Posted: Friday, February 09, 2007

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, awarded Marianne Manning, of Juneau School District, an Arts Educator Award Grant. Manning will use to travel to art-making workshops and assist in the creation of personal are the summer of 2007. The grant is designed to encourage the reconnection of art teachers to the practice of their art. Awards are up to $3,000 for K-12 arts educators whose primary responsibility is arts instruction.

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Heather Adams, of Juneau, was one of four grand prize winners of the Nature Valley "Where's Yours?" essay contest.

Chosen from more than 2,300 entrants who posted their favorite spot in nature on, Heather Adams posted Caribou Creek in Alaska's Wrangell St. Elias National Park as her personal nature valley. Heather Adams described the abundance of activities that Caribou Creek has to offer.

Outdoor enthusiasts from across the country posted nature hot spots, many of which were in their own backyard. Entrants were asked to describe their spot and essays were judged on creativity, descriptiveness and authenticity. Grand prize winners received trips to anywhere in the United States posted on

On Adams' last trip, she witnessed a rare snow-free valley view from the Mentasta Mountains. As the nation's largest national park, Wrangell St. Elias occupies countless opportunities to experience nature. Adams embraced her chance to the fullest.


Heather Matthews, of Juneau, was named to the dean's list for the fall 2005 semester at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Students named to the dean's list earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or better and carry an academci load of at least 12 credits.


The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium welcomes David Edwards as the consortium's new vice president of Finance/chief financial officer in Juneau.

Edwards brings 24 years of experience in the health care industry to SEARHC. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. He plans to complete a master's degree in health care administration this summer at City University in Bellevue, Wash.

A former Alaskan, when he was growing up Edwards spent a couple of years in Anchorage and Fairbanks - and even a summer in Sitka - while his father worked as a general contractor.

While he doesn't work in direct patient care, Edwards said working in a health organization's support roles still can have major effect on a patient's health. For example, Edwards said those working in finance can make sure the resources are available to provide the best health care possible.


Erik Olmsted, freshman enrolled in process plant technology, was named to the dean's list for the fall 2006 semester at Montant State University in Billings. His mother and step father are Denise Liccioli and Cliff Stone; his father is Ernest Olmsted, all of Juneau.


Chelsy Louise Rivera, of Juneau, maintained a straight A, 4.0 grade-point average at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and has been listed on the chancellor's list. Chelsy graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School this last spring. She is the granddaughter of Louise Howerter.

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