Posted: Friday, January 19, 2007

Max Cadiente, of Juneau, recently graduated with an Associate of Occupational Studies from Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore., in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts.

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As the final portion of his course work, Cadiente completed an intensive six-week externship at the Benson Hotel's London Grill in downtown Portland. The four-star restaurant has hired him full time beginning Jan. 10.

He is the son of Carlos and Paula Cadiente, of Juneau, and the grandson of Irene and the late Andres Cadiente, longtime head chef of the Baranof Hotel and the Alaska Marine Highway System.


Gail Tharpe-Lucero, of Juneau, successfully completed the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant training program at the satellite in Spokane, Wash. She returned to Juneau, after years of experience and training, to work as the medical provider at Front Street Clinic.

Front Street Clinic serves the homeless population of Juneau. This medical practice provides Tharpe-Lucero with an opportunity to serve a population that is in need of caring, tolerant providers. Many of the people she provides care for are employed yet are struggling to make ends meet and cannot afford the high cost of housing in Juneau.

Tharpe-Lucero grew up in Tampa, Fla., and moved to Alaska in 1981. She lived in Juneau from 1981 to 1983 and then moved to Unalaska, where she managed a radio/television station. She then moved to Angoon and lived for over 22 years.

Tharpe-Lucero is a member of American Academy of Physician Assistants and looks forward to continuing her practice serving the homeless population of Juneau. Her goal is to provide her patients with the best possible medical care, which is often challenging due to on going limited resources. She helps her patient's find assistance that will enable them to find respectable housing, stability in their lives, and give them a sense of dignity.


University of Alaska Southeast Automotive Technology Program was selected as national runner-up in Post-secondary non-manufacturer affiliated education, for 2006 by AIPC. The instructors and school were honored on NOV. 30, 2006, by the Automotive Industry Planning Council during the Association for Career and Technical Education convention. The annual awards banquet spotlights state and national winners of the Automotive Awards of Excellence competition. Over $330,000 in prizes were provided to the winning schools by American Honda, ASE, ATech Training, DaimlerChrysler, NACAT and ASA.

The Automotive Industry Planning Council is a national advisory group of industry leaders, vocational/technical educators and educational policy makers, whose mission is to promote communication, cooperation and excellence in automotive service training programs. One of the methods they use to accomplish this is the Automotive Awards of Excellence. For more information about AIPC and the Awards of Excellence program, visit

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