The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority violated state statutes by investing $44.4 million in commercial real estate. Those are the findings of a special audit of the Trust released Tuesday by the Alaska Division of Legislative Audit. The audit also says the Trust’s board violated the Opening Meetings Act and the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act by purposely trying to keep some board issues out of the public eye.
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.