The state is chipping away at thousands of backlogged and untested sexual assault kits. But officials stress that recent progress is partially due to one-time grant funds, and that it needs more resources to keep up with rising demands for DNA testing in violent and sexual crimes.
The U.S. Geological Survey released an update last week to its volcano threat assessment that placed five Alaska volcanoes in the “very high threat” category, more than any other state. Michelle Coombs, scientist in charge at the Alaska Volcano Observatory, explains what determines those rankings.
The 52nd annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention concluded Oct. 20 in Anchorage with high-level addresses from Alaska’s senators, and AFN delegates still reeling from the news that Gov. Bill Walker is suspending his re-election campaign.