday evening. In front of him sat three of the candidates for Alaska governor.

Mark Begich, a Democrat who served as a U.S. senator and before that as Anchorage mayor, took the first swing. He’s the only candidate who supports Proposition 1, he said, amid loud cheers and whistles. (Proposition 1 is also known as the Stand for Salmon initiative. It’s set to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.)

Begich said he’s also the only candidate “that is 100 percent pro-choice.” People in the crowd cheered. Then he paused. He added that he didn’t know the stance of Libertarian candidate Billy Toien, since he believes in less government. (Toien didn’t address the issue in his answer, but he did in a 2010 Anchorage Daily News Q&A. That’s here.)

And, Begich said, he disagreed with Gov. Bill Walker on the John Sturgeon case that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to reconsider in June. It deals with the federal government’s ability to ban hovercraft in national parks. Begich said he believes it would jeopardize subsistence.

Next: Walker, the incumbent and an independent. He zeroed in on the state’s Alaska LNG project that, he said, will create thousands of jobs. This week, ExxonMobil agreed in a preliminary deal to sell its natural gas to the state-led gas line project.

“I’m the only one in the race that has the experience to be able to finish that project,” Walker said.

Walker said he worried what would happen if the project didn’t get done and “we don’t get our resources developed under our own terms.”

He also said that while he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott may disagree on some social issues, that hasn’t kept them from doing the job they need to do. Walker said he is pro-life and Mallott is pro-choice. The reproductive rights that are available in Alaska will not change under their administration, he said.

“Those aren’t issues that caused me to run for this position,” he said. “The issues that caused me to run is I fear for the future of this state economically. I want to make sure our young people will stay in Alaska and they’re not going to stay in Alaska if we don’t have an economy for them.”

It’s critical Alaska has the best economy in the country, he said. The crowd clapped.

Toien, the Libertarian in the race, said that for him, “It’s the state finances and putting them in order.”

“If it weren’t for that, I wouldn’t even be running,” he said. “As I mentioned earlier, I would rather be doing other things.”

Toien said he’s the only candidate “willing to address the whole of the state’s finances.”

The crowd clapped.

Mike Dunleavy, the Republican candidate and a former state senator, was not at Thursday’s forum. Daniel McDonald, a spokesman for the campaign, said Dunleavy was “attending to personal business.” He said he couldn’t give more details.

Thursday night’s forum was hosted by the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and the Community Councils of Downtown and South Addition. Also, Bree’s Law & Victims’ Families and Catholic Social Services co-hosted the forum.

Like previous forums, the evening was relatively low-key and no harsh words were passed between candidates as they took questions from people in the audience, Manfull included.

The evening started with a forum between the candidates for lieutenant governor. Anchorage state Sen. Kevin Meyer, the Republican candidate, was not in attendance. McDonald said he was “attending to personal matters.”

The general election is Nov. 6. Early voting starts Oct. 22.

Another candidate forum in Anchorage is scheduled for Sept. 20. It’s hosted by the Anchorage unit of the NAACP and the University of Alaska Anchorage Multicultural Center.

(The Anchorage Downtown Partnership says it’s working on putting together videos from Thursday’s forum. We hope to post them here later today.)

Read the full story HERE.

POPULAR INSTAGRAM PHOTOGRAPHER PICKS ALASKA HOMELESS CHARITY FOR VAN GIVEAWAY

August 23, 2018 — Pam Kragen, The San Diego Union-Tribune

 

SAN DIEGO — Four years and 160,000 miles after Oceanside native Travis Burke turned his grandma’s 20-year-old camper van into his now-famous mobile adventure photography studio, the van is heading to Alaska.

As the result of his Ultimate Storyteller contest that drew more than 1,000 entries nationwide, Burke chose Mikey Huff of Anchorage as the next owner of the slate-colored van known as “Betty the Grey Wolf.” Huff — who, like Burke, plans to live full-time in the van — runs the Wool Sock Project, which documents the stories of Anchorage’s homeless population. Read the full story HERE.

PUBLIC PIANO STRIKES A CHORD IN ANCHORAGE’S TOWN SQUARE PARK

July 25, 2018 — Bill Roth, Anchorage Daily News

The Anchorage Downtown Partnership placed a piano in Town Square Park about two weeks ago for fun and “space activation.” The old-school piano is moved out of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts every morning, and people are welcome to stop and play a tune.

To view full article, click HERE.

NEW MURAL CELEBRATING ALASKA IN DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE

July 2, 2018 — KTUU Staff

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — There is a new mural in Downtown Anchorage that was inspired by the classic “Greetings From” postcards.

(Courtesy Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs)

The artists, Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs, have been traveling throughout the U.S. in an RV for the last three years with the goal of creating a mural in each state. The Greetings From Alaska mural is one of 30 the two have created during their travels. Read the full story HERE.

APD AND STATE TROOPERS ARE NO CLOSER TO BUYING BODY CAMS AFTER FATAL SHOOTINGS

March 29, 2018 — Sean Maguire, KTUU Alaska

Saturday evening March 24 saw two fatal shootings by law enforcement officers across Alaska, one by an Alaska State Trooper in the village of Nikolaevsk, the other by an Anchorage Police Department officer inside an East Anchorage trailer park; neither department uses body cameras, a tool that is increasingly employed by police across the country to document such incidents. Click HERE for the full story.

DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENTS COMMITTEE

August 17, 2017 — Steffi Lee, KTVA Alaska

The Downtown Improvements Committee is looking for more community involvement, Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. holds a seat on the committee. Click HERE for the full story.

