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Alcohol and Me

On the streets of Nome

Nome was once known as the boneyard of the Bering Strait region. Visitors from surrounding villages died and disappeared so frequently that the FBI launched an investigation, concluding that many had succumbed to the bitter wind and cold after drinking. Today, something has changed. City officials said no one has died or gone missing in […]

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Voting on prohibition

The Inupiat village of Shishmaref is the latest Alaska town to face a thorny, high-stakes choice. Voters are expected decide in a city election Tuesday whether to lift a 30-year-old ban on alcohol. Here, three voters say why they’re voting wet or dry. “We need to train and raise our kids to be responsible because […]

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‘I was so angry’

Lanita Sweatt-Sanders lost her daughter to a drunk driver on June 30, according to Anchorage police. The death of Citari Townes-Sweatt, 20, began a string of deadly DUI accidents in the city that sent police scrambling for solutions. Lanita last saw her daughter alive here in her Mountain View home. “Nothing prepares you for this. […]

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