Catholic Social Services to receive citation

ANCHORAGE — The Catholic Social Services is set to receive a legislative citation honoring the group’s work with refugees.

Rep. Berta Gardner plans to present a citation, passed by the Legislature earlier this year, on Friday, during a celebration of World Refugee Day in Anchorage.

Gardner was a prime sponsor of the citation, which praises the group’s refugee assistance program as providing a “sturdy bridge” for refugees to acquire the skills they need for success in this country.

Gardner’s office, in a release, says the program, in fiscal year 2011, helped and trained 548 refugees and immigrants in making the lifestyle adjustments needed for a more secure financial future and to become socially connected.

KODIAK — For a second year in a row, Kodiak is skipping a longstanding tradition — Independence Day fireworks.

KMXT (http://is.gd/wapvPz) says that last year a replacement pyrotechnic expert could not be found in time to conduct the July 4, 2011, show after pyrotechnic experts Mark and Diana Holt retired.

City manager Aimee Kniaziowski (ken-yuh-ZHOW’-skee) says this year the city council didn’t discuss fireworks.

Kniaziowski says the city was spending as much as $8,000 a year on fireworks.

PORTAGE — A memorial has been held for Shaggy.

She’s the 2-year-old bear that escaped her enclosure at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and was found shot to death in Portage last week.

Some of Shaggy’s cremated remains were spread Wednesday in the enclosure she shared with another cub that also was orphaned on Kodiak Island almost two years ago. Both were placed at the center. The rest of Shaggy’s remains will be spread on Kodiak.

Both bears were to be placed in Sweden but Shaggy escaped in early April. She escaped on the same day her companion made the trip to what was to be their new home.

Shaggy was found dead directly across the Seward Highway from the center.

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