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Tiffany Hall shares her story of recovery

January 25th, 2017

Executive Director Tiffany Hall guest hosts New Beginnings and shares her story of recovery on KOAN 95.1, Bridges 2 Recovery radio show. Listen here.

What happens when a killer is celebrated every day

July 26th, 2016

A powerful, personal account from a recovering alcoholic on how society views alcohol. Read the full article from The Huffington Post here.

Poetry in Prison: Alaska inmates find creative outlet— and national recognition— through art

July 15th, 2016

The Alaska Dispatch reports on how Alaska inmates who have battled drug and alcohol addiction are sharing their very personal stories through poetry, and receiving national recognition. Read the full story in the Alaska Dispatch here.

A Moving Target: Postal Inspectors Root Out Liquor By Mail

April 27th, 2015

US Postal Inspectors work to keep alcohol from reaching local option communities in the mail. Image from USPIS. Citizens in Bethel are weighing a decision on a proposal for the for the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. A […]

The Blind Spot: Beyond No-Man’s Land

April 24th, 2015

At the low end, prevention measures costs the State of Alaska $9 per point of contact. Intensive substance abuse treatment costs $49,502 per person on average. Chart courtesy of the Division of Behavioral Health, DHSS. In spite of the alarmingly high rates of substance abuse among teens in Anchorage, many officials say there are reasons […]

A Moving Target: Stopping Booze at the River

April 24th, 2015

Citizens in Bethel are weighing a decision on a proposal for the for the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The region’s three Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Taskforce investigators can’t be everywhere at once. Some villages are trying to […]

For some, Anchorage Wellness Court offers a road to redemption

April 23rd, 2015

More than a decade ago, a DUI charge left Doreen Schenkenberger with two options. She could face months in jail — and be separated from her kids, 6 and 8 at the time — or she could enter the Anchorage Wellness Court. “I was ready, I was ready to do something to change my […]

A Moving Target: WAANT Pursues Bootleg Liquor

April 23rd, 2015

Citizens in Bethel are weighing a decision on a proposal for the for the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. In the first of a three-part series on efforts to curb the flow of alcohol KYUK’s Ben Matheson reports […]

The Blind Spot: Quitting Meth Alone, Together

April 23rd, 2015

This week we’re exploring the Blind Spot, a look at teens who are abusing substances, but aren’t being caught by the system set up to help them. In this story, KSKA’s Anne Hillman spoke with a couple relying on each other to end their methamphetamine addiction. Two young women sit in an empty classroom, their hands entwined. A […]

The Blind Spot: Harm Reduction at the Transit Center

April 22nd, 2015

If you’re a teenager in Anchorage struggling with homelessness, hunger, or addiction there are few places to turn. One of the few organizations in Anchorage helping at-risk teens on their own terms is hidden in plain sight in one of the city’s busiest buildings. The POWER […]