Alaskas Population Fell For First Time In Decades

first_imgThe population in the Kenai Peninsula dropped by 25 people in 2017,  to 58,024. Within the state, 699 people left Fairbanks for Anchorage, while 475 moved the opposite direction. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State of Alaska saw its first decrease in population since the late 1980’s, according to recent figures from Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The department published the statistics for 2017 in the March edition of Alaska Economic Trends.  http://labor.alaska.gov/trends/mar18.pdf In 2017.  birth rates fell and death rates increased, tipping the scale toward a population decrease of 0.4 percent.center_img According to the report, the decline was small, however, at 0.4 percent, and the total population onestimate hasn’t changed much over the last four years Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-population-decrease-in-AK.mp3VmJennifer-on-population-decrease-in-AK.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Kavairlook shooting suspect found in Ohio

first_imgThe alleged shooter of John Kavairlook Jr. has been arrested by Fairbanks police.Download AudioKavairlook was gunned down outside of the Rock N Rodeo Bar in Fairbanks last May.The alleged shooter is Patrick Dale Burton, age 23.  He was located in Cleveland, Ohio and is currently in custody awaiting possible extradition to Alaska on charges of first degree murder.Fairbanks Police Detective Peyton Merideth said that, unlike the previous two out-of-state arrests in connection to the Kavairlook homicide, when U.S. Marshals and local police conducted the arrests, Fairbanks police picked up Burton themselves this time.“We didn’t require the assistance of anybody else except the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office,” Meredith said. “We had discovered his whereabouts, and were down there.  We traveled down to speak with him and serve an arrest warrant.”On May 16th of last year, Kavairlook took his wife Shalene (shay-LEEN) to the Rock N Rodeo on the Old Steese Highway in Fairbanks for their first night out after the birth of their daughter roughly a month earlier.  Burton was also at the bar with a group of three other men.Charging documents suggest that Kavairlook tried to defend his wife from an unwelcome advance by one of the four suspects.  A fight broke out in the bar, and the men were ejected.As the altercation continued in the parking lot, Burton allegedly retrieved a 9 millimeter handgun from a vehicle and shot Kavairlook multiple times.Detective Merideth said that the investigation into Kavairlook’s death has been extensive and exhausting, stemming from the fact that the suspects were not from Fairbanks.“Just like the other suspects in the case, it was just a matter of, literally, thousands of hours put in by our office to try to track these guys down, Meredith said. “And we were finally able to identify who the actual shooter was, which of course was on video.  But we just needed to put a name with a face.”Two of Burton’s companions at the Rock N Rodeo were arrested last fall.  Joel Roland Joseph and Demarius Hinson are in custody at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.  A hearing on their cases is scheduled for this June 30 in Fairbanks Superior Court, with a trial date currently set for the week of August 15th.Joseph is charged with first and second degree murder, and has pled not guilty.  Hinson and Joseph are also charged with hindering prosecution.  Both fled the state after the incident.John Kavairlook was a 2010 graduate of the Galena Interior Learning Academy, and originally from the village of Koyuk.  He was working as a plumber in Fairbanks at the time of his death.last_img read more

More Blacks Impacted on National Gun Violence Awareness Day

first_imgThis year’s annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2 was a day to examine the long-term effects of deaths, injuries, trauma, grief, and incarcerations associated with gun violence in Black communities.Several events in D.C. commemorated the day, including one on the roof of the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center, in Southeast’s Diamond Teague Park. The park was named after a 2003 Southeast victim of gun violence.Danyia Bell and Artureana Terrell read a program after the funeral service for 15-year-old victim of gun violence. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The Violence Policy Center recently released the 10th edition of an annual study: Black Homicide Victimization in the United States, documenting that Blacks represent 13 percent of the U.S. population yet account for 50 percent of all homicide victims. Community activists, including The American Psychological Association’s Federal Action Network, discussed how misconceptions about gun violence sometimes keeps adequate solutions from being found.For instance, within communities of color, there often exist false assertions that homicides with Black victims are uniformly “gang-related” or connected to other criminal activity. However, the study found that when the circumstances could be identified, 68 percent of the homicides with Black victims were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 51 percent involved arguments between the victim and the offender. The study also found that when the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 72 percent of Black victims were killed not by strangers, but by someone they knew.“Black people are getting into nonsensical arguments with each other and things seem to quickly escalate into shootings; it’s senseless,” Omar Johnson, a Congress Heights youth worker, told the AFRO following the Diamond Teague Park event. “We need to teach conflict resolution to both parents and young people because the kids see what the adults do and since the adults are arguing and fussing, cursing and shooting, the kids do the same things.”Mayor Muriel Bowser and volunteers installed a nest made of dismantled gun parts on the roof of the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The nest was created by young people in the “Guns to Roses” Program, which uses parts from illegal guns taken by Metropolitan Police and turns them into artwork, according to a release.“This year alone, 896 guns have been taken off the streets by the Metropolitan Police Department, but there is still much more work to do,” Bowser said. “In order to build a safer, stronger, D.C., we must work together to get illegal firearms out of our communities.”The goal of the Guns and Roses program is to provide at-risk District youth with the fundamental metalworking skills necessary for entry-level employment in the construction industry, while also encouraging positive youth development.last_img read more

