Alaska Digest

staff and Wire reports

Posted: Friday, May 14, 2004

Silverbow hosts ball as benefit for Miah Lager

JUNEAU - The Back Room at the Silverbow, 120 Second St., will host the Burlesque Dyke Ball, an open mic and costume ball, at 8 p.m. tonight.

Admission is $5. All ages and sexual orientations are welcome. The space is rented until midnight, but the evening could last beyond then, organizers said.

Event organizers have decided to forward all proceeds to Juneau resident Miah Lager, currently a student at The Art Institute of Chicago. Lager's apartment building in Chicago burned down a few weeks ago. She lost most of her belongings, including her art, her portfolio and a final project for school.

Lager is well-known in the Juneau arts scene and has been one of the co-managers of the Empire Gallery. Her professors have granted her leniency, organizers said. She will not be at the ball, but she will be returning to town for the summer.

Lager's sister, Sophie, and her father, John, will play music at the ball. Other acts include a reggae band, a freestyling emcee, two high school girls performing an amalgamation of styles and DJ Astronomar of KBJZLP-FM/94.1.

There will also be drag performances, a fetish menu, Silverbow pastries and an open mic. Singing, dancing, poetry, yodeling and any other forms of artistic expression are encouraged.

Xandi's Treasure Chest has provided some of the costumes and will be giving away door prizes.

For more information about the ball, call 586-8999.

Padgett convicted in his mother's death

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was convicted Thursday in the killing of his mother, whose body was entombed in her trailer's breakfast nook.

Kenneth Padgett, 40, was convicted of first- and second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the November 2001 death of Charlotte Miles.

Prosecutors said Padgett suffocated Miles, 56, and entombed her in the breakfast nook of her trailer. He then rented out the trailer to an acquaintance, who found the body the next month.

Padgett's sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 21 in Anchorage Superior Court. Sharon Marshall, who prosecuted the case for the state attorney general's office, said Padgett faces a prison sentence of at least 99 years on the murder charges and five years on the tampering charge.

Padgett has denied killing Miles. Public defender Leslie Hiebert told the jury that Padgett hid his mother's body because he feared that if he called police to report her death, they would discover a warrant for his arrest as a Texas parole violator.

Shareholders call for Leavitt's resignation

BARROW - Thin profits and dividends for Arctic Slope Regional Corp. shareholders have prompted some to call for the resignation of president Oliver Leavitt and a recall of the board of directors.

The company, representing about 9,200 shareholders of Inupiat Eskimo descent, was to hold a meeting after shareholders petitioned for a forum to discuss dividends, investment strategy and financial performance.

But soon after the event was supposed to begin, Leavitt called it off, telling the audience there wasn't a quorum.

Alma Upicksoun, Arctic Slope general counsel, said without a majority of shareholders present or having mailed in a proxy the company could not lawfully conduct business.

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