Alaska Digest

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2007

Bausler accepts UAS public relations post

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JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast has hired Katie Bausler as its new director of public relations and marketing. She is scheduled to begin the job on Monday.

Bausler takes over for Kevin Myers, who recently took a job at Reed College in Portland, Ore.

Bausler has more than 20 years of radio and television broadcasting experience as a writer, host, narrator and producer. She has covered the Alaska Legislature for KTUU-TV, Anchorage and hosted Morning Edition on KTOO-FM, Juneau. As a contract producer for KTOO-TV, she recently produced an Alaska follow-up to the PBS "The War" series, featuring conversations with Alaskan World War II veterans.

Bausler also worked with Myers to develop the Alaska College Track public television series, which, since 2004, has been telling the stories of Southeast Alaska Native students, many of them the first in their immediate families to attend college.

Police fire Taser at downtown suspect

JUNEAU - Juneau police shot a man with a Taser on Thursday night after he was accused of pulling a knife on another man on South Franklin Street.

The suspect, whose age was unavailable, was arrested on charges of assault and resisting arrest.

He was in an altercation with another man at about 8:15 p.m. and was accused of drawing a knife, a witness said. The victim had some blood trickling down his face after the incident, the witness said.

The suspect walked away from police and resisted when they tried to put him in handcuffs, police said. He was shot with the Taser and taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Woman gets 30 months on federal drug charge

ANCHORAGE - A 22-year-old Renton, Wash., woman will serve 30 months in federal prison for distributing ecstasy and cocaine.

Sinoun Moth was sentenced Thursday for her conviction of conspiracy in relation to controlled substance trafficking.

The U.S. Attorney's office says she worked with Nicholas Blackwell, Lamar Facine, Chase Walters and Jeffrey Sanders in distributing both ecstasy and cocaine in Anchorage.

Officials say Moth distributed ecstasy and allowed others to put drug sale profits into her bank account. About 1,800 ecstasy pills and more than 2.5 kilograms of cocaine powder were seized in the investigation.

Blackwell has been sentenced to more than 17 years, and Sanders nearly 6 years. Walters is pending sentencing, and Facine is pending trial.

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