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  • Alcohol & Me: ‘Acknowledging these things is the only way to heal’

    Born and raised in Hoonah, Kyle Wark remembers sitting in the family car as his mother drove him home, drunk and swerving. When they arrived at the house she passed out on the steering wheel, horn blaring, he said. Wark was 29 when she died. Today, he studies alcohol use among Alaska Natives as a […]

  • Alcohol & Me: ‘I’ve got a lot of apologizing to do’

    Lecon Chuitt grew up in Tyonek picking raisins out of his parents’ homebrew, he said. He was 8-years-old when his brother, 13, got drunk and killed himself. By the time he was a teenager, Chuitt was binge drinking too. A prison escape and armed robbery spree in his 20s landed him in prison for much […]

  • Alcohol & 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 […]

  • Alcohol & Me: 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 […]

  • Wet or dry? Shishmaref must make a choice

    SHISHMAREF — Two skiffs are already anchored off the sandy tip of this arrow-thin island when 27-year-old Curtis Ray Nayokpuk, the last seal hunter to arrive, cuts the outboard on his boat. “What took you so long?” someone asks. “Traffic, man,” Nayokpuk replies. As his skiff bobs in the milky green inlet, half a dozen […]

  • Alcohol & Me: ‘It was a scene from a horror movie’

    Carlos Salazar was one of five people in the vehicle that Citari Townes-Sweatt was driving on June 30, 2013. A collision at Boniface Parkway and DeBarr Road killed Townes-Sweatt and injured Salazar. He’s photographed at home with his daughter, Penelope, and son, Carlos Montana. MARC LESTER — Anchorage Daily New Carlos Salazar, a 21-year-old father […]

  • Alcohol & Me: ‘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. Nothing […]

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