Anchorage Update
July 2013

Greetings Anchorage resident!


It's been a bustling few weeks within the Municipality of Anchorage! I hope that you and your loved ones had a relaxing Independence Day and have had time to enjoy this record breaking, beautiful summer.


I want to point out a job well done by Anchorage First Responders.  On Monday, July 15, 2013 at approximately 1:34pm , the Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) Dispatch center received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a four-plex on fire at 501 San Juan Cirle. The AFD initially dispatched 12 units to the scene. The first arriving crew reported that three quarters of the building was engulfed in flames.


Due to the size and amount of fire a second alarm was dispatched which sent another 10 units to the scene. Crews had truck companies and crews with hand lines set up around the building to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.


The building is considered a total loss; cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation. Thankfully, there were no injuries or fatalities.


Please join me as I commend the first responders that came to the aid of the community. As I've been told by municipal officials, this could have easily spread to surrounding structures. Great job AFD and gratitude is also deserved to the local Red Cross.


Have a great weekend,


Mayor Dan Sullivan

Ship Creek Update

KlingStubbins and Boston Global Investors unveiled their plan to redevelop the Ship Creek area north of Downtown Anchorage. Their design introduces a new area that includes residential, commercial, and retail development.

More information from their presentations can be found here.

Rendering of Ship Creek from the east.
Redesigned Ship Creek Waterfront

Legislative Affairs Process


Our Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Shalon Harrington, put together a presentation that explains the legislative process here in Alaska.


You can view this PowerPoint here: Alaska Legislative Process 


Municipal Manager Celebrates 10 Years


George Vakalis reached 10 years as Municipal Manager last week. He is an invaluable asset to our city and I cannot thank him enough for the work that he does.


Joni Vakalis, George Vakalis, and Mayor Sullivan.


Anchorage Centennial Update


The Alaska Humanities Forum in conjunction with the Anchorage Centennial Committee has announced the selection of three Anchorage-based media teams to produce legacy projects commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of Alaska's largest city.

  • Flip Todd Communications was selected to produce a book chronicling the history of Anchorage written by lifelong Alaskan and award-winning author Charles Wohlforth.
  • Alaska Video Postcards, Inc. was selected to produce a feature-length documentary film commemorating the Anchorage Centennial, to be reported and written by Emmy award-winning journalist John Larson.
  • Alaska Channel, a specialty media company that creates and operates the widely downloaded Alaska App, was selected to produce a web app and interactive online archive to document and promote the Anchorage Centennial.

Anchorage Mini Maker Faire


AEDC is excited to announce that the first ever Anchorage Mini Maker Faire will be held on July 27, 2013 at the Loussac Public Library.

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth-a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It's a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Learn more:

AFD Fire Truck "Sales"


The Anchorage Fire Department is pleased to announce the "sale" of two of its reserve fire trucks. Both fire trucks were sold to Volunteer Fire Departments in Alaska for $1.00.

South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department (Community just south of Ketchikan) will receive a 1996 Freightliner, Ferrara Fire Engine; the Engine has an 800 gallon tank and is capable of pumping 1250 gallons per minute.

The Hollis Fire Department (located on the Prince of Wales Island) will receive a 1983 Ford, Saulsbury Tender. The Tender has a 1250 gallon tank and is capable of pumping 450 gallons per minute.

The Anchorage Fire Department will be completing the purchase and ceremoniously handing the Fire Engine over to South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday, July 18th at 10am at the Anchorage Fire Department Maintenance Shop located at 1000 Airport Heights Drive (next to fire station 3).


Hollis Volunteer Fire Department's new fire truck


Tongass VFD's new truck

SWS Open House


Solid Waste Services will be having an open house on Saturday, August 3rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family-friendly event will have food, games and a swap table. Information will be updated at and on Facebook.


Midnight Sun Volleyball National Champions

Congratulations to the Midnight Sun Girls Volleyball team on placing first in the 2013 National Festival Tournament! Great job!

Mayor Sullivan with Midnight Sun Volleyball Club, 2013 Festival Volleyball Tournament Champions

18th Annual Victims for Justice Monument Ceremony

Anchorage Alaska - Victims for Justice will hold the 18th Annual Monument Ceremony on Thursday, July 18, at 6:00 P.M., at Hostetler Park, 3rd and L Streets.  The event, which will include a roll call of Alaskan victims of homicide of the past 15 years, will be held in front of the Homicide Victims Memorial, and will be followed by a Potluck dinner.  
Donated to the Municipality of Anchorage in 1994, the Alaska Victims Memorial serves as a remembrance of victims of homicide, and a symbol of hope and community for the families and friends who have lost loved ones to violent crime. In 2012, 18 homicides occurred in Anchorage; as of today, there have been 11 homicides in 2013.  More than 400 names have been inscribed on the Memorial at the request of their families. 


For additional information about the Victims for Justice 18th Annual Monument Ceremony please contact Rachael Gaedeke at 907-278-0988. 

Issue: 43

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In This Issue
Ship Creek Update
Legislative Affairs
Municipal Manager 10 Years
Anchorage Centennial
Mini Maker Faire
AFD Fire Truck Sales
SWS Open House
Midnight Sun Volleyball Champs
Victims for Justice Ceremony
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