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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

Federal Requirements Burden Small Medical Practices In Alaska

Federal Requirements Burden Small Medical Practices In Alaska

EHR, ICD-10 and PQRS may sound like alphabet soup to you. But most doctors around the country know exactly what those acronyms stand for. They are programs championed by the federal government to improve quality and bring medicine into the electronic age. But in Alaska, where small medical practices are the norm, the new requirements can be a heavy burden.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

In Tight Race, Oil Tax Referendum Behind

With some ballots yet to be counted, a referendum to repeal Gov. Sean Parnell’s signature oil tax law is trailing by nearly 7,000 votes.

When the first returns came in, the referendum was up by exactly five votes. The Vote Yes Repeal the Giveaway team marched into Anchorage’s Election Central cheering enthusiastically and believing momentum was on their side.

But as the night wore on, the numbers began to turn against the ballot measure. Wednesday morning, 48 percent of voters had voted yes on the referendum and 52 percent had voted no.

Sullivan Wins GOP Senate Bid

Former Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. He will run against incumbent Democrat Mark Begich who easily won renomination Tuesday. Sullivan took 40 percent of the vote, 8 points ahead of Fairbanks Attorney Joe Miller. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell finished third with about 25 percent of the vote.

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Feige Losing, Stoltze Wins Mat-Su Legislative Races

Unofficial results of Tuesday’s primary election are in, and it looks like there may be one upset in the Valley. Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver could upset incumbent Eric Feige for the Republican nomination for the House District 9 race. Former state representative Bill Stoltze won the Republican nod for the Senate District F.

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Dubey, Hadley, Vazquez Win GOP House Bids

Tuesday’s Republican primary pushed three Anchorage candidates a little closer to Juneau. Anand Dubey had a clear lead over challenger Mark Fagnani for the Republican candidacy for House District 21. Don Hadley bested challenger Kevin Kastner for the Republican nomination in House District 16. Liz Vazquez won the Republican nod for House District 22 with more than 52 percent of the vote. Challenger Sherri Jackson finished with 47 percent.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

Steady Voter Turnout Reported In Primary

Elections workers are reporting a steady turnout for today’s primary. Nearly 10,000 voters cast their ballots early, compared to 5,000 voters in the 2010 primary.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Modeling Indicates Fairbanks LNG Project is a Go

The state is a step closer to proving its North Slope to Fairbanks natural gas trucking project can work. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority lead Interior Energy Project is aimed at providing gas at about half the cost of heating oil, and officials say they’re honing in on the target.

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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

Federal Requirements Burden Small Medical Practices In Alaska

Federal Requirements Burden Small Medical Practices In Alaska

EHR, ICD-10 and PQRS may sound like alphabet soup to you. But most doctors around the country know exactly what those acronyms stand for. They are programs championed by the federal government to improve quality and bring medicine into the electronic age. But in Alaska, where small medical practices are the norm, the new requirements can be a heavy burden.

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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Troopers Arrest, Charge Teen With Arson For Delta-Area Fires

The 16-year-old that Troopers arrested and charged Monday with setting a fire at a Delta Junction house on Sunday also is charged with torching the Clearwater Lodge, shown here on the morning of May 15th.
Credit KUAC file photo

Alaska State Troopers have arrested a 16-year-old male and charged him with arson for setting a house in Delta Junction on fire last weekend and for the May 15th fire that destroyed the Clearwater Lodge.

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Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

Air Force Cleans Up Cold War-Era Radio Site In Southeast

Duncan Canal (KFSK file photo)

A large soil clean-up project at a former Cold War mountaintop radio site near Petersburg is underway this summer. A contractor for the U.S. Air Force is removing soil contaminated by fuel and building debris left at the site after it’s decommissioning almost three decades ago.

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Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

King Salmon Trolling Ends On Slow Note

Poor weather extended a planned three-day king opener into five days. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

After an unprecedented two extensions, the summer king salmon season for trollers in Southeast is over.

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Quinton Chandler, KBBI - Homer

Observations of Kachemak Cranes Paints Detailed Picture

Volunteers with the Kachemak Crane Watch have kept an eye out for Sand Hill Crane adults and colts all summer. The season isn’t over yet, but the information collected so far has given the group a decent picture of the cranes’ progress.

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Elizabeth Jenkins, APRN Contributor

Bluegrass Camp For Kids Goes Busking

Bluegrass Camp For Kids Goes Busking

Kids hit the streets of Petersburg recently to showcase their music skills and raise money for Bluegrass Camp. It’s a program that runs throughout the United States, taught by a group of traveling folk musicians.

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Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage

Health Industry Honors Two

Two men associated with the Mat-Su Health Foundation have received recognition for their work.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

In Wake Of “Education Session,” Democrats Run Teacher Candidates

In the aftermath of what Gov. Sean Parnell dubbed the “education session,” half a dozen of the new candidates being fielded by the Democratic Party are educators. The most high profile of these is Bob Williams, who was once named the Alaska Teacher of the Year and is now a candidate for lieutenant governor.

Liz Ruskin, APRN

Endorsements Fly in GOP Senate Race

The Primary Election is tomorrow, and the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are scrambling for high-profile endorsements. Mead Treadwell announced today he has astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Joe Miller boasts Fox TV host Mike Huckabee, and – just today — Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson. Dan Sullivan landed board members of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Club for Growth and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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Peak Water

The severe conditions in Alaska prompt a lot of ingenuity, and that’s good because we have plenty of challenges – for instance food security and sanitation. But can Alaskan ingenuity deal with both at the same time? That’s the discussion we’ll have with waste-water gardener Mark Nelson, on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 8/19 at 10:00am

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AK: A Kinder, Gentler Militia? Alaska’s Movement Rebrands

In 2011, members of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia were arrested for conspiracy to commit murder. The trial of their leader, Schaeffer Cox, continually made headlines in the years that followed, most of them bad. Now, other militia groups in the state are trying to show a different side to the movement.

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300 Villages

300 Villages: Healy

This week we’re headed to Healy, a small community on the fringes of Denali National Park. Clay Walker is mayor of the Denali Borough.

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Alaska News Nightly: August 19, 2014

Modeling Indicates Fairbanks LNG Project is a Go; Federal Requirements Burden Small Medical Practices In Alaska; Troopers Arrest, Charge Teen With Arson For Delta-Area Fires; Air Force Cleans Up Cold War-Era Radio Site In Southeast; King Salmon Trolling Ends On Slow Note; Observations of Kachemak Cranes Paints Detailed Picture; Bluegrass Camp For Kids Goes Busking

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