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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

CMV poses great risk to babies
More children have disabilities due to congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus) than other well-known infections and syndromes including Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Spina Bifida and Pediatric HIV/AIDS. In a recent survey of women in the United States, only 22 percent had heard of CMV, compared with 97 percent who had heard of Down Syndrome and 98 percent who had heard of HIV/AIDS.

Diet of fruits, veggies, soy helps reduce risk of breast cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as a dietitian, I recognize the strong need to focus on healthy lifestyle choices that can help prevent breast cancer. Scientific evidence shows that the foods women eat have an important effect on breast cancer risk.

McAdams has Alaskans on his heart, mind and soul
The more I read, see, and hear Scott McAdams, the more I am impressed with him. I believe he does have the people of Alaska on his heart, mind and soul.

AFN, corps., other groups do not speak for all Natives
I would like to make it clear that the Alaska Federation of Natives, the regional corporations, and other Native organizations do not speak for all Alaska Natives especially when engaged in political endorsements.

Photos: Wind turbine installed at Coast Guard station
Kirk Hardcastle of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power tightens the blade shaft as Susitna Energy Systems' Kirk Garoutte, left, and Dave Lindeen hold the blades still during installation of the Skystream wind turbine Monday at the U.S. Coast Guard's Juneau Station downtown. While the Coast Guard will use the power, local students will collect data from the turbine in a program called Wind Energy for Schools, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The project to raise awareness in rural America about the benefits of wind energy and developing a wind energy knowledge base in future leaders of our communities, states and nation.

Photos: Friday concert at Floyd Dryden

Vote NO raised more last-minute, total contributions for Prop 2
Proposition 2 was soundly defeated at the Juneau ballot box last week, and opponents of the measure were aided in defeating it by a strong last-minute receipt of donations.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Clark to seek return of law license
Juneau attorney Jim Clark, expecting to have federal criminal charges against him dropped soon, hopes to then have his license to practice law reinstated, said Bruce Gagnon, Clark's attorney.

Photos: Preparing for next season
Chris Bacehowski, left, and Lauren Anderson fill buckets during a work party in celebration of 350.org Global Action Day on Sunday at the Douglas Community Garden.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Today's Featured Survivor: Sue Kocyba
Sue Kocyba, 61

Photo: This Day in History
A large fire nearly destroyed the city of Douglas on Oct. 10, 1926, wiping out the east end of town and most of the buidings at the Treadwell Mine. Shown, a Treadwell store and office building after the fire. Fires in 1911 and 1937 also severely damaged many local buildings.

Outside editorial: Crack down on groups that dodge sunlight, taxes
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Alaska editorial: This must change
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

My turn: 'Frankenfish' puts spotlight on genetically engineered food
You might have read recently about the genetically engineered monster salmon that grows five times faster than a natural salmon. Dubbed the "Frankenfish," it would be the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption. Although it sounds like science fiction, if the Food and Drug Administration gives it a green light, it could be in grocery stores in just a few years.

When student loans become golden handcuffs
This April, while hashing out the bill that reconciled differences between the House and Senate versions of health reform, lawmakers tossed in another overhaul as well. They completely remade the student loan industry.

My turn: Question yourself, your relationship during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and last week, the 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey was released. It was designed to obtain statewide estimates on intimate partner and sexual violence, to establish a baseline. The survey was conducted by the University of Alaska Anchorage's Justice Center. It was a statewide telephone survey of adult women residing in households with at least one land or cell phone line, and the women were English speaking. It measured both threats of physical violence by asking, "Have your romantic or sexual partners made threats to physically harm you?" The survey also asked respondents if they had suffered one or more types of physical violence from a romantic or sexual partner.

My turn: Doesn't permanent mean sustainable?
This week was that glorious time of year when anticipation of receiving the PFD was on many minds. The Permanent Fund Board met last week in Fairbanks to discuss the state of this marvelous fund and its future. It has been more than a generation since the creation of the fund, and many Alaskans aren't really clear about what the fund is for, how it is invested or what is at risk.

Community issues on AFN convention agenda
FAIRBANKS - Organizers of the upcoming Alaska Federation of Natives convention say it will focus on community issues.

Anchorage health center gets grant for building
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage health center that serves uninsured and underinsured patients will receive an $8 million federal grant to help pay for a new building.

