Posted: Friday, November 24, 2006

At the 2006 Museums Alaska/Alaska Historical Society annual meeting held Oct. 4-7 in Juneau, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Juneau resident Mike Blackwell were awarded the 2006 Pathfinder Award from the Alaska Historical Society for their efforts in preparing Digital Bob, the online searchable database of over 700 articles by Bob De Armond.

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The Pathfinder award is given to an individual or several individuals who have indexed or prepared guides to materials that have not been accessible. Past recipients of the award include Alexandra J. McClanahan in 2005; Dick and Marie Kent in 2004, for A-J Mine employee records database; and the Alaska State Library Newspaper Project in 1999.

Digital Bob, which went live in February 2006, includes topics such as the rowdy days of the gold camps and mines, small-town rivalries, Native rights, fishing, timber, territorial government, capital city issues, statehood and more.

For more information, call 586-3572, or access Digital Bob online at


The Juneau Public Libraries celebrated National Children's Book Week Nov. 12-17 with the Bookmark Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries. Honored children received gift certificates from The Friends of Juneau Public Libraries Amazing Bookstore and Hearthside Books, and laminated copies of their bookmarks. Winning enteries may be viewed online, at, or at any branch of the Juneau Public Libraries.

A panel of five judges reviewed 1,098 entries and chose one winner and two honorable mentions for each grade level, preschool through high school.

Honorable mentions were given to preschoolers Adelie McMillan, Riverbend Elementary School, and Conner Koehler, Valley Baptist Academy; kindergarteners JB Bernard Yadao, Riverbend, and Andrew Dilley, Riverbend; first-graders Morgan Cartwright, home school, and Mason Fowler, Riverbend; second-graders Paige Ellen Cassell, Gastineau Elementary School, and Carraig New, home school; third-graders Simon Murayama, Alyeska Central School, and Alison Schoonover, Glacier Valley; fourth-graders Megan K. Wright, Glacier Valley, and Maire New, home school; fifth-graders Rhys Coffee, Mendenhall River, and Padraig New, home school; sixth-graders Selene Smith, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, and Michaela Schlechter, Floyd Dryden Middle School; seventh-graders Hannah Everett, Floyd Dryden, and Amber Taguehi, Dzantik'i Heeni; and eighth-graders Kimberly Laboca, SDA Christian, and Kayla Brown, Floyd Dryden.

First place winners were given to preschooler Sidra Gregoire, Juneau Co-op Preschool; kindergartener Minnie Park, Riverbend; first-grader Sam Hall, Mendenhall River Community School; second-grader Kira Shotty, Glacier Valley Elementary School; third-grader Mattison Smith, Glacier Valley; fourth-grader Ukiah Engen, Harborview Elementary School; fifth-grader Ruby Steedle, Harborview; sixth-grader Esra Siddeek, Dzantik'i Heeni; seventh-grader Phillip White, home school; eighth-grader Devin Damitio, Floyd Dryden; ninth-grader Megan Murayama, Alyeska Central School; and tenth-grader Kelly Fernandez, Juneau-Douglas High School.


Doug Bridges, of Southeast Senior Services in Juneau, was awarded the Max Lyon Award at the Alaska Community Transportation Conference for his dedication to the public transit industry.

Bridges is a certified community transit manager who has gone the extra mile to assist communities on Prince of Wales Island and organizations in Ketchikan to develop coordinated transit systems, including accompanying them to observe other transit systems throughout the state.

Bridges began as a Southeast Senior Services Care-A-Van driver in 1988. In 1998, he became the manager of Juneau's Care-A-Van program. He has since been promoted and now oversees the nutrition, transportation and support programs serving the communities of Craig, Hydaburg, Ketchikan, Klawock, Saxman and Wrangell. He also serves on Board of Directors of the Alaska Mobility Coalition, a statewide group of citizens and organizations advocating for community transportation services.


Air Force Airman Joshua M. Fairless, son of Charles and Sherry Fairless, of Juneau, and a 2006 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, has 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; performed drill and ceremony marches; and received physical training and training in rifle marksmanship, field exercises and human relations.

He also earned credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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