Photo: A part of Juneau's history

Posted: Friday, March 03, 2006

Sen. Kim Elton, left, and Rep. Beth Kerttula, right, present Juneau historian, volunteer and author Willette Janes, center, with a Legislative Citation honoring her for 40 years of contributions to the people and history of Juneau and Alaska. The citation was presented in January on behalf of the 24th Alaska State Legislature. Janes joined the Juneau Ski Club in 1964 and helped plan Eaglecrest Ski Area, which opened in 1975. She joined the Juneau Ski Patrol in 1973 and has served for 32 years in the National Ski Patrol System. She received the Outstanding Patrolwoman in Alaska award in 1979 and a National Appointment award in 1982. She volunteered as an instructor when her husband Bob Janes and the Juneau Lions Club started the Disabled Ski Program in 1980. In 1983, she formed Treadwell Heritage, a consultant business, which had many contracts with the city of Juneau. One of her popular books, "In the Miners' Footsteps," describes the history of Juneau's trail system. Willette earned the title of 1988's Volunteer of the Year from the Juneau Education Council. She remains active on the Gastineau Channel Historical Society and Trail Mix boards and with the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Last Chance Basin Mining Museum, Alaska State Museum, Alaska State Historical Library, American Red Cross and the University of Alaska.



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