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Posted: Friday, January 28, 2000

`Mathletes' to square off at regional competition

Teams of 7th and 8th grade ``mathletes'' from Southeast Alaska middle schools are scheduled to compete in the 17th regional contest of the national ``Mathcounts'' program Feb. 5.

Four schools will compete with one or two teams each, with four students per team. Participating Southeast schools are Dzantik'l Heeni Middle School, Floyd Dryden Middle School, Thunder Mountain Academy, and Schoenbar Middle School from Ketchikan.

Students will compete in individual and team matches, in written and oral events. Subjects include algebra, statistics, probability and geometry. Winners receive awards and will participate in the state competition, scheduled March 4 in Anchorage.

Local sponsors include Burdick Engineering, Coastwise Engineering, Electric Power Systems, Gorman Engineering, Hansen Engineering, Jensen Yorba Lott Architects, Leonard P. Lowell & Associates, Miller Engineering, Minch Ritter Voelckers Architects, Murray & Associates, Peratrovich Nottingham & Drage, R&M Engineering Juneau, R&M Engineering Ketchikan, Toner-Nordling & Associates and Wilson Engineering.

Founding sponsors include CNA, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. National sponsors are The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, General Motors FOundation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 3M Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Reservations for park shelters begin next week

The Juneau Parks and Recreation Department will begin accepting reservations for the shelters at Twin Lakes and Cope Park, and the shelters and volleyball courts at Sandy Beach/Savikko Park, on Feb. 1.

Shelters and courts can be reserved April 15 through Sept. 17. Twin Lakes shelters rents for $10 an hour, while the Sandy Beach/Savikko Park facilities are $15 an hour. There is no charge for reserving the volleyball courts.

Reservations must be made in person at the Parks and Rec office in City Hall and payment must be made at the time of reservation.

For more information call 586-5226.

Alaskans from around U.S. to attend convention

The Alaskans, a social club formed in 1958, will celebrate their 24th annual convention at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas from April 2-7.

The group features Alaskans from around the United States, including Alaska, with about 3,500 current members. About 650 people are expected at the Las Vegas convention. Scheduled activities include bingo, slot tournaments, cribbage, cocktail parties, a keynote speaker and other activities. Non-members are also welcome.

For more information call Joseph Dandona Sr. at (805) 964-2005 or e-mail him at dandona@silcom.com.

Healthy Nations Program gets $50,000 for youth program

Central Council Tlingit/Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Healthy Nations Program has been awarded $50,000 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program operated by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The ``Tribal Circles Youth Project'' is intended to bring together youth, parents, elders, law enforcement officials, court representatives and others to discuss underage drinking. The council will also prepare a poster displaying laws and the consequences of underage drinking, and provide a monthly community calender of healthy activities for young people.

Provisions have been made to hire a half-time youth coordinator to work with other agencies in the community on projects. For more information call 586-1432 or (800) 344-1432 and ask for Georgia Finau, program manager of the Healthy Nations Program.

Classes for low-income housing program offered

Housing First will offer two hour-long education sessions on a new home loan program it is offering for low-income Juneau residents.

The sessions will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Gruening Park activity room, 1800 Northwood St. The courses are free and pre-registration is not required. Additional courses will be scheduled in March.

Information on the Home Opportunity Program, including an overview of how the program works, will be offered during the work session. Anyone interested in applying for the loan program is required to take one of the classes.

The program offers no-interest, forgivable loans of up to $25,000 to help low-income people buy homes. The program is dependent on funds being available. Housing First has received $300,000 from the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. to provide loans in Juneau.

For more information call 364-3573.



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