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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - May 10, 1986, Fairbanks, Alaska 4�? daily news Miner Fairbanks Alaska opinion saturday May to 1986 pets can have a soothing effect on human the peace of nato the time has come again to grind our Teeth Pound the Tabletop and Tell our nato partners this marriage is on the rocks we re packing our bags and going Back to the Good old . Tell them that when Ivan comes we shall take grim satisfaction in watching their adjustment to life under the Iron Boot. No we won t do that of course though the Lack of cooperation from allies in our air strike against Libya has caused some to urge that we abandon Europe we won t pull out in part because we Are there to provide for the Forward defense of the United states As Well As to defend our european allies. And in the unlikely event that we did withdraw we certainly would find no satisfaction in a communist takeover of the Western european democracies. A the army time choices still ours we know that tribal governments Are being considered by some Alaska natives. What is so unsettling about the line of reasoning used by the pro sovereignty people is the outright condemnation of the Alaska native claims settlement act and the blatant nurturing of our mistrust of the corporations. It is this part of the debate that should concern us most and we should ask ourselves Why Are we being told these things. A Tundra times i am embarrassed to admit How much i love to pet my daughters cat. I fondle the fur behind her Black ears nuzzle her White whiskers and whisper foolish nothings like a ooh you Beauty a when i pet the cat i feel wonderfully Calm and Serene. I probably feel Calm and Serene because petting the cat makes my blood pressure go Down. That a the conclusion of or. James Lynch and his colleagues at the psychophysiological Center of the University of Maryland medical school. For the past 20 years they have examined the response of the cardiovascular system to interpersonal Contact. They report their discoveries in a scientific detective Story a the language of the heart Lynch began his research not by examining the effects of pets on people. He was interested in the opposite issues the effects of people on pets. His Mentor or. W. Horseley Gantt who had studied with the great russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov introduced him to a scientific phenomenon called the a effect of in these studies a Mongrel dog stood quietly restrained in an isolated observation room. Surface Judith Steinfeld views expressed Here do not necessarily represent those of the daily news Miner electrodes attached to a polygraph measured the dogs heartbeat�?60 to 80 beats per minute while the dog was alone and at rest. When a person opened the steel door to the dog s room and walked in the dogs heartbeat Rose frantically�?150, 160, 170 beats per minute. Suddenly the heartbeat would plummet to 30 beats per minute. What had happened the person had started to pet the dog. Such dramatic demonstrations of the effects of people on dogs led Lynch to explore similar effects on the human cardiovascular system. This is research of great significance. Cardiovascular problems remain a leading cause of death. According to common Wisdom blood pressure rises when people discuss emotionally upsetting mat ters. What Lynch and his colleagues demonstrated was that blood pressure rises when people speak about anything at All. The act of speaking in itself raises blood pressure. In one Experiment for example Lynch recruited 20 healthy medical and nursing students As volunteers. When the students were alone or just listening to the experimenter talk their blood pressure remained Low. As soon As the students began to speak their blood pressure Rose. Their blood pressure Rose even when they were simply Reading aloud from a Bland textbook. It Rose even when no person was present listening to them read aloud. If speaking itself raises blood pressure Lynch asked does whom you Are speaking to also make a difference Lynch suspected that a speaking up a speaking to people of higher status raised blood pressure More than speaking to people of equal status. He tested this idea by having College students read aloud in two situations. In the first situation they read a textbook to a person of roughly equal status someone dressed in Blue jeans and Tennis shoes and introduced As a graduate student. In the second situation they read the textbook to a person of higher status actually the identical person the time he was dressed in a White Laboratory jacket and identified As a doctor. Blood pressure was significantly higher when the students thought they were speaking to the doctor the person of higher status. If a speaking up raises blood pressure what about a speaking Down a what happens when people speak to pets Lynch began to study the effects of speaking to pets on blood pressure. People speak to pets very differently from the Way they speak to other people. They tend to speak More slowly and gently to their pets and to stroke the animals while talking to them. When people talk to pets. Lynch found their blood pressure