News Briefs

Health group elects dean

Cheryl Easley, dean of the UAA College of Health and Social Welfare, was recently elected president of the American Public Health Association, the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. Easley’s tenure as president of APHA will be a first for Alaska.

Easley will replace current president Linda C. Degutis when her term is complete in a year.

Easley has been dean and professor for the College of Health and Social Welfare since 2003.

Glass recycling resumes

Anchorage’s glass recycling plant has recently resumed full production and is accepting glass from Anchorage’s community glass recycling bins and commercial businesses.

The new owners, EK Industries, purchased the plant in July and resumed full production in October after making much-needed repairs to equipment. They are working to develop additional product lines for the recycled glass, including terrazzo flooring and floor underlayment for in-floor heating systems, and will continue to produce sandblasting media and traction sand.

“Anchorage recyclers, businesses and builders are closing the recycling loop and diverting their used glass to the recycling stream and buying green products manufactured locally,” said Mary Fisher, director of Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling. ALPAR has played a key role in encouraging both residents and businesses to recycle their glass to help provide the needed feedstock for the plant.

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Drop-off bins for clean glass in all colors are located at the Smurfit-Stone Recycling Center off Dowling Road, the Anchorage Landfill on Hiland Drive, behind Carrs at the Northway Mall, and at the Brown Jug Warehouse on Old Seward. Alaska Waste operates dumpster service for glass recycling to commercial businesses, restaurants and bars.

Debaters take top honors

The Seawolf Debate Team returned to domestic competition Nov. 10 and 11 when it traveled to McMinnville, Ore., for the Mahaffey Invitational hosted by Linfield College. The tournament featured competition in which 48 debaters represented nine colleges and universities.

Over the course of the weekend, the debaters engaged one another on topics such as giving U.S. aid to Pakistan, if the U.S. should implement a cap and trade system on all carbon emissions and if the United Nations should recognize a sovereign and independent Taiwan.

Of the eight teams advancing to the semifinal round of competition, three hailed from Alaska: Nikki Rose, a junior political science major, and Jacit Conright, a sophomore business administration major; David Childers, a junior political science major, and Jennifer Lucas-Duffy, a graduate psychology major; and Ben Ferguson, a junior philosophy major, and Mike Rose, a senior political science major.

In the semifinal round, the competitors debated whether or not Kosovo should be recognized as an independent nation. Rose and Ferguson were selected to advance to the final round. Their position proved insurmountable to the competition, and UAA won its first tournament championship of the season.

UAA has rural health leader

Beth Landon, director of the Alaska Center for Rural Health, recently won her election to become the president-elect of the National Rural Health Association. The NRHA is a membership organization dedicated to the improvement of health care services in rural areas.

As director of the Alaska Center for Rural Health, Landon’s responsibilities include strengthening state and federal partnerships, implementing research projects in health services and improving recruitment and retention programs in Alaska.

Bragaw extension finished

The Bragaw/Abbott Loop extension was scheduled to be finished by Thanksgiving weekend. The new road is named Elmore Road. The state reported spending $39.5 million to build the new road, which was largely funded by a $37 million bond approved by statewide voters in 2002. The Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility also spent $14.2 million to put a new waterline in along the route.

Forty-five acres of trees and wild space were cleared to make room for Elmore, including a gaint twin-trunked cottonwood that was 250 years old and 85 feet tall.

The features of the new road will include traffic signals at Abbott Road, Lore Road, 68th Avenue and 48th Avenue; a flashing pedestrian light at 84th Avenue; bike lanes on both sides of the road; a multiuse trail on the left that will run the length of the road, an equestrian trail on the east side that is seven tenths of a mile and will run from Abbott Road to Abbott Loop Community Park; and moose fences on either side of the north end of the road to reduce the number of unwanted moose-vehicle encounters.