Basil Backford, 44, of Dillingham was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for his repeated drinking and driving violations. Backford was ordered to begin serving his time immediately after the hearing at the Dillingham courthouse.
The number of syringes exchanged at one Anchorage non-profit doubled in just two years. In 2016, the program gave out slightly less than a half-million clean needles. And disposed of even more. This year they’re on track to outpace that.