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State & National
June 04, 2006
Front Page Photo By Tom Thompson
Service Releases Traitors Cove Draft EIS - The Ketchikan
Misty-Fiords Ranger District has released the Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the Traitors Cove Timber Sale project.
The preferred alternative would
involve the harvest of approximately 18 million board feet of
timber from 973 acres on northwest Revillagigedo Island.
"This project is part
of our ongoing effort to help local family-owned businesses and
support the resource-dependent communities of southeast Alaska,"
said Ketchikan Misty-Fiords District Ranger Lynn Kolund.
Public hearings to accept subsistence
testimony regarding the Traitors Cove project are slated for
3 p.m. June 17 at the Saxman Community Theater. - More...
Sunday - June 04, 2006
space junk goes up, it must come down By NED ROZELL - One
winter night not too long ago, an Interior musher saw a fireball
blazing through the sky "like a flaming Nolan Ryan fastball."
As a baseball fan, I liked
his comparison. But that can't be the explanation for the blue
flash that lit up the sky. Nolan Ryan retired years ago.
To track down the real cause
of the burst of light and the accompanying boom, Fairbanks Daily
News-Miner writer Mary Beth Smetzer called the U.S. Space Command
at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. A staffer told her the light
show was not the result of anything manmade.
Other space-watchers told her
a meteorite probably lit up the sky when it entered Earth's atmosphere
and glowed from the sudden friction of air molecules. The meteorite,
a fragment of some heavenly body, probably caused a sonic boom
as it whistled toward interior Alaska faster than the speed of
That's a good explanation,
but I wondered how the people at U.S. Space Command could be
so sure our celestial visitor wasn't a piece of old rocket or
satellite sucked in by Earth's gravity. Space is crowded with
working and non-working satellites, rocket stages containing
empty fuel tanks and electrical controls, and other such rubbish.
Do the sky watchers at Space Command keep track of it all? -
Sunday - June 04, 2006
Health - Fitness: Why
we're sleepy after meals By LEE BOWMAN - That after-meal
desire for a nap is as natural for humans as it is for lions
or lap dogs.
Scientists have pinpointed
for the first time how the sugar in food turns off the brain
cells that keep us awake and makes us crave a siesta after a
"It has been known for
a while that people and animals can become sleepy and less active
after a meal, but the brain signals responsible for this were
poorly understood," said Dennis Burdakov, a researcher at
the University of Manchester in England who led the study published
this week in the journal Neuron.
Working with specially engineered
mice, Burdakov's team demonstrated exactly how glucose blocks
or "inhibits" the brain cells that make orexins, tiny
proteins that regulate our state of consciousness. - More...
Sunday - June 04, 2006
training underway when medical emergency occurs - The Alaska
Marine Highway System and Guardian Flight worked together to
respond to a medical emergency aboard the M/V Matanuska while
the ferry was transiting between Petersburg and Juneau last Wednesday.
Guardian Flight paramedic Jason
Cerovac was aboard the Matanuska to provide "cardiac arrest"
medical training to Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) crews
when a passenger traveling on the same ship suffered a heart
Cerovac and the Matanuska Bartender
Chelsea Ballinger immediately began early CPR, defibrillation
and cardiac medications and the 77-year-old victim regained a
pulse. Two other AMHS employees also assisted. The Matanuska
Master, Capt. Larry Walters, radioed to the Coast Guard and a
Jay-hawk helicopter airlifted the patient off the vessel and
flew him to a hospital in Juneau. - More...
Sunday - June 04, 2006
Man, dog rescued after plane crash
A Cessna 182 lies crumpled in
the grass near a landing strip on Montague Island, southwest
Official Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Support Facility
Southeast Alaska: Man,
dog rescued after plane crash - A man and his dog are safe
Friday evening after the Coast Guard rescued them following a
plane crash on Montague Island in Alaska.
While making his approach to a
grassy Montague Island landing strip located southwest of
Valdez, the pilot of a Cessna 182 experienced sudden
engine failure. The craft's nose wheel caught hard
in the ground, and his plane flipped hard over.
Both the pilot and his lone
companion, a search and rescue dog in-training buckled safely
into the next seat, were able to evacuate the cockpit of
the Cessna. - More...
Sunday - JUne 04, 2006
Fish Factor: Salmon
baby food, an idea whose time has come? By LAINE WELCH -
Cruise the baby food aisles of any American supermarket and you'll
see jars of beef, chicken, lamb, eggs - every kind of protein
except fish. That could soon change if an initiative by Alaska
food scientists and the seafood industry is successful.
Fueled by $443,000 in federal
funding from the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, a project
is underway at the University of Alaska Fisheries Industrial
Technology Center at Kodiak to create baby food made from salmon.
AFDF is an industry based non-profit created in 1978 to help
provide a bridge between fisheries research and the marketplace.
