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Project will explore the impact alcohol has had on community

November 6th, 2015

It’s been six years since the Daily News-Miner last took a close look at the community impact of alcohol abuse. The four-part series the newspaper produced that year focused on the continuing effort to combat the high presence of regular public inebriates in downtown Fairbanks. That series itself was a follow-up to a 2003 […]

After making millions on liquor store, Kotzebue plans city-owned bar and restaurant

June 3rd, 2014

In an ongoing experiment to pay for city services with liquor sales, Kotzebue officials plan to open a city-owned bar and burger restaurant later this year. The restaurant and a city-run liquor store launched in 2010 are expected to generate about 15 percent of the general fund cash needed to operate the Northwest Alaska city in […]

Call him ‘Minimum Mike’ if you like, but this Barrow judge is trying something new

May 31st, 2014

Judge Mike Jeffery talk with a defendant in Barrow on Monday, November 11, 2013. Jeffery says he has tried to adapt his courtroom to a provide for fair treatment for people affected with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. He slows down his hearings, uses plain language and uses his discretion in plea agreements to allow […]

Alaska could fight FASD right now with these three ideas

May 31st, 2014

Forget, for the moment, the debate over whether the state should pay to hand out free pregnancy tests and/or condoms. Give away both, then think bigger. Every baby born with fetal alcohol syndrome costs the public $1 million to $4 million in lifetime medical and social services bills. Bar bathroom give-aways aside, experts say […]

2 out of 3 ‘intentional injury’ hospitalizations among Alaska Natives are alcohol related, report says

May 9th, 2014

My mailbox is filling up this week with notes from researchers and reporters interested in the new ISER study that found no statistical evidence that banning alcohol in a village reduces suicides among young Alaska Native men. One reader notes that the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s newly updated Alaska Native Injury Atlas shows an expanded picture of […]

Study: Banning alcohol in Alaska villages doesn’t reduce suicide, but more jobs might

May 6th, 2014

In fall 2013, voters in Shishmaref voted against removing a ban on the importation and sale of alcohol. File photo, October 1, 2013. (MARC LESTER – Anchorage Daily News) Banning alcohol in Alaska’s most isolated and cash-poor villages has failed to reduce suicide rates among the young Alaska Native men who live there, new research […]

A last check-in with the Hatch family

May 3rd, 2014

From left: Deyna Pardue, Carol Hatch, Will Seward, Simone Hope, Kellen Swanson, RJ Galeshoff, baby Lily Schablein, Gifford Benoit, Ari Schablein, Chase Benoit and Leah Morgan-Carroll. April 29, 2014 Baby Lily squirms on the living room floor as Ari speaks to a nurse from the Southcentral Foundation who visits every two weeks. Ari is proud […]

Kellen on career dreams

May 3rd, 2014

March 27, 2014 If FASD wasn’t an issue, what kind of job do you think you’d be doing? Kellen: I would probably be doing something besides (being) a (part-time) domestic engineer at a church. I would probably be going for a career with a job that I might find beneficial to myself and my […]

Carol talks about parenting

May 3rd, 2014

Carol Hatch helps her granddaughter, Deyna, after she fell off her scooter. (MARC LESTER — Anchorage Daily News) Why did you start accepting foster kids and seeking out foster kids? Carol: I always wanted to be a foster parent, even before I had a kid of my own. I always loved to be around kids […]

Simone faces the family

May 3rd, 2014

Family members wait up for Simone. (MARC LESTER — Anchorage Daily News) March 26, 2014 Simone should be home by now. She planned to attend an 8 p.m. recovery group meeting. At 9:30, with the ribbons of sunlight that striped the kitchen disappearing into shadows, the family is worried. Simone has said she’s afraid she’ll […]