The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consor- tium (SEARHC) Children’s Dental Clinic now
provides state-of-the-art laser surgery using the
LightScalpel CO2 laser for oral surgery procedures. The laser replaces instruments that bruise
or crush tissue causing lengthy, uncomfortable
recovery periods, as well as scarring. The FDA-approved, American-made LightScalpel is for
soft-tissue surgical procedures like tongue- and
lip-tie revisions, gum re-contouring, and bi-opsies. Its many benefits to SEARHC pediatric
patients include little or no bleeding, less postoperative swelling and discomfort, less scarring,
a lower risk of infection, shortened procedure
times, and a smooth recovery. In fact, nursing
mothers are able to breastfeed their baby immediately after the child’s tongue- and lip-tie revision
procedure, which illustrates the gentleness of the
LightScalpel laser on the most sensitive mouths.
Beginning in February 2018 SEARHC will introduce a Diabetes Self-Management Program. The
program is available at no cost to all Sitka community members with Type 2 diabetes. Developed by
Stanford University, the evidence-based program
helps participants deal with diabetes symptoms, including fatigue, pain, and emotional issues. Those
who participate in the program receive guidelines
about how to eat and sleep better, manage day-to-day activities, and create an action plan. Topics
introduced during the program include techniques
to deal with the symptoms of diabetes such as fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional issues including depression, anger, fear, and
frustration. The workshops also provide exercises
for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating; the importance of taking medications as prescribed, tools to help keep track of
them; and ways to work effectively with healthcare
Three Bears Alaska announced the grand open- ing this month of its newest store in Healy.
“This is going to be a large and state-of-the-art
grocery store and commercial complex that we’re
eager to launch,” says Jim Kolb, Three Bears
Alaska’s statewide Marketing Director. “The store
will be approximately 37,000 square feet in size
and we anticipate hiring local residents first and
foremost, with about twenty-five staff members
in the winter and forty in the summer, mixed be-
tween part-time and full-time positions.”
Kolb says the store will be a conventional
grocery store with a “warehouse flare.” The new
Healy location will also house an Ace Hardware
store, a full line of sporting goods (guns, hunt-
ing, fishing, camping, apparel, and hunting and
fishing licensure), a liquor store with growler bar,
pet food, a Shell fuel station, full retail propane,
home heating oil, hi-flow diesel pumps for bus
and semi-truck rigs, and free delivery in the sum-
mer months to local businesses.
“Three Bears Alaska’s new Healy store will
boost the local economy through employment,
sales, and service in a time when Alaska needs
sustainable growth,” says Kolb. “We’re proud
to be part of growing Alaska’s economy and it’s
thanks to our valued customers that we can.”
Crews aboard the Alcatel Submarine Networks C/V Ile de Batz have installed the last segment of cable beneath the ocean floor, completing physical installation of the Alaska portion of
the international Quintillion Subsea Cable System. The system is on schedule to be in service
The Alaska portion will deliver gigabit and
higher bandwidth services on a 1,400-mile subsea and terrestrial fiber optic network, including
a subsea trunk line from Prudhoe Bay to Nome
with branching lines to Utqiaġvik, Wainwright,
Point Hope, and Kotzebue.
The three phase Quintillion Subsea Cable
System is ultimately intended to connect Asia to
Western Europe via the southern portion of the
Northwest Passage through the Alaska and Canadian Arctic.
The Quintillion system will provide access to
high speed broadband capacity for telecommunication service providers at lower wholesale cost
and improved quality of service than existing
satellite and microwave options. Introduction of
high-speed Internet to Quintillion’s markets will
enable improved health and education services,
help spur economic development, empower local businesses, and allow consumers access to
video and other high-speed applications.
The Anchorage School District (ASD) settled a third employment contract. These contracts
account for more than 1,775 ASD employees.
ASD is a large and progressive public school district with many needs and challenges and, as the
state’s largest public school district, is an economic driver in the Municipality of Anchorage.
In August, the School Board approved the
three-year contract agreement with the Anchorage Principals’ Association, with 134 members,
which extends through June 30, 2020. On October 23 the Board approved a new three-year
agreement with Public Employees Local 71,
AFL-CIO, extending through June 30, 2020. Local 71 has 315 members serving in a variety of
A tentative agreement, pending School Board
approval, has been reached with TOTEM Association of Education Support Personnel and its
1,294 employees, extending until June 30, 2021.
UAF ARCTIC INNOVATION
The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management awarded $30,000 in cash prizes
on October 21 after the final round of presentations in the 2017 Arctic Innovation Competition.
The competition, now in its ninth year, invites
innovators to propose new, feasible, and potentially profitable ideas for solving real-life problems and challenges.
The top prize of $10,000 in the main division
was awarded to Piper Foster Wilder for 60Hertz
Microgrids. The company is developing maintenance management software for microgrids, or
small electricity networks, in remote Arctic communities.
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