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The ‘Local’ Look Back

The ‘Local’ Look Back

Spanning January, 1981 to December, 2000, the Local News was a community-created monthly reaching Bird Creek, Indian, Portage and Girdwood bearing news and cheer of note as penned by residents, themselves.

Advocates declared the Local News “the essence of what community education is all about” and the Gazette is proud to keep its tradition alive in its ‘Local’ look back.


The deliberate introduction of fluoride into valley drinking water reads as a community health topic immune to age when in February of 1993 The Local News Volume 13; Issue 2 pressed a “Health Issues” segment entitled “Our Water Our Health” by Tim Scheffel, D.O.

“Valley residents have expressed concern regarding chlorination….Now it looks as though we will soon have fluoridated water as well.

According to a recent Norwegian study, water used for infant formulas should contain no more than 0.5 ppm of fluoride ions or mottling of the teeth may result. Greater than 1 ppm may have an effect on adult bone strength causing increased rates of hip and neck fractures. A new study at the University of Utah demonstrated a 40% increase in hip fractures in men and 25% increase in women who had been drinking fluoridated water (1 ppm) for 20 years.

We will be subjected (whether we like it or not) to water containing an average of 1.17 ppm according to AWWU statistics for Anchorage.”

As a physician of vested interest, the author went on to state;

“I can see no compelling reason that Girdwood’s water needs chemical treatment.”

The piece closed with notice of Anchorage Assembly’s agreement to table said discussion and compelled the community to state its opinions.