Birthday Cupcakes Exempt From Ketchikan Schools Nutrition Guidelines

first_imgThe Ketchikan School Board adopted new administrative regulations last week governing student nutrition and physical activity, in order to meet new federal standards.The standards essentially require that only healthy food be served in schools. There are some exceptions built into the rules and the Ketchikan school board added a few more, including the “cupcake clause.”Download AudioThose last two areas raised some concerns, and led to a couple of language changes in order to relax the rules a little.One of the issues was selling food at athletic competitions that take place during the school day, such as the recent regional basketball tournament. Many non-students attend those activities, and, as Board Member Stephen Bradford pointed out, want their snacks during a game.“And I think that we can do that by amending line 263, after ‘sold or served’ add the words, ‘Directly to KGBSD students,’” He said “In other words, they can still operate the concession stand, old guys like me can still go in and enjoy my popcorn and coke while I watch the basketball game. We just have to put up a note up for our own students that says you can’t buy anything until 30 minutes after the instructional period is over.”That amendment passed unanimously, as did Bradford’s second suggestion, which provides an exception to the healthy food standards for special occasions.“So the amendment would be, ‘Traditional or cultural foods may be exempted from the food standards described above for educational or special school or classroom events when offered free of charge,’” Board President Michelle O’Brien summed up.Board Member Dave Timmerman then asked, “Does that cover cupcakes?”Bradford answered, “Well, I believe that a cupcake, in our culture, is a standard item to be offered at a birthday.”Student board member Evan Wick suggested a third amendment to the guidelines. He noted that the rules prohibit any kind of educational material or school display that includes a name-brand of an unhealthy food.“I’ve brought with me some educational materials. This is my AP world history book. It has a picture of McDonald’s in it. That would fall under the brands or illustrations of unhealthful foods,” he said.Wick then handed around a detail from a mural that covers a wall in the high school’s commons area. “It features a Burger King soda, fries and what appears to be a cheeseburger, which I do believe probably falls under unhealthful foods,” he said.As the student representative, Wick isn’t allowed to make motions, but he asked the School Board to consider amending the regulation, adding the words “within reason.” Board Member Trevor Shaw complied, and the amendment passed unanimously.The main motion also passed without dissent.Approving it means that the district’s policies now are aligned with the 2010 federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.last_img read more

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Parnell Announces New Agreement With TransCanada

first_imgThe State and TransCanada Corp. have formally ended their relationship under terms of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. Governor Sean Parnell shared the news in an address to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. “I’m pleased to announce here today that we have terminated the license with TransCanada under AGIA and have now completed a traditional precedent agreement,” he said.Listen now:Governor Sean Parnell signed in-state gasline legislation at the Pipeline Training Center in Fairbanks on May 8. Pictured: Representative Jay Ramras, Representative Mike Chenault, Governor Sean Parnell, Senator Lesil McGuire, and Scott Heyworth (Photo from Governor’s Office press release)TransCanada had state support under AGIA to pursue a gasline to serve North American customers, but the project has shifted focus to overseas markets. State lawmakers approved state participation in the new North Slope to Nikiski gasline this spring, setting the stage for the updated agreement with TransCanada. Governor Parnell says the new arrangement, which also includes North Slope producers, puts the project on a more standard track.“It’s a more traditional structure then what we had before. It’s a structure that banks and financial institutions are used to providing financing for and that markets are used to seeing,” he said.Parnell says joint venture agreements between the state and the companies are the next step to move the gasline project forward.Governor Parnell signed several bills into law while in Fairbanks, including one authorizing $157.5 million in bonding authority for University of Alaska Fairbanks to finance replacement of its aged-out coal fired power plant. State funding will fill out the rest of the tab for the $232 million project.Parnell also signed a bill that adds “Big Bull Moose” derbies to a list of charitable games the state can license. The derby allows hunters to buy tickets and win a cash prize if they kill the biggest moose. It was forwarded by Representative Tammie Wilson of North Pole on behalf of the Tanana Valley Sportsman’s Association and the UAF Rifle Team, which want to use a moose derby to raise money for their programs.last_img read more

