Anchorage Sheraton workers call for boycott

Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Union workers at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Anchorage are asking visitors to boycott the place because management imposed a sharp increase on family health coverage.

Union organizer Jessica Lawson says management also boosted the number of rooms attendants must clean during an eight-hour shift. It's the same issue that prompted workers at the Hilton Anchorage to call for a boycott of that hotel.

The Dallas-based owner of the Sheraton hotel said Monday it negotiated with the union in good faith.

Cold snap chills Anchorage

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is in the middle of its first cold snap of the season.

Overnight temperatures dipped below zero with afternoon highs predicted to reach no more than 10 degrees on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service expects temperatures to stay unseasonably cold until Friday afternoon, when the high could reach a more typical 25 degrees.

The chill came at a bad time for roughly 4,000 Anchorage residents who lost power Tuesday morning because of a problem at a substation. Chugach Electric spokeswoman Patti Bogan says crews were working to restore power.

UAF administrator candidate for APU job

FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska Fairbanks administrator Bernice Joseph is one of five finalists to be the new president of Alaska Pacific University.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports she is the only in-state candidate to lead the private Anchorage university.

For the past three years she has been vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education at UAF.

APU has about 570 full-time and 200 part-time students in a a half-dozen academic programs.

One of the other finalists is Don Bantz, academic vice president and provost at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

Suspect pleads not guilty in Anchorage rape case

ANCHORAGE - A man accused of sexually assaulting at least five women in Anchorage pleaded not guilty to all charges.

At Monday's arraignment the superior court trial for 43-year-old Richard Dorsey was set for Feb. 8.

The Anchorage Daily News reports he's accused of picking up and assaulting women who were walking along roads in the past eight years.

Dorsey has already been convicted of second-degree sexual assault for sticking his hand up a woman's skirt in July 2006 at a store.

While Dorsey was on trial in that case, police snatched a water cup he had used in court and matched DNA evidence from it to an unsolved rape.

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