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Posted: Friday, June 08, 2007

Thanks for helping our son through his accident

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On Feb. 25, Juneau-Douglas High School student Kanaan Bausler's senior year came to a daunting halt when he sustained life threatening injuries in an accident while helicopter skiing on Mt. Ben Stewart. Our 18-year-old son broke multiple ribs and punctured a lung. He has recovered from his injuries and graduated with the class of 2007, thanks to the extraordinary training, skill, courage and dedication of his heli-riding buddies on the scene and community members afterwards. Thanks to Rob and Reecia for providing the Hangar Ballroom venue and to Juneau Mountain Rescue for encouraging backcountry safety preparedness and recognizing the following crew at their 25th anniversary awards presentation June 5. Lucas Merli is a Wilderness First Responder who knew what to do and had the emergency first aid items to stabilize Kanaan during what is known as the "golden hour" or first sixty minutes after trauma has occurred. He was assisted by Kaitlyn Bausler, Wyatt Fournier and Sandy Miller in removing the bindings from a snowboard, strapping Kanaan to it with climbing webbing and clearing a space in deep powder snow for a daring helicopter rescue at the base of a narrow chute. Coastal pilot Brett Wilcox showed exceptional skill and valor in maneuvering the helicopter in steep terrain so Kanaan could be loaded and flown to an ambulance as soon as possible. We are very grateful to snowboarders Brian Hitchcock of Juneau and Chris Hackbarth of Haines, who were called over from their hike to assist with the rescue.

Paul Kelly and personnel with Capital City Fire/Rescue met the helicopter and provided transport to Bartlett Regional Hospital. Dr. Bill Palmer and Dr. Steve Cameron with staff performed the necessary medical procedures to save Kanaan's life. The nursing staff at the Critical Care Unit provided diligent and compassionate care. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our Juneau "family of friends" for your well wishes, prayers, positive thoughts and support aiding Kanaan's swift recovery.

Karl, Katie, Kaitlyn and Kanaan Bausler


Thanks for donating to Meals on Wheels

On behalf of the Juneau Meals on Wheels Program, I would like to thank Fred Meyer for its generous $1,000 contribution. Fred Meyer donated to several nonprofit organizations as a way to celebrate their grand opening of the newly renovated store. We were pleased and honored to be one of the organizations Fred Meyer selected.

Juneau Meals on Wheels is a program of Catholic Community Service. We provide an average of about 1,500 nutritious meals monthly to about 80 home-bound seniors. The meals are prepared by kitchen staff at the Juneau Senior Center. They are delivered to the home of our clients five days a week by a group of about 45 dedicated volunteers.

We are happy to have Fred Meyer "join" our team through this financial contribution to our program. Whether people donate their time, money or talents, these are greatly appreciated. Anyone with a good driving record who would like to speak with us about becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer is encouraged to call me at 463-6179.

Susanne M. Elder

Meals on Wheels coordinator


Thanks for helping the Floyd Dryden news

Thank you to the following people and organizations for helping make the Floyd Dryden Middle School TV News Studio a reality.

Jim Gage and the University of Alaska Southeast for cameras and equipment; Troy at Coogan Construction for ceiling track; Bill Legere and Carmelo D'Amico at KTOO for "monster" cables and an "on-air" light; the Floyd Dryden Parent Teacher Organization for cables and equipment; Willy Stauffer for constructing the control desk; Jeff Jemison for technical support; and Principal Tom Milliron for his never-ending support of the project.

Alan Degener

Technology teacher


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