does not Rise As it usually does when they speak. Their blood pressure remains unchanged or actually goes Down. The reason blood pressure fell Lynch suspected was that when people spoke to pets a they were Able to forget themselves step outside of their Normal defensive Armor and wholly attend to their pet or. Aaron Hatcher tested this idea through an ingenious Experiment. He measured blood pressure when people were sitting in a comfortable chair relaxing and when they were asked to watch a school of tropical fish swimming in a tank blood pressure was lower when people watched the fish when they concentrated on something outside themselves. Owning a pet seems to increase patients chances of survival after a heart attack. In one study 96 patients recovering from a heart attack were followed for a year. Physical health and the extent of cardiovascular disease were the most powerful predictors of who would die. Owning a pet however also had a Strong Independent effect on death rates quite a Surprise to the researchers. Only 3 percent of the pet owners died compared with 28 percent of the patients without pets. We Are just beginning to understand the enormous psychological and physical significance of pets to human beings. Pets quite literally affect the heart. Judith Kleinfeld is a professor of psychology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of human and Rural Bill property taxpayers should keep track of cshb518 in the final Days of the legislature which is scheduled to adjourn monday. If the Bill does no to pass this session there should be a Strong push for its introduction and passage next year. Committee substitute for House Bill 518 is described As a housekeeping tax measure which does a lot of Little things. But one amendment to the Bill does a lot for local taxpayers. That amendment puts the Burden of proof on the tax assessor in providing the value of the property in the event a taxpayer appeals his assessment. Under current Law unhappy taxpayers Are often required to hire Independent assessors and lawyers to prove a property assessment is too High. A Ketchikan daily news matter of life and death for the Lack of one vote a Bill died which would have made seat Belt use in Alaska mandatory. That a too bad. But lets offer a prediction. In another year or maybe two or even three the Alaska Law will be changed and motorists will be required to buckle up. By then. After More people have died unnecessarily on our streets and highways the mandatory nature of the Law will be no big Deal. A the Anchorage time sidle right move the state House made the right move when it voted to Deposit the $1.1 billion in undistributed earnings from the permanent fund into the main part of the fund the Corpus they Call it. Money in the Corpus of the fund cannot be touched by the legislature or the administration to pay expenses. A Ketchikan daily news Back Burner project efforts to Market alaskans vast quantities of North slope natural Gas May be on the Back Burner again. Its another Ripple effect of the slump in Oil prices that needs to be remembered As the state looks ahead at ways to ease the Impact of declining Oil Revenue and generate new economic activity. Somewhere Down the line those trillions of cubic feet of natural Gas Are going to be vitally important to the state As an exportable commodity. The idea of Selling North slope Gas wont die that a for sure. And one Day it will happen Given better economic prospects. But for the immediate future a huge natural Gas pipeline construction project does no to seem Likely As a boost to the states Economy. A the Anchorage times s Fatwa Anjola f daily mews Miner uses 183900 200 North Cushman. Fairbanks Alaska 99701 an Independent newspaper established in 1903 published daily and sunday by Fairbanks publishing co to. Kent Stur tils managing editor c. A Snedden Board chairman and publisher Charles l. Gray president and general manager sle Mattson editor editorial Page daily Only Price $167 50 per year in Alaska second class postage paid at Fairbanks postmaster Send address changes Fairbanks daily news Miner Box 710, Fairbanks. Alaska 99707 subscription rates in Advance Fairbanks area daily it daily elsewhere in Alaska daily amp daily sunday Only sunday Only per month by Carrier 10 50 $7 75 per month by Carrier $11.00 $8 25 per month by motor route 25 $8 25 per month by motor route $11 25 $8 25 mail subscriptions write our circulation department. Box 710, Fairbanks Alaska 99707 or phone 907 456 6661 for rates represented nationally by Branham newspaper sales firefighters deserve great big thank you business hours 8 a in to 5 30 monday Friday 8 a in to 2 30 p in saturday Libers who fail to receive papers by 6 . Are requested to dial 456 6661 before 7 weekdays before noon weekends. There a been lots of negative comment about fire departments in the months past. I think its time someone says something positive. Recently we discovered a Chimney fire in our Home. After several unsuccessful attempts to squelch the fire we put in a Call to the North Star Volunteer fire department. Their response time was extremely prompt they were courteous very cautious and careful about our