For the past eight years, families in Juneau and Sitka have opened their homes to high school students on exchange from countries with a significant Muslim population. Volunteers with the program say it’s more relevant than ever.
“Near-deaths and freezing, running out of gas are some of the issues surrounding being able to go between communities,” said Gordon Brower, director of the North Slope Borough’s Planning and Community Services Department.
Uncertainty about next year’s spending by the state of Alaska is trickling down to local governments. Expecting spending cuts, Petersburg’s borough assembly voted against filling a vacant position in the police department — at least until a proposed state spending plan is unveiled later this month.
Alaska has a shortage of health care workers, especially in rural areas. Students from around Southeast came to Juneau to explore careers in behavioral health, a field that covers mental health and substance abuse.