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At a recent meeting of the Alaska Miners Association, Juneau Branch, Scott Hartman, President and General Manager and Ron Plantz, Human Resources and Community Relations Manager at Hecla Greens Creek Mine presented Lance Stevens, Chair and Mary Becker, Incoming Chair of the United Way of Southeast Alaska Board a check in the amount of $5,000.00.

UU Minister Reverend Sarah Schurr returns to Juneau


The Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship welcomed Rev. Sarah Schurr to Juneau on Jan. 6 for her third residency. This is Schurr’s second year serving the Juneau congregation.

Her 10-day stay will be busy with two Sunday worship services and a variety of other events, all of which are open to the public.

Schurr’s sermon today is entitled “We Could Have Done Better” and is a look at the Unitarian Universalist history with the civil rights movement and honors the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday.

Next Sunday, Schurr will offer a sermon entitled “What is a Unitarian Universalist?”

“This is a great chance for longstanding members and new visitors to learn the basics of our faith. This being our “Bring a Friend Sunday,” we welcome anyone curious about Unitarian Universalism to this, and, of course, any other Sunday service.”

Also during this residency, Schurr will continue a discussion series called “Books and Faith” on Jan. 10, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the large conference room of the Downtown Public Library. Sponsored by Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, this group is open to anyone interested in exploring literature with a focus on faith.

“It’s like a book group, only different. In the Books and Faith program we look at the way selected books inspire our religious ideas or bring us new insights about our faith, whatever it may be,” said Schurr.

“This month, come join in a discussion of the novel, Here If You Need Me, by Kate Braestrup. This is a very moving memoir of Unitarian Universalist Rev. Braestrup’s experience serving as the chaplain to search and rescue professionals in the back woods of Maine. All are welcome, and it would be helpful, though it is not required, to have finished the book.”

The Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meets at 10 a.m. for Sunday services and children’s religious exploration classes at Temple Sukkat Shalom, located on the corner of Cordova Street and Foster Avenue in West Juneau.

Contact JUUF and Schurr at 789-9068 if you have questions about any of her upcoming presentations, or if you would like to meet with her during her stay in Juneau. She will return to Juneau in March.

SHI accepting applications for scholarships

The Sealaska Heritage Institute is offering cash incentive to earlybird applicants.

SHI is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2012. However, the institute is offering a $50 incentive to those who complete their scholarship application on or before Feb. 1 and who are accepted as scholarship recipients; if selected as a recipient, the $50 will be included in their scholarship award.

Scholarships must be filled out and submitted online from SHI’s website,

Awards will be made to Sealaska shareholders and descendants enrolled in accredited colleges, universities and vocational and technical schools. The scholarships are given to roughly 400 students per year.

The scholarship funds awarded are provided by Sealaska Corporation from an endowment and corporate 7(i) sharing provisions established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). The Section 7(i) Agreement among the regional corporations provides scholarships to students seeking degrees in disciplines that lead to employment in Sealaska or its subsidiaries.

SHI is a Native nonprofit established in 1980 to administer educational and cultural programs for Sealaska, a regional Native corporation formed under ANCSA. The institute’s mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.

For more information, contact Rosita Worl, SHI president at 463-4844

Governor’s Council on Disabilities holds event

Do you or someone you know live with a disability? The Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education invites community members to join them Jan. 25 from 5–8 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Join Council members and others in your community to discuss disability issues in your area including housing, employment, education, transportation, support and inclusion.

Your voice counts, let it be heard. For more information call 1(888)269-8990.

This message brought to you by the Department of Health & Social Services.

For more information contact Carrie Predeger 907-269-8926 or go to the website at:

Or the council’s Facebook page at:

Peer support group for bipolar and depression

This group is open to all men and women who are struggling with bipolar or depression, to make connections, improve coping skills, find motivation and hope. This group allows a safe environment, filled with compassion and understanding, and to help reduce the stigmas attached to the disorder.

This support group is held every Wednesday (except the fourth Wednesday of each month.) The meetings are from 6-7 p.m. and are held at Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) at 3225 Hospital Dr, on the third floor.

There is no cost and no registeration, simply show up.

Call NAMI Juneau for more information 463-4251 or SAIL at 586-4920.

