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New Juneau officers bring diversity, depth to police department

Mar 14, 2019

The Juneau Police Department, like many other departments across the state, doesn’t have enough have officers to adequately cover the community. But the department celebrated a small success recently.

Not only will the two latest recruits be a welcome relief for the veteran officers, but they will also add to the department’s diversity.

The two young men recited the officer’s oath during a recent ceremony at the Juneau Police Department. New police badges were then pinned to their uniform, marking the start of their new career in law enforcement.

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By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Aug. 5, 2016

Organizers of a wellness summit in Palmer hoped for 300 participants and were pleased more than 500 people came together Thursday [Aug. 4, 2016] to talk about the problem of opioid addictions, and the growing number of deaths due to overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.  

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska said a meeting last fall with several women in recovery opened his eyes to the problem. And he organized the wellness summit to find solutions before it gets worse.

Climate change and Alaska Natives: 

Shores bare of sea ice expose Kivalina to fierce fall storms

By Joaqlin Estus

Here’s the first in a series of stories on climate change and Alaska Natives. We’ll start by hearing about impacts to Kivalina, an Inupiaq village of about 400 people founded by missionaries in 1905 and located 80 miles northwest of Kotzebue.