Houston is a city in Matanuska-
"Houston Siding" was first listed on a blueprint map of the Alaska Railroad in 1917. Houston was incorporated as a city in 1966. A June 1996 wildfire destroyed more than 37,500(152 km2) in the Houston and Big Lake area, including 433 buildings and homes valued at $8.9 million.
Medal of Honor recipient James Bondsteel lived in Houston until his death in 1987.
Controversy: In March 2010, the city held public hearings over the actions of Mayor Roger Purcell, who while acting under city code, exercised police powers, including wearing a badge and a gun. Purcell is a former police officer who allegedly served in a questionable manner in several Alaska police departments during the 1980s and 1990s including Hoonah, Bethel, Valdez and more recently Seldovia, where he was most recently forced to resign. Purcell fired the town's lone police officer, Sgt. Charlie Seidel, who previously reported Purcell for reckless driving in a police car, which was captured on police car's dash camera. The video was a sensation on Youtube. Motorists reported that Purcell stopped them on Houston highways that prompted a call for legislative changes to Alaskan home rule provisions for cities limiting the scope and authority when and how elected officials may act as peace officers. Alaska's Police Standards Council stated that Purcell acted improperly. In May 2010, Mayor Purcell filed for bankruptcy that month. Purcell garnered controversy for driving a used fire truck from the lower 48 to Houston, at a cost of over $10,000.00 to the city, to bring in a truck that was of questionable use to the city. Also in May 2010, the city attempted to disband its police force, but ultimately decided not to do so in the face of public uproar. The city of Houston was scheduled to hold a referendum in June 2010 to decide whether to recall Purcell from office, but he resigned as mayor before hand.
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