State Briefs

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2002

Calkins, Shoaf named to education board

JUNEAU - Gov. Tony Knowles named two people to the state Board of Education and Early Development, the administration said Friday.

Annie Calkins of Juneau and Rob Shoaf of Anchorage were appointed to five-year terms by Knowles. They replace two previous appointees passed over by the Legislature this session.

Calkins is a former assistant superintendent of the Juneau School District. She holds elementary and secondary teaching certificates and a public school administrative certificate. She co-chaired a state committee on student standards and chaired the State Assessment Advisory Committee. She coordinated the Alaska State Writing Consortium for six years.

Shoaf is an attorney who has worked for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. since 1981.

The Board of Education and Early Development appoints the Commissioner of Education and Early Development with the approval of the governor, and approves the department's budget. The board also establishes statewide education goals.

The appointments have to be confirmed by the Legislature next year.

The Legislature adjourned during a confirmation hearing this session without taking up the education board appointments of Roger Chan of Anchorage and Sally Rue of Juneau. In all, 13 Knowles appointments to various boards were passed over by the Legislature when it adjourned.

Alaska in line for anti-terrorism grant

ANCHORAGE - Alaska will receive $769,000 to help respond to acts of biological, chemical agent, nuclear, radiological or explosive material terrorism, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

The money will be used to buy specialized equipment for emergency response agencies.

The grant will be administered by the Office of Justice Programs. Police, fire and hazardous waste response departments will use the money to buy personal protective equipment, hazard-detection equipment, decontamination equipment and communications equipment.

Kodiak CPR class gets real emergency

KODIAK - Students in a Red Cross cardiopulmonary resuscitation class had their emergency skills tested Wednesday.

At the beginning of class, students watched an instructional video with a segment about emergency situations. Part way through, a male student appeared to nod off. An hour into the class, he fell off his chair.

"We thought he had fallen asleep," said course instructor Rhonda Kiefer.

The man assured everyone he was fine and class resumed. But within five minutes, the man fell again, apparently while suffering a seizure.

One class member called an ambulance. Another stood near the victim to monitor him. A third waited outside for the ambulance.

The man awoke after 45 seconds and the ambulance arrived shortly after. While emergency medical technicians attended the man, he suffered another seizure. He was transported to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

Kiefer commended her class. "We'd just watched about what to do in an emergency and they all pretty much handled the situation properly."

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