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Bears aren't the problem. It's us — the people disposing of garbage into containers.

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Thumbs down to state Rep. Lora Reinbold’s awkwardly worded “rally the troops” mass email, which, in the process of giving out a phone number for like-minded politicians and activists to distribute in hopes of generating telephonic testimony against proposed Medicaid expansion, blundered into something more sinister than she perhaps intended.

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Leonard Oswald Olsen, 92, died March 31, 2015, in Seattle.
1/15/2013
Great kids

What a great weekend of good news: Kayhi girls basketball beat Juneau-Douglas in?Juneau; Kayhi wrestling bested both Juneau and Thunder Mountain; homegrown Stephanie (Patton) Rebecca released her new jazz CD here (instead of a jazz club in D.C., where the release had been scheduled to take place); lots of people got into the Resolution Revolution event at The Plaza Friday night.

And now comes word from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources that Prince of Wales Island kids are getting in on the act.

Naukati School over on the big island earned the DNR’s Alaska Office of Boating Safety’s Gold Award for 2012. The school’s Peer Educators “built a life-jacket loaner board at the community dock, traveled to neighboring schools to teach the Kids Don’t Float curriculum, and served as boating safety ambassadors in Craig at the annual Kids Fishing Day event,” according to Kelli Toth, education specialist with the Boating Safety Office.

The Kids Don’t Float program started many moons ago in Ketchikan as the result of an Eagle Scout project by a young man who now manages a bank here. (Those Eagle Scouts go far!) It has expanded since beginning with lending life jackets, to providing life-saving information to high school students who then pass it on to younger kids, according to the state office.

For all their work, the Naukati kids got the highest awards.

But other schools also did great things in helping “shape a safe boating culture” in Alaska:

Silver awards went to Chugiak High School, Hogarth Kingeekuk Sr. Memorial School in Savoonga, and Barrow High School; bronze honors went to the Klukwan School, Ninilchick School; Martin L. Olson School in Golovin, Susan B. English School in Seldovia; Nome Beltz Junior-Senior High School and Martin Luther King Jr. Career Center in Anchorage.

Alaska’s children learn early on that they not only can do wonderful things in their lives, but they can help others do wonderful things in theirs, as well. And isn’t that what our shared life is all about? How great when they are recognized for their good work.