Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Forest service meeting rescheduled

The Tongass National Forest is seeking public comments for the Otter Lake Timber Sales Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the Hoonah Ranger District.

The Forest Service was scheduled to hold an open house public meeting regarding the DEIS at the Hoonah Ranger District office on Feb. 13 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. This meeting at the Hoonah Ranger District office has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. due to inclement weather conditions for Forest Service personnel attending the meeting. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to submit written or spoken comments during the 45-day DEIS comment period (Jan. 18, 2002 through March 4, 2002) and to submit subsistence comments for the ANILCA 810 hearing held in conjunction with this project. Written comments should be submitted to the District Ranger, ATTN: Otter Lake DEIS Comments, Hoonah Ranger District, P.O. Box 135, Hoonah, Alaska 99829-0135. Comments received by the U.S. Forest Service later than March 4, 2002 shall be considered as unresponsive.

Lenten Lunch set on Thursdays

The Juneau Cooperative Church Council will be sponsoring a Lenten Lunch program on the Thursdays of Lent. These lunches will be hosted by different churches each week, who will serve their own special soups and breads. Each luncheon will be hosted by a different pastor and will feature music provided by a choir from one of the participating churches.

The first speaker for this year's Lenten Lunches will be Dr. Walter Soboleff, followed by Rev. Kathleen Wakefield from Holy Trinity Church and Major Larry Frankhauser of the Salvation Army. The remaining speakers will be announced at the luncheons.

The Lenten Lunches will be held at noon at McPhetre Hall, Holy Trinity Church, at the corner of Gold and Fourth St. Parking is limited and a shuttle van, courtesy of the Salvation Army, will be available to bring people from the parking lot of Northern Light Church to McPhetre Hall.

Feb. 11-15 is Condom Week

Shanti of Southeast Alaska is continuing their HIV prevention efforts by celebrating National Condom Week, Feb. 11-15. In addition to regular scheduled prevention lectures, Shanti is offering free and confidential HIV testing on Valentine's Day with the assistance of Juneau Public Health. Testing will be offered at Gastineau's halfway house in the morning and from 10-11:30 a.m. at the downtown Shanti office, 222 Seward St., Suite 200.

National Condom Week marks a significant period in the collective fight against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. During this week, everyone is urged to raise awareness about STDs and encourage the use of condoms (male and female) as one way of curbing the spread of HIV and other STDs. Typically held around Valentine's Day, National Condom Week was started in 1978 by Voices for Planned Parenthood in order to "spread the word about safer sex and responsible choices."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, sexual abstinence is still the only 100% way to avoid the transmission of HIV and other STDs. However, condoms used correctly and consistently are 98% effective in reducing the risk of contracting HIV from an infected partner. For prevention of HIV infection and STDs, as with pregnancy prevention, consistent and correct use is crucial.

For more information, please contact Shanti of Southeast Alaska at 463-5665 or shanti@ptialaska.net.



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