Noatak is a northwest Arctic village of about 500 people that’s got a lot going for it. People look out for each other. Families go fishing, hunting and berry-picking, then share with neighbors. And within this community safety net, family ties help people who are considering suicide decide to live instead.
The Sitka School District’s counselors are taking the offensive as the administration begins to outline next year’s budget. Counselors from every building shared an hour-by-hour look into their work days on Dec. 4 for the Sitka School Board, and the range of emotional and behavioral issues they typically address.
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority offered a prime piece of Juneau’s waterfront for sale last year. Prospective developers sent offers but have grown irritated that almost a year later there’s been no formal response.