... to Coach Reilly Richey
Coach Reilly Richey died last week. We knew him as "SEADOGS 2." He and Taco, his search dog, covered many miles on the ground and in the air searching for those who needed them. They represented Juneau and working dogs as few have since, with a charm and professionalism that always left people with the impression that they had just met somebody special.
Gov. Cowper sent Reilly to Soviet Armenia to help find people trapped by the killer quake in 1989. He came back a changed man, and he left part of himself there with the people who needed him.
Reilly was a fine man, one the entire community looked up to. Judy and I saw him in the Seattle airport last month. He was looking gaunt, but his spirit was high and his thoughts were on his team's future.
Go cheer on the Crimson Bears at their next game, just for Reilly.
Bruce Bowler, manager
SEADOGS Search and Rescue Team
... for supporting Eagles
We would like to thank the following supporters for helping and attending our Eagle Recognition Dinner on Feb. 23:
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, Terry Harvey, Elk's Lodge 420, Behrends Mechanical, Alcan Electric, Heritage Coffee, Aspen Hotel, Rick Urion, Mayor Bruce Botelho, John Pugh, Kevin Sullivan, Jeremy Cyrus, Joe and Carol Carlson, Gary Rosenberger, Renda and David Heimbigner, Shelley Wright, Candy and Dick Behrends, Capital City Republican Women, Charlie Jones and Printing Trade Co.
Southeast Alaska Area Council,
Boy Scouts of America
... for great production
There's a great production happening in Juneau right now, and I want to let everyone know what a fun and unique experience it is. "Mozart Reimagined" is a kaleidoscope of scenes from several operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, presented by Juneau's own Opera to Go! and directed by Joyce Parry Moore. It stars Ishmael Hope in the role of Amadeus himself, plus a constellation of Juneau singing talent both familiar and new. The opera scenes are sung mostly in English, and tell stories about desire, vengeance, intrigue, and, above all, forgiveness and love.
Today we often think of opera as "highbrow" entertainment, but this wasn't always the case. Back in Mozart's day -and well into more recent times - opera was considered to be popular entertainment. People in every walk of life went to the opera and knew all the words to the songs. When you come and check out this production you'll see why opera was traditionally a medium for all the people. Not only will you be entertained, you will also hear some of the most beautiful melodies ever written.
This is the last week of "Mozart Reimagined," so don't miss out. Performances are at McPhetres Hall at the corner of Fourth and Gold streets downtown. Tickets are available at Hearthside Books and at the door. I attended last Friday's performance and had such a good time that I went back the next night. Come see and hear this lively production, and experience the wonderful operatic talent Juneau has to offer.
Nina Chordas, assistant professor
University of Alaska Southeast
... from the state library
The Alaska State Library reopened, dry and clean, on March 14, after the Feb. 9 flood. We had to quickly remove 60,000 volumes in 2,500 boxes in order to contain water damage and decontaminate from asbestos. Juneau responded to this crisis in an incredibly generous way, offering many hours of help and much needed professional and moral support. Quick and efficient action made a difficult situation much less unpleasant than it could have been.
The Library staff appreciates the many local retired librarians and interested citizens who offered help, words of encouragement and replacement books. We thank staff members from Alyeska Correspondence School; the Auke Bay Biological Laboratory Library; Juneau-Douglas High School Library; Juneau Public Library; Observatory Book Store; Rep. Guttenberg's office; the State of Alaska Departments of Administration, Revenue, and Health & Social Services; the Egan Library at University of Alaska Southeast and our colleagues in the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums.
Staff from the Central Mailroom and Buildings & Maintenance provided initial quick containment, avoiding further damage. In the weeks that followed we had the benefit of much needed equipment, professional advice, storage and other assistance from AAA Moving and Storage, Alaska State Museum, C & C Custodial, Carson-Dorn and Taku Smokeries/Fisheries.
We look forward to once again serving the information needs of State of Alaska employees and Alaska's citizens.
Kay Shelton, Acting Director
Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
... to the fire department
I would like to thank the fire department, especially the two gentlemen who came and retrieved the cat out of the tree on Lawson Creek Road. It really boosted my 2-year-olds faith in the fire department and set a good example to help people when they are in need. It was very much appreciated for us, as well as the owners of the cat. Thank you.
... on behalf of ski club
On behalf of the Four-H Cross Country Ski Club and the Juneau Nordic Ski Club, we would like to thank the following individuals and organizations who helped sponsor and support the Juneau Invitational Cross Country Ski Series this last weekend (March 12-13). With their help and encouragement, the first annual JINXCSS was a fun and successful event, attracting 20 adult and 20 youth participants.
Eaglecrest Ski Area, Eaglecrest Ski School, The Foggy Mountain Shop, U.S. Forest Service - Juneau Ranger District, Play it Again Sports, Rainbow Foods, Atomic Skis, Amanda Thompson Design, Juneau Freewheelers, Bicycle Club, Costco, Holt Chiropractic, Mountain Hardware, Papa Murphy's, 20th Century/Glacier Cinemas, Swix Waxes and Clothing, Silverbow Bagels, Heritage Coffee Co. and A Sign of Design.
Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant