Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009

Julie Shelton, an employee of the Social Security Administration in Juneau, received a Regional Commissioner's Citation on June 16 in Seattle, Wash. This is one of the highest honor awards granted by the Social Security Administration and was given in recognition of Shelton's excellent performance and sustained superior service to the residents of Southeast Alaska.

Courtesy Of Susan Shields
Courtesy Of Susan Shields

Shelton has worked for the Social Security Administration since July 1981 and has processed thousands of claims for retirement, survivor and disability benefits. Her depth of knowledge, professionalism, courtesy, spirit of teamwork and dedication to her job and community are essential elements in the successful performance of the Juneau SSA office.


Patrick Hoke, a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, was named to the spring semester dean's list at Hamilton College. To be eligible, students must earn a grade-point average of 90 or above during the term. The son of Deborah and Owen Hoke, of Juneau, he is a recent graduate majoring in computer science.


Former Juneau resident Michael Heumann placed on the chancellor's list for the spring 2009 semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. To qualify, undergraduates must at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.9 or higher grade-point average. Heumann is a senior majoring in petroleum engineering.


Annie (Fox) Albrecht, of Juneau, received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy on June 13 from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Wash. Albrecht is a 2002 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and a 2006 graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. She will begin her career in Fairbanks in the fall.


Brian "BJ" Yadao, a 2005 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, earned a Bachelor in Business Administration from Seattle University in June 2009. He completed his degree with a double major in finance and business economics and was awarded the honors of magna cum laude.


Kids coming into any of the three Juneau Public Libraries this summer may enter a weekly drawing for prizes donated by local businesses. They may enter the drawing by writing a book review on forms available at the library or online at This is open to all ages through teens.

The drawing winners on July 9 were Jayden West, 7, a gift certificate to Vickie's Joke Shop and an ice cream from MacDonald's; Claire Uchytil, 10, two free passes from Gross-Alaska Theatres; Jasmine Louwagie, 3, a gift certificate from the Alaska Shirt Co.; Sam Bovitz, 5, a gift certificate from the Imagination Station; Melissa Mazwell, 3, a gift certificate from the Amazing Bookstore; and Hannah Marx, 13, a gift certificate from the Nugget Alaskan Outfitter.


Navy Seaman Alex S. Robinson, a 2007 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and son of Teresa A. and Lyle S. Robinson, of Juneau, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to his current rank at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Robinson completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly "Navy" flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor in today's U.S. Navy.


The Douglas Fourth of July Parade winners were as follows:

Most Original: Southeast Alaska Sailing

Most Patriotic: Princess House

Best Marching Band: Phil Marching Band

Best Musical: Juneau Volunteer Marching Band

Most Beautiful: Juneau Dance Unlimited

Best Commercial: construction Machinery Industrial

Best Cultural: Eaglecrest Ski

Best Alaskan: Kensington

Best Centennial: Juneau-Douglas Shriners

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