Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bill Heard, of Auke Bay, was named the 2006 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Employee of the Year. He was previously named supervisor of the year as well.

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A supervisory research biologist, Heard oversees the work of 11 scientists on Salmon research activities along the Pacific Rim. His current work involves a U.S. treaty with Canada, Russia, Korea and Japan, called the North Pacific Andromous Fish Commission.


Kids borrowing items from the Juneau Public Libraries this summer can enter a contest and be rewarded by local businesses. Each Tuesday, a drawing will be held from the names of kids who have participated. Prizes are given each week.

Winners for June 20 were: Tom Parker, a Mendenhall River Float Trip from Alaska Travel Adventures; Sam Hall, a gift certificate from Rainy Day Books; Darius Hackney, a gift certificate from Dominos Pizza; Derek Oliver, a gift pass from Gross-Alaska Theatre; Naara Conlon, a gift certificate from Imagination Station; Ben Campbell, a gift certificate from El Sombrero; and Grace Lumba, a gift certificate from the Amazing Book Store.

Winners on June 27 were: Ty Jacobs, a moose rider toy from the Imagination Station; Jill Jacobs, a "moose rider" from the Imagination Station; Mason Dalton, a gift certificate from Domino's Pizza; Dailey Dalton, a gift certificate from The Amazing Bookstore in the Airport Mall; Rick Hinkle, a gift certificate from the Alaskan Fudge Co.; Katlin Pusich, a gift certificate from The Alaska Shirt Co.; and Keely Taylor, a gift certificate from Hearthside Books.


Mary Lou King, of Juneau, was awarded the Juneau History Grant Award from The Juneau-Douglas City Museum. King will use the award, $1,500, to update and expand the Treadwell Historic Trail Guide. This revised guide will feature photographs, memories and historic information about the Treadwell mine. Jim Geraghty will be assisting Mary Lou King in historic research and writing of the guide.

For more information on the Juneau History Grant, contact the Juneau-Douglas City Museum at 586-3572 or visit our Web site at


Thelma Buchholdt, of Juneau, was re-elected national president of the Filipino American National Historical Society for her third two-year term.

This is the first time a FANHS president has been elected to a third term. A banquet will be held in 2008 in Anchorage. For more information about FANHS, visit


Alexander Newton, of Juneau, was named to the 2006 spring semester dean's list at Montana State University in Billings, Mont. To be eligible for the dean's List, undergraduate students must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average.


Army Pvt. Robert L. Carte II graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness.

A 2004 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, he is the son of April Highley of Birch Lane, of Juneau.


Gretchen Marya Dierking, of Juneau, received two scholarships - a $2,000 President's Scholarship and a $1,000 Multicultural Achievement Program Scholarship - for the 2006-2007 academic year at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

Dierking, daughter of Carl and Becky Dierking, of Juneau, attended Juneau-Douglas High School, where she was involved with soccer and cross country. She is interested in studying elementary education and international studies.

The President's Scholarship is based on superior academic achievement. The MAP Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and a commitment to multicultural issues and activities in school or the community.

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