UAA celebrates progress on health building

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Though its new health sciences building is only 25 percent complete, the University of Alaska Anchorage held a "topping out" ceremony Wednesday.

"Topping out" is a construction term indicating the final piece of steel has been put in place.

The building scheduled to open a year from August will house the university's medical programs.

Provost Mike Driscoll says it will help the university supply the healthcare workers Alaska needs.

Fairbanks woman accused of helping wanted man

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman has been arrested on an accusation she helped a wanted man avoid police.

Shannon Kiehl has been charged with first-degree hindering prosecution.

According to court documents, the 22-year-old woman picked up Sean Jeffers after the March 16 shooting of Bryan Richardson outside a bar in Goldstream Valley.

Kiehl allegedly rented a pair of hotel rooms to help the murder suspect hide from law enforcement.

Jeffers ended up turning himself in March 20.

Alaska State Troopers learned of Kiehl's efforts from tape-recorded calls between her and Jeffers after he was jailed.

The Fairbanks Correctional Center records all inmate phone conversations.

Ex-volunteer firefighter charged with theft

FAIRBANKS - A 21-year-old woman has been indicted on accusations she bought fuel for herself with a credit card she stole from the North Star Volunteer Fire Department.

Ashley Bell of North Pole is charged with theft and fraudulent use of an access device.

Fairbanks police say the former volunteer firefighter racked up more than $700 in gas purchases between August and January.

Bell is scheduled to be arraigned June 8.

She declined comment when contacted by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Anchorage updates Bear Aware website

ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage has updated its "Bear Aware" website.

It offers bear activity maps, trail closures and safety information. People can use the site to report bear sightings at

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