Wyatt Rhea Fournier was recently accepted into the Masters of Science Program, with a research assistantship, at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Wyatt, the son of Gary Fournier and Kathleen Rhea, is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and the University of Alaska Southeast. His graduate program at UW begins this fall and he will participate in the research of Chinook salmon in the Bering Sea, affiliated with the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative.
Heather Harris, daughter of Richard Harris and Patricia Tynan, of Juneau, received a Mount Baker Plywood Furniture Contest Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. The scholarship is awarded to students who were winners in the Mount Baker Plywood Furniture Design Contest. Harris is a sophomore majoring in industrial design.
The Princess Cruises recently named the Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition Shore Excursion of the Season at the ports of Juneau and Ketchikan. The announcement was made by Kirby Day III, director of Alaska Shore Operations for Princess Cruises. With nine vessels in the market, Princess will host an estimated 310,000 Alaska cruise passengers this year.
Alaska Canopy Adventures president and CEO Brien Salazar said this recognition from Princess Cruises is a real shot in the arm, as there are many excellent shore excursions offered in Southeast Alaska. He attributes this recognition to the service provided by the companies highly skilled supervisors, guides and support staff.
Alaska Canopy Adventures introduced ziplining to Alaska when it opened its first course at Herring Cove, 8 miles south of Ketchikan by road, in 2005. With strong demand from visitors and locals to participate in this treetop experience, the Ketchikan based company constructed a second course at the former Treadwell Gold Mine site on Douglas Island near Juneau, which opened in 2006. Both courses are constructed in a rich rainforest environment.
Zipline participants are fitted with safety harnesses and overhead pulleys and ride a series of gravity feed dual cable ziplines strung between tall trees. Participants reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour between treetop platforms. Cable runs are up to 850 feet. The ziplines are interspersed with cable supported skybridges. Special Mercedes Unimog all-terrain vehicles transport zippers up the steep slopes to the start of each course. In Juneau, guests ride an expedition jet boat from a downtown dock, cruising down Gastineau Channel to a beach landing on Douglas Island at the zipline outfitting cabin site. Guides accompany each group of zipliners. Each course is approximately a mile in length.
Capacity at the Ketchikan location was expanded this year with the opening of the Bear Creek Zipline Adventure, according to Alaska Canopy Adventures general manager Kris Singstad. The new course is constructed on a different part of the 40 acres of rainforest that the company has at Herring Cove. In addition to 7 ziplines, Bear Creek features 10 tree platforms, a 265 foot long skybridge, the longest in the state, rappelling, and a 250 foot long mountain slide.
Guests completing any of three Alaska Canopy Adventures zipline courses are presented with a custom minted medal in recognition of their achievement. Many of our guests describe their zipline activity as the experience of a lifetime, said Singstad. The courses operate daily through September 29 this year.
Air National Guard Airman Rebecca S. Garcia, niece of Ellen Moore, of Juneau, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Garcia earned distinction as an honor graduate. She received a bachelor's degree in 2007 from Park University in Fort Irwin, Calif.
Bethany R. Onibokun, of Juneau, an ammunition specialist in the U.S. Army, will be deployed to Afghanistan this month. The daughter of Vilda Cooday, of Juneau, Onibokun is presently assigned to the 101st Airborne, Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. She received her GED in Juneau in December 2006 and graduated from basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in March 2008. Onibokun graduated from Ordinance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School as an ammunition specialist/ordinance disposal specialist at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama in June 2008.