Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011

Laurie J. Sica of the City and Borough of Juneau has earned the designation of Master Municipal Clerk (MMC), which is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), Inc.

IIMC grants the MMC designation only to those municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state.


Former Juneau resident Jane Bohon’s visual web and graphic design company, JT eDesigns, has been selected as the 2011 Readers’ Choice Award for best use of color in a website.

Now in its fourth year, the Readers’ Choice Awards honor the best products, features and services across more than a dozen categories, ranging from technology to hobbies to parenting and more, as selected by its readers.


Two Juneau 4-H volunteer leaders have been recognized this month for their accomplishments and service to the community.

Bruce Bowler, long time 4-H volunteer leader for the 4-H Shooting Sports Club, is one of 20 finalists for Citizen Service Before Self Honors. If selected, Bowler will be awarded the nation’s highest and most prestigious award for valor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. To be considered for this rare civilian honor, nominees must have made a difference in the lives of others through a singular act of extraordinary heroism, or through their continued commitment to putting others before themselves. As a 4-H leader, Bowler has increased the safety, skills and abilities of hundreds of Juneau’s youth, their families and the community.

Bowler is recognixed for rescuing and helping those in danger. Bowler founded the Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search (SEADOGS), a volunteer nonprofit search and rescue group that also trains and certifies search and rescue handlers as well as their dog teams. For more than 30 years, Bowler has led and participated in more than 750 rescue missions that threaten his own safety. He is often called upon by the Alaska State Troopers. His commitment to rescuing and helping those in danger continues to be an inspiration and a credit to the state of Alaska and his country.

Diana Stevens, founder and long time 4-H volunteer leader for the Juneau Shotokan 4-H Karate Club, is one of four AWARE Women of Distinction honorees this year. Nominees are viewed as unsung heroines in the community and are recognized for making a difference in the lives of women and children. As a 4-H volunteer, Stevens has helped hundreds of Juneau’s youth become strong, skilled and confident members of the community.


Rachelle Ann Albay has received a Bachelor of Science from Washington State University.


The 2011 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair was held last weekend with high school students participating from around the region. Numerous volunteers contributed to the event, including 105 mentors and mentoring institutions, 127 official fair judges, 55 organizing committee members, 65 special award judges, 20 award presenters, 38 local award sponsoring companies and organizations and other parent and student volunteers. One hundred and fifty high school students participated.

Finalists include: Lia Domke for “The Effects of Methyl Farnesoate on the Molting Biology of Juvenile Red King Crabs (Paralithodes camtschaticus)”; Ariana Gross for “How Norepinephrine Affects Color Change in Humpy Shrimp (Pandalus goniurus)”; Marc Heifetz and Jackson Lehnhart for “How Water Velocity Affects Respiration Rate of Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii)?”; Corwin Kelly for “Ecological Comparison of Colluvial and Alluvial Forests in the Gold Creek Watershed”; Alex Kirchhoff for “The effects of the Algorithm used for Public Comment Near-Duplicate Detection on their Run Time and Accuracy”; Shannon Luckenbihl and Toni Ditcharo for “Toxicity & Effectiveness of a ‘Green’ Dispersant for Oil Spills”; Riley Westfall for “Solar Reflectors: How does the reflector’s material and shape affect a solar panel’s output?”; and Colin Zheng for “Measuring Energy in Walleye Pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) Through Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis.”

Students advancing to the Intel International Fair this year include Kelly, Domke, Gross, Kirchhoff, Westfall and Zheng.


Robert Sewell has received the Alaska Public Health Association’s Long Term Service award.

Sewell is a long time Alaskan and contributor to public health in Alaska. He began his career in specialized education and behavioral health, working with youth in a variety of roles. He also played a long standing part of the Alaska Youth Initiative with the state of Alaska’s Division of Health and Social Services.

In his current role as program manager for the Health Systems and Planning Division of the state of Alaska, he leads initiatives in institutionalizing a loan repayment and incentives program for health care professionals in Alaska, as well as planning for Alaska’s dental workforce needs with an emphasis on rural communities. He has been instrumental in working with Community Health Centers to obtain funding for a variety of initiatives to increase access and preventative health education to rural residents.

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