Local Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Assembly moves on Winter Games

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday took a major step toward trying to bring the Arctic Winter Games to town.

The Assembly approved a resolution to set up a task force to study the feasibility of hosting the Arctic Winter Games in 2006. The games are an international sports competition and cultural festival held every two years. The idea is to perform a community assessment to see if Juneau has the facilities needed to host the games, said Assembly member Jim Powell, who is on the board of directors for the Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska.

"This is the first real step forward for hosting the 2006 games," he said. "There are things we need to evaluate. I'm very optimistic that we will find we have the right spirit and other things that are needed to host the games."

The mayor will appoint task force members, according to the resolution. The group will report back no later than June 1.

The 2002 Arctic Winter Games are in March and will feature events in Nuuk, Greenland and Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada.

Meeting planned on airport wetlands study

JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Refuge Citizens Advisory group is sponsoring an informational meeting about the Juneau Airport environmental impact statement Thursday.

Project manager Ken Wallace of SWCA environmental consultants will show slides of airport development alternatives and maps of vegetation and wetlands areas. Wildlife issues also will be discussed. SWCA is working with the Federal Aviation Administration on the project. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School library.

School Board hears special ed report

JUNEAU - The Juneau School Board heard from teachers and administrators Tuesday about the progress, practices, problems and paperwork of the district's special education programs.

The work session was organized to answer board members' questions about special education in the district, including the scope of services provided, teachers' time requirements for paperwork, instruction and other duties, how the system can be made more efficient and future plans.

Special Education Coordinator Toni-Jo Dalman and schools attorney Ann Gifford outlined the obligations the district must follow under state and federal guidelines. Teachers Carol Burrows and Michelle Felker spoke about the process and paperwork that is followed when evaluating students for special education program eligibility, as well as some of the challenges faced by special education teachers.

The discussion did not cover all the agenda topics in the allotted time; the board will reconvene the work session at a later date.

Compiled from staff reports.

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