Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media
After three years of waiting for special immigrant visas, a family from Iraq finally arrived in Anchorage last fall. They were seeking safety. Then, on January 27, President Trump signed an executive order, and everything seemed to change. Listen now
A midtown Anchorage apartment building caught fire early Wednesday morning, killing two people and injuring 16 others. A portion of the three-story Royal Suite Lodge on Minnesota Drive in midtown has collapsed from the blaze, and the cause is currently unknown. Listen now
There's an outbreak of a newly identified, rare strain of Group A Streptococcus bacteria in Anchorage that's mostly impacting people who are experiencing homelessness. Public health workers will be visiting Brother Francis Shelter, Beans' Cafe, and other services this week to distribute antibiotics and antiseptics to try to stop the spread of the disease. Listen now
Refugee stories are often about fear: people fleeing their homes because they fear for their safety. But they can also be stories of joy. One Anchorage woman and her family took a path from war to love, and finally, to Alaska. Listen now
A new play showing in Anchorage this weekend tells the stories of homelessness from around the state. But for the writers and actors, "Home But Not Less" isn't a story about sadness. It's about understanding. Listen now
President Trump's executive order that temporarily suspends refugee resettlement is having impacts in Alaska, where about 140 people are resettled every year. One refugee, an artist from Iraq, is working to help the community learn more about the new arrivals and what the executive order means to our community through a temporary art show. Listen now
A recent legislative audit of the state’s Crime Lab said the facility isn’t meeting its target speed for processing Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) kits, which include biological evidence gathered after an alleged sexual assault. A scientist at the lab explained that the process is complicated. Listen now
About 200 people gathered in downtown Anchorage on Sunday night to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees, which bans certain people from entering the country. Listen now
On Jan. 21, Alaskans held local Women's Marches across the state from Adak to Barrow to Homer to Ketchikan. An estimated 10,000 people participated statewide -- far more than expected. For most, attending the march was an opportunity to stand up for women's rights, indigenous rights, environmental protection and other social issues, but it was only the first step. Listen now
More than 3,000 people waded through the snow-filled streets to join the Women’s March on Anchorage Saturday morning.
The petition to change Anchorage's non-discrimination ordinance, which protects the civil rights of the LGBTQ community, will not move forward. A group of Anchorage residents submitted an application for the "Protect Our Privacy Initiative" in early January. Wednesday municipal attorney Bill Falsey said it was not legal because it addresses too many different subjects. Listen now
Anchorage social service agencies are coordinating efforts to provide safe shelter for people experiencing homelessness, and strategies are already in place to deal with the upcoming extreme cold spell.
An inmate at Highland Correctional Center died by suicide Tuesday. Twenty-two-year-old Nina Amigale Alexie was found unresponsive in her cell during a routine check last Friday. She was taken to Alaska Regional Hospital and passed away four days later. Department of Corrections spokesperson Corey Allen-Young said there's no indication she was on suicide watch. Listen now
The newest Perseverance Theater production tells the story of one man's fight for his constitutional rights as he defied the Japanese-American imprisonment during World War II while offering up relevant lessons for today. Listen now
Yes, suicide rates appear to have gone up in 2015, but there are solutions. We’ll talk to researchers who have been working with communities in the YK Delta for 20 years developing prevention programs based on Yup’ik values instead of Western systems and about the effectiveness of some Western systems. We’ll also delve into both historical trauma and historical resiliency – what makes our communities and people stronger. Listen Now