Anchorage Tastee Freez turns 60 on Saturday

Originally published in the Anchorage Press. Tastee Freez turns 60 this year, and the only franchise in Alaska is celebrating by offering ice cream cones at their original 1958 price: 15 cents. Customers are allowed as many vanilla or chocolate cones as they’d like on May 5, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The celebration will … Continue reading Anchorage Tastee Freez turns 60 on Saturday

Bill passed by house to seal records of marijuana arrests in Senate Finance Committee

Originally published in the Anchorage Press. The House of Representatives approved HB 316 by a 30-10 vote on April 15. On April 25, HB 316 reached the Senate Finance Committee. The bill helps seal public documents relating to marijuana possession convictions prior to Feb. 24, 2015, when marijuana was legalized in Alaska. This bill has … Continue reading Bill passed by house to seal records of marijuana arrests in Senate Finance Committee

Why don’t more residents know about Anchorage’s flag?

Originally published on Alaska Public Media. It’s bright yellow and only flown in only a couple spots around the city. Few people have probably seen Anchorage’s municipal flag, but it plays an important role in the city’s symbolism. Victoria Petersen has the story. At Anchorage’s public library, the geese are returning from winter, and people … Continue reading Why don’t more residents know about Anchorage’s flag?

Reception mixed on ASD proposal to switch school start times around

Originally published on Alaska Public Media. The Anchorage School District is considering a huge change. The district is looking at implementing new school start times, with elementary schools starting earlier and high schools later. The district held a series of open houses recently to educate the community and hear feedback. At the first open house … Continue reading Reception mixed on ASD proposal to switch school start times around

TNL: Bill providing funding for UAA study stalled

Originally published in The Northern Light. A bill funding a UAA research program looking to study long-acting, reversible contraception and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder for $500,000 is currently stuck in the House Health and Social Sciences Committee. Senate Bill 198 would authorize UAA to enter into a research program that will study the effects of … Continue reading TNL: Bill providing funding for UAA study stalled

Alaska Railroad’s first black conductor celebrates unprecedented 50 years with company

Originally published on Alaska Public Media. Harry Ross started moving trains when he was 21. Fifty years later, he’s still transporting passengers and freight by rail across the state. “I do not believe there has ever been nobody as foolish as I,” Ross said. It wasn’t a job Ross expected to get, and it wasn’t … Continue reading Alaska Railroad’s first black conductor celebrates unprecedented 50 years with company

Historic Carousel Lounge may see revival

Originally published on The Spenardian. The Carousel Lounge, one of Spenard’s most iconic bars, may see a revival. Paul Berger, a determined Anchorage businessman wants to bring a neighborhood-oriented bar to the vacant building, called the Bar on Spenard. “I would really love to have people just walk over,” Berger said. “Neighborhood guys and gals. … Continue reading Historic Carousel Lounge may see revival