Northwest Digest

Posted: Friday, March 02, 2007

Ulmer named interim UAA chancellor

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FAIRBANKS - Former Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer will serve a two-year term as interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, the university announced Thursday.

"Fran Ulmer has an exemplary career in public service at all levels in Alaska, and has represented Alaska's interests nationally and internationally. She has the energy and commitment to higher education needed to keep the positive momentum going strong at UAA," University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton said in a statement.

"I'm pleased to have this exciting opportunity to assist in UAA's progress, both in Anchorage and at all of the community campuses that deliver quality higher education and workforce training throughout Southcentral Alaska," Ulmer said. "I look forward to meeting with community members, students, faculty, staff and senior leadership at our entire family of campuses to ensure the best and brightest future for UAA. "

Ulmer has led UAA's Institute of Social and Economic Research for the last two years.

The interim appointment is effective immediately. However, the university said Ulmer will transition from her current office to the chancellor's office over the next six weeks to ensure a smooth transfer.

Outgoing UAA Chancellor Elaine Maimon will assist in the six-week transition period, as needed. Her role after that is still in the discussion phase, university spokeswoman Kate Ripley said. Maimon announced Feb. 17 she has accepted the presidency at Governors State University in University Park, Ill., and is expected to take over this summer.

Hamilton said the two-year appointment is necessary to provide stability at UAA as well as flexibility to conduct a national search.

Besides the Anchorage campus, UAA includes community campuses in Valdez, Soldotna, Homer, Kodiak, Eagle River and Palmer.

Anchorage goes cop shopping in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. - The Anchorage Police Department is recruiting Montanans interested in police work with starting annual salaries of $66,551, about 75 percent more than starting pay for Billings city officers.

"We have a limited base to recruit from," said Sgt. Michael Couturier of the Anchorage department. "We've worked our population pretty hard; we've shook the bushes pretty hard."

Besides Billings, places on the department's recruitment tour in the inland Northwest are Missoula; Spokane, Wash.; and the Idaho cities of Twin Falls and Boise.

Couturier said he recruits in the Northwest because people who live here have some things in common with Alaskans.

"You kind of like the same things, you recreate the same way, you have a similar outlook on life," Couturier said. "You're cold-weather-trained, you know what a winter is, you've learned how to operate in four seasons."

He said recruiters tell candidates the cost of living in Anchorage is about 10 percent higher than the overall U.S. cost of living.

Couturier said his department spends about $98,000 to train one officer, "so we better pick the right one."

Wyden vows vote on timber payments

WASHINGTON - Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden vowed Thursday to force a vote on a bill to continue payments to rural counties hurt by cutbacks in federal logging.

Wyden, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Public Lands and Forests subcommittee, also said he would resist efforts to rewrite a funding formula for the so-called county payments law to give Oregon less money and other states more.

Lawmakers from other states - particularly in the South and Midwest - have complained that Oregon gets the lion's share of the timber payments, which have totaled more than $2 billion since 2000.

Wyden acknowledged that Oregon gets the biggest share, but said that was because it was hurt the most by federal policies that restricted logging in the 1990s to protect the northern spotted owl.

"Oregon gets the money because this is where God decided to put the trees," Wyden said.

Wyden spoke at a hearing on a bill he has sponsored to reauthorize the timber payments through 2013.

Without the law - formally known as the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act - thousands of teachers and hundreds of law enforcement officers could be laid off, he said.

83-year-old stabbed his wife 100 times

HONOLULU - An 83-year-old Canadian who admitted killing his wife inside a Waikiki condominium stabbed the woman at least 100 times, prosecutors said Thursday.

Circuit Judge Derrick Chan granted the prosecution's request to hold Tadeusz "Ted" Jandura, of Edmonton, without bail. Jandura is charged with second-degree murder in Sunday's slaying.

His 82-year-old wife, Ingeborg Jandura, was found dead by police responding to an argument complaint.

Jandura, who answered the door at the unit, admitted to police, "I just killed my wife," according to Lt. David Kamai.

Ingeborg Jandura died of stab wounds to the neck, lung and heart, the city medical examiner's office said.

The Janduras, who had been married 58 years and coming to Hawaii for many years, had been in the time-share unit since Dec. 12 and planned to return home in March, officials said.

Jandura is believed to be the oldest person charged with murder in state history.

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