Posted: Friday, August 03, 2007

The Rie Munoz Gallery recently donated artwork valued at $7,000 by local artist Dale DeArmond to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The museum has sought work by the artist who passed away at the Sitka Pioneer's Home last year.

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In Juneau, DeArmond worked as a librarian and director in what is now the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, from 1958 until her retirement in 1979. Throughout her years in Juneau, and after her husband, Bob, moved back to Sitka in 1991, her artistic creativity flourished.

A prolific artist whose works are carried throughout Alaska, DeArmond was especially known for her wood block prints and wood engravings depicting the mythology and folklore of Alaska.

The donation becomes part of the museum's permanent collection and includes handcarved wood blocks and wood engravings as well as DeArmond prints.


Elysia Sophia Spencer, of Juneau, was cited for outstanding academic acheivement in Studio Art 15 during the spring term at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Spencer is the daughter of Larry A. Spencer and Carola A. Thompson.


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

The winners and prizes awarded on July 26 were Ben Erickson, a tape of kid's music from Hickok's Trading Co.; Taz Zuiderduin, two passes from Mount Roberts Tramway and Goldbelt Corp.; Jayden West, an ice cream certificate from Udder Culture and a tresurer of stories from Harper & Collings Publisher; and Marianna Piccolo, a gift certificate from Amazing Bookstore in the Airport Mall.


The American Probation and Parole Association chose Gastineau Human Services Corporation, a United Way of Southeast Alaska partner agency, received the 2007 Community Awareness through Media Award.

This prestigious award recognizes a "media broadcast, publication or film capable of reaching a national audience that broadens the public's awareness and understanding of issues in the American criminal justice system in an accurate, fair and balanced manner, through sharing the vision" of the American Probation and Parole Association.

John Larivee, the CEO of Community Resources for Justice in Boston, Massachusetts, nominated the Gastineau Human Services Corp. and Executive Director Greg Pease after reviewing the advertisements.

"I wanted to applaud Greg's efforts," said Larivee, "because very few people know what we do and I thought these ads really explained it well."

Pease and the Gastineau Human Services will receive the award at the APPA Winter Training Plenary Session in February in Phoenix. Gastineau Human Services was recently asked by the International Corrections and Prisons Association for permission to have the campaign translated into four languages to show on their Web site worldwide.


Derrick J. Bunja has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

The new officer will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserve. The lieutenant also will attend the officer basic course relating to his or her particular military occupational specialty or job.

The ROTC curriculum prepares students with the tools, training and experiences to help them succeed as effective leaders in any competitive environment. Army officers serve as leaders, counselors, strategists and motivators, who lead other soldiers in all situations occurring in ever-changing environments. As trained problem-solvers, key influencers and planners, they are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission.

He is the son of John E. and Carol A. Bunja of Red Oak Road, New Paris, Pa. His wife, Jennifer, is the daughter of Mohammad Rafati, of Crofton, Md., and Denise Dzlemian, of Juneau.

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