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Life Med helicopter arrives to assist the search and rescue party.

A search and rescue operation on the Kenai Peninsula (View larger version)

Photograph by PSG Films / Josh Becker

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  • The minimum jail time for a first-offense DUI in Alaska is three days in jail.
  • Under Alaskan law, bars don't have to close until 5am, but many communities have an earlier closing, at around 2am. 
  • Since 1950, Alaska has recorded more avalanche fatalities than any other state.
  • Statistically, 93 percent of avalanche victims survive if dug out within 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, the survival rates drop fast. And after 45 minutes, only 20 to 30 percent of victims are still alive. Very few people survive after two hours.
  • On average, one person per month is killed in snow-machine related accidents. Frequently, those killed are drowned or freeze to death after falling through thin ice.
  • Reports of assaults in domestic violence incidents are most likely to come from victims. However, third parties like family members, friends, and strangers initiate 43 percent of reports.
  • There are about 2,000 knife deaths every year in the United States.
  • In Bethel, Alaska, the main grocery store keeps mouthwash behind the counter to avoid customers stealing the product for its alcohol content.
  • According to the 2011 Annual Drug Report by the Alaska State Troopers, alcohol, not illegal drugs, is a key contributor to violent crime in rural Alaska.
  • Kotzebue has 26 miles of gravel road. In summer, cars, motorcycles and trucks are used for transportation, but in winter months, snow-machines are often necessary. 
  • Russian naval officer Otto von Kotzebue “discovered” Kotzebue Sound in 1818.
  • Thanks to its location near multiple rivers, Kotzebue was the hub of ancient Arctic trading routes far before European contact.
  • In 2011, Hope, located on the Kenai Peninsula, had a population of 193 people.
  • 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are located in Alaska.
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