Palin raises concerns about Iran in interview
JUNEAU - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says a nuclear weapon in the hands of Iran could "lead to an Armageddon" and a world war that could "decimate so much of this planet."

Alaska Senate debate casts old versus new
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski questioned how electing either of her major rivals is in Alaska's best interest, saying that if Republican Joe Miller or Democrat Scott McAdams were elected, the state would have the least senior delegation in the nation.

Leno makes appearance in Palin hometown
ANCHORAGE - Late night talk show host Jay Leno made an appearance Saturday in Sarah Palin's hometown.

2 charged in death at Anchorage homeless camp
ANCHORAGE - Two men have been charged in the death of a man at an Anchorage homeless camp on the city's northeast side.

Calista says CEO terminated
ANCHORAGE - Calista Corp. says its board of directors has terminated the longtime president and chief executive of the Native corporation.

Tea Party Express waiting to air ads in Alaska
JUNEAU - A national tea party group supporting Joe Miller in the Alaska Senate race has decided to hold off on running ads in the contest until nearer the election.

Remains of missing man found in Pennsylvania
FAIRBANKS - The remains of a 42-year-old Fairbanks man who disappeared two years ago have been found in Pennsylvania.

McAdams hosting town halls, tired of 'drama'
JUNEAU - Democrat Scott McAdams is hosting a series of town hall meetings, saying the "drama" of the Alaska Senate race has overshadowed the issues.

Troopers track fugitive to tree
WASILLA - A Wasilla driver trying to elude Alaska State Troopers was tracked by a canine unit and found hiding in a tree.

Rogers memorial set for May
A public celebration of life for George Rogers will be held 1-4 p.m. May 1, 2011 at Centennial Hall.

Murkowski campaign reports about $1.2M on hand
JUNEAU - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has nearly $1.2 million on hand for her write-in bid heading into the last weeks of the election.

Aftershocks rumble 2 days after large quake
PALMER - A seismically active region in the Aleutian Islands has been hit by two more strong aftershocks.

Bears reflect on the positives
The Juneau-Douglas football team had time to rest after its disappointing 21-18 loss to West High School on Saturday night, but coach Rich Sjoroos said he got no sleep.

Bears girls swim well in final tuneup
In their final tuneup before the Region V swim meet in Petersburg, the Crimson Bears wanted to build some experience for some of their younger swimmers over the weekend.

Bullock talks swimming, science and plans for next year
Thunder Mountain senior swimmer and girls team captain Anna Bullock talks about her passion for swimming, her enthusiasm for science and writing and her expectations for the girls team this year.

JIVE All-Tournament team
Juneau-Douglas senior Sarah Tarver, shown here during a Nov. 6, 2009, match against Ketchikan, was one of three Crimson Bears named to the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza All-Tournament team this weekend. Joining her from JDHS were senior teammates Taylor Larson and Daffodil Alinson; Sitka's Katie Hagan and Michelle Dumag; Eagle River's Megan Harvey, Kristin Dulik and Alyssa Klaameyer; East Anchorage's Taylor Hunt and Katie Hinshaw; Mt. Edgecumbe's Kristin Johanson; and Porter Creek's Erin Borgford.

Unemployment rate improvement ends extended benefits
Alaska's unemployment rate fell below 8 percent during the summer, but that economic improvement may be bad news for some still out-of-work Alaskans.

Joe Miller refuses to answer questions about past
JUNEAU - Alaska U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller said Monday he will no longer answer reporters' questions about his background and personal life, following what he called a leak of his personnel record from when he served as a government attorney.

Open to new experience: Assembly will move forward without most senior members
When Mako Haggerty was asked where on the assembly he can turn for guidance after Tuesday, he let out a big laugh before answering.

Southeast unaffected by early close of goat hunting season
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has issued an emergency order to close mountain goat hunting season for the area of Unit 1 (C) from Eagle Glacier/River north to Davies Creek. The closing is effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight.

ANC leader touts groups' economic impacts
Alaska Native regional corporations are making strong impacts in rural communities and throughout the state in increased revenues and higher dividend payments, according to a regional corporation president.

4 members reappointed to ferry board
Gov. Sean Parnell has reappointed four members of the Marine Transportation Advisory Board, which advises officials on operations of the state ferry system.

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