Anchorage Update
  July / 2011


Mayor Dan Sullivan


It's the height of summer, and many of us are out enjoying the city's many parks and trails. Next time you're out walking the dog or riding a bike, take note of the young people who are working to make our parks clean and safe. Read more about Youth Employment in the Parks (YEP), below. Also, the city recently took action in the Knik Arm Bridge case, and The Port of Anchorage is offering free tours this summer. Our local water utility is making it possible for neighbors to assist those struggling through tough financial times, and the city's Office of Emergency Management hosts monthly emergency preparedness seminars. In short, your city government is hard at work, so stay tuned about what's going on by following me (and other city departments) on facebook or twitter. You can also email me at

City takes action to protect the Port of Anchorage: Mayor still supports Knik Arm Bridge


On July 5, the Municipality of Anchorage filed an appeal to the Record of Decision (ROD) granted by the Federal Highway Administration for the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority (KABATA).  As a strong supporter of the bridge, I know this decision has raised questions, which I will explain as follows. 

Rick Management

Employees of the MOA's Risk & Safety Management with their motorcycles.

Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) program puts youth to work in our parks 


Each summer, Anchorage teens develop job skills, commitment to their communities and connection to these parks through the Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) program. With funding from the U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; the Anchorage Park Foundation; the Municipality of Anchorage; the Rasmuson Foundation; Anchorage Community Land Trust; and the Atwood Foundation, YEP employs hard-working teens in offering free recreation programs and completing park improvement projects throughout the community.  Read more...

Beaver Pond

YEP employees work on one of the many local parks projects around town.

AWWU's Coins Can Count program helps families dealing with tough times 


Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility's Coins Can Count program assisted its 100th customer in June 2011.  


AWWU's Coins Can Count program has collected more than $27,000 in contributions from Utility customers who have elected to participate. This voluntary, innovative program was designed by AWWU to enable customers to help fellow customers who are having difficulties paying their water and/or wastewater bill.  Read more...  


Mayor Sullivan and Andrew Levad, winner of a Taipei Chinese Language Study Grant.

Port of Anchorage hosts free summer tours 


The Port of Anchorage welcomes the general public to visit the Port from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in July and August. Free parking is provided by the Alaska Railroad Corporate Headquarters at 327 West Ship Creek Avenue. Coaches arrive at the parking area starting at 11:00 a.m. and rotate every 30 minutes. The tours are family-friendly: a free hotdog lunch and educational information is provided during the one hour-long tour.  The Port turns 50 this year and will provide coloring books, crayons and treats for children to commemorate the anniversary. For more information call 343-6230 or visit

Learn how to prepare for a disaster during your lunch break


The Municipality's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) conducts multiple community outreach and education programs to help Anchorage residents prepare for emergencies and disasters. As Dawn Brantley, Emergency Program Manager for OEM, likes to remind us, "No city can be fully prepared without prepared citizens; that's why education and outreach are critical to help ensure our community's resilience during a disaster.  Read more.... 

Connolly Square

Mayor Sullivan helped break ground on the NeighborWorks Connelly Square Senior Housing Development on June 14.

Connect with the Mayor

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Issue: 25
Kory Hearn

Mayor's Photo Contest

Please submit your best Anchorage photos to my Facebook Page to be featured in the Newsletter. 

This week's winner is:

Kory Hearn (above)


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  • July 20   
    Grand Opening of Lumen Park Apartments
  • July 23
    Governor's Picnic
  • July 26
    Assembly Meeting
  • July 27
    AEDC Annual Outlook Luncheon

Meet the Youth

of YEP!

Ronald Walls Jr. and Korvel Sutton, YEP employees.

Ronald Walls Jr. and Korvel Sutton are two brothers with one mission. They want to gain work experience with YEP this summer. Ronald (17) and his younger brother Korvel (16) both grew up in Anchorage using the parks and trails in their neighborhood. When they saw an opportunity to work outdoors improving them, they jumped at the chance.

Ronald lives in Mountain View and will be a senior at East High School this fall. He acquired leadership experience with JROTC and he plans to serve in the Army after high school.

Korvel lives on the Hillside and commutes to the YEP job site each morning by carpooling or riding his bike. This fall, he will be a junior at South High School and is developing his plans for the future.

Ronald and Korvel have a very supportive family and have developed a strong work ethic and charitable attitude from their grandmother Irene. Every two weeks on pay-day, both boys deposit 50 percent of their earnings in savings and the give the remaining 50 percent to others in need. 

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