Juneauite is a winner in the National Wildlife Magazine Photo Contest
A Juneau man is among 17 winners in a photography contest that drew 23,000 entries from around the world.
Richard Hebhardt of Juneau placed first in the Landscapes & Plants category of the 48th annual National Wildlife Photo Contest, according to The National Wildlife Federation.
Hebhardt’s winning photograph, made near Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, captures the gleam of a hot plume of gases and steam shooting skyward toward the Milky Way as Venus shines on the horizon.
“I’ve been to Hawaii many times,” Hebhardt said in a press release, “but I had never felt the awe factor I felt that night.”
A retired educator, Hebhardt has been an avid photographer for decades, and now devotes his time to documenting wildlife around the world, with a special focus on Alaska, Africa and Hawaii.
“In recent years, I’ve been giving more of my energy to wildlife photography to bring attention to endangered wildlife, especially big cats, elephants, brown bears and threatened species,” Hebhardt said in a release. “We are not treating the planet Earth with respect. We’re cooking it, and placing wildlife, plant life, mammals and fish in jeopardy.”
Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood hold Grand Camp Convention
The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood met in Anchorage for annual Grand Camp convention at the Alaska Pacific University Campus earlier this month.
The purpose of convention is to elect officers, receive reports of officers and committees and to consider other business that may arise, according to the ANB and ANS.
Election results for 2019-2020, which began Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30, 2020, were announced in a press release.
ANB President is Heather Gurko of Portland, First Vice President is James Llanos Sr. of Ketchikan, Second Vice President is Woodrow Watson of Ketchikan, Secretary is James Llanos Jr. of Ketchikan, Treasurer is Vincent Rinehart of Portland and Sergeant At Arms is John Yates of Anchorage.
ANS President is Paulette Moreno of Sitka, First Vice President is Sandra Churchill of Wrangell, Second Vice President is Kevin Allen of Juneau, Secretary is Carol Duis of Haines, Treasurer is Cynthia Llanos of Ketchikan and Sergeant At Arms is Cyndi Reeves of Anchorage.
Artful teaching program highlighted in annual philanthropy report
A local program is getting some national attention.
Juneau’s Artful Teaching program, co-sponsored by Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Juneau School District, and the University of Alaska Southeast, has been highlighted in the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies 2018 Annual Report.
Artful Teaching program, which is now in its fifth year, prepares, supports and retains responsive teachers in Juneau, and promotes an arts-integrated, culturally-sustaining and creative approach to teaching.
The program provides collaborative layers of support for pre-service and early career teachers, co-learning with mentor teachers and administrators through teaching artist workshops and residencies, coursework, art kits and reflective practice protocols.
Artful Teaching in Juneau has been underwritten by the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, since 2014.
“This collaboration between the Juneau School District, the University of Alaska Southeast, and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council … not only enriches the classroom experience for students, it helps boost teacher confidence and competence, and connects new teachers with mentors and peers,” stated the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies 2018 Annual Report. “Together, this paints a clear picture of improved teacher satisfaction and, ultimately, better retention.”