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Southeast Alaska: Charles Clement hired as President/CEO of SEARHC - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Board of Directors has hired Charles Clement, MPA, as its new President/CEO.

Charles Clement hired as President/CEO of SEARHC

Charles Clement new President/CEO of SEARHC
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Clement replaces Roald Helgesen, who is leaving SEARHC to become CEO of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC).  Mr. Clement will be based at the SEARHC Juneau Campus. SEARHC General Counsel Ken Truitt will serve as Interim President/CEO during the period between Mr. Helgesen’s departure and Mr. Clement’s arrival in early February.

An Alaska Native of Tsimshian and Athabascan heritage, Clement currently serves as the vice president of operations /chief operating officer for Southcentral Foundation, the regional tribal health care organization based in Anchorage with over 1,400 employees and an annual budget of $200 million. Southcentral Foundation also jointly owns and manages the Alaska Native Medical Center with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), and Clement serves as treasurer on the ANTHC Board of Directors. - More...
Friday AM - December 09, 2011

Alaska: NORTH SLOPE OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE NETS SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF BIDS -The Division of Oil and Gas received a substantial number of bids for its annual oil and gas lease offering for the Beaufort Sea, the North Slope and the North Slope Foothills. The BLM also offered 283 tracts comprising just over 3 million acres in the sale.

The State of Alaska received more than 300 bids from more than 15 bidders for oil and gas lease tracts on the North Slope and the Beaufort Sea, totaling more than $21 million, signifying one of the most successful sales in recent Alaska history. BLM received 20 bids on 17 tracts, totaling over $3 million. - More...
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Alaska: ADF&G Report Confirms 2010 Wolf Attack Fatality – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) released a report this week presenting findings related to the March 8, 2010, wolf attack that killed 32-year-old Candice Berner near the village of Chignik Lake on the Alaska Peninsula. The report summarizes agency response and subsequent investigation.

“All lines of evidence are consistent with the conclusion that two or more wolves killed Ms. Berner. The tragic encounter occurred as she jogged down the road less than two miles from the village,” said Lem Butler, principal investigator for ADF&G, and one of four authors of the report.

ADF&G’s investigation included on-scene evaluation of wolf tracks, interviews of those first to arrive at the scene, collection of wolves from the nearby area, and analyses of DNA and of other forensic evidence. Wolf DNA was recovered from the victim and her clothing. DNA test results provided by the U.S. Geological Survey lab in Anchorage indicated that two to four wolves were most likely involved, excluded other animals, and connected one of the wolves killed by the department to the incident. - More...
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Alaska: Five People Injured in Cantwell Explosion – Five people were injured in an explosion and fire at a gas station convenience store in Cantwell Sunday night. At approximately 6 p.m., the Alaska State Troopers dispatch center in Fairbanks received a report that an explosion occurred inside the Chevron gas station at mile 210.3 of the Parks Highway. The force of the explosion blew the windows out of the building and debris into the parking lot. Garbage cans and grocery baskets landed past the gas pump island in front of the store. The gas pumps did not burn in the fire that followed the explosion. The store, however, was fully engulfed in flames when troopers arrived on scene.

Several people, including both employees and customers, were inside the store and in the parking lot when the explosion occurred. One store employee, Samuel Allan, 26, of Cantwell, made several return trips inside the burning store to ensure everyone made it out safely. Allan was eventually transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (FMH) by an ambulance from Nenana Volunteer Fire Department. Another employee, Gale Andersen, 61, of Cantwell, suffered significant burns and was transported by ambulance to Providence Memorial Hospital in Anchorage for treatment. She was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Monday. - More...
Friday AM - December 09, 2011

Alaska: Anchorage Psychotherapist Sentenced To 22 Years For Child Pornography Crimes – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced this week that an Anchorage psychotherapist was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 22 years in federal prison for the production and receipt of child pornography.

On December 5, 2011, Andrew William Young, 48, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge John W. Sedwick. Upon completion of his prison term, Young must serve a lifetime of supervised release. - More...
Friday AM - December 09, 2011

Alaska: West Virginia Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Federal Prison For Traveling To Alaska With Intent To Engage In Sexual Act With A Nine-Year-Old Girl - United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced this week that a West Virginia man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage, to 30 years in federal prison for interstate travel with intent to engage in a sexual act with a child under the age of twelve.

On December 2, 2011, Thomas Daniel Niswander, 65, a resident of Princeton, West Virginia was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge H. Russel Holland. - More...
Friday AM - December 09, 2011

Science: Sleeping Giants Discovered; Largest black holes ever measured found in "nearby" galaxies - Astronomers recently discovered the most massive black holes to date. Found in two separate nearby galaxies roughly 300 million light years away from Earth, each black hole has a mass equivalent to 10 billion suns.

