Photographers from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries offices in Juneau made a strong showing in a national photographic contest helping mark the 200th anniversary of the NOAA.
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David Csepp, a research biologist at the Alaska Fishery Science Center's Auke Bay Laboratories, earned a second place for his photo of researchers with herring caught during an acoustic trawl survey in Lynn Canal near Juneau.
Aleria Jensen, marine mammal stranding coordinator for NOAA Fisheries' Alaska Region, took third for a photograph of volunteer veterinarians Rachel Berngartt and Kate Savage (members of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network) performing a necropsy (under NMFS permit 932-1489-08) on a humpback whale calf found stranded on Baranof Island at Dead Man's Reach.
The following people won honorable mentions: Mandy Lindeberg, a research fish biologist at the Auke Bay Laboratories, for a photo of April fish sampling in Alaska - researchers Scott Johnson and John Thedinga beach seining in a snow storm for early samples of post-winter forage fish at Whale Bay, Prince William Sound. She also took honorable mention in the Strange and Unusual category, for a photo of a ratfish. David Csepp, for a winter shot of Auke Bay harbor near Juneau and for one of a mostly-buried sandfish. Linda Shaw, a habitat biologist at NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region, for a photo of co-workers examining shrimp caught during a survey examining effects of log transfer facilities on essential fish habitat in Hanus Bay in Southeast Alaska.
Bailey Kitka, a 2004 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, completed her associate degree on Dec. 14 from the Art Institute of Seattle. Bailey's emphasis was in audio production.
On Dec. 16, over 200 Fort Lewis College students culminated their undergraduate academic careers at Winter Commencement 2006.
Douglas resident Matthew West was among this year's graduating class, with a bachelor's degree in English.