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Begich's health insurance idea gets look from federal government

...competition is working in the health insurance marketplace, it may not work as efficiently in a high-cost market with a small population, such as Alaska," HHS Secretary Sylvia Burrell wrote to Begich. Despite these reservations, the agency still plans to...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-15/begichs-health-insurance-idea-gets-look
State
Official: Moda won't extend some Alaska policies

...while competition is working in the online marketplace, "it may not work as efficiently in a high cost market with a small population, such as Alaska."She said the agency planned to look at possible contributing factors and at options "for improving the...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-14/official-moda-wont-extend-some-alaska-p
State
Researchers studying Pacific walrus population

...handle on the size of the Pacific walrus population ahead of an expected decision by the...S. Geological Survey estimates the population was cut roughly in half between 1981...including information on historic population dynamics, reproductive rates and survival...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-10/researchers-studying-pacific-walrus-pop
State
New Audubon study reveals climate change effects on many bird species

...vulnerable bird species because the population has been increasing steadily over the...North America's waterfowl while the populations are still strong and resilient.This...how global change may affect our bird populations. The next step is for people to take...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-09-12/new-audubon-study-reveals-climate-ch
Outdoors
Letter: Be a suicide prevention advocate this week, all year

...which offers resources and information, the coalition provides: ? Brochures for youth, families, seniors and at-risk populations; ? Public education in the newspaper and programs for special events; ? Wallet cards with warning signs and resource...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2014-09-11/letter-be-suicide-prevention-advocate
Letters
Alaska Editorial: Regents make right on bonus issue

...the university could make. Yes, Mr. Gamble has had a difficult job balancing the needs of diverse campuses and student populations, as well as the demands of the Legislature in seeking to develop the state's workforce. But at an annual salary of...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-09-12/alaska-editorial-regents-make-right-b
Opinion
High court creates elder task force

...force will examine how to more effectively address issues of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of Alaska's elder population."As our society ages, the court must be prepared to respond to the functional limitations and changes in capacity associated...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-09-12/high-court-creates-elder-task-force
Local
Newborn killer whale spotted in Washington waters

...are celebrating the newest member of a population of endangered killer whales that frequent...weekend in waters off San Juan is the population's first calf born since 2012. A researcher...of killer whales in the Puget Sound population to 79, Balcomb said. Two whales were...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-09/newborn-killer-whale-spotted-washington
State
Officials urge drivers to be cautious in high moose areas

...Wildlife Mitigation and Human Safety for the Sterling Highway. The number of collisions is also underreported.The moose population in Game Management Unit 15A, the area north of the Kenai River and West of the mountains, is stable at best, Selinger said...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-08/officials-urge-drivers-be-cautious-high
State
Industry could suffer if Big Thorne stalls

...retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist told the Forest Service the Big Thorne harvest would impact the habitat and population of Alexander Archipelago wolves on Price of Wales Island. The Forest Service put the sale on hold and spent a year investigating...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-09-08/industry-could-suffer-if-big-thorne-sta
Local

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