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Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Thank you Capital City Fire and Rescue

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This is to inform the people of Juneau as to how fortunate they are to have the services of Capital City Fire and Rescue. People can take comfort in the knowledge that they are protected by a truly professional emergency service.

Last Sunday, my brother and I were inspecting a job in the Mendenhall Valley with our good friend and longtime employee, a 49-year-old gentleman. Suddenly, our friend apparently had a heart attack and collapsed to the ground unconscious. I quickly called Capital City Fire and Rescue and we began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Within 10 minutes the emergency medical technicians arrived at the scene, attempted to resuscitate our friend and transported him to the hospital in the ambulance. Unfortunately he did not survive.

An emergency crew of approximately eight efficient and highly organized emergency medical technicians arrived on that Sunday afternoon. They were quick, calm, well-prepared and well-trained. They were true professionals. They even looked professional with their clean, crisp uniforms and sharp grooming. A few of them arrived in civilian clothing, indicating that they left personal activities to rush to the assistance of our friend. Even these out-of-uniform team members projected a professional image. The high tech equipment was impressive and the well-led team was in full control of its operation.

Family and friends have taken a measure of comfort when hearing that Capital City Fire Rescue truly provided the best opportunity for our friend to survive on that fateful day. I feel better knowing that nothing more could have been done. The people of Juneau also should know and appreciate that they are served by such a top-notch organization as Capital City Fire Rescue. We are blessed to have them.

Wayne Coogan


Thanks for the free herring eggs in Hoonah

The town of Hoonah would like to express great thanks to the F/V Pacific Bell Capt. Wayne Alex and crew for providing the people of Hoonah with free herring eggs on April 4. Gunalcheesh.

Ronda Morrison


'Pennies for the Pound' a success

Auke Bay School students held a fundraiser called "Pennies for the Pound," for the Gastineau Humane Society Animal Shelter, during the two weeks of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2006. The primary classes, grades kindergarten through second, competed in a friendly race against the intermediate classes, grades third through fifth. Everyone was a winner. Auke Bay students and staff raised $576.60 to present to Chava Lee, executive director of the GHS at a school assembly on March 21. Way to go, Auke Bay School.

Luann Powers, nurse

Auke Bay School

Thank you, citizens, for honoring troops

Juneau Veterans for Peace, Chapter 100, would like to thank the following fine citizens for their contributions to our efforts to honor the troops on the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq: David Ottoson, Rob McMahon, Dan Kantak, Elaine Schroeder, Rich Moniak, Dan Wayne, Representative Beth Kerttula, Collette Costa, Doug Mertz, Jim Fowler, Lisle Hebert, Tony Tengs, Peggy Metcalfe, Rory McMahon and the members of Veterans for Peace and Juneau People for Peace and Justice, and the hundreds of Juneau citizens who participated in the events. Your active support of this solemn event is deeply appreciated.

Phil Smith, president

Veterans for Peace, Chapter 100

Congratulations to JDHS Wind Ensemble

By a happy coincidence, I was in New York last week when the Juneau-Douglas High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Ken Guiher performed at Carnegie Hall. To see and to hear them on the stage of the world's most famous and prestigious concert hall was thrilling beyond belief.

Their stunning performance brought the entire audience - a full house - to its feet. Congratulations to Mr. Guiher and the members of the ensemble for being one of the few groups selected nationwide to perform at this festival.

And bravo to all for a spectacular performance.

Linda Rosenthal


Thanks, Panhandlers, for benefit and party

On March 25, the members of the Panhandlers M/C SE Alaska took it upon themselves to put on a benefit, party and auction at Squires Rest. This event was to be an aid to one of their own members, who has some medical problems, for which he is currently undergoing treatments for in Seattle. That member is me, Michael Kinter, "Slider."

The outpouring of support by this community was, needless to say, overwhelming. I would like to thank everyone who donated items that were auctioned off. There were so many people that came to show their support and well-wishes that I can't even begin to thank them all individually.

It was great to see all my old friends and even some new ones who I met that evening. All I can say is that I have always known this community to open up their hearts to others in times of need. I am very grateful that I get to thank everyone who helped put this event on. To my brothers of the Panhandlers M/C SE Alaska and their wives and girlfriends, I cannot ever thank you enough. I love you all. Thanks again to everyone who helped with this event. Blessing to all.

Michael Kinter, "Slider"


Thanks to Journey to Wellness sponsors

We would like to thank the following people for their donations to the Tlingit & Haida Journey to Wellness program: Driftwood Lodge, for one night and two day's stay; T&H Regional Housing, for two jackets and sweatshirts; and T&H Central Council, for two sweatshirts and a blanket.

We would also like to thank some of our participants in the Wellness Walk for their food donations.

We could still use some more donations. To donate, contact Andrea at (907)463-7168 or; or Katherine at (907)463-7167 or

Thank you all so much for your help on our Journey to Wellness.

Katherine Milton

Tribal Family and Youth Services

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