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Delays at Alaska VA clinics are shorter than US average

JUNEAU - Average wait times for veterans seeking appointments at four Veterans Administration facilities in Alaska were below the national average, according to VA data for September through February.
My Turn: Reasons matter, labels don't

I describe myself as a fiscal conservative - a label that can mean different things to different people.
Cuts to education, public defender agency proposed

JUNEAU - Alaska's top public defender said Friday that there will be delays in criminal trials and appeals if a proposed $1.2 million cut to his agency goes forward.
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Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital adds surgeon to staff

Dr. Patricia McPherson recently joined the SouthEAst Alaska Regional Health Consortium as a general surgeon. McPherson will begin work on Dec. 1, filling a position that "has been vacant for quire some time," SEARHC said in a news release.
Alaskan 'Ghostwalker' speaks against smoking

Michael Patterson, the self-proclaimed "Ghostwalker" of Juneau, continues to wage a battle against tobacco in his home state. He was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, a form of emphysema, when he was only 44 years old.
Dr. Elliot Bruhl tapped as SEARHC Medical Director

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is pleased to welcome Dr. Elliot Bruhl as the new Medical Director at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. His tenure began on September 30. Dr. Bruhl initially worked at Mt.
Doctor accused of misconduct surrenders license

SEATTLE - A burn surgeon accused of giving questionable testimony on legislation related to flame retardants has surrendered his Washington state medical license. Dr.
Spencer, Ashraf to wed

E. Sophie Spencer and Muhammad "Mo" Arif Ashraf wed on May 25, 2013 at The Outing Lodge at Pine Point in Stillwater, Minn., with a reception following. The bride is the daughter of Larry Spencer and Carola Thompson of Juneau.
Medevac service stationing turboprop in Juneau

Airlift Northwest is adding a turboprop aircraft to its Juneau-based fleet Wednesday.

Cassie Iutzi is the 2011 recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation's Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship, the foundation announced Wednesday. Iutzi, a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and the University of Alaska Anchorage, is currently a third-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is also pursuing a master's degree at UW. She has volunteered as a medical interpreter at a clinic in Nicaraugua since 2004. The $5,000 scholarship is given each year to a medical student from Southeast Alaska.


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