“ANCHORAGE TEAMS WITH ARTIST CO-OP TO FOSTER CREATIVITY AND COMMUNITY”

August 3, 2016 — Ammon Swenson, Alaska Public Media

We are proud of our partnership with the Anchorage Artist Co-Op! They’re dedicated to enlivening downtown through various art forms – check out this read on what its all about. View the article here!

“THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER FESTIVALS IN ANCHORAGE ALASKA”

June, 2016 — Creekwood Inn, Alaska

“It’s a total blast, and includes the Hero Games, Rage City Roller Girls, a petting zoo and giant sandbox for the kids,…” View the rest here!

“SUMMER SOLSTICE”

June, 2016 — Michael Dinneen at Visit Anchorage

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“Downtown turns into one big celebration on June 18, with the Solstice Festival & Hero Games, an Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. Production, taking over Fourth Avenue and Town Square. Artists, musicians and other performers transform Fourth Avenue into a party…” View the rest here!

“FREE CONCERT SERIES “LIVE AT FIVE” BRINGS HUNDREDS TO DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE”

June 16, 2016 — Marlise Irby at YourAlaskaLink

At this week’s Live After Five, the band H3 drew in an estimated 2,000 people to Town Square Park over the course of just two hours! You can catch Live After Five every Thursday night through July.

View the full article here.

“DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL: A One-of-a-Kind Summer Celebration”

June 13, 2016 —Thomas Schultz at Resorts & Lodges

 

“Summer in Alaska can be a magical time. Whether you’re trekking through the stunning wilderness or taking part in one of Alaska’s great events or festivals, you’re in for an unmatched experience…” Read the article here!

“CONCRETE FOUNTAIN COMES DOWN IN SOGGY TOWN SQUARE”

May 25, 2016 — Paula Dobbyn at KTUU

“Berkowitz said the Anchorage Downtown Partnership plans to beef up the number of public events in the park and will work with the Anchorage Community Development Authority (ACDA) to offer free parking nearby during certain times of the day to attract people to the park.” View the rest here!

VIDEO SHOWS WOMAN SHOOTING UP IN DOWNTOWN

August 9, 2018 — Daniella Rivera, KTVA Alaska

It’s not a new issue in Downtown Anchorage, but a recent video that surfaced on social media is raising questions about Alaska’s drug problem, and whether it’s getting worse. To read the full article, click HERE.

TAKE A TOUR OF SOME OF ANCHORAGE’S NEWEST MURALS

July 26, 2018 — Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News

In June, a bright postcard-style mural with the words “Greetings from Alaska” popped up on the east end of downtown Anchorage, brightening up a brown wall on the side of a tourist industry association office.

The mural, created by two traveling artists from the Lower 48, is one of the city’s newest murals. It joins scenes of hummingbirds, a fish camp next to a river, solar flares and snow crystals that adorn school hallways and public and private buildings.

The murals all represent Anchorage’s ever-evolving collection of public art, said Enzina Marrari, the city’s public art curator.

View the article here!

PUBLIC PIANO APPEARS DOWNTOWN

July 16, 2018 — John Thain, KTVA Alaska

Take a walk through Town Square Park and you’ll notice a brightly painted orange and white striped Piano. A chair sits in front, and a sign reads: “Please Sit Down & Play a Tune!” View the article here!

ANCHORAGE’S VERSION OF PIKE PLACE MARKET? THAT’S ONE IDEA FOR THIS SPOT DOWNTOWN

May 6, 2018 — Anchorage Daily News

There’s an effort underway by the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and an owner of two unique buildings on Fourth Avenue between C and E streets to transform the spaces into a bustling marketplace. View the article here!

“ANCHORAGE DOWNTOWN PARNTERSHIP”

August 4, 2016 — Ron Holmstrom

Check out our very own Penny Smythe discussing what Anchorage Downtown Partnership is all about – from Clean and Safe services to all of the free events hosted downtown. View the article here!

“AGENCIES LAUNCH DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE SECURITY HOTLINE”

July 25, 2016 — Devin Kelly at Alaska Dispatch News

“Two downtown Anchorage agencies have launched a security hotline that officials say is aimed at cleaning up downtown and helping visitors feel safe and comfortable.” Check out this great article on our Safety First campaign (in conjunction with EasyPark.) View the article here!

“‘PARADE OF BEARS’ COMES TO DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE”

June 26, 2016 — Mike Dunham at Alaska Dispatch News

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In the past we’ve had the salmon walk, we still have the planet walk, and now we have Bears on Parade! Check it out here, and stop by the Visit Anchorage log cabin to get a map of the bears around downtown. View the article here!

“ANCHORAGE CELEBRATES SUMMER SOLSTICE”

June 19, 2016 — Marissa Silver at YourAlaskaLink

View the full article here.

“SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN ANCHORAGE”

June 17, 2016 — Marlise Irby at YourAlaskaLink

“Thousands of locals and tourists will be in downtown anchorage soaking up the solstice sun at one of anchorages most highly anticipated summer events.”

View the full article here.

“FOUNTAIN IN ANCHORAGE’S VICE-PLAGUED TOWN SQUARE PARK TO BE TORN DOWN”

May 26, 2016 — David Kelly at Alaska Dispatch News

“In a news conference at the back of the fountain, where people often curl up in blankets or sleeping bags, Berkowitz said the city will also try to improve the square by boosting the number of police officers patrolling it.” View the rest here!

If you have seen any stories not featured on this page, please email us at info@anchoragedowntown.org or give us a call at 907-279-5650.