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State denies portion of CPH expansion

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2013-12-26 01:07

KENAI — The state has denied portions of a $43 million expansion plan for Central Peninsula Hospital.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner William Streur followed the recommendations of the review department and did not approve CPH plans to build two additional endoscopy clinics or plans to expand the hospital’s imaging capacity with MRI, PET and CT scans, the Peninsula Clarion reported.

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Soldotna library prepares for opening

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2013-12-26 01:07

SOLDOTNA — Large windows let in plenty of light to the children’s area where books and toddler-sized tables and chairs adorned with colorful animals wait patiently to be used by Soldotna’s youngest bibliophiles.

“It’s going to be a wonderful place for kids and families to meet and to study and have story time,” Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library Librarian Rachel Nash said. “It’s even better when I start looking at the future and the memories that are going to be made here.”

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VPSOs support possible firearms change

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2013-12-26 01:06

FAIRBANKS — Most members of Alaska’s Village Public Safety Officer program in the interior support a proposal to allow them to carry firearms while on duty, according to a survey.

The 12 VPSOs who work in the interior wear Alaska State Trooper-style uniforms and are authorized to make arrests. But generally, they are not allowed to carry guns.

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Fairbanks mental health center to open in January

Southeast Alaska News - Thu, 2013-12-26 01:06

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks will once again have a local drop-in center for people with mental illness, months after the previous provider dissolved amid financial problems.

The daytime center will be located at Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. The center is set to open Jan. 6.

The service will be staffed by volunteers and will provide games, television, a light lunch and a place to socialize. It will be open weekdays between noon and 4 p.m.

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Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 01:02

Earlier this month, China imposed a ban on shellfish imports from most of the U.S. West Coast after finding two bad clams. The move is hitting Washington state particularly hard. State agencies estimate businesses there are losing as much as $600,000 a week.

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Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 01:02

Earlier this month, China imposed a ban on shellfish imports from most of the U.S. West Coast after finding two bad clams. The move is hitting Washington state particularly hard. State agencies estimate businesses there are losing as much as $600,000 a week.

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More People Have More To Eat, But It's Not All Good News

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 00:18

In 1965, a majority of the world survived on less than 2,000 calories a day per person. Now, 61 percent of people worldwide have access to 2,500 or more calories each day.

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Gun Control Lobby Takes Note Of Opposition's Success

NPR News - Thu, 2013-12-26 00:17

Momentum to pass tighter gun laws surged after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., a year ago. But a provision to expand background checks failed in the Senate. In that loss, gun control activists say they learned some important lessons from those who lobbied against them.

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Japanese Prime Minister Visits Contentious War Shrine

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 21:23

The Yasukuni shrine honors 2.5 million war dead, including convicted war criminals. Visits to Yasukuni by Japanese politicians have long been a point of friction with China and South Korea, because of Japan's brutal aggression during World War II.

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Alaska authors rack up accolades in 2013

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2013-12-25 20:29
Alaska authors rack up accolades in 2013 For better or worse, Alaskans may be better known nowadays for their reality TV exploits. But writers in the 49th state got plenty of love in 2013, too.December 25, 2013

Folate an important element for healthy sperm, says new study

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2013-12-25 20:25
Folate an important element for healthy sperm, says new study Folate, a vitamin long associated with female reproductive health, also has big benefits for potential fathers-to-be, says a new study. And despite the food insecurity that has long faced many parts of Alaska, the state has a number of great natural sources of folate.December 25, 2013

Researchers examine fate of atmospheric mercury in the Arctic

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2013-12-25 20:23
Researchers examine fate of atmospheric mercury in the Arctic The transfer of mercury from the air to the soil and water in the Arctic is not well understood, and scientists will use measurements on the North Slope to try to figure out whether snow traps the potentially dangerous element and keeps it in the ecosystem.December 25, 2013

Alaska dairyman's sentencing delayed by judge to understand 'full extent' of crimes

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2013-12-25 20:22
Alaska dairyman's sentencing delayed by judge to understand 'full extent' of crimes A federal judge on Monday delayed sentencing for a man accused of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in hopes of keeping the struggling Matanuska Creamery afloat.December 25, 2013

Former DNR commissioner named to head Livengood mine project

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2013-12-25 20:22
Former DNR commissioner named to head Livengood mine project International Tower Hill, a company which hopes to develop a major gold mine in Alaska, announced plans to reduce its workforce in Fairbanks and Denver, and to promote vice president Tom Irwin to its top spot.December 25, 2013

In halibut turf wars, no one's looking out for the little guy

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2013-12-25 20:08
In halibut turf wars, no one's looking out for the little guy Over the course of the past several years, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service have conspired to price average people out of the halibut fishery.December 25, 2013

Reign of crab focus of Southcentral Alaska museum exhibit

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2013-12-25 20:06
Reign of crab focus of Southcentral Alaska museum exhibit An exhibit currently running at the Pratt Museum in Homer gives a glimpse at crab's role both in Southcentral Alaska's past and what the species could mean for the future.December 25, 2013

Where Arctic camels once roamed, coal mining can wait

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2013-12-25 20:06
Where Arctic camels once roamed, coal mining can wait A coal-exploration project on Nunavut's Ellesmere Island is delayed after concerns are raised about impacts to important paleontological sites and at-risk wildlife.December 25, 2013