Haines Borough Public Library Director Patricia Brown has been appointed to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Libraries. The one-year appointment will work on revising and updating the state library strategic plan, which assures access to library services to all Alaskans. Patricia previously served as president of the Alaska Library Association.

Master carver Wayne Price is featured in the February edition of Alaska Magazine. Wayne’s interview focuses on his triumph over addiction and his dramatic personal transformation. He talks about how he is using his art to show young people a better way to live.

Ben and Will Egolf have arrived home to help parents Dan and Joanna Egolf in the wake of the devastating fire that destroyed the family’s Oslund Drive house last week.

Madeline Andriesen has qualified for the state competition for Poetry Out Loud in Juneau March 7. She is one of 10 students statewide who will compete. The winner will represent Alaska in the 2017 National Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington D.C. in April.

You can continue to support student activities with the annual sushi fundraiser by the drama, debate and forensics team. Order your sushi plates at [email protected] or text Lisa Schwartz at 314-3074. Pickup is 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the school.

Tracy Wirak and the fourth-grade class will be raising money for their spring trip to the Yukon Territory. It includes lessons in geography and history. They will sell Papa Murphy pizzas. Order forms can be picked up at the school and returned before Feb. 24. Delivery will be March 4.

Deana Stout is back from visiting friends and family. She saw daughter Bengta Hoffman in Salt Lake City. Deana and Bengta went to Sayulita, Mexico, where they ran into Susan and Joe Culbertson walking on the beach. Deana visited Lisa DeRees in Moab, Utah, then drove through a snowstorm that stranded her in Ontario, Ore. when I-84 was shut down. On a Facebook suggestion from Michael Smith, she took Highway 20 to see Michael and Kaci Ahmuty in Bend. The same highway took her to Forest Grove, Ore. where she visited childhood friend Sally Tebbet. Deana stopped in Portland to see Skagway friend Stathia AnnisGail Harper picked her up to visit with Stephanie Scott, who is in Portland with daughter Reed.

Scott and Candi Bradford are back from Las Vegas, Nev., where they attended the Las Vegas World Market, a five million-square-foot home furnishing trade show. It spanned three, 15-story buildings and two outdoor tents the size of three football fields. They expect to see new merchandise arrive in Haines in about four weeks, including rugs and LED lighting.

Teri Bastable-Podsiki visited Hobart, Wash. to see former residents Marilyn and Kermit Browning. She also spent time with the couple’s son Silas and his wife Claudia Browning and their daughter Chloe, who live next door. Teri’s trip included a week in Sayulita. She bumped into Chip and Heather Lende on the plane, on their way home from San Pancho. Teri is preparing her studio for stained-glass and fusing classes she’ll offer before returning to Skagway for the summer. Call 314-0169 to sign up.

Kay Larson, from Accord, N.Y. is here visiting brother Larry and Ellen Larson. Kay has been returning to Haines since she left her brother here in 1973. They were traveling through Alaska but as they were about to board the ferry, clouds lifted and Larry decided to stay. Kay returned to New York, where she has worked as an art critic, journalist and author. She worked at New York magazine and Village Voice and penned a biography of composer John Cage.

The Chilkat Snowburners raced at 26 Mile last weekend, the snowmachine group’s second big race of the season. Conditions were perfect, racers said. Finishers included: Juniors: 1) Ohlin Brooks, 2) Brody Ferrin, 3) TJ Smith; Youths:1) Gable Sage, 2) Joseph Rossman, 3) Joshua Wheeler; Open Fan/Free Air: 1) Chris Brooks, 2) Randy Sloper, 3) Zack Ferrin; 0-599 Liquid: 1) Sean McLaughlin, 2) Rick Campbell, 3), Michel T. Ward; Open Liquid:1) Jack Smith Jr., 2) Chris Brooks, 3) Stephen McLaughlin.

Deantha Crockett of the Alaska Miners Association spoke about the benefits of mining at presentations at the Aspen Hotel and Pioneer Bar. The statewide industry support group has eight local branches, including one in Haines. Graham Neale, the director of the Center for Mine Training at University of Alaska-Southeast also spoke.