"Starting last year we
began developing two prototype products - a pate form for infants
and a chunk style food for toddlers made from pink and/or sockeye
salmon, with or without fish oil additives. We may also use ground
up salmon bone as a source for organic calcium," said FITC
director, Dr. Scott Smiley. Another project will focus on using
salmon roe as a baby food ingredient.
Smiley said it will be two
or three years before the salmon products are ready to hand off
to baby food manufacturers. But that is something that is beyond
the realm of science. "We can tell seafood processors what
they need to do to make a product that is 100 percent pure salmon
and meets specific nutritional standards. It's up to them to
sell the idea to baby food manufacturers, and to market researchers
to try and make it fly in the market place," Smiley added.
Smiley displayed jars of seafood
baby food from Japan adorned with labels showing colorful pictures
of flounders and cod. He said infant formulas throughout Asia
also contain fish oils to meet minimum requirements for omega
three fatty acid levels. With all the health positives surrounding
fish, why is the same nutrition not available to American babies?
"We can't get it past
the gate-keepers. Parents just seem to have a bias against fish,"
was the response ten years ago by Gerber spokesperson Nancy Lindner.
That attitude holds true today. "At this time, Gerber does
not manufacture a baby food containing fish. The selection of
products we offer is determined in large part by the preferences
of parents," was the reply to a query at Gerber's consumer
questions line. (Other companies did not respond.)
One baby food company expressed
concern over the "odor" of processing fish at their
manufacturing plants, said AFDF director Bob Pawlowski. To that
end, AFDF has invited food scientists from major baby food makers
to visit processing plants next month in Kodiak and one other
Alaska community. "We want to show them that we have the
most healthful, all natural salmon in the world with no bio-accumulation
issues of contaminants or impurities. We will try and convince
them that we can produce it and they can distribute it,"
Pawlowski said. He and Dr. Smiley have already scheduled follow
up meetings in August with research and development staff at
baby food companies headquartered in Urbana, Illinois. - More...
Sunday - June 04, 2006
Washington Calling: Pentagon
pink slips ... e-mail alert ... secrecy eased By LANCE GAY
- Since lawmakers left Washington for a Memorial Day vacation
without resolving an impasse over pork-barrel spending stuffed
into an emergency spending package for the Iraq and Afghanistan
conflicts, the Army says it has no choice but to begin pinching
pennies and preparing pink slips.
With the Pentagon spending
$10 billion a month on the global war on terrorism, Army Vice
Chief of Staff Richard Cody warns that the service will run out
of cash next month, and has ordered subordinates to immediately
freeze all new hiring of civilians.
If there is no speedy resolution
to the congressional impasse, Cody says pink slips will be handed
out to temporary employees June 15, and by July 1, the military
will have to suspend contracts, hold up promotions, ban further
spending with government-issued spending cards, and release contract
employees who now are responsible for maintaining base security
and running military restaurants.
Employees take note: more employers
today are reading your e-mail than before.
A survey of 300 large companies
by Proofpoint and Forrester Research found 38 percent have hired
staff to read e-mail, and nearly a third have fired employees
for improper e-mail use.
One reason employers are concerned
about what their e-mail messages contain - an estimated 1 of
5 e-mail messages contains insider information that entangles
businesses in costly legal disputes. Many companies said they
have been forced by court cases or regulatory authorities to
turn over their e-mail records in the last year.
More than a third of the 774,000
illegal immigrants caught over the last three years have been
released because the Department of Homeland Security has run
out of beds to house them and personnel to watch over them, the
agency's inspector general says.
The inspector general says
that while the apprehension of illegal immigrants increased 19
percent over the last three years, the process of freeing apprehended
immigrants is encouraging more illegal immigration since immigrants
know they can work in the United States until their immigration
status is adjudicated through the courts. More than 62 percent
of those apprehended and released eventually receive final orders
of removal, but the whereabouts of most of them is unknown.
Topping the list of must-pass
legislation GOP leaders want: more tax cuts.
After President Bush signed
into law a $70 billion capital gains and dividend tax cut last
month, Congress is putting together another $23 billion package
that includes extending popular tax write-offs for state and
local taxes, plus research and development tax credits and other
business tax breaks that expired Jan. 1.
In spite of skyrocketing prices
for gasoline, retailers are expecting a modest increase in spending
on Father's Day this June 18.
Market researcher BIGresearch
anticipates that $9 billion will be spent on this Father's Day,
compared to $8.2 billion last year, with the average consumer
spending $88.80. The average consumer spent $122.16 on Mom for
Mother's Day last month.
No surprise, but ties remain
popular, along with golf clubs and barbecue sets - but about
27 percent of consumers said they plan to give the old man a
gift certificate so he can buy what he wants. More than two-thirds
of dutiful children plan to buy Pop a card. - More...
Sunday - June 04, 2006