Ten-year-old Aaron Blust of Juneau is an inspired chef. His salmon dish is getting him and his family a trip to Washington, D.C.
Blust is one of the winners of the national Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. The contest was organized by Epicurious.com, the United States Department of Education, the United States Department of Agriculture and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” health initiative.
Parents of children between the ages of 8 and 12 were encouraged to send in their kids’ original recipes for a nutritious, delicious lunch. A winner was selected from each state, as well as from the District of Columbia and several U.S. territories.
Blust will represent Alaska at the Kids State Dinner, which the first lady will host at the White House early next week.
- Skagway School went through a restructuring this year. An influx in students enabled the school to create single-grade classrooms in the elementary school, increase Spanish and music classes, and start an accelerated learning program. It also opened space for three new teachers.
- El Nino has transitioned to below normal sea surface temperatures in the mid-latitude Pacific. If that persists, then the condition known as La Nina, typically results in a colder than normal winter for Alaska.
- The Alaska Mental Health Trust took its first step toward logging Ketchikan’s iconic Deer Mountain, along with a parcel in Petersburg.
- Two German sisters got a true Alaska experience through summer Rotary exchange.