Azeo James Walsh was born July 7 in Juneau to Jenn Walsh and Chris Downer. Azeo arrived at 10:09 p.m. at the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center. He weighed 9 lbs. 3 ounces and measured 22.5 inches. “Chris was with me every step of the way,” Jenn said.

Jaxon Don Narum was born June 26 in Holladay, Utah to Lena Nance and Jake Narum. Jaxon weighed 7 lbs. 11 ounces, and measured 21 inches upon his entrance at 10:39 p.m. Jake caught Jaxon and cut his umbilical cord during the all-natural procedure. Doula Laura Bikman was on hand for 10.5 hours of active labor, Lena said. Danielle Demeter was midwife.

Haines-raised Cara Jane Murray’s mountainscape graces the cover of the summer 2017 edition of “Alaska Women Speak.” The issue is entitled “The Mountains Are Calling.” Murray painted the Haines School mural facing Main Street.

Patricia Faverty and son Kirby recently spent two and a half weeks adventuring in Oregon. Snowed out of a planned 50-mile hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness, they instead made day trips in Portland, Astoria, Bend and Smith Rock State Park. They visited Diana Widdows, a family friend from Yakutat now serving as a school librarian in Astoria. Other highlights included attending a Portland Timbers soccer game and encountering cyclists participating in the city’s World Naked Bike Ride on June 24.

Rick and Kay Dunning are back in town and hosted a week-long visit by son Michael Dunning and friend Betsy Gans of Minneapolis. Kay said she showed mom June Haas a festive 83rd birthday on June 5, including a trip to the horse races at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. The Dunnings also visited Port Townsend, Wash. on June 8 to see Kay’s brother Mike Haas, his wife, Heather, and their four children, Jamie, Abbie, Bereket and Yihun.

The Haines office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living held its annual picnic Saturday at Chilkat State Park’s waterfront shelter. The picnic included music by the HAL’s Pals and a farewell to independent living advocate Margaret Sebens. A five-year SAIL employee, Sebens is leaving town in early September with daughter Bozhi SebensJenn Marschke will replace Sebens at SAIL. Bozhi is establishing residency in North Carolina. Margaret will work there as a traveling speech therapist.

Brothers Steve and Timothy Scarrott spent two weeks here, helping parents Shel and Jean Scarrott at their Beach Road home. Shel said the brothers shored up decks, cut brush and worked on the family boat, while including trips to 33 Mile and Skagway. The family includes a third sibling, Brenna Scarrott, a past visitor to Haines who lives in Springfield, Va.

Glenn and Joy Adams recently hosted a visit by Russ and Teresa Simpson. Russ was a Baptist preacher here for about six years and drove the senior van. He has started the All Nations Indian Baptist Church in Grove, Okla. Russ and Teresa, who studied the Tlingit language in Haines, are now learning Native American languages in Oklahoma, Glenn said. Their five-day visit included stops at the senior center and visits with Baptist congregation members.

Danina Daniel and Ryan “Ryno” Parker were married Friday, July 7 at Chilkat State Park beach. Jesse Weeks of Alta, Utah, a longtime friend of the couple, served as marriage commissioner. Ryan’s brother Brent Parker, of Wood Forest, Texas, also spoke during the ceremony. Danina’s niece Reagan Castillo of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Patience McCartney of Haines served as flower girls. Ryan’s nephew Kai Parker of Wood Forest and Danina’s nephew Bradley Castillo of Twin Falls, Idaho, were ring bearers. Family guests included Danina’s parents Brian and Cecilia Daniel of Twin Falls, Danina’s brother Jacob Daniel of Soldotna and Ryan’s parents Lora and Denny Parker of Conroe, Texas. More than 40 guests came from out of town. A Dalton City reception included potluck dishes, beef brisket and a taco bar. Guests enjoyed a six-layer Cambria Goodwin cake. “We saved the top three layers,” Danina said. She wanted to thank people who helped out.