When many people think of behavioral health therapy, the image is of a patient and therapist sitting in a room talking about the patient’s life and the impact it has on their mental health. While that treatment is still alive and well at the Sunshine Community Health Center, a new option is also available. KTNA’s Phillip Manning has more.
At the Sunshine Community Health Center, a relatively new method of therapy has the behavioral health staff singing its praises.
“The only word I can use to describe it is just magical. It’s amazing what people are able to accomplish in what’s really very brief processing time.”
That’s Sarah Blanning, a behavioral health provider at Sunshine. She’s talking about a therapy method called eye movement desensitization and reprogramming, or EMDR. Blanning says the method was mostly used in its early days for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The behavioral health staff at the Sunshine clinics believes that EMDR can provide a valuable option for people trying to cope with memories of trauma. Cici Schoenberger, behavioral health lead at Sunshine, says the method provides another option beyond more traditional therapy methods.
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Matanuska Telephone Association has restored its email service after an outage this weekend.
In the overnight hours of Saturday and into Sunday morning, MTA says it experienced an email and partial internet service outage. The co-op announced on its Facebook page just before 9:00 am on Sunday that email service had been restored. MTA apologized to its customers for the outage in the same statement.
Also over the weekend, GCI encountered large-scale internet service outages from Anchorage to North Pole. On Monday, the Alaska Dispatch News reported that the outage was due to a cable that had been intentionally damaged. Carolyn Hanson, Director of Marketing and Sales for MTA, says there is some overlap in the transmission infrastructure between GCI and MTA, and that the damaged cable did impact some MTA customers’ connections during peak usage hours. Outside of the busiest times, Hanson says MTA customers were not affected.
Carolyn Hanson says the email service outage was unrelated to the damaged cable. She adds that internet traffic has since been rerouted to avoid the damaged GCI cable, and that service should go back to normal once it is repaired.
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Kathleen tells about the activities of the moon, the three different categories of twilight, Jupiter and its visible moons, and what to expect during a total solar eclipse. One correction: The full moon will be near Jupiter Monday night and Tuesday morning (not Wednesday night / morning).
Seasonal note: There’s less than one week left with true darkness in the Susitna Valley, so Kathleen will be a much less frequent contributor to Susitna Writer’s Voice.
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Friday, April 14th
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Ria Wildermuth (center) atop the podium at the Alaska State Jiu Jitsu Championship. Photo courtesy of Pete Keenan
Last weekend, a Talkeetna martial artist brought home a gold medal from the Alaska State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships.
Ria Wildermuth competed in the women’s adult division for the first time at age fifteen. Her instructor, Pete Keenan, says Wildermuth won her first match on points and advanced to the finals, where she won by an arm bar.
In addition to Ria Wildermuth, Branwen Keenan, Nick Sousa, Eilish Keenan, and Cooper Stec competed at the championships. While none of them advanced past the third round, Pete Keenan says everyone fought hard, adding that two team members competed while hurt, and two others had to make significant weight cuts to be eligible to compete.
Pete Keenan says Ria Wildermuth’s is the twenty-third gold medal won by Talkeetna Freestyle Martial Arts students in the last seven years at the state Jiu Jitsu championships.
On Tuesday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers found the body of a deceased Anchorage man near the confluence of the Yentna and Susitna Rivers.
According to Troopers, the remains of 66-year-old Dennis Maroney of Anchorage were found in the early afternoon, approximately two hours after he had been reported missing in the area of Deshka Landing. Maroney had let on Monday morning for his cabin near Skwentna, and was expected to return that same night. When he had not returned by around 11:00 am on Tuesday, he was reported missing.
Troopers found Maroney’s body after searching the area by helicopter. His remains were transported to Wasilla. No cause of death is currently listed, and the State Medical Examiner’s office has taken possession of Maroney’s remains to conduct an autopsy.
On Wednesday, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board approved the license application for the Upper Valley’s first marijuana retail facility by a vote of three-to-two.
The application for The High Expedition received what one board member described as more opposition than any other license he had seen. That opposition came in the form of both letters and testimony over the phone to the Marijuana Control Board. Many of the concerns expressed by those in opposition are based on The High Expedition’s location on Main Street in Downtown Talkeetna. Proximity to a borough-owned campground, the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station, the Susitna River, and the Susitna Salmon Center were all mentioned in testimony to the board. Issues of marijuana’s federal status as a schedule one narcotic were also raised. Joe McAneney, one half of the partnership that owns The High Expedition, says his location is in compliance with all state-mandated setbacks.
Not all testimony was in opposition to The High Expedition’s license. Other license-holders and applicants as well as some Talkeetna area residents spoke in favor of the application. During the hearing, Joe McAneney told the board that neither the Talkeetna Community Council or the Mat-Su Borough Assembly had objected to the application.
Wednesday’s meeting was the final step in the process that involves a public hearing. Joe McAneney told KTNA in an earlier interview that there is at least one more administrative step that he estimates will be completed within two weeks, and he plans for The High Expedition to open its doors later this month.
This week on Su Valley Voice, host Phillip Manning spoke with Kirsten Strolle, behavioral health case manager, and Jayme Spires, behavioral health assistant, both from the Sunshine Community Health Center. They discussed domestic violence and sexual assault, resources available to those in dangerous situations, and the upcoming Choose Respect march and Rally to be held April 15th.
Contact information discussed during the show includes various resources for those involved in a situation of domestic violence and/or sexual assault:
Jayme Spires, Behavioral Health Assistant : 733-9207
Kirsten Strolle, Case Manager : 733-9232
Sunshine Community Health Center : 733-2273
Stand Together Against Rape (STAR) Alaska
Alaska Family Services
Representative David Eastman is one of fifteen freshman legislators in Juneau this session. That session is now more than two months along. Representative Eastman spoke with KTNA’s Phillip Manning about his impressions and what he has learned about the reality of state government.