By Tom Morphet

Judy Hall Jacobson, Terry Jacobson, Nene Wolfe, Mark Kistler, and Mardell Gunn, and about a half-dozen other residents attended the annual Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Haines Junction, Y.T. Five bands from across Canada and the Lower 48 performed during the three-day event last weekend.

Friends and family members of Stephanie Scott celebrated the life of the Haines Mayor, teacher, and businesswoman with stories and fellowship at the Chilkat Inlet Retreat on Saturday. Stephanie’s children Reed Scott-Schwalbach, Heron Scott, and Joshua Scott received proclamations honoring Stephanie’s lifetime achievements from Haines Borough Mayor Douglas Olerud and State Sen. Jessie Kiehl.

Former resident and state ferry worker James Warner Sr. died on April 24 at Adventist Medical Hospital in Portland, Ore. He was 70. A funeral mass will be held starting at noon on June 22 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 10956 SE 25th Ave., Milwaukie, Ore. 97222. A Celebration of Life will follow at Shadowbrook Community Clubhouse, at 13640 SE Hwy 212 in Clackamas.

Amy Nash arrived from Seattle aboard the ferry Tuesday with children Mason, Christian, and Mercy. Nash said her family is looking forward to jumping back into Haines Little League, and Vacation Bible School programs and reconnecting with family and friends here.

Jerrie Clarke is back at her old digs at the Haines Sheldon Museum, where she’s helping out on a project for a month. She traveled here from her home in Mesquite, Nev., and enjoyed seeing her two Alaska daughters and two grandchildren.

Lifelong resident Lee Taylor died Saturday, June 3 in Seattle. He was 56 and worked as a career commercial fisherman. A local service is pending.

The Haines Hot Shots attended the 19th Annual AlaskaYESS State Championship at Birchwood Shooting Park in Chugiak last week. It’s Alaska’s largest competition for youth in the clay target sports. Student participants included Colton Combs, James Stickler, Eric Gillham, Jackson Long, Wade Lloyd, Loyal Tormey, Alex Weerasinghe, Dawson Holm, Illa Nettleton, Kruz Nettleton, Jonah Wray and Orion Grimes. They all competed in trap, double trap, wobble trap, skeet, sporting clays, and double sporting. They were led by coaches Shane Horton, Tim and Nicole Holm, and Jim Stickler. Parent volunteers include Susan and Nishan Weerasinghe, Krystal Lloyd, Celeste and Kyle Grimes, and Sydney Wray.

The Bookstore hosted a book signing by author Linda Buckley on Tuesday. The event showcased Buckley’s newest book, “Made of Rain: Words from the Wilds of Alaska.” Mud Bay residents Burl Sheldon and Nancy Berland, also known as “Slim & Curly,” played the guitar and fiddle, and cookies were provided by Costa Brava. Attendees included residents and visitors from the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. Buckley said she was very pleased with the turnout.

Darwin Feakes and the late Margaret Piggott received legislative citations from state Sen. Jesse Kiehl and state Rep. Andi Story last week. Feakes, a military veteran and ambulance crew volunteer and trainer, has taught industrial arts in Haines for 16 years. Piggott was a Haines author, adventurer, and traveling physical therapist.