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Duly Noted


October 20, 2011

Asher Mack Jimenez was born Wednesday, Oct. 12 to Sierra and Carlos Jimenez. Asher weighed 7 lbs ., 3 ozs. He was greeted soon after his arrival by big brother Hayden. Sierra’s parents, Hayden and Bonnie Kaden, flew in from Gustavus on Asher’s birthday to meet their newest grandson. Carlos’ mom, Susan Tandy, took the ferry from Haines that evening. The family is doing well.


The Haines High School Student Council attended the 2011 fall conference of the Alaska Association of Student Governments at Service High School in Anchorage. Attendees included Royal Henderson, Chris Turner, Brandon Haxton, Devin Braaten, Patrick Henderson, Grace Jones, Zeke Frank, and Caroline Ward. Students participated in leadership workshops, debated resolutions, and were wowed by motivational speaker Bill Cordes. Bill’s message for Alaska’s youth leaders was "you get out, what you put in." Royal Henderson, who was elected last year to the AASG executive board as the Southeast representative, led the Region V breakout meetings. He will serve a two-year term on the board.

Organizers said Takshanuk Watershed Council’s wild mushroom dinner was a great success Saturday. Attendees were treated to pasta with "Fungi a la Mario," or wild mushroom sauce. The student participants in TWC’s Chilkat Forest Investigator after-school program gathered the wild porcini mushrooms for the sauce. Mario Benassi leads students on weekly explorations that include trail walks to find evidence of birds and small mammals. Student videographer Eli White has been filming Mario and his students, and presented a short CFI film at Saturday’s dinner. Mark McNamara led a dessert auction. The event raised enough money to purchase three "camera traps" that will be set up in the forests around Haines. The cameras are triggered by motion, and Mario hopes they will help gather evidence of some of the valley’s elusive residents.

Ellis Greene will head to Beijing, China for her spring semester. A junior at Smith College, Ellis was accepted into the competitive program that focused on immersion in Chinese culture. Ellis is an economics major and has studied Mandarin for two years.

Iris Kemp co-wrote a chapter in "The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence" published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Dr. Robert Sternberg. Iris partnered with psychology professor Dr. Janet Davidson, her advisor at Lewis and Clark College, to write the book’s fourth chapter, "Contemporary Models of Intelligence." Iris graduated from Lewis and Clark in December 2009.

Author Ana Maria Spagna read from her recent book, "Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness," and discussed the joys and challenges of living in a small town with attendees of the library’s author event. Ana Maria lives in Stehekin, Wash ., a community of about 100 year-round residents at the head of Lake Chelan that is accessible only by floatplane and boat. With no telephones, residents rely on word-of mouth and, more recently, e-mail, to stay in touch. Ana Maria’s books are available to check out at the library. The next author visit is Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the library. Wolf biologist Bob Hays, author of "Wolves of the Yukon," will read from his book and speak to the effect of wolf control on wolves and their prey.

Following a funeral at the Yakutat ANB Hall Oct. 7, Catherine "Tiny" Cranston Logan was buried next to the grandmother who raised her there, Minnie Johnson. Her ashes were placed in a bentwood box carved by cousin Fred Bemis, Logan’s sister Joyce Simon said. "I just want to thank Fred and his mom Rosemary Bartels for her good send off. She was buried up next to grandma where she wanted to be." Logan died of lung cancer in Sitka Sept. 30. She had family ties to the Chilkat Valley, and lived here for about three years prior to a cancer diagnosis a year ago. Logan was born in Juneau on Aug. 21, 1942, the fourth of 13 children of Judson Cranston and Daisy Johnson Cranston of Klukwan. As a child Logan spent winters with her grandmother in Yakutat and summers in Klukwan. After high school in Yakutat she moved to Juneau. She married George Logan of Skagway and they had five children. Logan was a bartender at the Imperial Bar for about 20 years. "Everybody knew her from the Imperial to the Arctic and all the way down South Franklin (Street)," Simon said. "That was her life." Two children, Bert and Brandon, preceded her in death. Three children, Vernon, Lisa Marie and Jay survive her, as do nine siblings.

Wyatt Morrison was born Aug. 21 to Bethany and Kyle Morrison of Juneau. He weighed 6 lbs ., 12 ozs. and measured 19 inches. Bethany’s mother, Patty Morgan, witnessed the birth along with Kody’s siblings Jaryn and Brianna Morrison. Kody arrived in time to meet his 88-year-old great-grandmother Hazel Morgan, from New Mexico, and several other great-uncles and aunts who were in Juneau to attend the wedding of Bethany’s cousin, Morgan Ellen Fisher to Nick Ramseth on Aug. 27. Grandma Patty Morgan, who moved to Juneau from Haines in February, is enjoying getting to know her grandson. She teaches water aerobics and swim lessons at Juneau pools.