But Don’t Worry Folks… VECO Only Bribes Politicians And Journalists In Alaska: Never In Barbados!
from KTUU.com News…
Voice Of The Times Goes Digital
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Voice of the Times will soon be at your fingertips, but not in your daily paper.
Effective Friday, the conservative viewpoints appearing on the opinion and editorial page of the Anchorage Daily News will be found online at voiceofthetimes.net.
In a written statement, the editors of the Voice of the Times said they’re grateful to the Daily News for what they called a “cordial and professional relationship” over the past 15 years. The Daily News recently announced it would not renew the Times’ contract for another term.
The Times will retain most of its current columnists and will still be funded by VECO Corp.
… from KTUU.com (link here)
VECO Built This House For An Alaska Senator – What Are They Building In Barbados?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska –The recent FBI corruption investigation has widened to include U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.
Late last year a federal grand jury heard testimony regarding a remodeling project at the senator’s Girdwood home. The project was overseen by the top executives at VECO Corp.
Stevens’ home in Girdwood underwent a major remodeling seven years ago. It was lifted up and an entire new first floor was added.
Contractor Augie Paone of Christensen Builders did most of the work, but said he dealt with VECO, not Stevens.
“The people that contacted me were some VECO personnel that I knew from some past work I did for them,” Paone said.
Paone said among the VECO people contacting him was company CEO Bill Allen. Allen recently pled guilty to bribery charges that implicate one current and several former state lawmakers, including Ben Stevens, the elder senator’s son.
Paone said the FBI questioned him about six months ago and he testified before a federal grand jury in December.
Paone said while VECO hired him and he sent the invoices for the project to VECO, he doesn’t think Sen. Stevens did anything wrong.
“The senator doesn’t know me, so some of the people I had contacts with were more familiar with the senator, so they kind of took over his interests and they kind of overviewed the billings. After they saw them, it was just faxed over to the senator and the senator a few days later just mailed me a check,” Paone said.
Paone says he did about $100,000 worth of work on the home. Stevens was in Girdwood today for a library groundbreaking, but did not want to comment on VECO’s involvement in his home remodel.
“I put out a statement, the statements there and it says I do not comment on things that are under investigation. Thank you,” Stevens said.
The FBI will not comment on whether Sen. Stevens is being investigated. But when the agency served search warrants on lawmaker’s office last August, one search warrant was served in Girdwood.
Agents said it wasn’t at the senator’s home or office, but they won’t say where.
Paone said VECO executives initially contacted him, saying they were in dire straits trying to quickly finish the project. He said the remodeling was started by what he described as a group of friends working on the weekend, but the project required more expertise.
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