Sleeping Giants Discovered; Largest black holes ever measured found in "nearby" galaxies

Artist's conceptualization of the stellar environment around a black hole of about 10 billion solar masses. The velocity of stars in orbit (and close to) the black hole help to determine its mass.
Credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA
Illustration by Lynette Cook

"We knew that really large quasars, which are powered by matter falling into black holes, existed in the early universe," said Chung-Pei Ma, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley and co-author of an article that will be published in Nature on December 8.

"What we hadn't yet found was where the remnants of those quasars--equally large black holes--were in the current universe," she said. "The boisterous quasars may have passed through a turbulent youth to become the quiescent giant elliptical galaxies we see today, harboring hidden black holes at their centers." - More...
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letter Young people step forward By Cecelia Johnson - This year I willt not run for re-election to Tribal Council.  I would like to put my energy toward the Advisory Health Board.   - More...
Friday AM - December 09, 2011

letter Proposed Tonka Timber Sale Comment Deadline By Paul Olson & Carol Cairnes - The Tongass Conservation Society (TCS) and the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community (GSACC) have several concerns about the Forest Service’s proposed Tonka Timber Sale (Tonka).  The project would cut 25 to 53 million board feet of old growth forest from the Lindenberg Peninsula near Petersburg.  This area is heavily used by the public and past logging has already removed too much winter deer habitat.  The Forest Service then proposes towing log rafts for storage in an important Dungeness crab fishing spot - the “Pothole” – despite significant risks to shellfish populations and habitat.  Proceeding with another sale here is unfair to deer hunters and crab fishermen as well as the taxpaying general public that must fund yet another deficit timber sale. - More...
Friday AM - December 09, 2011

letter A National Security Threat? By Donald A. Moskowitz - This letter liberally references Brig. Gen. Jim Cash’s article entitled “Another Government Cover-up” in the January 2011 edition of Military.  I agree with his assessment that the contrail observed off the coast of California in November 2010 resembled a missile launch contrail, not an aircraft contrail. - More...
Friday AM - December 09, 2011

letter 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor By U.S. Sen. Mark Begich - Today, 70 years later the ‘date that will live in infamy’ continues to remind each of us of the great sacrifices that our men and women in the military make for our country. - More...
Wednesday AM - December 07, 2011

letter The regulation invasion stifles job creation By Rep. Don Young - Our nation’s unemployment rate is hovering at a staggering 9 percent. After countless promises and pledges by Washington, out-of-work Americans across the nation are growing sick and tired of sound bites and handouts. They are tired of unemployment benefits instead of gainful employment. They are skeptical that the government actually knows how to get Americans back to work. They should be. - More...
Wednesday AM - December 07, 2011

letter Nomination of Caitlin Joan Halligan By A.M.Johnson - I know, I know, I've submitted several items for publication this month. Just so much crud and political corruption involved to not want to scream at the deterioration of this great nation at the hands of what must be a compromised Senator. - More...
Wednesday AM - December 07, 2011

letter Substance Abuse in Ketchikan Discussion By Lisa Scarborough - The Ketchikan Wellness Coalition (KWC) is currently surveying our community to reassess the needs and issues that were documented in the Compass II Survey performed by the United Way in 2006. We have sent around our survey over the last year and are now moving on to different forums for you to come and voice your opinion as well as participate in brainstorming solutions and needs in the area of Substance Abuse. We chose this topic for our first forum because it was the top issue and concern out of the 600+ surveys that were submitted by you the people of Ketchikan, Saxman and Ward Cove. - More...
Monday PM - December 05, 2011

letter Open Letter: "A letter to Lisa" By A. M. Johnson- I am submitting to you a sure fire way to save 1.5 trillion dollars from government waste. As stated, this took all of a few minutes to comprise and complete. And you wonder why Congress' approval rating is in single digits. - More...
Monday PM - December 05, 2011

letter Be seen, be safe By Cheryl Henley - This weekend there was an editorial about winter driving safety in town. Going North about 4:30 tonight, a school bus stopped, lights flashing, and 3 little children got off the bus at Densley Road. The walked across the street and up their road. Not one child had a reflective tape on their jackets, or a light source with them. - More...
Monday PM - December 05, 2011

letter NUTCRACKER 2011 By Kathy Flora - Ketchikan is in for a wonderful surprise. There's an alchemy that happens when you build something larger than yourself that measurably helps a community help itself. You feel different, because you made a difference you can see to people whose gratitude you can feel. - More...
Monday PM - December 05, 2011

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