by: Liz Ruskin, APRN
U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan has a new campaign ad featuring the
person he hopes to call a colleague: Sen. Lisa Murkowski. As APRN’s Liz
Ruskin reports, this ad may rise above the noise of the busy campaign
On the one hand, the 30-second spot is just a classic endorsement, with
Murkowski indoors, looking straight at the camera
“I need a partner in the senate who will work to advance Alaska’s interest,
not the Obama agenda.”
Anchorage pollster Marc Hellenthal says endorsements usually don’t move
voters, but this one is different because s Lisa Murkowski is the most
popular person in Alaska. Read More »
Earlier this month, KTNA reported that the Sunshine Community Health Center received nearly $200,000 in additional funds from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The funds were part of a nationwide grant process to allow clinics throughout the country to provide additional care after the implantation of the Affordable Care Act.
Sunshine had applied for the extra money, and has a plan on how to spend it, according to Medical Director Shelis Jorgensen. Jorgensen says that the funds will allow the expansion of three services at SCHC facilities. First, both the Talkeetna and Willow clinics will be open to see patients on Saturdays year-round. Currently, the only Saturday service is at the Talkeetna clinic in the summer. Additionally, dental hygiene services are planned to expand to the Willow clinic. Finally, Sunshine will resume optometry services through an outside provider.
These service expansions are in addition to the recent opening of physical therapy treatment at the Talkeetna location, provided by Health Quest Therapy.
by: Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage
A KTVA reporter announced that she is the president of Alaska Cannabis Club and quit her job during a live broadcast Sunday night. Reporter Charlo Green, whose real name is Charlene Egbe, has been reporting on the legalization ballot initiative since April.
KTVA’s news director posted an apology for Green’s outburst and use of an expletive on Facebook and Twitter but could not be reached for comment.
Green posted a video on YouTube explaining why she quit so publicly.
“Advocating for freedom and fairness should be everyone’s duty, I’m making
it my life work. To uphold what America stands for truly: life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness. Ideals that now need to be defended.”
A YouTube video of the TV clip has gone viral, and Green’s IndieGogo campaign to raise $5,000 for voter education on the marijuana legalization ballot initiative is more than half way toward its goal.
The Alaska Cannabis Club’s website says its role is to connect medical marijuana card holders who have pot with those who need it.
A new change in a proposed FDA regulation could mean good news for farmers in the Upper Valley. The regulation in question regards controls for animal feed. The original proposal would have made it more costly for brewers to sell or donate spent grain to farmers across the country. A press release from Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office on Monday says that the FDA is now considering exempting brewers, and other businesses that are already licensed to produce food for humans, from the new animal feed rules. Senator Murkowski as well as Senator Wyden from Oregon both signed a letter urging the FDA to make the changes.
Locally, that means that Denali Brewing Company could continue its program of donating spent grains to local farmers. Denali Brewing General Manager Sassan Mossanen says that the company currently donates all of its spent grain to six local farms. He estimates the total weight of the donated grain at over 400,000 pounds per year. The revised regulation is open to public comment for seventy-five days, beginning on September 29th.
Kathleen Fleming talks about the Fall Equinox as well as the Total Lunar Eclipse coming in early October.
On Wednesday morning, Governor Sean Parnell announced the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend. Around 2,000 people watched the internet stream of the announcement. Anticipation was for a significant increase in the amount of the dividend, since this year excludes 2008 from the five-year rolling average. After a few minutes of good-natured teasing with the media gathered for the announcement, Governor Parnell said that this year’s dividend will be $1,884.
After the cheers died down, Department of Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell said that she believes the amount represents the third highest payout from the Permanent Fund, which is now valued at over $50 billion dollars.
Payment of this year’s PFD will begin on October 2nd.
KTNA volunteer Cari Sayre finishes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain.
The race for one of Alaska’s Senate seats is one of the most closely watched in the country. The Republican Party believes that it can take control of the senate by defeating Democratic incumbents in traditionally red states. KTNA’s Phillip Manning recently spoke with the race’s incumbent, Senator Mark Begich, and has this report:
The race to be an Alaskan Senator for the next six years is tight. Most forecasts call it a toss-up, with some giving a slight edge to Senator Mark Begich’s Republican opponent, former Alaska Attorney General and DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan. Read More »
In this poem, Talkeetna performance poet Ellen Thea
writes about making change in one’s life.
It’s time to get angry
But the right usage of anger
The realization that the jailer
is the jailed
When the deadends
in the labryinth
to the same source
When the river demands
the edge of the cliff
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