A $23.8 million grant to boost the undergraduate study of biomedical research and health sciences by rural Alaska students will offer new education opportunities at 10 campuses across the state, the University of Alaska Fairbanks said.
The Anchorage Assembly approved an external audit of the troubled SAP software project Tuesday night while raising pointed questions about the project’s future. The Assembly also narrowly voted to ban metal palisade fences shorter than 7 feet. Devin Kelly
A Russian radar installation with prefabricated modules on Wrangel Island has started operations, ITAR-TASS reported Tuesday, with a contractor presenting a symbolic key to the site.Alaska Dispatch News
No action was taken on proposed ordinances regulating ride-sharing services, although public comment was heard on a proposal to exempt Uber and others from most public regulations for commercial transportation. Sean Doogan
The Tanana 4-H group spoke at the First Alaskan Institute Elders and Youth Conference for the second year in a row. The group talked about drinking and violence in Alaska villages, then challenged the kids at the conference to lead active lives and stop the cycle of abuse. Ashley Nicholia, 17, and Violet Erhart, 12, were among seven girls in the Tanana 4-H group to talk. Cynthia Erickson, the chaperone and group founder, was there to give support and encourage the audience to accept the challenges the group presented to them.
It’s been a year since the girls from Tanana first went public in a big way with some of the most toxic parts of their lives. Now they are in Anchorage and in the spotlight again about what destroys their friends, family members and neighbors -- and what heals them.Lisa Demer