Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2007

Hospital reports staph infections on the rise

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JUNEAU - An increasing number of people are seeking treatment for staph infections, Bartlett Regional Hospital staff said recently.

Although sometimes referred to as "superbugs," the bacteria responds to treatment.

The skin infections initially appear as small pimples or boils, or look like insect or spider bites, which often become red, painful and swollen.

To avoid infection, hospital personnel recommend practicing good hygiene by washing hands frequently, covering skin abrasions or cuts with clean, dry bandages, and avoiding direct contact with shared equipment such as weight-training benches and sauna seats.

City holds meetings on public transit plan

JUNEAU - A series of three neighborhood meetings on the city's transit plan begins this week as Juneau officials solicit comments on the 2008 CBJ Transit Development Plan.

The public is invited to attend any of the following meetings to share comments with the Community Development Department:

• Monday, 7-8:30 p.m. at Glacier Valley Elementary in the school library, located at 3400 Tongass Blvd.

• Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School library, located at 1600 Renninger St.

• Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Douglas Library at 1016 Third St.

The city's five-year transportation plan is required to receive federal funding. Its goals are to address evolving mobility needs, identify service gaps, increase ridership and be sustainable.

A consulting firm hired by the city already completed on-board, mail and electronic surveys to achieve a better picture of transit use. Initial surveys showed public interest in later evening service from downtown and express service on Saturdays.

The city provides more than one million riders per year through the Capital Transit bus and the Care-A-Van shuttle. The transit plan is expected to improve convenience.

For more information, contact Benjamin Lyman at 586-0758.

Fight knocks mobile home off foundation

JUNEAU - Police responding to a domestic dispute in a Kodzoff Acres Mobil Home Park on Thursday night found a single-wide mobile home knocked off its foundation by two men fighting.

An unnamed man who police described as the driver of a Dodge truck fought with another unnamed man who drove a Chevrolet truck.

At one point during the dispute the Dodge driver hopped into the cab and rammed a 1990 Chevrolet pickup, police said.

He then backed into the front of a neighboring mobile home, police said.

The Dodge driver fled on foot. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the driver.

As of Friday no one had been arrested, but police know who they're looking for, Sgt. Dave Campbell said.

Besides knocking the home off its foundation, police said the impact moved furnishings. People in the mobile home were not hurt and the Chevrolet sustained only minor damage, police said.

Police estimate damage to the mobile home at $15,000.

No word was given on the condition of the Dodge truck, but police said they seized it as evidence.

Coast Guard holiday drive ends Monday

JUNEAU - A Coast Guard blanket, coat and toy drive that began last month will end Monday when items are collected from area drop-off locations. They will be packaged and delivered by boat to communities throughout Southeast Alaska in a few weeks.

New toys are still needed, said Capt. Barry Lane.

"We have an overabundance of blankets and coats. The generosity was overwhelming and it shows the compassion that the people of Juneau have for their fellow Alaska citizens," Lane said.

However, the effort would be helped by more new toys, Lane said. Bins are located at Costco, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Alaskan & Proud market, Nugget Mall and the Juneau Federal Building.

Anderson to leave for prison in Oregon

ANCHORAGE - Convicted former lawmaker Tom Anderson leaves on a flight tonight to report to prison in Oregon.

Anderson was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of taking a nearly $24,000 bribe during an FBI sting.

Anchorage TV station KTUU reports that his prison term starts on Monday.

Anderson was a two-term Republican from Anchorage who chose not to run for re-election in 2006. He was convicted in July of seven federal counts of conspiracy and bribery.

Metcalfe to run for Stevens' Senate seat

ANCHORAGE - Ray Metcalfe, a vocal critic of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, has announced his intention to run against the longtime congressman.

Metcalfe made the announcement on Anchorage TV station KTUU on Friday.

He says he will run as a Democrat in the race next year.

400 Fort Richardson soldiers to return

FORT RICHARDSON - About 400 Fort Richardson soldiers are scheduled to arrive in two flights at Elmendorf Air Force Base this weekend, completing the troops' 14-month deployment in Iraq.

This will bring to nearly 3,300 the number of soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) that have returned home from their tours of duty.

Officials say that leaves fewer than 250 soldiers in Iraq, and they should be home within the next two weeks.

Two rescued after plane crashes

KODIAK - Officials say two people have been rescued after their small plane crashed on Montague Island.

There were no injuries in the crash Thursday and the two unnamed individuals camped overnight while waiting for rescuers.

The Coast Guard says a helicopter from Air Station Kodiak took the individuals to Seward for medical checks on Friday.

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