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Posted: Monday, May 16, 2005

Local attorneys honored for pro bono work

JUNEAU - A Juneau law firm and the city's mayor were honored last week with the 2005 Alaska Bar Convention's Pro Bono Awards, for providing free legal services to clients in need.

At Thursday night's banquet, Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Bryner presented Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho with the award among individual attorneys. Specifically, he commended Botelho, a former Alaska attorney general, for helping poor clients.

Among law firms, Bryner presented the award to a representative of Baxter, Bruce and Sullivan and said its seven attorneys should be commended for serving "Juneau's growing bankrupt population."

Accepting the award for the firm, Dan Bruce credited founding partner Fred Baxter. "He's always emphasized we have to hive back to the community."

Bruce also criticized the recent changes in federal bankruptcy code, which he said will make bankruptcy cases "more onerous for lawyers and clients" after Oct. 17.

"Despite what Mastercard says, it is access to justice that is priceless," Bruce said.

Wilson joins JCVB as visitor information director

JUNEAU - Eileen Wilson, with eight years experience in program development and marketing, has joined the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau as its visitor information services director.

Her primary responsibility is to manage volunteers who welcome visitors to the community. More than 175 Juneau residents volunteer more than 6,500 during the season to welcome visitors to Juneau. They provide more than 145,000 a year with information at five centers.

Wilson moved to Juneau in 2000 as a Jesuit volunteer. She has worked as director of Shanti and most recently was the program director for JRC-The Alaska Club. There she ran special events, camps and tournaments and assisted in marketing activities. Before coming to Juneau, she was an advertising account manager in Florida.

The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to diversifying the local economy by promoting Juneau as a visitor and meeting destination.

USKH expands environmental team

JUNEAU - Sylvia A. Kreel, a senior environmental planner, with more than 15 years experience, has joined the USKH environmental department.

Founded in 1973, USKH provides architectural, engineering, survey and planning services throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

For the last six years, Kreel has worked with the Alaska Coastal Management Program. Her work has included developing a wetlands migration bank for the city of Juneau.

Cycle Alaska purchased

JUNEAU - John McConnochie, former co-owner of the Juneau Racquet Club, has purchased Cycle America, a bike touring and rental company started by Joyce and Rob Waldman in 1996.

The Waldmans have provided guided bike trips in and around Juneau to cruise ship passengers and independent travelers

"I am looking forward to continuing the quality experience provided these last nine seasons by the Waldmans," McConnochie said. "I am also impressed by the quality of the guides and their enthusiasm for the beauty of Juneau's surroundings."

He said he is looking forward to continuing to build and improve the quality of the operation.

Dindinger joins Alaska Travel Adventures

JUNEAU - Juneau-based Alaska Travel Adventures has selected Darren Dindinger to oversee its Skagway operations.

Dindinger, most recently a credit analyst for Alaska Pacific Bank in Juneau, will begin work Saturday. Five operations will come under his control - the Skagway Mountain View RV Park, Alaska Motorhome Rentals, Alaska Highway Cruises, Yukon Jeep Klondike Adventure and Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake, acquired in April from Red Onion Saloon Inc.

"We are very pleased to have Darren join our management team," said Jeff Keys, senior vice president of operations. "He brings a depth of knowledge and experience that will enable him to hit the ground running, ensure a smooth transition and help the company achieve its short- and long-term goals."

Dindinger worked for Alaska Travel Adventures on a seasonal basis in the late 1990s and managed the company's former guided sportfishing business in Skagway in 2000 and 2001.

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