Marella Gumgob and Kiana Potter pose for a congratulatory photo after Gumgob earned her first-degree black belt and Potter won the Cheryl Phillips Spirit Award. The girls are students at the Juneau Shotokan Karate Club.

Marella Gumgob has earned the rank of Shodan — first-degree black belt — at the Juneau Shotokan Karate club following examinations with Sensei Cathy Cline.

Cline is an eighth-degree black belt and Regional Director of the Northwest Region for the International Shotokan Karate Federation.

Kiana Potter was the recipient of the Cheryl Phillips Spirit Award for going above and beyond while attending the Alaska Regional Karate Camp outside of Anchorage.

Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese martial art founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi. The ISKF-affiliated Juneau Shotokan Karate-Do Club has been operating continuously in Juneau since 1983. Everyone from age seven and older is welcome, and families are encouraged to train together. For more information, please call Chief Instructor Diana Stevens at 790-4199 or email The JSKDC is located at 9447 La Perouse Avenue, and can be found at the following website:


Thanks for attending fundraiser at the Goldtown

On behalf of Congregation Sukkat Shalom, I would like to thank all those who attended the Fiddler on the Roof singalong at the Goldtown Nickelodeon on Dec. 25. We raised close to $700 which we donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, whose mission is to protect the personal liberties we all cherish and defend freedom every day all across America in every state.

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Recognition: Vandor makes Northern Arizona University Dean’s List

Kathryn Vandor, daughter of Karl and Gale Vandor, received notice from Paul Jagodzinski, Dean of the Northern Arizona University (NAU) College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, that she has been placed on the Dean’s List.

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Thanks to Juneau laywer Ben Brown for his exceptional volunteerism

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