Solutions Desk

Community-driven reporting on the people and programs that are solving Alaska’s problems.

A seafood donation program started by a Sitka organization is helping bring some stability to fishermen and consumers during an uncertain time.
The oil and gas company says it wanted to create a new way to keep tabs on employees’ temperatures and any symptoms that could be consistent with the coronavirus, so it partnered with Resource Data to create a digital hub.
State law mandates that school districts conduct training to identify warning signs of sexual abuse, but critics say the policy is too vague. A new training program that started this February in the Lower Kuskokwim School District aims to change that.
A medical group in Anchorage wants to make sure it has surge capacity if there are shortages in essential equipment like masks. So they built a large, anti-viral sauna in a trailer.
The new technology has the potential to break down the persistent PFAS chemicals, which are found in many consumer products and are thought to cause adverse human health effects.
It could be a win-win. The Yukon territory could turn a profit on their surplus, cruise ships could green up their local image, and Skagway might enjoy better air quality near the port.
The rooms are furnished with beds, a lamp, and shelves. The kitchen is stocked with the essentials like bags of flour, sugar, coffee, and tea.
Research illustrates the powerful positive impact regular extracurricular activities can have on teens' well-being.
A former inmate is transforming a downtown gallery and workshop into a nonprofit geared toward giving opportunities to artists with few options.
Governor Mike Dunleavy's proposed budget for the Department of Corrections cuts $19 million from this year's budget. About $12.8 million of the estimated savings will come from a plan to send 500 inmates to private prisons outside of Alaska.
This is one woman's personal solution for problems it took her years to identify -- alcohol and substance misuse disorders. After a long journey and 12 steps, she began to heal -- and thrive.
Traumatic childhood experiences can lead to problems later in life, but this doesn't define a person. Stories that start with trauma can end with hope. A new set of murals illustrates the transformation of seven Alaskans, and the process of creating them transformed the artists themselves.
A new coffee house is teaching at-risk youth life and work skills. This story was produced by residents of Covenant House, a youth shelter in Anchorage.
Karen Mitchell is the Behavioral Health Aide in Noatak, a small village in the Northwest Arctic. Twenty-five years ago, as she stared out the window of her home there, such a future seemed impossible.
Alexandria Niksik has been in and out of prison for seven years. Her most recent return home only lasted 16 days. But what might look like failure from the outside is actually a key step toward success and recovery from alcohol misuse.
When the earthquake struck, the 46 residents of Karluk Manor had nowhere safe to go until a church quickly opened their doors.
Addressing issues of homelessness in Anchorage means improving the mental health care system.
Solving community problems can be hard, unless you tap into the power of collaboration. This is how Chickaloon does it.
Fifty years ago, Alaska had a really big problem: it was hard to get medical care in small, rural communities. To solve it, the Indian Health Service worked with local governments and Congress to create the Community Health Aide Program. And it's still making communities healthier.
The Surgeon General spoke about his approach to ending the opioid epidemic and its root causes.