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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:29 pm | Updated: 12:10 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

DENALI PARK, Alaska — Americas’ newest quarter will officially launch this week at a special ceremony in Healy.

The coin features Denali National Park and Preserve and is part of the United States Mint’s “America The Beautiful” series. It features a Dall sheep with Mount McKinley in the background.

The community is invited to this special event at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Tri-Valley Community Center.

An honor guard from the 71st Civil Air Patrol Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base will present the colors. Denali staff sergeant William Cook will serve as liaison.

The student body from all schools in the Denali Borough School District are planning to attend this historic event.

The high school choir will sing the national anthem and the Alaska Flag Song.

Healy baker Selena Dixon will provide a special Denali National Park quarter cake and the Tri-Valley Student Council will assist throughout the ceremony — including handing out a complimentary quarter to everyone in the audience.

First National Bank Alaska will provide rolls of the new quarters for sale at this event.

Tim Coray’s middle school art class from Tri-Valley School is providing special artwork for display during the ceremony.

The United States Mint began issuing quarters for this program in 2010. By the time the program ends in 2021, there will be a total of 56 quarter coins released. The design on the back of each quarter focuses on a different national site in each state, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

The front of each coin features the portrait of George Washington, used on the quarter since 1932.

According to the U.S. Mint, the image has been restored to bring out the details of the original model.

Other coins already released in this 2012 series include El Yunque National Forest, Caco Culture National Historical Park, Acadia National Park, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

A special forum about the U.S. Mint coin program is scheduled today at 6 p.m. in the Tri-Valley Community Library.

Community dinner

The Community Thanksgiving dinner, previously cancelled, is back on the schedule for Sunday at the Tri-Valley Community Center. This popular event, sponsored by the Aurora Club, will feature a bake sale. Enjoy time with friends and neighbors, and great food from 1:30-5 p.m.

Comedy at Clear

The community is invited to an Armed Services Entertainment production of the N.Y.C. Comedy Tour at 8 p.m. Sunday at Clear Air Force Station.

Admission is free, but you must be at least 21 years old.

To get on base, visitors must show valid drivers license, insurance and vehicle registration.

McKinley bazaar

The best thing about the McKinley Christmas Bazaar is that everything is handmade. The next best thing is that it is one of the most popular social events of the year.

The annual event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the McKinley Village Community Center, at 230 Mile Parks Highway.

Prizes will be awarded hourly.

There’s still time to sign up to be a vendor. Contact Michelle at

The event is a fundraiser for the McKinley Community Center.


William Cook, of Healy, has been promoted to staff sergeant with the Civil Air Patrol. 

Cook is a sophomore at Tri-Valley School and will serve as liaison for the honor guard at this week’s quarter launch in Healy.

His promotion will take place Friday in Fairbanks, right after his high school hockey team plays the West Valley Junior Varsity Team. It was his wish that his teammates be present for this special event. His Civil Air Patrol captain agreed.

Kris Capps is a freelance writer. Her column reporting Denali happenings appears weekly in the News-Miner. She can be reached at

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