Anchorage Update
 January 2012

I/M testing will end soon if the Anchorage Assembly approves my ordinance


Recently, I announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the State of Alaska's and Municipality of Anchorage's plan to eliminate I/M testing in Anchorage.

This was a long time in coming, and I'm pleased the EPA approved our plan. While the program was originally useful, it is no longer needed to assure that Anchorage has clean, breathable air.

That said, there's one more hurdle to overcome before finally ending the I/M program. In 2010, the Assembly approved a six-month phase-out period once the program was decertified by the EPA. This means the test would still be required for the next half a year even though the federal government and the State no longer require it.

I think this is unreasonable, and I introduced an ordinance to the Assembly that would kill the phase-out period. They vote on it this Tuesday, and I do not know what they will decide.

It's always helpful for elected officials to hear from constituents. As such, you may want to contact members of the Assembly and let them know your opinion about finally ending the I/M program. You can email all members at once by using this email address:


Record snow falls in Anchorage, MOA road crews working 24/7 to remove snow from neighborhoods


It's been an unprecedented year for snowfall in Anchorage. In fact, if you placed all the snow that has been removed from Anchorage streets on a five-acre lot, the snow would be 250 feet deep. That's a lot of snow, and our Street Maintenance employees are literally working around the clock to remove it as fast as they can.

Residents have asked a lot of questions about snow removal this year. Click here for an explanation of how the process works.  


Sign up for the Mayor's Education Summit Community Conversations


Space is still available at the Mayor's Education Summit Community Conversations. If you care about the future of education in Anchorage, and agree that we need to improve student performance, then visit, and sign up for one of six sessions designed to address education reform scenarios. You can watch a video about the Education Summit here, as well as the commercials designed to encourage widespread community participation.
Mayor's Education Summit Community Conversation Invitation
Mayor's Education Summit Community Conversation Invitation

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    Assembly Meeting
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    Soup'r Bowl IV fundraiser
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    Alaska Municipal League Winter Legislative Meeting (Juneau)
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    Mayor's Education Summit Community Conversation (Spenard)  Rec. Ctr.) 
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