April 29, 2013

Blacked Out & Belligerent Facts

  • Some states have banned the beverage Everclear because of its high alcohol content.

  • Grain alcohol that is 190 proof means it contains 95% alcohol.

  • Experts estimate that drinking one unit of Everclear is comparable to drinking 14 beers.

  • Ahtna and Dena'ina Athabascan Indians have occupied the region of Sutton for centuries.

  • Around 1918, Sutton was founded as a station on the Matanuska branch of the Alaska Railroad for the purposes of coal exportation.

  • Aniak is a Yup'ik word that means “the place where it comes out.” This refers to the mouth of the Aniak River, a body of water that was crucial to the region’s early 1900s gold rush.

  • Temperatures in Aniak range between -55° F and 87° F, with an average annual snowfall of 60 inches.

  • A federally-recognized tribe lives in Aniak. Residents are mainly Yup'ik Eskimos and Tanaina Athabascans.

  • Aniak villagers eat many subsistence foods, and travel to fish camps each summer.

  • It’s estimated that one in ten Alaska Native women report physical domestic violence.

  • Since the early 1900s, at least 50 mines and prospects have operated in the Wasilla area. Some still remain active.

  • Alaska’s Department of Transportation handles challenges like boggy and mountainous terrains, cold temperatures, problems with frost heave, moose, and the prevalent use of ferries for transportation.

  • Nikiski, also known as Port Nikiski and Nikishka, sits on the Kenai Peninsula, just nine miles north of the City of Kenai. Many residents travel to the City of Kenai for goods and services.

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