Kotzebue resident and recent Mt. Edgecumbe High School graduate Teressa Baldwin (center) is congratulated by NY Giants quarterback and 2012 Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning (l) on winning a Prudential Spirit of Community Award at a ceremony in Washington, DC on Sunday (5-6-12). Baldwin and Keefer Brown, of Wasilla (r) were Alaska’s honorees: Baldwin, for starting a nonprofit to combat teen suicide, and Brown, for fundraising work to rehabilitate seals at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. In addition to the all-expense paid trip to DC and face time with a sports superstar, Baldwin and Brown each took home $1,000.
Last week (Thursday, 3-26-15), a Senate subcommittee proposed zeroing out all funding for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs across the state. Among the organizations that would be affected is Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) Sitka’s women’s shelter, which also leads prevention programs for teens and kids. more