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Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Council Releases 2017 Annual Report, Victim Services Grant RFP

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) has released its 2017 annual report outlining changes, progress, and enduring commitment to combatting Alaska’s high rates of intimate partner violence. The Council has also released its Fiscal Year 2019-2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) for community-based victim services grant programs. Grant recipients will provide critical and immediate emergency services and referrals to Alaskans impacted by domestic and sexual violence.
“Alaska and Alaskans have made great strides in addressing domestic and sexual violence throughout our state,” CDVSA Board Chair Rachel Gernat said. “However, work still remains. The programs we have in place and the organizations and individuals working on the front lines continue to need the support of the State so that we can help all Alaskans suffering from interpersonal and sexual violence.”
 In May 2017, CDVSA welcomed new Executive Director L. Diane Casto.  During 2017, the Council provided training on sexual assault response, and prioritized public outreach, engagement, and prevention through numerous other trainings, partnerships, and collaborations. Moving forward, CDVSA remains committed to enhancing sexual assault response, and expanding Alaska’s batterer’s intervention programs (BIPs) to support victims and change perpetrator behavior.
CDVSA’s Community-Based Victim Services Grant Program provides funds to support local crisis intervention organizations across Alaska. The Council is committed to ensuring that Alaskans in need of support services have access to them, and will be well-served by the organizations providing them. A copy of the RFP is available on the State Online Public Notices.
“Alaskans who are seeking support during a crisis deserve coordinated, comprehensive services that meet their unique needs,” CDVSA Executive Director L. Diane Casto said. “The RFP process is designed to ensure that grantees will deliver services tailored to local communities, and increase our capacity to provide survivors with the support they need. We look forward to reviewing applications and continuing our work protecting and supporting victims, and holding offenders accountable.”
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Studded Tire Removal Deadline South of 60° North Latitude on April 15

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Alaskans living south of 60° North Latitude must have their studded tires removed before April 15. Beginning Sunday, Alaska State Troopers and local law enforcement agencies may give citations to drivers on paved roads south of the latitude line in accordance with state law. The area includes Southeast Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutians, and Kodiak. Drivers on the Sterling Highway are exempt.

“While studded snow tires can provide a level of certainty for drivers during winter months, they cause additional wear and tear on paved Alaska roads,” Commissioner Walt Monegan said. “Winter driving conditions no longer impact the portion of the State south of 60° North Latitude, and Alaskans in those areas should make arrangements to have their studded tires removed.”

Latitude 60 crosses Alaska from east to west just south of Prince William Sound, Seward, and Chefornak. It is unlawful to operate motor vehicles with studded tires on paved highways or roads from April 15 through September 30, south of 60° North Latitude. Alaskans living north of the 60° line have until the end of April to remove studded snow tires. Drivers on any portion of the Sterling Highway – regardless of its latitudinal position – also have until May 1 to removed studded tires.
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Troopers Ask for Information Regarding Shot Wood Bison

On 3/30/18, The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) reported an illegal take of a wood bison near the village of Shageluk. The cow wood bison had been in or near the village of Shageluk for several days and was eventually suspected to be injured or sick. On 3/30/18, the wood bison died near Shageluk. At the direction of ADF&G, local residents salvaged the edible meat. During salvage, they noted trauma to the digestive tract of the animal and recovered a bullet. AWT responded to conduct an investigation. The wood bison was shot with what appears to be a medium caliber pistol round. The investigation is continuing. 

In 2015, 130 wood bison were introduced into the wild near Shageluk near the Innoko River. Currently, it is illegal to hunt wood bison. Hunting will be allowed when the herd increases to a number that allows a harvestable surplus. This incident is the third time an animal from the herd has been illegally shot and killed. 

Wood bison restoration could result in many benefits to Alaska’s people, including providing an additional source of food, along with supporting businesses for hunting and tourism. There are also benefits to the ecological health of Alaska’s landscape by restoring a key grazing animal to the ecosystem. Alaska’s effort to restore wood bison is an important part of the long-term survival and conservation of the species.   

AWT is soliciting information from area residents regarding this unlawful take. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Alaska Fish & Wildlife Safeguard at 1-800-478-3377 or the McGrath Alaska Wildlife Troopers at 907-524-3222. Reports made to the Alaska Fish & Wildlife Safeguard can be anonymous and could result in a reward.

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