Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2007

Students call for UA Regent to resign

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FAIRBANKS - A state lawmaker and several student leaders at the University of Alaska are calling for Regent Jim Hayes to resign or be removed.

Hayes, and his wife, Chris, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on 92 counts of money laundering, theft and conspiracy. They are accused of misusing federal money meant for LOVE Social Services, a youth center directed by Chris Hayes. Jim Hayes serves on the center's board of directors.

Hayes' term on the University of Alaska Board of Regents ends in 2011. Efforts to contact Hayes were not successful.

Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Fairbanks, called himself a close friend of Hayes but said he should resign.

Student newspapers at both the Fairbanks and Anchorage campuses last week printed editorials calling for Hayes to resign or be removed.

Nate Raymond, managing editor of the Sun Star, UAF's student newspaper, wrote that innocent or not, Hayes should resign immediately.

"It's simply disgraceful to think the Board of Regents has a member this corrupt in its presence," Raymond wrote. "(Hayes') criminal charges have already cast a dark cloud over UA's reputation."

Woman convicted in death of her son

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman was sentenced to more than three years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed her young son.

Milissa Delia, 24, was drunk, according to authorities, when she crashed her truck in 2005 killing her 22-month-old son, Brandon Duncan.

The crash occurred about 155 miles southeast of Fairbanks near Dot Lake. The pickup Delia was driving left the road and slammed into a utility pole, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Duncan was crushed when the truck's roof collapsed. Delia and another passenger, Rachel L. Hayton, 20, were also hurt.

Troopers found an open 12-pack of beer at the scene and several containers of alcohol strewn about the vehicle, according to court records. Delia's blood alcohol level measured 0.14, almost twice the legal driving limit of 0.08.

Delia pleaded no contest in July to criminally negligent homicide, second-degree assault and driving under the influence of alcohol.

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