Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2007

Paddock, Green-Enix win ski scholarships

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JUNEAU - The ski area board of directors announced two winners of the annual Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarship on Friday.

The board chooses two school-aged children to receive season passes to Eaglecrest Ski Area each season.

Montessori eighth-grader Jamie Paddock and Juneau-Douglas High School student Curtis Green-Enix were chosen this year. They both demonstrated strong academic achievement, as well as drive and passion for skiing and the mountain, the committee decided.

Paddock, who dreams of becoming an Olympic skier, said, "My future begins here at Eaglecrest; I've made my day, now it's time to make history." The three-year veteran of the ski team began skiing at age 3.

Green-Enix was introduced to the sport on field trips at Floyd-Dryden Middle School. This year he plans to tackle the Ptarmigan runs at the ski area and set a goal of mastering the more difficult West side, he told the committee.

The scholarships were set up in 1992 by the board of directors to recognize Juneau local Hilary Lindh, a silver medalist in the 1992 Albertville Olympics. She won seven national titles, two world championships and three World Cup victories before retiring from the U.S. Ski Team.

Sealaska Institute launches first blog

JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute launched its first blog in an effort to keep people informed about issues, books and collections of interest to Southeast Alaska Natives.

The blog, written by the institute's archivist, Zachary Jones, will offer weekly updates on SHI's archives and engage people in talks about Native languages, history, heritage and other topics. The site also will include links to new and forthcoming books and scholarly studies of interest to Native people.

"We want to let people know what's going on almost on a weekly basis and we want to get people involved and keep them informed," said Jones.

The hope is to establish an online community.

"A blog is a good thing because it reaches a certain audience and it gives people a different way to learn and grow and interact online. It seems like we're becoming an online community, it's important that SHI keep up with that," said Jones, who joined SHI in October.

SHI strives to be responsive to a changing environment and to constituents who are using technology more often, said SHI President Rosita Worl.

"Virtual communication is nothing new," said Worl, recalling a comment by former SHI chair Judson Brown. "He saw me once using a cell phone and reminded me that our shamans had always communicated over long distances in much the same fashion."

The blog is located at and through SHI's Web site,

SHI is a Native nonprofit established in 1981 to administer educational and cultural programs for Sealaska, a regional Native corporation formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The institute's mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.

Search continues for missing helicopter

ANCHORAGE - Officials say the search for the missing medical helicopter near Prince William Sound continues nearly a week after its disappearance.

Three helicopters and one military cargo plane took advantage of an improvement in weather conditions to keep up the search on Saturday.

Thick cloud cover has hampered much of the search since the helicopter carrying four people was reported missing during a 150-mile flight from Cordova to Anchorage.

Those on board were patient Gaye McDowell, 60, of Cordova; pilot Lance Brabham, 42, of Soldotna; flight nurse John Stumpff, 47, of Sterling and paramedic Cameron Carter, 25, of Kenai.

McHugh Pierre is a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Pierre says the mission is still being considered a rescue, not a recovery.

Man charged with murder in deaths

ANCHORAGE - A 28-year-old man accused of killing two people and seriously hurting three others in a series of machete and gun attacks has been indicted on charges stemming from the initial attack.

A Palmer grand jury issued the indictment Friday charging Christopher Erin Rogers Jr. with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the death of his father Sunday. He also was charged with second-degree murder and assault in connection with serious injuries to his father's girlfriend.

Rogers is accused of then driving south to Anchorage and shooting three people, killing one and seriously injuring the other two. He was arrested Monday after a brief car chase through rush-hour traffic.

Troopers investigate caribou hit-and-runs

FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers are investigating a hit-and-run that killed four caribou on the Parks Highway near Cantwell.

The animals apparently were struck by some kind of tractor trailer late in the afternoon Thursday near mile 210 of the highway.

Troopers searched a stretch of the highway but found no signs of any vehicles that might have been involved.

Troopers say caribou are currently migrating and small bands of the animals have been seen crossing the highway.

The area where the four animals were hit is known as a hot spot for caribou activity. Troopers say 20 caribou have been killed on a 10-mile stretch of the highway since Nov. 20.

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