AlaskaDigest

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2004

Carlton Smith company relocates to Sealaska

JUNEAU - The Carlton Smith Company, a commercial real estate services company incorporated in 1989, has relocated its office to Sealaska Plaza in downtown Juneau.

The company provides brokerage, leasing and consulting services for property owners, corporations and individual investors.

Carlton Smith, broker and principal, is a life-long Alaskan who was raised in Haines. He began his commercial real estate career 20 years ago in Anchorage. He presently serves as a trustee of the Kootznoowoo Permanent Fund Settlement Trust and lives in Juneau.

Wildflower Court changes administration

JUNEAU - Millie Duncan, formerly the chief financial officer of Wildflower Court, is now the administrator of Juneau's skilled nursing facility.

She has selected Ruth Johnson, formerly a vice president of Wells Fargo, to serve as chief financial officer, and Deborah Edens as director of nursing.

Wildflower Court opened in May 2001. Kathy Kloster served as administrator until November 2003, when she moved to Seward.

The facility accommodates up to 49 resident adults. It offers rehabilitation and respite services, as well as long-term care.

Glenn Highway reopens after multiple collisions

ANCHORAGE - A chain of accidents involving 17 vehicles shut down the Glenn Highway north of Anchorage Sunday.

The highway was reopened Sunday afternoon, according to Alaska State Trooper dispatchers.

An undetermined number of people were injured, but there were no fatalities, according to trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson. The injured were taken to area hospitals.

The accident happened at 9:10 a.m. where the highway crosses the Knik River, about 25 miles north of Anchorage.

Museum management undergoes changes

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Museum of History and Art's management structure has been consolidated to one governing board.

The body that will oversee the museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Mayor Mark Begich expects the new board to start a "transition period" early next year with the five formerly controlling organizations, and that the board should be in control by 2006.

Begich said the change stemmed from dissatisfaction of the progress of the museum's multimillion-dollar expansion.

Five organizations had been associated with the museum's management - the Anchorage Museum Association, the Anchorage Museum Foundation, the Cook Inlet Historical Society, The Imaginarium and the city's Historical and Fine Arts Commission.

"The way the museum was being run, we had multiple organizations involved in every major decision and no defined central point of control.

"We decided we wanted to retool to create a museum that could run more efficiently, expand more intelligently and be able to take advantage of new opportunities that might come from around the corner," Begich said.

A task force in May nominated members of the new board, including several members from the business community. They are charged with running the museum like a business.

Search continues for downed plane

ANCHORAGE - The search for a downed floatplane in Cook Inlet continued Sunday, but searchers had found no trace of the plane or its pilot by evening.

An Alaska State Trooper helicopter flew over the inlet in the morning and again at low tide in the afternoon, searching for the Super Cub that crashed in the water on Friday. A member of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group participated in the search as a spotter, said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

The plane is believed to have been piloted by Anchorage doctor Lee Schlosstein, 66, troopers said.

The floatplane went down Friday about a half mile offshore from the Anchorage's Earthquake Park.



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