household items. They Are not the a wielding hoses blasting charging Nightrider that so Many people seem to have stereotyped. Though the flames had died Down by the time they arrived they assured me i had taken the Correct action and need not apologize for calling them out needlessly. They spent about 30 minutes monitoring my stack checking for hot spots and carefully watering the stack after draping my Wood stove with a Tarp so As not to allow any water seepage in the Home. I want to thank All the men who responded and express my regrets for breaking up their awards ceremony which was in Progress at the time i called. You re doing a marvelous service to our Community and in a one grateful woman. A Dorothy of Rourke May 4-10 is designated As the third annual National Pat teacher appreciation week. The executive Board of Parent teacher student association of North pole Middle school expresses a special thanks to Lee Solis principal of pms and the exceptional staff at pms. Through the leadership and support of Lee and the hard work and commitment of the pms staff Many exciting things have been happening this year. Teachers in our school deserve to be recognized for their professional attitude and commitment to our children. We often done to realize or take for granted just How important teachers Are. Skills such As Reading and writing come so naturally to us As adults that we tend to forget just How we Learned these skills. Especially at this critical time of budget cuts and changes we need to acknowledge and celebrate our teachers As professionals whose dedication and hard work truly does make a difference. A executive Board Parent teacher student association North pole Middle school before the grass is Green and the Flowers Bloom a personal accolade is due the Borough workers for the design and maintenance of the strip of Park Between Barnette and Cowles on the Airport Side of the Library. That Park is As Nice As any i have seen anywhere including san Francisco Hong Kong and new Orleans. Even into october it is a pleasant place to be. That particular Park is exceptional but All the areas maintained by the Borough Parks and recreation department Are reflective of people who like their work and do it Well. Since in be been Here the staff at the Hamme Pool have taught my four children to swim and to swim Well. That is an excellent facility and has an excellent staff who do their work and do it Well. A Brendan p. Babb Robinson Blankenship will soon be retiring As postmaster of Kiana Alaska. He has held this position for nearly 40 years. He has provided Kiana with an excellent United state Post office during his tenure. He has spent Many extra hours of his own time to make sure that our mail service is top Quality. We have deep admiration and respect for or. Blankenship and feel that Kiana and the . Postal service will be losing a Model Public servant. We commend and thank Robinson Blankenship. A Scott Warren a Yvette Cross Warren a Helvi k. Sandvik the play in learn staff and children thank Fairbanks Sand and gravel for their donation of Sand for our sandboxes. The children Are enjoying being Able to again use the sandboxes and we look Forward to Many hours of enjoyment this summer because of your donation. A Claudia Essley assistant Center director on behalf of the greater Fairbanks chamber of Commerce beautification and litter control committee we express our appreciation to a number of businesses that have gotten an Early Start on clean up and beautification activities. A few that come to mind for their efforts Are Earl Cook realty Fairview Manor travellers inn and Burger King. We also thank the department of transportation and City of Fairbanks Crews for sweeping the streets and highways. Keep up the Good work Fairbanks a Heather stockard a Art Buswell co chairmen first through sixth Grade students at two Rivers school Are permanently Richer in skills and in a sense of caring after the annual arts and crafts Day a Community education program provided this year on april 25 and May 2 by Community volunteers school staff and the two Rivers Community school advisory Council. We thank the following volunteers cosette Kimmell Fly tying Dana Stepp and Jeanne Portwine cooking Gena Kegley creative writing aide Jessica Bittner and South slope greenhouses growing plants Jane Schultz and Melinda Tong skin sewing Helen Gillogly needlepoint Barbara Buck drawing Billy Johnson carpentry Dan Dickman video camera for acting class Michelle Trickey and Elin Weaver child care for Volunteer teachers. Activities led by school staff included photography John pile principal computer arts Cheryl Goff sixth Grade cooking Janet Speed fifth Grade cooking Lyn parliment fourth Grade substitute helping wherever needed Mary Lindsay third Grade creative writing Sandra Legoullon second Grade acting Stephen Sandler Reading and special education providing directions Ila Shoen Secretary. Peggy Maitlen first Grade did a great Deal of the coordinating and assisted with skin sewing. Substitute custodian Pat White was most patient with the extra mess and with supervising students who finished their projects Early. A Jerry Savage two Rivers Community school