Outdoors Digest

Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2007

Snow Dynamics hosts avalanche safety courses Saturday

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JUNEAU - Snow Dynamics, a Wasilla company, is presenting free avalanche awareness courses titled "Avalanches Across Alaska." The eight-hour, all-ages workshops are taking place in 10 cities and towns throughout Alaska.

In Juneau, the course is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Temsco Helicopters. Food and refreshments will be served. Participants should bring a lunch and warm clothes.

Topics include avalanche hazards in Alaska, avalanche formation and avalanche terrain.

Alaska weather, safe travel and trip planning are also on the agenda as well as an avalanche transceiver orientation and practice.

The program is funded by a grant from the state Department of Public Safety. For more information, call Sean at (907) 775-2600.

Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial accepts applications

JUNEAU - The Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in Juneau is taking applications for names of commercial fishermen and women to be engraved on the memorial.

The organization must receive applications and full payment by April 15.

Names will be engraved on the memorial just before this year's Blessing of the Fleet and dedication of names at 10 a.m. May 5.

For an application, visit the harbormaster's office next to Aurora Harbor or go online to www.juneau.org/harbors. For more information, call Linnea Osborne at 463-5566.

Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership holding meeting Thursday

JUNEAU - The Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership's annual meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pizzeria Roma downtown. Food will be provided.

The general public, tree professionals and anyone interested in the planting and maintenance of trees in the city may attend and help plan tree-related projects for the coming year.

The Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership is a local volunteer nonprofit organization. It distributes educational materials and helps the Parks and Recreation Department develop tree-planting priorities.

The committee is partners with Juneau Public Works, the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and local neighborhood groups.

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