For Immediate Release
Contact: Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520

Anchorage – Recover Alaska has partnered with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner to underwrite the “Paths to Recovery: Solving Alaska’s alcohol problem” series, an in-depth journalistic investigation into the ways communities are creating solutions to address the effects of alcohol over-consumption in Alaska’s Interior.

The series launched on Sunday, July 12, and is based on a solutions-based approach to journalism that investigates the ways people work to resolve social problems in their communities. A community advisory group that includes representatives from a wide range of industries in the Interior, including the alcohol industry, has been organized to assist the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial team with background information and sources. The advisory group will also host public listening sessions for the community to discuss the topics, provide feedback and offer solutions.

Members of the community advisory board are:
• Randall Aragon (Fairbanks Police Department)
• Jodi Blakley (Mecca Bar)
• Leah Boltz (Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc.)
• Kara Carlson (Fairbanks Housing and Homeless Coalition)
• Jeff Cook (Rasmuson Foundation and Fairbanks Hospital Foundation)
• Gunnar Ebbesson (Turning Point Counseling Services)
• Curt Franklin (Oasis Restaurant and Lounge)
• Ellen Ganley (Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Information Insights)
• Montean Jackson (Fairbanks North Star Borough School District)
• Victor Joseph (Tanana Chiefs Conference)
• Shirley Lee (Tanana Chiefs Conference and Housing First)
• Charlene Ostbloom (Doyon, Limited)
• Ronnie Rosenberg (Golden Heart Community Foundation)
• Dennis Sarmiento, (Fort Wainwright)
• Linda Sheridan (Fort Wainwright)
• Mark Simon, M.D. (Golden Heart Emergency Physicians)

Recover Alaska is a multi-sector action group working to reduce the harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption in Alaska. Formed by concerned citizens, Recover Alaska is pursuing a solutions-focused effort to recover, reclaim, and restore the strengths of Alaska’s families and communities by getting to the root causes of excessive alcohol consumption.

The “Paths to Recovery: Solving Alaska’s alcohol problem” series is supported by the Recover Alaska Media Project fund at the Alaska Community Foundation. Contributors to the fund are Alaska Children’s Trust, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Providence Health & Services Alaska, Southcentral Foundation, Doyon, Limited and Rasmuson Foundation.