coordinator the Borough Parks and recreation departments therapeutic division provides year round recreation programs for Many people in Fairbanks who Are experiencing disabilities. Our department would not be Able to provide the services at the current level without the support from the parents and Community. There were Over 1,000 Volunteer service hours put in from september to May. Our deepest thanks to the following organizations and individuals for making our Winter programs such a High Success Alaska Gold Kings Poe elks club Fairbanks figure skating club Fairbanks softball association fort Wainwright Nugget lanes the Center uhf adaptive physical education students Fra group Home Counselor or. And mrs. Vernon Kennedy or. And mrs. Allen Jensen Tom Byrnes Rose Peterson Jack Daly Tom Rowinski Judy bouts Timona Merritt Margaret Nestor woo Driver elementary school Ryan Junior High Community education Fairbanks North Star Borough special education Marcia Toland Tom Morse Lisa Lawrence Maxine Shorter Cindy Guerrero Jennifer Mickelson Cathy Kitch emaster Kevin Brigance Kelly Carlson Mary Levan Marie Zib chord Dick Millburn Regina Schmid sue Bruhn Tina Nash Roxanne Creamer Dave Mcguire Tony Gasbarro Nancy Knapp Becky Trumbauer Terry Kelly Mitlene Mason Dennis Bolz Pat Butler Joyce Hall Brian Johnson Scott Woodham Delaine Jensen . Pinkey Murl Shorter Mary Castillo Diana Denny Carolyn Frank Crystal Stichter Sarah Lahn Sarah Mathews Steve Bennis Kim main Judy Millburn Leonard Overturf Dayna Anderson Becky Kirchner Jim and Judy Orvik Adrienne Powell Mike Crelli Donya Klie Colleen Mcbirney Debbie Tracy Sandy Bolz Candee Sellers Gladys main Charlie Walsworth Alethea Shiolas Andre Thibodeha Scott Jensen Jenny Sowry Gary Severance Ginger Gauss Robyn Rammer Wayne Pein Dawn Hansen . Olund Donna Burke Rick Trupp Katie Fellows Ken Trell and Terry Tomczak. A Jeanne Woodham coordinator the fort Wainwright youth Center celebrated the a month of the military child during april. Several activities were offered to youth of All Ages during the month even parents. Many people from the fort Wainwright and Fairbanks communities volunteered Many hours to help make All the programs successful. The following people Are to be thanked for their time and support of youth activities Karen Toland and Doug Mcintosh for offering a dog mushing program and rides Becki Gray and Lee Hazen from Golden Valley electric for an electrical safety program Eileen Mcginnis and Kellie Baker from the resource Center for parents and children for a personal safety program staff sgt. Wayne Toliver and spec.4 Reeves a a Sparky from the fort Wainwright fire department for fire safety Jane Worthington from Fairbanks memorial Hospital for a program on nutritious snacks Jackie Niele Bock for helping at our Booth at the end of Winter children a fair Mike Kirk and Wayne Toliver of the Chee Chako Lions club for helping with the Young Peoples Volk Smarch Eileen Mcginnis Kellie Baker and Diana Barton from the army Community service and spider Man for arranging and delivering an excellent program on child abuse prevention Diana Guinard Christine Guinard and Kennethea Wright As organizers and sgt. 1st class William Madison Vera Nickens and Lisa Thomas Mcdougald As judges for the is. Fort Wainwright pageants the arts and crafts Center staff for a ceramics class the Community activities Center for assistance with the pageants the youth Center staff Kathy Murphy Diane Brozovsky Rita Hardy Jamie Kuffner and Andy Herrmann for their assistance and support for All the programs and All the kids and parents who participated and attended the programs. A Marilyn Kostick youth program director on rumours quips and inside tips i contributions Welcome to a on the inside. Box 710, Fairbanks a 99707 absenteeism the Canadian government has discovered something interesting about school attendance. More primary Grade children at one Whitehorse school misses classes during woo smoke pollution periods than during non pollution periods. The study cautioned that a number of other factors could have affected student absenteeism. It noted that though the difference was definite it was still slight. Today a thought. Shakespeare tells us that the web of life is a mingled yarn Good and bad Woven together. Happiness like Gold is Seldom found in pure form. It is mixed with other things. But we come nearest to it when we do something that brings Joy to others and at the same time provides an Opportunity for us to express ourselves and utilize our Powers. By Rev. Paul Osumi Young life aids Marco Petroleum vice president Buki Wright right presents a $500 contribution to Young life. From left Are Young life director Tom Miklautsch member Craig Chausse and area director Jim Rawlings. Young life is a Christian social club that has been Active in Fairbanks for nine years and has some 70 members. Museum donations a donation Check from the Cosgrave foundation in support of the University of Alaska museum endowment fund was delivered recently to a Fairbanks Chancellor Patrick j. Of Rourke left and Basil c. Hedrick director of the museum. University of Alaska photo

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