Thank you

Posted: Friday, December 24, 2004

... for reminding readers about the results of impaired driving

Thank you for reporting on traffic safety campaigns in your newspaper during 2004. With your support, we have seen a record number of Alaskans wear seat belts and fewer deaths on our highways as a result of impaired driving.

Yet despite this progress, 89 people have lost their lives on Alaska's highways through Dec. 21. Still ahead are the Christmas and New Year's Eve holidays, when a celebration can turn to tragedy in an instant if an impaired driver gets behind the wheel. More than 40 percent of traffic deaths during the Christmas and New Year's Eve holidays in Alaska involved alcohol, and 30 percent of the drivers and passengers who died were not wearing seat belts.

Many Alaska State Troopers and local police officers will spend their holidays on the road to keep us safe. But they cannot do it alone. We hope you will remind your readers to use sober designated drivers, wear seat belts and properly buckle up all children in appropriate child car seats and seat belts this holiday season.

On behalf of the employees at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Alaska Department of Public Safety, we wish all Alaskans safe and happy holidays.

Mike Barton

Commissioner of Transportation

Bill Tandeske

Commissioner of Public Safety

... to those who offered help, support, and to Bartlett Hospital

Our family wishes to express a huge thank you to everyone who offered their homes and support during our recent life changing experience. On Dec. 9, 2004, my husband was whisked away to Virginia Mason hospital with a cardiac emergency. Prior to our departure on Airlift Northwest, along with the expertise of flight nurses Rick and Rebecca, we were thoroughly briefed by Dr. Huttenlocher in the emergency room. Nurse Mary soothed our emotions and Nursing Supervisor Carolyn was informative and compassionate. Bartlett Regional Hospital (BRH) is so fortunate to have such caring individuals working for them.

Our friends took our children within moments notice, and we cannot thank them enough. Kevin and Hilary Poole, Dave and Windy Spargo and Dr. Amy Dressel dove in with both hands to provide care for our three very active children. Bonnie Gee, Beverly Jones and the rest of my co-workers at BRH admitting were very helpful in providing travel information to get us back home. Sheila and Marylee donated a much-needed gift that was very appreciated upon arrival at Virginia Mason. Tanya Lata's special gift helped me get home. Jim's co-workers were very generous to offer any kind of help we needed. Mark from Mendenhall Auto deserves a very big thank you for helping us with our vehicle dilemma.

It is so comforting to know that there are such wonderful people willing to help us and take some of the heavy burden off of our shoulders. Our friends are amazing and we are so fortunate to have you all in our lives.

Rebecca Stevens and Jim Siercke


... for contributing to birth center's Community Family Center project

Thank you for a generous contribution by the Capital City Quilters of a beautiful, handmade quilt to benefit the Juneau Family Birth Center's Community Family Center project.

The Juneau Family Birth Center would like to thank the Capital City Quilters, and everyone who purchased a raffle ticket, for help in successfully raising $8,000 in a benefit quilt raffle. The Juneau Family Birth Center is pleased to announce Jim Kistler of Arizona as the proud winner of this beautifully handcrafted quilt displaying a range of Alaskan wildlife.

Proceeds from this raffle will contribute to the construction of a new Community Family Center at Salmon Creek Falls in Juneau.

With the new center, families in Southeast Alaska will be provided with a campus of health, social and educational services in one location. In addition to a range of health care services - family health care with a physician, counseling with certified therapists, and complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care with certified direct-entry midwives - social service programs will be in place to provide healthy pregnancy and parenting education, doula support for pregnant and newly parenting families, on-site childcare for those utilizing services, a gathering and activity space; including events such as storytelling, prenatal exercise, yoga, other stress reducing exercise and family-focused events; a lending library with information on pregnancy, birth, parenting, breast-feeding, and all aspects of health and healthy lifestyles; and individualized home-visiting support.

Juneau Family Birth Center


... for generous donations to Children's Holiday Party

The Coast Guard families of Juneau would like to extend a warm thanks to the following local stores for their kind and generous donations for the annual Children's Holiday Party: Fred Meyer, Alaskan & Proud market, Safeway Food and Drug, Costco Wholesale Warehouse, Super Bear Supermarket.

Thank you so much for giving back to your community. Happy Holidays!

Coast Guard families


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