After three years as head of the Coast Guard in Alaska, Rear Admiral Thomas Barrett is leaving to take a job as Vice-Commandant of the Coast Guard. This includes three excerpts of an interview that aired over several days in early May before the change of command ceremony and his promotion to vice-admiral. In parts one and two of the interview, Barrett explains how the Coast Guard has changed since September 11th and how his agency has existed with little financial support compared to other services. In part three, Barrett talks about his wife’s volunteerism and the lack of vision he’s seen exhibited by many leaders in Juneau and in Alaska.
- In the past month, the top three leaders at the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority have submitted letters of resignation. The shake up comes at a time when the organization, which manages funds for mental health and substance abuse programming across the state, is undergoing a special legislative audit over concerns about financial mismanagement.
- Alaska’s U.S. senators have issued a second round of statements following the rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. This time their criticisms are aimed at President Donald Trump.
- States across the lower 48 will get to see a full solar eclipse Monday, August 21, as the moon slides directly in front of the sun for roughly two minutes. People from all over the world are flocking to towns that will fall under the path of the moon’s shadow.
- A science, technology, engineering, and math program geared towards Alaska Native students has guided one Kodiak local through both middle school and high school. And now, he’s off to college.