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E. Coli Outbreak Comes to Alaska: First Confirmed Cases Are Nome Inmates

Close-up view of green lettuce in pink bowl

State-wide, all eight confirmed cases of E. coli infection are inmates currently residing in Nome’s Anvil Mountain Correctional Center (AMCC). As of Wednesday, no additional E. coli cases have been reported by AMCC or elsewhere in Alaska. The Center for Disease Control recommends Alaskans avoid eating any romaine lettuce unless you can verify it is not from Yuma, Arizona.

Should Sex Offenders Be Housed at Seaside? D.O.C. Commissioner and Others Weigh In

D.O.C. Commissioner Dean Williams, AMCC Superintendent Sandy Martinson, Nome City Councilmen, and others gathered for a town hall meeting regarding sex offenders being housed at Seaside. Photo Credit: Davis Hovey, KNOM (2017)

AMCC Superintendent Sandy Martinson says that, on average, between 20 and 40 inmates are housed at Seaside regularly. To fill all 60 beds, the proposed plan is to allow convicted sex offenders to stay at the facility. According to the Chief Mental Health Officer for the D.O.C., Adam Rutherford, currently nine untreated sex offenders reside in the community of Nome.