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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2002

Filipino Community inducts new board of directors, officers

JUNEAU - Hundreds of Juneau residents gathered Saturday evening at the Tlingit and Haida Community Council building for a dinner and ceremony honoring the induction of the new board of directors and officers of Filipino Community.

Officers for 2002 are: Dannie Lazaro, president; Alex Carrillo Jr., vice president; Maria Victoria V. Andes, secretary; Nenita Soriano, treasurer; Lorenzo N. Jaravata Jr., public relations officer; Dante Reyes, finance manager; Nic Jardin, auditor; and Flor Batac and Sonny Gonzales, sergeants-at-arms.

Andes, Carrillo, Jaravata, Lazaro are also on the 2002 Board of Directors. Other board members are: Morris Carrillo, Nestor Catli, Reynaldo Jose, Danny Malalang, Virgil Malalang, Cecille Saceda and Taurino Yadao.

The new officers and board members were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks.

The ceremony also featured an Alaska Army National Guard color guard; the singing of the national anthems of the United States and the Philippines; and an address from Mayor Sally Smith.

The Filipino Community has adopted the theme "Unity for Progress" for 2002.

Nanwalek spill cleanup proposed

SOLDOTNA - Risk managers have asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to spend nearly $230,000 to finish cleaning up diesel-contaminated soil at the Nanwalek school and replace playground equipment removed during excavation work last year.

Soil contaminated with diesel fuel was discovered beneath one of the school's two playgrounds in the summer of 2000. Diesel had been used for heating up to 1981.

Last year, the borough spent $139,000 for soil monitoring and digging up 450 cubic yards of contaminated soil.

To complete the job, two remaining pockets of contaminated soil totaling an estimated at 150 cubic yards must be excavated, then all of the soil must be moved and treated. Analysis of groundwater at four monitoring wells and a sump are also required.

The proposal would appropriate $229,425, with $123,000 to cover the estimated cost of excavation and remediation and $50,000 for the playground equipment. The school has about 75 students.

Anchorage tells fire halls to eliminate risqu magazines

ANCHORAGE - City firefighters have been told to get the girlie mags out of the fire stations.

Fire Chief John Fullenwider told senior captains about the policy, then sent out an e-mail on the subject on Valentine's Day. It was a reminder of an existing city policy, said department spokesman Tom Kempton.

Pornography has no place in the workplace, said Dave Otto, the city's employee relations director. If the city knows about pornographic material in the workplace and doesn't try to stop it, it opens itself to lawsuits, Otto said.

The fire department - whose staff of about 365 includes 15 or so women - has gotten complaints about pornographic literature in its stations, Fullenwider said.

Some in the fire department want to know exactly what is considered to be pornography. Joe Albrecht, a former firefighters union president, said he was told less sexually explicit magazines such as Maxim were among those banned.

The firefighters union may end up asking for clarification from the administration, said Jim Wolcott, a member of union's executive board. But first, it would meet and discuss an approach. No meeting has been set, he said.



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