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Happy Saturday, neighbors! Here’s everything you need to know to get this day started. Here’s everything going on today in town.

First, today’s weather:

Very cold with a few flurries. High: 9 Low: 1.

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Here are the top stories in Anchorage today:

  1. Last month, new anti-panhandling signs showed up at a busy Anchorage intersection where pedestrians sometimes ask for money from drivers stopped at red lights. The city has spent about $9,000 on anti-panhandling signs; however, the law the signs refer to was found unconstitutional nearly a decade ago. The mayor made cracking down on low-level infractions, which are sometimes associated with homelessness, a priority of his campaign. (New Haven Register)
  2. An Anchorage man accused of sex trafficking was sentenced to 35 years in jail in U. S. District Court in Anchorage. He was convicted of five counts of sex trafficking, three counts of production of child porn, and two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. Between October and December 2018, 35-year-old Tristan Jamal Grant allegedly conspired with another person to traffic two minors. (kinyradio.com)
  3. Northern Pacific Airways is hoping to move the launch of transpacific routes through its hub in Anchorage. A launch event is planned for later this month. The long-haul airline was announced in summer 2021 with plans to offer flights between different points in the United States and some cities in East Asia. (Business Traveller)

Today in Anchorage:

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  • Zen Trembles – Anchorage Moose Lodge (8:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • The Alaska State Troopers shared that just after Christmas, three snowmachiners were safely transported to Nenana after they got stuck in overflow several miles outside of the city. (Facebook)
  • Anchorage Police Department thanked the North Star Behavioral Heath for stopping by with treats for their Officers in honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. (Facebook)
  • Due to COVID-19, extreme travel delays, and other challenges, the University of Alaska Anchorage made the decision to temporarily allow instructors to shift their courses to remote delivery for the first two weeks of the spring semester. (Facebook)

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