Bow to the land pristine

first_imgThe first-ever Northeast festival Songs and Dances of the North East is all set to take the Capital to a traditional treat on April 11 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. The Government of Meghalaya has taken a major initiative to create a platform for organising the event.More than 5000 students from Northeastern states are enrolled in various undergraduate and post graduate programmes in Delhi University, an equal number are studying in JNU, JMI and other such institutions. It is for the first time that the Capital shall witness all eight Chief Ministers and Governors of the Northeastern States on one single platform for this extravagant festival.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival will help to enhance the multi-ethnic character of the country’s capital and dispel impressions that it was hostile to outsiders, particularly people from the Northeast.The festival shall represent ‘The Octave’ – Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland and Manipur.The festival showcases the rich, cultural ethnicity and diversity of Northeast India. It will take Northeast and its heritage outside the Northeast for the first time in such a big and multidimensional way to Capital of India and in a sense to the rest of the country and the world. It is a day-long festival where visitors experience almost everything from the Northeast – from food, songs, dances, culture, and much more. It is the perfect time for people from all walks of life to get a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the region. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe goal is to deliver, engage and exhibit the best of Northeast in a creative and exciting atmosphere bringing the people together under one platform of unified diversity. It has been constituted to work out various means of attracting tourists, film makers and holiday seekers to the Northeastern region, which will generate immense opportunities for job and revenue generation.  It also provides a right platform to the artistes of the Northeast to project their talent to the rest of India.   Witness the grandness of each state as they set up their stalls and display a plethora of the finest products from the Northeast for the world to discover. North eastern cuisine will be on display with 15 stalls that will offer a wide variety of mouth-watering delicacies.  Music lovers and culture connoisseurs will have a splendid time attending this festival as performances by Northeast bands will be a major attraction of the festival.The festival will showcase the celebration of the way of life of the people there with a great sense of mysticism and cultural euphoria.  There will also be a lively discussion session on Integrating North-East India through education where eminent speakers will discuss ways in which education can be used as an important tool.last_img read more

Abhishek takes dig at BJP over fake news on Panchayat members

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee lashed out at BJP for circulating fake news over the induction of some of the Panchayat members of Trinamool Congress to their party fold. “It is a party that survives on giving false information,” he said, while addressing a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.It may be mentioned that BJP leader Mukul Roy has claimed on Wednesday that members of Champadanga Gram Panchayat and Talpur Gram Panchayat in Hooghly have joined BJP. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataRefuting Roy’s claim, Banerjee presented the members whom BJP had claimed to have joined the saffron party and said: “Spreading such false information among people has become a habit of BJP.” He said Panchayat members like Archana Pal, Rupali Chang, Sanjoy Biswas, Dipali Saha, Bulu Barui, Madhuri Maity and Belal Hossain Mondol had never joined BJP and so the question of their coming back to Trinamool does not arise. “By giving false information Roy is actually trying to keep the bosses at Delhi in good humour,” Banerjee said. He maintained that many councillors in North 24-Parganas who have joined BJP are keeping in constant touch with Trinamool and they will come back to the party soon. Meanwhile, at Balurghat in South Dinajpur, a Panchayat pradhan of Balurghat block who recently joined BJP from Trinamool, came back to her old party on Wednesday. The newly appointed district Trinamool chief Arpita Ghosh welcomed Mousumi Roy, pradhan of Boaldar Gram Panchayat, back to the party fold and later handed over the party flag to her.last_img read more