PUBLISHED: 11:32 AM on Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Repeat violent offenders face harsher penalties
ANCHORAGE - A new law will be implemented that cracks down on repeat violent offenders. HB 307 was introduced by Rep. Lindsey Holmes and a bipartisan coalition of legislators to combat the problem of domestic violence in Alaska. Currently the state leads the nation in the rate of women killed by men, and more than 6,000 cases of domestic violence were reported here in 2005. The new law will target repeat offenders by increasing the penalties for their third violent offense. Offenders convicted of class "A" misdemeanors will have their third crime increased to the tougher penalties of a class "C" felony. The law will only apply to offenses committed within 10 years of each other.

"Every Alaskan deserves to feel safe at home," Holmes said. "Little more than a slap on the wrist to people who are repeatedly violent is not a sufficient deterrent. It's time to stop tolerating violence in the home, and to make every Alaskan feel safe."

The bill is supported by the Alaska Peace Officers Association and the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. For more information contact Rep. Holmes' office at 269-0130 or contact here chief of staff, James Waldo at .

The University of Alaska Southeast's School of Management announced on June 11 that it has appointed Rick Wolk as Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Program Director. Mr. Wolk will also continue at UAS in his role as Assistant Professor, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. The UAS MBA is a 100 percent online program, relevant to Alaskan industries, and tailored to the needs of the practicing manager. It leads to a master's degree in business administration, with a focus on service management.

Detailed information about UAS' online MBA program can b e found online at or via email at The application deadline for UAS' fall 2008 MBA cohort admissions is July 1.