Alaskans pledge $275,000 in first 100 hours of 2012

The annual Pick. Click. Give. campaign is underway. In the first 100 hours of 2012 the program saw over $275,000 in pledges from Alaskans across the state. According to the Permanent Fund Dividend Division, as of early Thursday morning there were 5,319 pledged gifts from 3,387 people whose average pledge equaled $82 per donor.

At this rate, if the same number of people file online in 2012 as did in 2011, the program is on track to generate $1.99 million for the over 400 charitable causes on the Pick. Click. Give. list.

“These first days’ numbers suggest there is reason for optimism that we may reach this year’s goal of $2 million for the state’s nonprofit sector through Pick. Click. Give.,” said Jordan Marshall, manager of initiatives and special projects for Rasmuson Foundation.

“Alaskans are stepping up and making a difference in their communities through charitable giving,” said Marshall. “The experience of giving has improved thanks to numerous updates made to the online PFD application.”

Improvements to the Pick. Click. Give. user interface include a more intuitive search feature, quicker response time and easier to understand instructions, Marshall noted.

“As the administrator of the program, we were able to completely rewrite the online application this year with the goal of making giving even easier,” said Deborah Bitney, director of the Permanent Fund Dividend Division.

For more information on organizations eligible for donations visit

Honor Your Mentor This January

Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates National Mentoring Month this January.

“Encourage all Alaskans to take time to thank those individuals who mentored them... to consider the positive impact one can make by becoming a mentor...”

These words are taken from the Executive Proclamation by Governor Sean Parnell, proclaiming January 2012 as Mentoring Month. Celebrating this month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska (BBBSAK) in Juneau will be thanking the 150 volunteers (“Bigs”) that act as mentors to the youth (“Littles”) in our community.

Kicking off the month, BBBSAK will be showcasing their matches’ artwork at The Rookery Café on January 6th for Juneau’s First Friday Art Walk; the artwork will remain on display all month. 

Other highlights of the month include BBBSAKs’ annual Mentoring Month Reception at The Rookery Café. Additionally, our current Bigs and Littles will participate in a “Thank Your Mentor Day,” a repeated success from years past, where Littles thank their Bigs with a homemade pancake breakfast.

Look for the BBBSAK message of mentoring atop the tables of Juneau restaurants and stickered on the cover of your favorite magazines. Read about your friends in the Juneau Empire and listen to them on the waves of KTOO and KINY, telling the tales of their mentoring experiences. And if you’re looking for something sweet, stop in to B’s Bakery and Bistro for a cupcake; half of their cupcake proceeds go to BBBSAK programs. 

For more information, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, Juneau office, at 586-3350 or visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska is dedicated to helping Alaska’s children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska strives to offer excellent programs for those youth who want or need them. 

Hecla Greens Creek Mine presents major donation to United Way of Southeast Alaska

At a recent meeting of the Alaska Miners Association, Juneau Branch, Scott Hartman, President - General Manager and Ron Plantz, Human Resources & Community Relations Mgr. at Hecla Greens Creek Mine presented Lance Stevens, Chair and Mary Becker, Incoming Chair of the United Way of Southeast Alaska Board a check in the amount of $5,000.00. In making the presentation, Mr. Plantz challenged other companies to follow their lead and consider making a year-end contribution to United Way.

In accepting the check, Chair Lance Stevens noted that the contribution would go a long way to assist United Way in its efforts to achieve its goal of Literacy by Third Grade as we focus to help ensure children are reading at grade level by the time they complete third grade. Successful readers are more likely to graduate on time and be better prepared to enter the workforce.

Hecla Greens Creek Mine is Juneau’s largest private employer with over 350 employees. Greens Creek Mine is located on Admiralty Island some 30 miles south and west of Juneau. Greens Creek Mine is the second largest silver producer in North America and the sixth largest in the world. The Greens Creek orebody contains silver, zinc, gold and lead.

United Way of Southeast Alaska is deeply appreciative of the contribution from Hecla Greens Creek.

Mental illness support group for family members, caregivers, and friends

This support group is for family members, caregivers and friends who need support as they care for their relative or loved one who is struggling with a mental illness. The group is aimed toward connecting families and individuals together to share common experience, coping strategies, resources, strength and hope.

The group meets every Thursday at the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center from 6-7 p.m.

There is no cost and no registeration, simply show up.

Call NAMI Juneau for more information 463-4251.


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