Alaska Digest

Staff and Wire reports

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006

Band to play program

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JUNEAU -The Juneau-Douglas High School festival band will perform a run-through of its Carnegie Hall debut concert from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium, before it leaves for New York.

Admission is pay-as-you-can. The students invite everyone that has donated toward the trip to attend as their special guests.

The high school orchestra, choir and band will perform the next day, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15.

Speech on glaciers

JUNEAU -Roman Motyka, a professor at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, will present "Taku and Hubbard Glaciers: Two Advancing Alaska Glaciers that are Bucking the Regional Trend," at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday, March 10, as the featured speaker for the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center fireside chat.

Admission is free.

Since 1890, Hubbard Glacier has advanced 2.5 kilometers and the Taku Glacier has progressed seven kilometers. Motyka will explore why both glaciers are advancing and what socioeconomic consequences are in store.

'Vibrations' on Sunday

JUNEAU - The deaf, hard of hearing and interpreters in Juneau and Southeast Alaska Independent Living will present "Visual Vibrations," a signing performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Perseverance Theatre.

The show will include music and skits from deaf history's early years and the present day. Proceeds benefit interpreters traveling to Anchorage for National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Region V, April 27-30.

Girl dies after fall

MEKORYUK - A 5-year-old girl drowned when she fell through river ice on Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea while on an outing with her father to get water for their house.

Lauren Smith fell through the ice on Mekoryuk River on Monday afternoon. She fell through a hole in the ice that was layered over with thin ice, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The father, Dale Smith, tried to save his daughter but was not successful. He tied a rope to his snowmachine and tied the other around his waist, and then jumped into the hole where she went through. However, he could not find her.

Volunteers from the village searched for the girl. Her body was found downriver that evening, troopers said.

The body was flown to Anchorage for an autopsy.

Mekoryuk is an Eskimo village of fewer than 200 people about 550 miles west of Anchorage. It maintains reindeer and musk ox herds and practices a subsistence lifestyle.



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