Juneau District Court Judge Kirsten Swanson has a rock on her desk.
It’s a small stone, smooth and just the right size to fit in the palm of your hand. On it is engraved a measurement: 5,280 feet, the number of feet in a mile.
“It’s my milestone,” Swanson said Friday, smiling.
This week, Swanson will finish her first month on the job. In the first week of December, she replaced Keith Levy on the district court bench.
“It’s been even better than I was expecting,” Swanson said, adding that it’s a job she’s wanted for a long time.