Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Nominations for TRAAK awards sought

Nominations for the third annual Governor's TRAAK (Trails and Recreational Access for Alaska) Awards for Excellence are being accepted until March 30.

The awards honor Alaska individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies working to develop or improve trail and recreational access, and whose efforts have significantly benefited their community or the state. A statewide nonpartisan panel of outdoor recreation advocates will recommend winners to the governor.

Among the criteria: leadership shown on projects, impact of projects, cost-effectiveness, design, environmental practices and innovation.

Information fliers can be obtained from the TRAAK Citizens Advisory Board, c/o Alaska DOT&PF, 3132 Channel Drive, Suite 200, Juneau, AK 99801-7898 or by calling 465-4070. The brochure is also available online by going to the TRAAK Web site at and clicking on the "news and events" link.

Humane Society changes hours

The Gastineau Humane Society is changing its public hours to 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information call 789-0260.

Magazine hosts youth writing contest

Field and Stream magazine is hosting an outdoor writers contest for youths ages 13 to 18.

Essays of 600 to 1,000 words on "How Hunting/Fishing Has Influenced My Life" are being sought by Sept. 1. The winner will be published in the magazine and receive a prize of $500.

Entries are limited to one per household and must be typed, double-spaced, on standard-size paper, using only one side of the paper. The writer's name, address, telephone number and proof of age (a copy of a birth certificate, passport or driver's license) must be included. Essays should be mailed to Field and Stream Young Writer's Contest, 2 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016.

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