Claire Stremple - Alaska Beacon

Claire Stremple - Alaska Beacon
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cans of food

As Alaska pays millions to fix food stamp backlog, lawmakers suggest systemic fixes

“Not doing this will cost us millions, and will leave people without food,” said Sen. Cathy Giessel.
A sparsely attended public hearing on applicants for two judge positions

Alaska’s courts are mired in cases, with gradual progress on pandemic backlog

The backlog has persisted, in part because of attorney shortages.
an EBT sign

Alaska must face food stamp litigation after a year of stays, court says

U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason's court order said further delays would be “inefficient” after the state had a year to resolve its backlog.
food pallets

Alaska’s federal food stamp funding at risk, USDA letter warns 

The state may lose funding if it continues to break federal rules, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
the State Office Building

High job vacancies in Alaska state agencies can reduce services and lead to burnout

An average of about 14% of Alaska state jobs are unfilled.
a classroom

Alaska’s schools have among the highest rates of chronic absenteeism

Most schools in the state experience “extreme” levels of absenteeism, which can harm student outcomes.
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Alaska’s Division of Public Assistance makes progress on food stamp backlog

Earlier this month, food aid was delayed by more than a month for more than 12,000 Alaskans. That number is down to 10,074.
a classroom

Plan for Alaska’s first tribally operated public schools inches closer to completion 

Alaska's Board of Education has approved a Department of Education and Early Development report on the State Tribal Education Compact.
a protest

Alaska Native leaders bring light to state-specific challenges in federal MMIP report

“The federal government must act now; not tomorrow; not next week; not next month; and not next year,” the commission said.
the Alaska State Capitol

Funding gap looms for Alaska’s domestic violence programs, but need for services is as high as ever

Domestic violence advocates are scrambling to adequately fund the groups that keep one of the state’s most vulnerable populations safe.
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Alaska Police Standards Council turns down plan to lower hiring age of corrections officers — for now

The Department of Corrections floated the proposal as a tool to combat its staff shortage, decreased applicant pool and high vacancy rate.

With law enforcement sparse, Alaska villages build network of safety for survivors

Advocates for domestic violence victims are seeking solutions as federal money goes to small Tribes with limited access to law enforcement.
a homeless camp

Domestic violence is feeding Alaska’s homelessness crisis

Some Alaska shelters are building long-term housing to keep women safe.

Alaska does not have enough housing to keep survivors of domestic violence safe

Advocates say they have the money to house survivors, but no place to put them.
a courthouse

Alaska’s domestic violence council explores restorative justice methods in court sentencing

The state’s courts may use restorative justice programs, but those programs are not compatible with domestic violence cases yet.
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Tribes, State Troopers increase access to justice for Alaska Native survivors of domestic violence

Alaska State Troopers received new training in October aimed at keeping Tribal citizens safer.

Alaska pays millions to respond to domestic violence. Advocates want millions to prevent it.

They say significant increases in prevention work and community level support are necessary to slow the rate of domestic violence.
a woman holds out her hands in front of a brain poster

Domestic Violence in Alaska: Advocates link Alaska’s high rate of traumatic brain injury with domestic violence

Alaska has the highest rate of deaths from traumatic brain injury in the nation and among the highest rates of domestic violence.
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Latest Alaska crime report shows a 67% increase in murders and a slight overall decrease in crime

The overall violent crime rate in the state is up slightly, with the murder rate rising 67% and the arson rate up more than 40% from 2021 to 2022.

Suicide-prevention program teaches Alaska students how to identify their own strength

Lower Kuskokwim School District students are pitting cultural and personal strengths against adversity.