Whittaker to serve as program coordinator
JUNEAU - Jetta Whittaker will serve as Southeast Senior Services' new coordinator of home and community-based services beginning Jan. 2, the organization's executive director Marianne Mills announced.
Whittaker, who most recently served as the executive director of The Glory Hole homeless shelter, has had experience in state government and served as the governor's social services liaison in the Division of Policy, Office of Management and Budget. She also helped develop and implement Alaska's Medicaid waiver program for home and community-based services within Alaska's Division of Medical Assistance.
In Whittaker's new role, she will work with the senior program managers to oversee adult day services, care coordination, case management, counseling, in-home services, and the senior and caregiver resource center.
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For information about Southeast Senior Services, call 463-6192.
Starbucks is here
JUNEAU - Juneau's first Starbucks opened for business in the recently expanded Fred Meyer store Monday, said Fred Meyer spokeswoman Melinda Merrill.
The coffee shop is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at 8181 Old Glacier Highway.
State agency offers rural Internet grants
ANCHORAGE - Six rural Southeast Alaska communities are in the running for federal grants aimed at expanding broadband Internet access.
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska is awarding $15 million to service providers to supply service in rural communities. It is the second round in the process that is part of an ongoing state and federal effort to make getting online more affordable to rural Alaskans. The effort was spearheaded by Sen. Ted Stevens.
Potential grant recipients in this round of more than $1 million are AP&T Wireless, AT&T Alascom and Yukon Telephone Co.
Southeast communities where service might be implemented include Kasaan, Port Alexander, Port Protection, Edna Bay, Naukati Bay and Tenakee Springs. Manley Hot Springs near Fairbanks also is being considered.
Alaskan Brewing Co. wins recognition
JUNEAU - The Alaskan Brewing Co. was granted the Alaska-Siberia Lend Lease Award in recognition of its support of a monument honoring the program that helped defeat Nazi Germany in World War II.
Alexander Dolitsky, chairman of the Alaska-Siberia Research Center, presented the brewery with an honorary medallion and addressed the Alaskan Brew Crew during a company meeting Dec. 4.
The medallion, one of only 200 minted by Alaska Mint, shows the bronze and granite monument designed by Juneau artist R.T. Wallen. The monument was erected in Fairbanks in August. Casts of the sculpture also will be placed in Nome, Alaska, Canada and Russia along the Lend Lease flight routes. The Lend Lease program allowed the United State to provide Allied nations with defense supplies without actually going to war with the Axis powers during World War II.
The award was especially meaningful for Geoff Larson, co-founder of Alaskan Brewing. Larson's father, Verne, was recruited from North Dakota to work for the lend-lease program in the 1940s in Washington, D.C.
The first recipients of the Alaska-Siberia Lend Lease Award were President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Other recipients include former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Ivanov, Alaska's U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and several World War II veterans.
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