A new round of federal grants announced by Alaska’s Congressional delegation today (Tuesday) includes a $21,665 U.S. Justice Department grant to the City and Borough of Juneau.
Police Spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills says JPD has received the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for the past three years.
This year, it will pay for new equipment, such as rain jackets for patrol officers. It also will pay for a software and hardware upgrade to the department’s bomb diffusing robot.
In previous years, the grant was used to fund JPD’s Police Crisis Intervention Specialist — a social worker who worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
- A new court case argues that the way in which state juries are selected in Alaska discriminates against rural, Native communities. The case could significantly impact the Delta’s court system if it’s successful.
- When a school closes in rural Alaska, families who stay face tough choices. They can send their children away to school in another village or city, or they can home school their kids. Clark’s Point fought for a third option, to reopen their school. The school, which closed in 2012, will be back in session next week.
- So far no reports of injuries in large fire that continues to burn at large, remote salmon processing plant on the Alaska Peninsula. One dock was cut away, and production facilities heavily damaged according to on-the-ground reports.
- Orutsararmiut Native Council held its first Science and Culture camp in July for high school students. Campers collected juvenile fish, like baby king and red salmon, and participated in activities in avian biology, ethnobotany and workshops on federal and state subsistence management.