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Man killed with hatchet in Fairbanks bar

first_imgA Fairbanks man is dead following a hatchet attack at a local bar. Fairbanks Police report that 54-year-old Mark Allen Mitchell died Monday morning following the attack last night at Club Manchu. Police spokeswoman Yumi McCullough said its unclear what motivated the suspect, 49-year-old Brett Matthew Gilbert.Listen now”The initial investigation video surveillance show that without any warning or provocation inside the Club Manchu, the suspect struck the victim in the side of the neck and he fell to the floor,” McCullough said. “The suspect continued to strike him several times in the face and neck with the hatchet.”McCullough said the attack was halted by another person, and Gilbert fled the bar. He was later taken into custody without incident at his home and is charged with first degree murder. She said it’s unclear if there’s any connection between Gilbert and Mitchell, and if drugs or alcohol played a role in the attack.This is the 7th murder in Fairbanks so far this year.last_img read more

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Walker names members of Alaska climate leadership team

first_imgAlaska Gov. Bill Walker shows off the freshly signed Administrative Order 289 in the state Capitol on Oct. 31, 2017. That order established the Alaska Climate Change Strategy and Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Governor Bill Walker today announced the 20 members of the state’s new climate change task force.Listen nowThe team’s job is to come up with recommendations for how Alaska should deal with climate change. It was created by Walker in an administrative order issued this fall. The task force is led by Lt. Governor Byron Mallott.In a statement, Gov. Walker said announcing the team “is another critical step in advancing meaningful climate policy.”Alaskans representing a wide range of interests made the list. They include Fran Ulmer, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, BP Alaska president Janet Weiss and North Slope Borough Assembly chair John Hopson, Jr. The team also includes experts on renewable energy and climate science.Another notable member is 17-year-old Sam Schimmel from Kenai Peninsula and St. Lawrence Island. Schimmel is Siberian Yupik and Kenaitze Indian.“The issue of climate change is very important for Native youth because it affects our traditions — our hunting traditions, our fishing traditions, our berry picking traditions,” Schimmel said.Schimmel wants the team to tackle solutions to problems Alaska Native communities are already dealing with because of climate change so young people can keep taking part in important traditions.“We must combat climate change and we must try and slow it down, but we must also address the slow-moving emergency that our communities face,” Schimmel said. “We need a definite end result, and that result would be giving aid to communities that allow communities to continue their traditions.”Six of the team’s members were part of former Governor Sarah Palin’s Sub-Cabinet on Climate Change, including Chris Rose, executive director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project. Rose hopes the group has more impact this time around.“About ten years have passed and we’ve seen climate change accelerate. We’ve also seen the price of renewables come down tremendously in that decade, so I’m hoping that this time around, there’s a lot more action rather than recommendations,” Rose said.Rose hopes a big priority for the team will be working on improving financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Alaska.The group will meet for the first time on Dec. 18. The governor’s office wants an early draft of their recommendations by next September.last_img read more

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Dillingham marches against domestic and sexual violence

first_img(Photo by Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham)The sun came out on Thursday as about 30 people gathered for the “Choose Respect” march in Dillingham.Listen nowDomestic violence and sexual assault are pervasive in Bristol Bay and across the state. According to an Alaska Victimization Survey, in 2015 half of all Alaskan women experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both.“It’s really what’s holding us back in Dillingham. It’s really what’s causing the cycle of violence, and cycle of drugs and alcohol to continue,” Gregg Marxmiller said. Marxmiller is the education and outreach coordinator for SAFE, the shelter for victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Bristol Bay. “It’s the ugliest thing in our community. We can be better, and we can do better.”(Photo by Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham)This march was just one of many that have taken place across Alaska. Nine years ago, former governor Sean Parnell started “Choose Respect” marches as part of an initiative to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence in the state.Lucinda Zamir was at the Dillingham march on Friday and said that showing people that there are options and support is why events like the “Choose Respect” marches matter.“Domestic violence, intimate partner violence and so many other things are just quietly tolerated when people probably don’t realize that they have a voice, that they can speak up, that they should speak up and that they shouldn’t just tolerate people treating them poorly, no matter what it is,” Zamir said.Marchers pointed, not only to the problem of violence in Bristol Bay, but also to a solution.“We need to go back to what the elders said. We need to educate. Let’s educate by demonstration or by choosing respect,” Thomas Tilden, Curyung Tribal Council chief, said.Thursday’s march showed that Dillingham residents will continue to raise their voices to confront domestic violence and sexual assault.last_img read more

