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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

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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.

The Blind Spot: Beyond No-Man’s Land

In spite of high substance abuse rates across Alaska, state officials and non-profit workers see policy measures are dove-tailing with new evidence that perceptions about drinking are starkly different from realities on the ground.

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April 24, 2015
Methamphetamine. (Photo via dea.gov)

The Blind Spot: Quitting Meth Alone, Together

This week we’re exploring the Blind Spot, it’s a focus on the teens who are abusing substances but aren’t being caught by the system that’s set up to help them. In this story, KSKA’s Anne Hillman spoke with two young women who are relying on each other rather than an organization to end their methamphetamine addiction.

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April 23, 2015
The Blind Spot: Harm Reduction at the Transit Center

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.

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April 22, 2015
The Blind Spot: A System of Order Over Chaos

The Blind Spot: A System of Order Over Chaos

This week Alaska Public Media is exploring the Blind Spot – how youth who are part of and outside of the juvenile justice system are getting help for substance abuse. One option is residential treatment, like the kind offered through the ARCH program in Eagle River, which Anne Hillman toured with one young resident.

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April 21, 2015
The Blind Spot: Spaces Between Statistics

The Blind Spot: Spaces Between Statistics

In Anchorage, the number of criminal offenses by minors referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice has dropped by nearly half in the past decade for almost every offense type – except severe drug and alcohol offenses. That number has stayed fairly steady. In fact, as a share of the whole, substance abuse cases in Anchorage are up, although as a share of the total they are proportionately small. But the numbers only tell part of the story.

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April 20, 2015
Student protesters asking  the legislature to increase education funding. Hillman/KSKA

Anchorage Students Rally Against Education Funding Cuts

More than 150 high school students walked out of class Thursday afternoon to attend an impromptu rally at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.

April 16, 2015

Petitioners ask Governor to Stop Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Bans

More than 1,200 sign a petition asking Gov. Walker and Attorney General Craig Richards to remove Alaska from an amicus brief.

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April 16, 2015

Tax-Related Identity Theft Increasing

Have you filed your taxes yet? Tax day is just a few days away. And the state’s consumer protection unit is warning it’s seeing an increase in a new type of tax time scam- tax-related identity theft. That’s where thieves use your personal information to file for a tax refund with the IRS before you get a chance to submit your taxes.

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April 13, 2015
AK: Exploring Identity

AK: Exploring Identity

More than 90 languages are spoken in Anchorage. And one resident is trying to learn – and teach – about every single one as part of a new podcast. KSKA’s Anne Hillman found out the project comes from his desire to discover the diversity of his own background.

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April 10, 2015
Ethan Berkowitz, Amy Demboski Heading For Mayoral Runoff Election

Ethan Berkowitz, Amy Demboski Heading For Mayoral Runoff Election

Unofficial results show Ethan Berkowitz leading the mayoral race with 37 percent of the vote. But because Berkowitz didn’t take 45 percent, he’ll be in a run off with Amy Demboski, who, with about a quarter of the total votes, was the second place candidate.

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April 8, 2015

Anchorage School Board considers wide-ranging budget cuts

The Anchorage School Board is discussing the possible ways to cut $29.4 million from their budget for next year, and plan to prioritize protecting classroom instruction.

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April 6, 2015
Dancers perform at Northway Mall at community potluck. Hillman/KSKA

Community potluck shows support for local refugees

Well attended community gathering shows immigrants and refugees they are welcome in Anchorage.

April 5, 2015
Historical Gardening in Alaska

Historical Gardening in Alaska

Picture Alaska 100 years ago – the open tundra, the dense forests – and the gardens. We’re looking at the state’s horticultural past with guests from the Alaska Botanical Gardens. We’ll talkabout historical planting methods and how they can still be used today.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/7 at 10:00 a.m.

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April 3, 2015

Alaska signs brief supporting same-sex marriage bans

Alaska’s Attorney General has signed on to an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court that says same-sex marriage bans should be upheld.

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April 2, 2015
Two former middle school teachers vie for ASD School Board Seat F

Two former middle school teachers vie for ASD School Board Seat F

Two former middle school teachers are vying for Anchorage School Board Seat F. Incumbent Tam Agosti-Gisler and opponent David Nees both spent more than two decades in the classroom and want to use their first-hand knowledge to shape district decisions.

April 2, 2015
Anchorage community members protest education budget cuts

Anchorage community members protest education budget cuts

About 60 community members gathered outside of the Legislative Information Office in Anchorage Wednesday evening to protest proposed cuts to education funding.

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April 1, 2015
School Board Seat G candidates Starr Marsett (L) and Elisa Snelling (R).

Candidates for open ASD School Board Seat G bring financial experiences, different priorities

Elisa Snelling and Starr Marsett are competing for Seat G, which is being vacated by Natasha Von Imhof. The two candidates both bring passion but with very different focuses.

April 1, 2015
School Board Seat E candidates have similar passions, different backgrounds

School Board Seat E candidates have similar passions, different backgrounds

Incumbent Kathleen Plunkett and challenger Derrick Slaughter, who are vying for Anchorage School Board Seat E, have a surprising amount in common.

March 31, 2015
Alaska’s Housing Issues

Alaska’s Housing Issues

Only 10 percent percent of the people in Alaska who experience homelessness are chronically homeless. Families and individuals often become homeless because they lost their jobs or the cost of housing is too high. So what can we do about it?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/31 at 10:00am

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March 27, 2015

Alaska’s Housing Issue

Only 10 percent percent of the people in Alaska who experience homelessness are chronically homeless. Families and individuals often become homeless because they lost their jobs or the cost of housing is too high. So what can we do about it?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/31 at 10:00am

March 27, 2015