Alaska Digest

Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Fort Richardson paratrooper killed

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ANCHORAGE - A Fort Richardson paratrooper was killed in Iraq when the armored vehicle he was riding in with three others was struck by a roadside bomb, the Army said Tuesday.

The soldier was identified as Staff Sgt. Jacob McMillan, 25, of Lafayette, La., said Army spokesman Maj. Kirk Gohlke. The Department of Defense said the detonation Dec. 20 was followed by enemy small arms fire.

McMillan was assigned to Headquarters Company, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. He was the seventh Fort Richardson soldier killed in Iraq this month.

The three other paratroopers riding with him were injured, two of them seriously. The third was treated and has since returned to duty.

Is that Avon calling? No, it's the police

SOLDOTNA - A man who refused to return an Avon package delivered to his home by mistake is in trouble after Alaska State Troopers came calling.

Troopers served a search warrant at Pius Abraham Hanson's home to retrieve the Avon package Friday, but said they also found methamphetamine, codeine, methamphetamine pipes, bags for packaging drugs for distribution and a digital scale.

Hanson, 21, faces a theft count and charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance. Hanson was being held Tuesday at the Wildwood Pretrial Facility pending arraignment.

Valerie Ware is an Avon representative who had lived in the residence prior to Hanson.

When Ware realized the package containing about $200 in Avon products had been delivered to her former residence, she called Hanson, but Hanson claimed not to know anything about it, said trooper Matt Wertanen. Ware then called troopers.

Southeast doctor awarded fellowship

SITKA - Dr. Pamela Steffes of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Eye Clinic has been awarded a fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry, it was announced Tuesday.

"Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry constantly strive for the highest professional standards," said Joe Yager, President of the Academy. Prospective fellows must pass a rigorous candidacy process that includes extensive written work and an oral examination.

A panel of leading optometrists and vision scientists must approve both sections of the test. Fewer than 10 percent of practicing optometrists become Fellows of the Academy, the consortium said in a press release.



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