Melissa Griffiths

Southeast Alaskans look to increase food production

JUNEAU — Where does your food come from? Where does your kid’s school lunch come from? Ninety-five percent of the time, the answer is a barge.

Lia Heifetz, owner of Grow Southeast and Food Security Coordinator for Southeast Conference, hopes to increase security in the region through production in Southeast Alaska, where most food comes from around the world and arrives on Alaska forks only through a complex web of transportation.

One place to start? Schools.

DOT commissioner: Expect changes across Alaska

JUNEAU — Alaska Department of Transportation Commissioner Marc Luiken said his department would meet Alaska’s budget challenges head on “by consolidating and creating efficiencies where possible” while “striving to have minimal impacts on core services.”

Luiken’s remarks came during the Southeast Conference Mid-Session Summit on Tuesday, where he discussed the effects of Alaska’s $3.5 billion deficit and more specifically how the Southeast region would be affected.

New invention provides mobility for all abilities

JUNEAU — Adventure runs in the Janes family, so when Bob Janes found his father’s age affected his ability to be active outdoors, something had to be done.

So Bob invented the Access Hybrid, a trike with an assistive electric motor, meant to provide all the fun of a bicycle and all the function of a traditional mobility device.

“My father, three years ago, at 89, was given a standard mobility scooter,” Bob said. “He didn’t feel like himself on it. He’d been active all his life.”

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