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State of Intoxication

Project will explore the impact alcohol has had on community

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 […]

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Alaska could fight FASD right now with these three ideas

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 […]

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

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 […]

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A last check-in with the Hatch family

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 […]

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Kellen on career dreams

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 […]

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Carol talks about parenting

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 […]

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