Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage
Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage

Anchorage Assembly approves renaming port ‘Don Young Port of Alaska’

Published: January 10, 2024

Anchorage Daily News
By Emily Goodykoontz

The Anchorage Assembly has renamed the Port of Alaska after late U.S. Rep. Don Young. Members on Tuesday voted on a new name — the Don Young Port of Alaska — after a monthslong back-and-forth.

Before members ultimately approved the new name in a 10-2 vote, Tuesday night’s debate devolved into a procedural mess.

Some members wanted to postpone a decision until February or March. That drew the ire of Mayor Dave Bronson, who at one point during the meeting vetoed an amendment by some Assembly members that would have postponed a vote until March.

Bronson proposed renaming the port after Young in March 2022, soon after the longtime Alaska congressman died during a flight to Seattle while on his way home. Young was the longest-serving member of the Congress when he died at age 88.

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