Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Sitka to host hazardous materials workshop

The University of Alaska Sitka Campus will be holding several hazardous materials and forklift safety workshops this spring.

The first of five training workshops will be a 40-hour Hazwoper certification class from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Monday, March 4 through Thursday, March 7, 2002.

The following Friday, March 8, an eight-hour Hazwoper refresher class will be held, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A forklift safety training workshop will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 7.

The last of the workshops is a 40-hour asbestos abatement certification course, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 11 to 15, and an eight-hour asbestos abatement renewal class, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 16.

For more information and registration, call 1-800-478-6653, ext. 762.

Tlingit Haida Youth Leadership Pageant accepting applications

The search is on for Miss Tlingit Haida Youth Leadership 2002. This pageant is seeking contestants with knowledge of tribal government, culture and history, traditional customs and practices, concerns and interests in present and future native issues, interest and knowledge of conditions affecting the well being of American Indian and Alaska Native governments and people, scholastic achievement, communication skills, presentation and personality. The process of selecting a Miss Tlingit and Haida Youth Leader will include an interview, general observations of conduct, pageant activities and a written essay. The Pageant Activities and Judging will take place April 18-19, 2002 during the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Delegate Convention in Juneau. The awards will include $1500 and participation in the Miss NCAI (National Congress of American Indians) for the winner, $1000 Scholarship for the First Runner-Up and $500 scholarship for Miss Congeniality.

If you are between the ages of 17 and 25 on or before March 15, 2002, an enrolled member of a Southeast Alaska Native Tribe or Tlingit and Haida Central Council, and a current high school senior or enrolled in college or a vocational training institute submit your application by March 15, 2002 to: Tlingit and Haida Central Council, Office of the President Attention: Miss Tlingit and Haida Youth Leadership Pageant 320 W. Willoughby, Suite 300 Juneau, AK 99801.

For more information or to receive an application, contact Jacqueline Tagaban at 463-7152.

Mayor to celebrate Dr. Seuss

Juneau Mayor Sally Smith will be hitting the books to help celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Mendenhall River Community School.

Smith, several state lawmakers and other volunteers will be reading to children during the annual Read Across America celebration put on by the Juneau Education Association.

The good doctor's birthday is being celebrated all over the country as well. The goal of the National Education Association's Read Across America campaign is for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult.

Last year, there were reading events in all 50 states (as well as several foreign countries) that attracted more than 35 million readers of all ages.

In Juneau, Reps, Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, and Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, and Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, are planning to read to children. Storyteller Eve Dillingham will also be performing.

The late Dr. Seuss's birthday actually falls on Saturday, March 2, but schools are celebrating a day early so students can participate.

Art work accepted for Juried Exhibition

Two adjunct faculty members and one student from the University of Alaska Southeast have had their work accepted into the 29th All-Alaska Juried Exhibition.

The faculty is Dan Fruits and Jane Terzis. The student is Chuck Taylor.

The exhibit opened Jan. 13 at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and continues until March 3. Then it tours the state.

Scholarships available

The Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club is offering two scholarships for international study at the college level. Applications are due April 15.

For details, call 789-0802 or see

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