As Juneau’s blustery wind blew in a cold driving rain about noon today, more and more people gathered on the capitol steps to “Choose Respect.”
“One assault is too many, one rape is one too many, ” Lt. Gov. Mean Treadwell told the crowd of nearly 200. “We want all people to thrive in Alaska. We want Alaska to lead. But we should not lead in the grim statistics of sexual assault, domestic violence and hurting our children. We’ve got to turn that around.”
The crowd included more than 30 members of the Thunder Mountain High School boys’ basketball team and their head coach, John Blasco. Two years ago, Blasco introduced the Coach Boys into Men program to his players, which teaches respect of peers, how to be accountable for one’s actions, to value relationships, avoid physical violence, and abstain from using derogatory language.
- This week, 88 Energy announced they've started setting up a rig on the North Slope to drill a second well for Project Icewine. According to a recent 88 Energy presentation, the company thinks its leases may hold between 1.4 and 3.6 billion barrels of oil.
- The state is fining oil and gas company Hilcorp an additional $160,000 for using nitrogen without permission while working on two wells in 2015 -- the same practice that nearly killed three North Slope workers.
- Roughly 6,000 state workers were unable to log in to their computers, affecting two in five executive branch workers.
- The totem pole is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. The carved art form showcases clan stories and family crests in museums around the world. After more than 30 years in the Anchorage Museum, a century-old pole from Southeast has made it back to Sitka, where curators are prepping a permanent home.