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A Moving Target: Postal Inspectors Root Out Liquor By Mail

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 […]

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The Blind Spot: Beyond No-Man’s Land

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 […]

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A Moving Target: Stopping Booze at the River

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 […]

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A Moving Target: WAANT Pursues Bootleg Liquor

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 […]

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The Blind Spot: Quitting Meth Alone, Together

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 […]

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The Blind Spot: Harm Reduction at the Transit Center

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 […]

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