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E coli outbreak comes to Alaska first confirmed cases are Nome inmates

first_imgAll eight inmates contracted a specific strain of the bacteria through eating romaine lettuce served at AMCC. (Public domain photo, via Pixabay)Alaska has reported its first cases of a strain of E. coli bacteria related to a national outbreak going on this month. Statewide, all eight confirmed cases are inmates currently residing in Nome’s Anvil Mountain Correctional Center (AMCC).Listen nowAccording to a press release from the State, the investigation of the outbreak is ongoing. But as of yesterday, no additional E. coli cases have been reported by AMCC or elsewhere in Alaska.Louisa Castrodale is one of the epidemiologists with the infectious disease program at the state section of epidemiology under the Department of Health and Social Services. She confirms that all eight inmates contracted a specific strain of the bacteria through eating romaine lettuce served at AMCC.“What we’re talking about here is a type of E. coli, a shiga-toxin-producing E. coli, and so it can be pretty damaging to people,” Castrodale said. “It can cause some severe illness, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody diarrhea. So generally, when we think about E. coli O157 infections, it’s a gastrointestinal infection.”State and national entities are investigating more than 50 E. coli cases across 16 states. Castrodale says by collaborating with those entities, they have determined that the infectious lettuce came from Yuma, Arizona, but don’t know which specific farm.“We also work very closely — because there is a food product suspected here to be the cause — with our partners in Food Safety,” Castrodale said. “So the Department of Environmental Conservation, they’re working with FDA and the CDC to help figure out: where did this lettuce come from? What farm, can they trace it back? How far can they trace it back? And to sort of look at all the distribution loops to see why certain states are seeing it and certain venues.”Anvil Mountain Correctional Center. (Photo by Margaret DeMaioribus/ KNOM)In order to control the outbreak within AMCC, a spokesperson with the Department of Corrections (DOC) says their staff and medical support implemented rigorous hygiene requirements earlier this month, like more frequent hand-scrubbing.“Outbreaks like this in a prison setting can be a little stressful, because everybody lives so close together; everybody interacts so closely all the time,” Castrodale said. “So we really do have really good medical staff, and really good staff at Anvil, because they had to go into overdrive to make sure that this incident was contained. That meant just a really good scrubbing of everything in the facility.”Megan Edge is the public information officer with DOC. She says lettuce was taken off the menu temporarily, but AMCC will start serving the leafy green vegetable from another grower, to avoid further infections.“And we aren’t just going to use the product that we have from Arizona; we’re going to follow the CDC’s recommendations ourselves and just not risk it,” Edge said. “We are still looking at the logistics of where we will continue to get products from, but there are other options outside of Arizona. And we do have a correctional farm out in Mat-Su that we’re getting ready to head into growing season, and that’s always a huge relief for us, because we can take a lot of products that we are growing ourselves and use them at our facilities.”According to Edge, none of the eight patients with confirmed E. coli cases were hospitalized, and all of them are back within the general population of 117 residing at AMCC.The Department of Health and Social Services will provide more updates on the investigation when it is available. For now, the Center for Disease Control recommends Alaskans avoid eating any romaine lettuce unless you can verify it is not from Yuma, Arizona.last_img read more

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Fairbanks elementary schools receive massive donation of musical instruments

first_imgSue Waltman, who teaches strings at University Park, Woodriver and Anne Wein Elementary schools, tunes up a cello at a teacher work party the day before student return from Winter Break. (Photo by Robyne, KUAC)A huge donation to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will spread new musical instruments among 18 elementary schools. The board accepted the anonymous donation last fall and the order of new instruments came in over the winter break. A dozen music teachers and staffers opened the crates Monday at a work party, ahead of kids coming back to school today.Each case was carefully opened at the district’s shipping warehouse as the instruments were inspected and inventoried. Gwendolyn Brazier, who teaches general music at Barnette Elementary and Band and Orchestra at North Pole High School, engraved a number on the flutes and brass.Theresa Van Hyning teaches at Ben Eileson Jr./Sr. High and Crawford elementary.“This is an alto saxophone, and I’m just taking all the little pieces of cork out of it, making sure it is all greased-up and ready to go to a student,” Van Hyning said. “We have a lot of saxaphones right now, but unfortunately, most of them are damaged, so I know the student that gets this instrument is going to be so pleased because they will finally have a saxophone that works absolutely flawlessly.”Sue Waltman, who teaches strings at University Park, Woodriver and Anne Wein Elementary schools, tunes up a cello, while Sunifa Dheer checks through a violin.“When you have an instrument that is set up correctly, you can learn so much faster,” Waltman said. “If they’re not going to get a good sound, why would they be encouraged to continue playing? So, it really makes a huge difference. Yeah.”Sharice Walker, the district’s Public Relations Director, says the district put out a bid in the fall to make the best use of the money.“We received a $110,000 anonymous donation for new musical instruments for our students,” Walker said. “Which is amazing, and nobody remembers a donation like this before. We are very, very grateful for this. It’s incredible.”Donations to the schools are certainly not unusual, but the size of this one – $100,000 – is very unusual. Walker swears she doesn’t know who the donor is. But she says having it designated for younger students will likely change some lives. “18 elementary schools that will be receiving instruments from this donation. The music teachers are thrilled. We are very excited that there is a member of our community who values music at our elementary age, so much, that they would make this possible.”last_img read more

