Grant Would Create Emergency Center in Alaskan Town

first_imgEmergency trauma technicians store their gear bags at home so temperature-sensitive supplies stay warm, she said. $850,000 GRANT Point Lodge owner Victoria Paulson said she sees the community building as a big benefit for remote emergency responders and to the community that relies on their training. Lacking a fire hall, public safety building or other community space, Lake Louise residents are hoping the borough Assembly will back their request for a heated community center on 17 acres of borough land. Along with storing firefighting equipment and maintenance tools in a central spot, Matthews said, the building would house the Lake Louise ambulance. A Community Development Block Grant in 2004 paid just over $276,000 for a six-bed teen transitional living home in Wasilla for the group Kids Are People Inc., now part of Alaska Family Services, Graham said. It also provides funding for an ongoing homeowner s rehabilitation program that makes needed repairs like plumbing or new roofs or windows for low-income Valley families. The Matthews are part of a growing group of residents who live at the lake year-round. The Assembly was poised Tuesday to consider a resolution supporting the grant request. POPULATION OF 89 The minute we see we have a problem, someone goes and starts up the ambulance, Matthews said. This emergency safety facility would be such a help. We could keep the equipment we have in better shape, Lake Louise Community Non-Profit Corp. president Beverly Matthews said by phone Friday. Borough planner and grant writer Pam Graham is applying on behalf of the community for a state grant of up to $850,000 for a two-bay garage, generator, locked storage area and stove. She said she would know how much money is needed for the project when the site plan is finished later this month. It s a lot of work to respond to emergencies in an environment like this. Things have to go well and it doesn t always, Paulson said. Having an opportunity to store things in an organized manner, you can imagine the benefit. LAKE LOUISE, Ak. — Little tasks like cleaning nozzles on fire hoses can be a noteworthy event in the small, mostly recreational community of Lake Louise, Alaska, the easternmost spot in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Many of the year-round residents are trained to respond to fires or emergencies, Farmer said. Lodges share the responsibility for housing community equipment: a snowmachine trail groomer is stored at the Point Lodge, a grader that maintains community roads is kept at Lake Louise Lodge and the ambulance at Wolverine Lodge. State census data puts the Lake Louise population at 89. Farmer said he could count nearly 80 who live there most of the year, although the number is always changing. It already approved $125,000 in matching funds for the project, some of which is being used for the site plan, Graham said. Like many in that group, both are retired. The lodges also share the benefits, such as sharing hosting duties for events like annual community council meetings, yearly fundraisers for the snowmachine club and frequent community council board meetings. That stuff gets a little more scattered than it needs to be, said Robert Tree Farmer, owner of the Wolverine Lodge, by phone Monday. Farmer said the ambulance is typically stored at his lodge. He makes sure it is always plugged in and parks it inside his shop when he can. Matthews is one of 12 emergency trauma technicians who live at Lake Louise. She and her husband, Corky, live year-round on an island and, according to several community members, are a driving force in what goes on there. But before getting their gear in working order, volunteer firefighters must gather hoses and gear from various cabins, round up tools and find a spot in which to work.last_img read more

Iran jails defence lawyer for 30 years in latest attack on profession

first_imgA Tehran defence lawyer, Amirsalar Davoudi, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for social media posts in the latest clampdown on the independent legal profession, a US-based human rights group said today. He is the third known defence lawyer to be sent to prison in Iran for peaceful activities in less than a year, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement.Davoudi’s wife Tannaz Kolahchian tweeted news of the sentence on 1 June. He must serve 15 years according to Article 134 of the country’s Islamic Penal Code (subject to appeal). CHRI director Hadi Ghaemi described the sentence as ‘another example of the judiciary and security establishment’s egregious assault on the legal profession and due process rights in Iran’.  Davoudi was convicted by the revolutionary court in Tehran on four charges: ‘collaborating with an enemy state through interviews’, ‘propaganda against the state’, ‘insulting officials’, and ‘forming a group to overthrow the state’. According to CHRI, the ‘group’ is a reference to a messaging app channel, on which Davoudi posted his views about political and social affairs as well as items related to civil rights issues in the country.On 2 June, Davoudi’s lawyer Vahid Meshgani Farahani stated in an interview that Davoudi was also sentenced to pay a fine of 60 million rials (£1,100) and abstain from social media for two years. Davoudi has been in detention since his arrest on 20 November 2018.Davoudi’s sentencing comes amid growing international outrage at the treatment of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes after she defended women protesting against Iran’s hijab laws. In addition to Davoudi and Sotoudeh, Mohammad Najafi is currently serving a three-year prison sentence and facing a total of 19 years behind bars, the CHRI said. Since 2017, detainees held on national security-related charges in Iran, including defence lawyers, have been required to choose their counsel from a list approved by Iran’s chief justice.last_img read more

Man who tried to stop Kansas shooting says he was ‘more than happy’ to risk his life to save others

first_imgNOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images(OLATHE, Kan.) — A Kansas man who’s been called a hero for trying to stop a deadly shooting last week said he was “happy” to risk his life to save others and that he’s grateful for how his community has united following the incident.Ian Grillot, 24, intervened to stop a gunman who witnesses said yelled “get out of my country” before shooting two Indian men in Olathe, Kansas last Wednesday, killing one.Adam Purinton, a 51-year-old Navy veteran and former air traffic controller, is being charged with murder and attempted murder in the shooting that killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounded Alok Madasani, both 32-year-old employees of the technology company Garmin.Authorities are investigating if the shooting was a hate crime. Purinton is being held on a $2 million bond and is scheduled make his first court appearance on Monday.“This is a very bad way of it happening, but, I’m so grateful that it is actually bringing the community together instead of driving them apart,” Grillot said in an interview posted on the University of Kansas Hospital’s YouTube page on Sunday. “It is such a beautiful thing. I love it.“I was more than happy to risk my life to save the lives of others,” Grillot said. “I thank everybody for drawing together and supporting me and the other families affected by this.”Grillot said he is recovering from gunshot wounds to his hand and chest. He said he was “doing a lot better,” but still sore and feeling the aftermath from “the bullet lodged in my ribs.”People traveled from as far as India and Washington, D.C. to attend a prayer vigil for Kuchibhotla and the other victims in Olathe on Sunday.Representative Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., attended the vigil and posted about it on his Instagram account, calling the incident a “great tragedy” and saying “thousands of concerned citizens came together to support one another and the Indian community.”He also urged people to remember Kuchibhotla’s life as well as Grillot’s “heroism.”Many of the vigil’s attendees, including Mike Johns of Olathe, said they were there to rally for peace.“This isn’t Selma, but this is close,” Johns told ABC affiliate KMBC on Sunday. “We’re marching, just like Dr. Martin Luther King [Jr.] did, for peace.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more