State Briefs

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2001

JDHS students cook for a crowd

JUNEAU - A semester's worth of cooking was boiled down to one class Thursday as students in a Juneau-Douglas High School gourmet foods course treated guests to a feast of culinary concoctions.

About 40 invited guests, including parents, teachers and friends, attended Thursday's open house, the last of five conducted by each of the school's five food classes.

Family and consumer sciences teacher Cynthia Shaw said similar open houses have been occurring at JDHS for as long as she can remember. She said it is a culmination of the work students do the rest of the semester.

"They cook for about two weeks preparing," she said. "It's great for them to get the opportunity to do a little entertaining."

Shaw said groups of students choose an appetizer, a quick bread and a bar or regular cookie to make for guests.

Senior Derrick Grimes said he created mahogany chicken wings, pumpkin-ginger bread and oatmeal-raisin cookies for the open house. "It's an opportunity to make what we want and to show our parents and friends what we do in gourmet class," he said.

Three UAF students charged with dormitory burglaries

FAIRBANKS - Three University of Alaska Fairbanks students have been charged with multiple counts of burglary and theft for allegedly breaking into dorm rooms while students were away during the Thanksgiving break.

University police Chief Terry Vrabec said the three swiped master keys to four dorm rooms and stole $5,000 worth of belongings while students were away from campus Nov. 21-25. John O'Neil, 18, of Fairbanks, and Padraic Rollins, 18, of California, were arrested at Fairbanks homes Tuesday night. Donald Titus, 18, of Colorado, was arrested at his classroom when he showed up to take a final exam shortly after 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Vrabec said victims came back to school to find computers, video-game systems, movies, DVDs and stereo equipment missing from their Moore Hall dorm rooms.

A caller to a local crime line gave information regarding the suspects were and a possible location of the stolen items, Vrabec said. Most stolen items have been recovered, including some from a wooded area.

The students were evicted, but were allowed to attend classes during finals week until their arrests.

Recall effort in Mat-Su falls shortP>

ANCHORAGE - An attempted recall of Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Tim Anderson and Assembly member Kelly Ladere appears to be over for now.

Sponsors of the recalls said this week they do not have enough signatures to put the recall questions on the ballot. They said they also were discouraged by a recent court ruling that threw out a recall petition against Assembly member Jim Colver because the claims against him were too vague. The claims in all three recall efforts are nearly identical.

The recall petitions accused borough officials of illegally deciding to purchase a lease on Hatcher Pass land for a ski area during a closed-door meeting in March and withholding an appraisal of the lease's value from the public.

All three officials denied the accusations. Anderson has said those seeking the recalls were simply upset about losing the last election. Some of the recall supporters were members of the former borough administration.

Former Assemblyman Jim Turner said the effort to recall Anderson was about 1,000 signatures short of the 2,300 required.

Oil companies donate to the University of Alaska Foundation

JUNEAU - BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and Phillips Petroleum Company presented the University of Alaska Foundation with checks totaling $4,030,728 on Dec. 6.

This is the second annual contribution under the terms of the companies' charter agreement with the state of Alaska. The agreement specifies that 30 percent of the Money BP and Phillips set aside each year for community giving will go to the UA Foundation for use by the university.

In 2000, the companies presented the foundation with the first donation, more than $2.5 million. Trustees approved use of the funds to hire new faculty.

Ruptured sprinkler line closes boarding school three days early

FAIRBANKS - Students at a Nenana boarding school started their holiday break three days early after a broken sprinkler line forced the evacuation of a newly opened dormitory Sunday night.

The 32 high school students at the Nenana Student Living Center will take their finals when they return from the holiday break, according to the Nenana City School District.

Superintendent Terry Bentley said Wednesday the line had been repaired and that all of the dorm's students had gone home.

Compiled from staff and wire reports

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