Move over chicken nuggets, smoked salmon is now on the menu at some Juneau schools.
This past Wednesday, Juneau schools participated in Alaska Local Food Day. The event is intended to celebrate “local, healthy, affordable and sustainable foods,” according to a press release.
For breakfast, students had barley cereal from Delta Junction, followed by a lunch of baked Coho salmon from Taku Smokeries with carrot and cabbage coleslaw from the Mat-Su valley.
The local food is part of a long term plan to get more local foods on the trays of Juneau students, according to the release. Funding from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development is going towards more of the locally produced food during the 2012-2013 school year.
- The Juneau Assembly will be asked next week to approve $3.06 million in pay increases for employees at Bartlett Regional Hospital. That's after the city-owned hospital's board of directors approved a tentative agreement with its unionized workforce after more than a year of negotiations that ended with the help of federal mediators.
- Scientists recently announced they had found an Asian tapeworm species in pink salmon caught off the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. In a recent study, a team of scientists identified a Japanese broad tapeworm larva in pink salmon caught in Resurrection Creek near Hope. The study appears in the February issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
- An overdue snowmachiner, who was traveling to Fairbanks from Shungnak, by way of Huslia, has been found dead near Selawik Hot Springs. Travis Loughridge, 27, left Shungnak about noon Saturday and was expected to arrive in Fairbanks by Monday evening.
- Juneau's state legislative delegation told a half-dozen members of the Juneau Assembly on Thursday morning that the state's budget outlook isn't rosy. Democratic Sen. Dennis Egan said there are real risks to middle-class public sector jobs under threat by budget cuts.