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Waiting for snow, and helping Mother Nature

Waiting for snow, and helping Mother NatureEaglecrest Ski Area managers turn on the snow-making guns to make a base.

‘Catching babies’ is midwife Madi Nolan Grimes’ calling

‘Catching babies’ is midwife Madi Nolan Grimes’ callingAt 23, Madi Nolan Grimes is clinical director at the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center. She’s been practicing midwifery since she was 19.

State hires project lead for Medicaid expansion

The job is “Medicaid expansion project director” and it’s being filled by Chris Ashenbrenner, who spent two decades working for the department and came out of retirement to take on this challenge.

Sitka Community Hospital facing unexpected financial woes

Sitka Community Hospital facing unexpected financial woesThe Sitka Assembly was briefed on the hospital’s finances during a closed-door session Tuesday. The hospital’s chief financial officer has resigned. Very little information has been released to the public so far.

Climate change creates concern over subsistence food safety

Climate change creates concern over subsistence food safetyThe ANTHC Center for Climate Change and Health is launching a program to give hunters in the Bering Strait region test strips to check for germs, viruses and parasites that cause disease in humans.

Bird flu prompts BC poultry import ban

Alaska’s state veterinarian, Dr. Bob Gerlak, avian flu doesn't generally affect humans, but it is detrimental to other birds, including wild birds. That’s why the ban includes any hunter-harvested or wild birds from the province.

Sitka hospital aims to become regional health care hub

Sitka hospital aims to become regional health care hubSitka’s new hospital CEO Jeff Comer said he’s developing a strategy to expand Sitka Community Hospital into a regional health care provider.

Longer life brings greater risk of dementia

Longer life brings greater risk of dementiaBaby Boomers, like everyone else, know that avoiding tobacco use, watching their weight, and exercising, contribute to longer life. However, researchers recently announced findings that show there may be a downside to longer life.

Juneau Four A’s to hold World AIDS Day vigil tonight

Juneau Four A’s to hold World AIDS Day vigil tonightIt's an opportunity for people to honor those who’ve died to the AIDS epidemic since it began in the early 1980s.

Grants will bring classes, medical care to villages

Grants will bring classes, medical care to villagesA federal grant will help expand class options for some Prince of Wales Island students.