Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2001

Soldotna residents receive honors

Quinn Tracy of Soldotna was named a departmental scholar from the geography department at the University of Northern Colorado. As a result of being named, he was eligible to be accepted as a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the National Geographical Honor Society. Minimum requirements to become a member are; three geography courses completed with a grade of an A or B, completion of three semesters of college courses and ranking in the upper 35 percent of the class.

He is the son of Bill and Deb Tracy of Soldotna.

Emily Tracy of Soldotna recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor's degree. She also was named to the dean's honor roll for the 2000-01 school year.

She is the daughter of Bill and Deb Tracy of Soldotna.

Brandon C. Newbould a 2000 graduate of Soldotna High School, was named to the dean's list for the 2001 spring semester at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa.

To be eligible, students must receive a 3.6 grade point average or higher. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas F. Newbould of Kenai.

Soldotna teen gets involved

Jessika Truesdell, a senior at Skyview High School, received a scholarship to attend the American Cancer Society's Camp Speakout held recently in Portland, Ore. She is a trainer for the Tobacco Alliance of the Kenai Peninsula's Teens as Teachers Program.

Camp Speakout is a teen advocacy camp for teens involved in the tobacco control movement. She traveled with a team of six other teens throughout and was asked to present the Peninsula Teens as Teachers Program at the camp.

Kenai man recognized through firm

Roy A. Wells Sr., financial adviser in Kenai, was named a Circle of Champions qualifier. The designation is in recognition of superior sales achievement for the year. Wells was honored at a June 29 through July 1 conference, which was held in San Francisco. This is the first time Wells has received the honor.

Wells has been a professional in the financial services industry for two years. He joined Waddell and Reed in 1999.

Resident honored for service

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Soldotna Lodge No. 2706, recently recognized the awarding of Marvin M. Lewis Elks and Scouting Award to Soldotna resident David Caswell. The award was presented during a ceremony and reception at the Elks Grand Lodge National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. Caswell is the first Alaska Elk to receive the Marvin M. Lewis Elks and Scouting Award.

The Grand Lodge and the Boy Scouts of America approved the Marvin M. Lewis Award in 1998. The award recognizes Elks in good standing who have significantly contributed to the youth of their communities by volunteering in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America. Marvin M. Lewis recipients are Elks who have brought scouting to more youths, have assisted local Elks lodges in forming scouting units, are fully trained in the skills of scouting, are outstanding role models and have offered scouting to all youth regardless of race, creed, or income level.

Recipients have also worked to bring Elks and scouting together to serve the community and have been instrumental in organizing scouting. To be eligible, candidates must have recommendations from their local lodge and their local Scouting Council. The award is named for the Honorable Marvin M. Lewis, Past Grand Exalted Ruler and longtime supporter of scouting.

Business proves what dogs can do

Canine Partners of Alaska Inc., a nonprofit corporation, is the first statewide organization to breed, train and pair service dogs with Alaskans who have physical disabilities. Service dogs are dogs specifically trained to assist people in their daily lives, performing tasks that are difficult or impossible for them to do alone.

A canine partner can help by turning light switches on and off, pulling a wheelchair, picking up dropped items or opening doors. Graduation for the organization's first client/dog teams is scheduled for Fall 2001. For more information regarding client application, presentations, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, contact Canine Partners of Alaska, P.O. Box 1234, Palmer, AK, 99645 or call (907) 357-2725.

Alaska SeaLife Center news

Chiswell breeding season coming to a close

The Steller sea lion breeding season is almost over at Chiswell Island, and the females are busy nursing their pups between feeding bouts at sea. There were about 55 pups born at Chiswell this year. That is about 10 percent fewer than last year and about the same as 1999. The outskirts of the rookery are teeming with subadult males now, and the overall number of animals at Chiswell has increased dramatically over the past week. The marking operation on July 8 was successful in tagging 17 pups on the island. The flipper tags will help the Alaska SeaLife Center scientists track the sea lions over the next several years and aid in estimations of age, class, survivability and movements of the endangered Chiswell animals.

Connie, the Aleutian Canada Goose that hatched at the center on July 6, is continuing to acclimate. The gosling is on a goose starter diet and veggies like horsetail and alfalfa sprouts. Connie gets lots of daily exercise by running around in her brooder and swimming two to three times a day for 15- to 20-minute intervals. The swims also allow staff to ensure Connie's waterproofing is satisfactory.

Interactions with the gosling are moderated to decrease the likelihood of her imprinting on humans. Imprinting can occur when very young animals attach themselves to a member of a different species and eventually fail to identify with their own species. While the effects of imprinting may not be immediately evident, if an animal does not identify with members of its own species during breeding seasons, reproduction could be affected.

Imprinting is common in hand-reared birds, including cranes, geese and ducks. Long-term plans for Connie are currently being arranged. Most likely, Connie will become a part of a captive breeding population of Aleutian Canada Geese in a Russian wildlife facility.

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