Valerie Davidson, Alaska's health and social services commissioner, drives her 1983 Chevy truck to pick up salmon for a dinner party for 50 people. (Photo by Annie Feidt/APRN)

Fishing, Cooking And A Yup’ik Upbringing Made Alaska’s Health Commissioner

Annie Feidt, APRN-Anchorage
- Alaska's health commissioner spends her summers working on policy issues by day and fishing for salmon for the winter on nights and weekends with her family who belong to the Yup'ik people.

National News

Hereford, Texas, may have lovely vistas, but it's notably short of mental health care options. Kirk Kittell/Flickr

Texas Strives To Lure Mental Health Providers To Rural Counties

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About 3 million people in Texas don’t have a mental health provider in their county. A new loan repayment program may not be enough to lure them to the state’s rural areas.

President Obama and Michelle Obama went a little Troop Beverly Hills at a Girl Scout campout on the South Lawn earlier this summer. We doubt survivalist Bear Grylls is going allow the president to bring those lanterns on their trek. Evan Vucci/AP

5 Skills President Obama Will Need To Survive A Day With Bear Grylls

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While in Alaska, President Obama will be a guest on a survival show that takes celebrities into the wilderness to eat mice, rappel off cliffs and more.

Dr. David Burkons holds the licensing certificates that allowed him to open a clinic that provides medical and surgical abortions. It took about 18 extra months of inspections, he says, to get the approval to offer surgical abortions. Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN

Bucking Trend, Ohio Doctor Opens Clinic That Provides Abortion Services

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Ohio has put many restrictions on abortion. Since 2010, about half the clinics performing the procedure in the state have closed. But Dr. David Burkons sees offering abortion as part of patient care.

Eat fish or take a fish oil supplement? Research suggests eating fish regularly over a lifetime is good for the brain. But when it comes to staving off cognitive decline in seniors, fish oil supplements just don't cut it, a study finds. iStockphoto

If Fish Is Brain Food, Can Fish Oil Pills Boost Brains, Too?

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Research suggests eating fish regularly over a lifetime is good for the brain. But when it comes to staving off cognitive decline in seniors, fish oil supplements just don’t cut it, a study finds.

More Alaska News

Denali National Park has the clearest views of all monitored U.S. parks. (Photo by Ned Rozell/UAF Geophysical Institute)

Mountain name change personal for Connecticut lawmaker

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Sen. L. Scott Frantz’s children are all named for mountains, including his 17-year-old son, McKinley.

Arctic Ocean

Environmentalists in Anchorage rally against Arctic drilling

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A few hundred people attended the two-hour rally, waving signs with such messages as “There is no plan B” and “We are making our earth sick.”

Denali. (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)

Ohio Gov. Kasich opposes changing name of Mount McKinley

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Kasich, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, said during a campaign stop Monday in Michigan that the name should remain McKinley.

16-year-old driver crashes into AML truck on Egan Drive

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“A Dodge Neon was heading inbound, and the vehicle reportedly hydroplaned on some water and ended up striking the vehicle next to it,” said Juneau police Lt. David Campbell.

Spice is also known as synthetic cannabis and is often marketed as herbal incense. (Creative Commons photo by Lance Cpl. Damany S. Coleman)

Cost of spice-related emergencies adds up in Anchorage

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The operational cost of responding to such calls is about $150,000, plus a cost billed to patients.

Pacific walrus. (Photo by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association)

Walrus leave ice, come ashore on Alaska’s northwest coast

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Pacific walrus have come ashore on Alaska’s northwest coast in what has become an annual sign of the effects of climate change.

Alaskans attend a rally in Anchorage for Medicaid expansion.
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Judge to rule Friday in Medicaid expansion case

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After hearing arguments Thursday afternoon, Judge Frank Pfiffner says he would rule at noon Friday on the legislature’s request to halt the process.

Doreen Brown. (Photo courtesy Anchorage School District)

Yup’ik educator appointed to National Advisory Council on Indian Education

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Alaska has the third lowest graduation rate in the country for Alaska Native and American Indian students — about 51 percent in the 2010-11 school year.