Mercy Evelyn Nash was born to parents Amy and Song Nash on Feb. 29 at Seattle’s Ballard Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz., and measured 18.5 inches. Mercy’s siblings are Mason, 4, and Christian, 6. Grandparents are Becky and Don Nash of Haines, and Mona and Dick Junkin of Edmonds, Wash. Song and Amy live in Haines during the summer, and Edmonds the rest of the year. They look forward to introducing Mercy to Haines friends in June.
A short piece by Haines High School graduate Anna Jacobson appeared in the March edition of Alaska Airlines’ “Alaska Beyond” magazine. The story is about the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, a 6,637-mile journey from Qingdao, China, to Seattle. Jacobson is a senior at California Polytechnic State University, where she is studying communications.
The Pioneer Bar’s Hot Shots won the local pool league last month against five other teams. The Hot Shots included captain Charlie Williams, Mark Williams, Kevin Thompson, Allen Hyatt, Charles Baltzell Sr., John Hill, Aaron Nash and Bill Holton. Three teams from the Fogcutter Bar, two from the Pioneer Bar and one from the American Legion competed in the three-month tournament. Kelly Jessup was the men’s top shooter, and Carol Ridge was the best woman shooter. The traveling trophy stayed at the Pioneer Bar, its home since a Pioneer team beat the Fogcutter last year.
John and Sharon Svenson recently installed a triptych mural at Juneau’s Gastineau Elementary School. Each panel is about three-by-four feet, with the centerpiece depicting a view of the old pump house on Douglas’ Sandy Beach. Two side panels feature various woodland critters. The piece incorporates more than 10,000 pieces of glass and was funded by the state’s “One Percent for the Arts” program.
Phil Wilde, Angela Wilde and Jane Clark traveled to Juneau for the Feb. 27 AK Beat Down 23 Rumblefest. They attended the event with Tina Jerue and her husband Darrel Jerue, a retired Juneau fighter known as “The Beast of Southeast.” The contest featured boxing and mixed martial arts events, with the main MMA fight between Charlie “Fearless” Gallant and Sam “Uncle Sam” Carney.
The Foundation for the Chilkat Center for the Arts celebrated the completion of the group’s “Light, Sound, Action!” project on Feb. 27 with an evening of champagne and dessert treats in the Chilkat Center lobby. The project replaced the theater’s lighting, sound, and effects systems, as well as its curtains. It also replaced a sound system in the lobby and dance studio. Foundation secretary and treasurer Annette Smith said project volunteers, the Haines Arts Council, Lynn Canal Community Players, KHNS, and grant writers Ann Myren and Cecily Stern were invited, with everyone asked to bring a bottle of champagne or dessert. The group enjoyed watching “The Martian” on the new projector and screen installed in the lobby. Project manager Tod Sebens and sound system installer Lee Heinmiller received kudos for their continued work on the upgrades.
Tim Shields is featured in the March/April edition of Audubon magazine in its “Meet the Bird Brainiacs” story by Alisa Opar. Shields is currently working on a project to protect desert tortoises from their predators, including ravens. He’s developing a rover equipped with tools such as lasers to repel predators like ravens from attacking juvenile tortoises. John Marzluff’s work with American Crows and Nicky Clayton’s work with Eurasian Jays is also featured in the article.
Former Haines resident Eileen McIver was featured in the Sunday issue of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner after winning first place in the “Denali’s Got Talent” competition at Denali Winterfest. McIver wrote and performed a song about the Healy Coal Queens, the local women’s hockey team that she plays on. She sang to the tune of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from “The Lion King.” She won $200.
The Haines Sportsman’s Association board chose officers at its Saturday meeting. Charlie DeWitt is president; Will Hickman, vice-president; Toni DeWitt, treasurer and Janis Horton, secretary. The group is working on adding two trap ranges to its shooting range on Mud Bay Road. They have two new machines and recently received grant money to pay for a new trap house, to be located just below the 100-rifle range.
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