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Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage

ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8452 | About Lori

New Report Investigates Alaska’s Suicide Rates

A new report on suicide in Alaska from the State Division of Public Health’s epidemiology section, found rates are higher in more northern regions. Erik Woelber is a graduate student intern with the epidemiology section. Woelber says the study breaks communities into three categories by size and road access and looks at factors that may have contributed to the suicide rate. Woelber says the rates of suicide at higher latitudes merits more research.

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November 14, 2013 - 5:13 pm
Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage.

Fairview Residents Work To Re-Image Neighborhood

When I accepted a job in Anchorage more than a dozen years ago, my new boss told me the neighborhood I’d be working in was sketchy. She said signs of illicit sex and drug use, along with alcohol debris would be common in the parking lot. And that homeless people would sleep on the porch. It was all true. That was my introduction to Fairview. But last Saturday I glimpsed a very different version of the neighborhood through the stories of smiling residents who love Fairview, faults and all.

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November 13, 2013 - 6:40 pm

State Offers Free Flu Vaccines

The administrative fee for vaccines through the state’s public health system is being waived in an effort to get more low income people protected from flu this season.

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November 11, 2013 - 5:39 pm

UAA Engagement Week Highlights Community

The University of Alaska Anchorage is hosting community engagement events this week. The focus is on being urban in Alaska. Bree Kessler is an assistant professor for Health Sciences at the center for community engagement and learning. She says on Saturday a pop up museum will appear for a few hours in a downtown neighborhood.

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November 7, 2013 - 5:47 pm

AFN Officials Revisit Subsistence Issues

Officials with the Alaska Federation of Natives gathered today in Anchorage, Juneau and Bethel on a teleconference to denounce the state’s lawsuit.

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November 5, 2013 - 6:35 pm

Book Makes Case For US, Canada Merger

The United States and Canada are friendly neighbors with many common cultural and business interests. A new book suggests that partnership should be formalized. The title: Merger of the Century – Why Canada and America Should Become One Country, succinctly defines the premise. Author and dual citizen Diane Francis says because Canada has vast, undeveloped resources but scant population and military, it needs the U.S. to help develop and protect what America also needs.

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November 4, 2013 - 5:52 pm
Seismic Activity And Tsunamis In Alaska

Seismic Activity And Tsunamis In Alaska

Alaska is the most seismically active place in America and one of the most earthquake prone areas on the planet. There were numerous large earthquakes in the 1960s followed by a few decades of relative calm, but that’s changed in recent years. It’s not a matter of if, but when for the next big earthquake in Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 11/5 at 10:00am

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November 1, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Top AFN Conversations

The issues of substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault garner a lot of attention at the Alaska Federation of Native Conference in Fairbanks. Calls to strengthen tribal control over subsistence matters were highlighted by a round-table discussion with Senator Mark Begich and an address by Senator Lisa Murkowski where she deemed certain Federal Subsistence Board rules “ridiculous.”

KSKA: Friday, 11/1 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 11/2 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 11/1 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 11/2 at 5:00pm

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November 1, 2013 - 9:00 am
AFN Youth Speak Out On Abuse

AFN Youth Speak Out On Abuse

The Alaska Federation of Natives convention that just concluded in Fairbanks had a theme of traditional values this year. Protection became a big component of that. The perennial call to ensure that subsistence rights are not diminished was strong, but even stronger this year was the outpouring of support for young people, who opened up with gut wrenching stories of pain from the fall out of addiction, suicide and abuse.

October 29, 2013 - 5:04 pm

New AFN Co-Chairs Elected

The annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention wrapped up Saturday in Fairbanks. AFN board co-chairs were elected in the morning. Ana Hoffman garnered the most votes. Hoffman is the President and CEO of the Bethel Native Corporation.

October 28, 2013 - 4:29 pm
Alaska Native Communities Investing In Immigration Reform

Alaska Native Communities Investing In Immigration Reform

The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention entered second day today. On the agenda: Affordable Care Act opportunities, arctic policy and suicide prevention.

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October 25, 2013 - 5:32 pm
Bush Caucus Takes Stand On Rural Issues

Bush Caucus Takes Stand On Rural Issues

Bryce Edgmon with the Bush caucus of the Alaska legislature spoke to AFN delegates this morning. Edgmon, a Democrat from Dillingham, said the caucus took a forceful stance against the photo ID mandates for voter registration and against the proposal to amend the state constitution for using state dollars for non public schools.

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October 25, 2013 - 5:31 pm
300 Villages: Alaska Federation Of Natives

300 Villages: Alaska Federation Of Natives

Although it isn’t a standard village, AFN is a community that pops up for a few days each fall, bringing together people from across the state. Attendees talk about why that community is so important.

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October 25, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Julie Kitka On Tribal-Federal Relations

The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention got underway this morning in Fairbanks. The keynote speaker today was Nelson Angapak, retired as Senior Vice President of AFN. He urged young people to work hard to achieve success, to listen to their elders and for Native people to come together to confront big challenges like threats to subsistence and federal cuts to programs.

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October 24, 2013 - 6:54 pm

Tribal Courts May Get More Power In Alcohol, Domestic Violence Cases

Governor Sean Parnell announced at AFN today that he’s preparing to launch demonstration projects to allow tribal courts to process more alcohol and domestic violence cases. He said tribes “can often provide local, culturally relevant justice services.” Jerry Isaac is President of the Tanana Chiefs Conference, which has one of the most active tribal court systems in the state. APRN’s Lori Townsend asked for his reaction to Governor Parnell’s announcement:

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October 24, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Violence Against Women

The numbers of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Alaska continue to be some of the highest in the nation. Family violence impacts the emotional growth of children and affects entire communities. What can be done to reduce the harm?

APRN: Tuesday, 10/22 at 10:00am

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October 18, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Great Alaska ShakeOut Promotes Earthquake Preparedness

Great Alaska ShakeOut Promotes Earthquake Preparedness

Nearly 50,000 Alaskans registered for an earthquake preparedness event today called the Great Alaskan ShakeOut.

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October 17, 2013 - 4:52 pm
Discussion Touches On Unconventional Oil, Gas Development

Discussion Touches On Unconventional Oil, Gas Development

Unconventional oil and gas development will be part of the discussion on Friday when energy advisory consultant David Goldwyn speaks at an Alaska World Affairs counsel event. Goldwyn is co-author and editor of Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition. The revised 2nd edition addresses new energy frontiers, rising safety concerns for energy complexes and energy poverty. Goldwyn says the revolution in shale development in the lower 48 has changed the future of domestic energy development.

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October 16, 2013 - 3:30 pm
Diversity In News Coverage

Diversity In News Coverage

This year’s University of Alaska Anchorage Atwood Chair of Journalism is the first Native to hold the position. Alaska residents come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and the state is home to half of the nation’s tribes, yet most of the reporters in the state are white. Does this matter? What changes when there is more diversity in reporting?

APRN: Tuesday, 10/15 at 10:00am

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October 11, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Diversity In The Newsroom

My guest for today’s program is Mark Trahant, Mark is the University of Alaska Anchorage Atwood Chair of Journalism. Mark is the first Native person to hold the Atwood chair at UAA, and diversity in journalism will be part of the discussion today.

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KSKA: Friday, 10/11 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/12 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/11 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/12 at 5:00pm

October 11, 2013 - 9:00 am