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American Cable Association Mourns Victims Of Alaska Plane Tragedy

On Aug. 9, five people lost their lives in a plane crash in remote southwest Alaska, including former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), GCI executive Dana Tindall and Tindall's 16-year-old daughter Corey.  American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka expressed condolences on behalf of the entire ACA organization, of which GCI is a member.

"Our prayers at ACA go out to the entire GCI family on the loss of longtime senior vice president Dana Tindall and her daughter and for all the loss from this terrible accident. ACA sends its condolences to the family of Sen. Ted Stevens and all of those with loved ones involved in this tragic incident," Polka said.

Stevens, 86, was the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. Senate before leaving office in 2009. As chairman of the Commerce Committee, he worked closely with ACA in shaping policies that took into account the special economic circumstances of rural communications companies.

"On a personal note, I wish to recognize Sen. Stevens for always being a good friend to the independent cable community and who will be remembered for his willingness to look out for small business as tenaciously as he did his beloved Alaska home front," Polka said.
Tindall, in her 24th year with GCI, had served in her current role as senior vice president of legal, regulatory and governmental affairs since mid-1993. Previously, she was GCI's vice president of regulatory affairs.

Tindall was an adjunct professor of regulatory economics at Alaska Pacific University in addition to being a past board member of both the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and the Alaska Council on Economic Education.

Tindall graduated from the University of Michigan with bachelor's degree in economics and master's degree in public policy.

CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE FOR DANA AND COREY TINDALL -- A celebration of her life and accomplishments was held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 16, at the Dena'ina Center. A celebration of life for Corey was held at 3:00 p.m. Dana specifically wanted her Celebration of Life to be joyful and casual (with casual clothes), and hoped that people to whom she has given her artwork will bring these together for others to see and share, as a memorable expression of her. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Dana's name to Covenant House, 609 F Street, Anchorage, 99501, or in Corey's name to The Corey Tindall Memorial Speech & Debate Fund, Inc. (a 501 (c) (3) corporation), which has been formed to support the South Anchorage High School's Drama Debate and Forensic team's future travel expenses. Contributions may be made at any Northrim Bank, by contacting 800-478-2265.

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