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Sri City distributes notebooks bags worth 45 lakh to children

first_imgTirupati: The week long programme of distributing notebooks, slates and bags to the students of various government schools in the neighbouring villages, that commenced on Thursday by Sri City and some of the industrial units, as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is in progress. Distribution of the material was already completed at the government schools in Tonduru, Tonduru Society, Sriharikota Colony, Siddama Agraharam, chemgambakam, Irugulam and Madanapalem. Note books, slates and bags worth of about Rs.4.5 lakhs are being distributed during the week in 16 government schools, benefitting over 1,400 students. NS Instruments, Alstom, RN Photo-coating, Til Health Care, Astrotech Steels, Everton, Healthium, Vital Paper Products, Rising Star Mobiles (Foxconn), Omni Auto and Rotolok are some of the units which joined Sri City in this programme.last_img read more

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Congress seeks CBI probe into Waqf Board hiring

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Congress on Monday alleged “irregularities and nepotism” in contractual appointments to various posts of the Delhi Waqf Board and demanded a CBI probe into it. Seven “close relatives” of Waqf Board chairman Amanatullah Khan were among the candidates appointed to the 33 posts advertised in February, alleged Delhi Congress spokespersons Jitender Kochar and Harnam Singh, and party leader Parvez Alam. Also Read – Shia Waqf Board claims right over disputed Ayodhya land Advertise With Us Khan, an AAP MLA from Okhla, rejected the charge, saying he was filling the vacancies which had been pending for a long time and hampering the functioning of the Waqf Board. “Such people who are involved in corruption are being removed from the Waqf Board and recruitment is being done as per rule,” he said. In a joint statement, the Congress leaders alleged, “There were irregularities, corruption and nepotism in appointments on the posts of the Delhi Waqf Board by its chairman Amanatullah Khan.” Also Read – Key aide of PM opts outof service Advertise With Us The 33 vacancies were advertised in newspapers on February 26 in the Delhi Waqf Board and interviews were held on March 1-2, they said. The results were announced on March 6 and the selected candidates were asked to join the very next day, the Congress leaders alleged. “The selected 33 candidates included seven close relatives of the chairman,” they charged. Advertise With Us The Congress leaders demanded that a CBI inquiry be held into the appointments. They said that in order to hold a free and fair inquiry, Khan should resign or be removed from the post of the Waqf Board chairman. A CBI enquiry is already pending against Khan in connection with the appointments made by him in the Waqf Board during his earlier tenure in 2016. The appointments were made null and void by then Lt Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, they stated.last_img read more

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Mike Pompeo meets PM Modi to kickstart India visit discusses

first_imgNEW DELHI: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and discussed various aspects of the bilateral relationship to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership. Pompeo, who arrived here last night, will hold detailed discussions with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in the afternoon and have a working lunch with him. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us “Working together to further deepen our strategic partnership. Secretary Pompeo called on PM Narendra Modi to exchange views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship. PM will meet President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 Osaka Summit,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with pictures of the meeting. Also Read – Demanding Scindia as MP Congress chief, supporters threaten mass resignation Advertise With Us Ahead of the strategically-important India-US talks, diplomatic sources on Tuesday said India meets the US waiver criteria for procuring the S-400 missile defence system from sanctions-hit Russia, and asserted that New Delhi cannot “wish away” its defence ties with Moscow. Besides India’s missile defence system deal with Russia, terrorism, H-1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, are likely to be discussed on Wednesday during the talks between Jaishankar and Pompeo.Pompeo’s talks here will be the first high-level interaction between the two countries after return of the Modi government to power last month. Pompeo’s visit comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan later this week.last_img read more

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