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Photo: $10,000 donation

Mary Becker, center, thanks Dennis Vermillion, Chairman of the Board for AEL&P and Vice President of Avista Corp. and Kristine Meyer, executive director of the Avista Foundation for a $10,000 donation to the Seward Sculpture Committee at the Dimond Courthouse Plaza on Thursday. Along with Becker are: Amy Skilbred. executive director of the Juneau Community Foundation; Carlton Smith and Eric Kueffner, president of the Board of Directors for JCF, left.
Jacqueline Dailey Elected President of RurAL CAP

The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) announced Jacqueline Dailey of Juneau was recently elected President of the Board of Directors.
United Way cruise to feature Alaskan writer Don Rearden

United Way of Southeast Alaska, with support from Allen Marine, will host "Cruise for a Cause" Wednesday, May 14. The featured guest speaker will be Alaskan author Don Rearden.
Alaska hosted national and collegiate karate championships

Over 250 regional champions from across the nation competed in Anchorage in September in the 36th Annual International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) US National and Collegiate Karate Championships.
ASAA names a new executive director

ANCHORAGE, AK - According to a press release from the Alaska School Activities Association on Friday, William "Billy" Strickland, who has served as the ASAA Board of Directors President for the past three years, has been chosen by the ASAA Board of Directors as the organization's next executive director.Strickland was selected to succeed Gary Matthews, who retires on July 3, 2014, after serving as ASAA executive director for the past 21 years. Strickland will be the ninth director in the 57-year history of ASAA.
Photo: Spike comes home

Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy, president of the board of directors of The Whale Project, views the placement of "Spike" with University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh and Donald Smith, Director of Labor Relations for the University of Alaska, right, on campus Friday. The bronze statue by R.T. "Skip" Wallen will become the centerpiece in a newly designed courtyard to be completed by October. Spike is a smaller replica of a 26-foot work of art planned for the Juneau Waterfront.
New radio station brings more jazz, blues to town

A labor of love will bring more exposure to jazz and blues for some Juneau residents when KBJZ-FM, 94.1, goes on the air at midnight tonight. The station will be operated by Gastineau Broadcasting, a nonprofit organization incorporated in May 2000. It is one of 255 stations granted licenses by the Federal Communications Commission in December 2000 under a program aimed at creating more diversity in local radio programming.
Business Digest

Canton House hires new sushi chef, Ebona re-elected RurAL CAP president, Processor group hires executive director & SEARHC cook earns manager credentials
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m.
Arts council announces new state writer laureate

The Alaska State Council on the Arts has chosen Fairbanks writer Peggy Shumaker as the new Alaska state writer laureate 2010-2012. She will serve a two-year term, which begun Oct. 1, 2010. She succeeds Homer writer Nancy Lord.


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