Alaska Digest

Posted: Monday, March 05, 2007

Juneau man arrested on assault charges

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JUNEAU - A 20-year-old Juneau man was arrested on charges of third-degree assault and fourth-degree domestic violence assault Saturday afternoon.

Juneau police responded about 2:10 p.m. to a house in the Tee Harbor area. They were told a woman locked herself in a bathroom while a man threw things and broke things inside the house. Armed with a knife, the man threatened another man at the house.

Shane Johnson was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

UA will restructure HR department

FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska will heed the advice of consultants and restructure its human resources department.

Consultants with Segal-Sibson Co. determined the many-faceted set-up for human resources - with separate departments in charge of the Geophysical Institute, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the university's statewide offices - wasn't working.

Instead, they recommended the three departments be combined into one to streamline processes and improve services to employees.

Earlier this month, the university hired John Duhamel as the new transition manager for the human resources department, with the task of combining and restructuring the human resource departments at UAF and at the statewide level.

"I don't know that the process is broken, but I'd rather say it needs tweaking," Duhamel said

The consultants said the UAF human resources department was "not viewed by university leadership as important or impactful," when compared with the statewide human resources department.

Their report also said university employees felt that the services provided to them by the human resources department were "inconsistent and disorganized."

Fairbanks golf club members vote to sell

FAIRBANKS - The financially troubled Fairbanks Golf and Country Club will be sold to a private owner, about 40 members decided Saturday.

Rob and Amy Gould will buy the golf course, pay off the outstanding debt and assume the club's $530,000 loan with First National Bank Alaska, according Dick Morris, president of the club's board of directors.

Rob Gould, the chief financial officer for Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, left the country club board last fall after serving on it for eight years. He offered to buy the club when he learned about its financial difficulties.

The sale was made with the assumptions that Gould will keep the property as a golf course for at least 20 years, make a good faith effort to develop the back nine and honor all current memberships.

The property includes 89 undeveloped acres besides the clubhouse and nine-hole golf course.

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