Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2002

Alaska Conservation Foundation seeks interested students

The Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF) seeks applications from undergraduate and graduate college students interested in interning with the ACF. Applicants selected as ACF conservation interns have the opportunity to work directly with organizations and agencies involved in environmental and resource management, habitat protection, advocacy, policy implementation, marine conservation, and conservation education.

ACF's internship program assignments are paid positions lasting between 10 weeks and six months. Participating students may arrange for course credit through their own college or university. Internship descriptions and application materials can be found on the foundation's Web site at

The application deadline for this program is March 15, 2002. Space is limited to 20 interns for the summer of 2002. For more details, call Toni Carlo at (907) 276-1917.

SAIL/ORCA wins grant

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) announced that Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) has been awarded $10,000 in a Quality of Life grant to expand ORCA therapeutic recreation opportunities to the community of Sitka. CRPF awarded more than $650,000 in Quality of Life and Health Promotion grants to 70 organizations nationwide that improve opportunities, access and day-to-day quality of life for families and individuals living with disabilities. The grants, awarded twice yearly, recognize programs that enable people with disabilities to live independent and active lives.

Quality of Life grants are given to programs or projects that improve the daily lives of people living with disabilities, particularly spinal cord injuries. For more information about the Quality of Life program or the grant application process, contact the Quality of Life department at (800) 225-0292 or visit CRPF's Web site at

SAIL's mission is to provide and promote for Southeast Alaskans experiencing disabilities, options to live as active, involved, and productive members in the community of their choice. For more information about SAIL, call 586-4920 in Juneau or 747-6859 in Sitka.

Knowles proclaims March Red Cross Month in Alaska

Gov. Tony Knowles declared March Red Cross Month in recognition of the thousands of people who have helped communities throughout Alaska through Red Cross.

"Many people don't realize that Red Cross work is done by local volunteers, in local communities, and is funded by voluntary contributions from local citizens and businesses," says Beth Chapman, volunteer chair of the Southeast Alaska Chapter.

Thanks to local volunteers who have, on their own time, received special training on how to help families when disaster strikes, eight local families received immediate assistance - the means to get shelter, food and clothing - when they were driven from their homes by local disasters this year.

Other active volunteers include Ron Dippold of Juneau, who taught numerous classes in CPR and first aid this year; Tom Berner of Gustavus, Jenny Vasser of Whale Pass, Linda Giese of Haines and Mark Wegner of Ketchikan, who volunteered to serve in the disaster relief operations in New York after the tragedy of 9/11.

Residents of communities throughout Alaska get information they need to maintain safe and healthy lives through Red Cross courses in lifesaving skills - first aid, CPR, AED, water safety and more. Through his proclamation, the Governor has called upon members of Alaska's communities to continue to support their local Red Cross Chapters in this vital mission.

AARP Executive Council meets in Juneau

The AARP Alaska Executive Council (EC) met in Juneau during the week of Feb. 4-8. Members participated in team-building exercises and discussed pertinent issues for the current legislative session.

Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer stopped by during the meeting to lend her expertise about AARP's strategic priorities and answer members' questions.

Youth art and activity classes for spring break

Both the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and the Zach Gordon Youth Center are offering limited-enrollment art/activity classes during Spring Break.

The museum is offering a class in pot coiling with the pots being transformed into "face jugs," a popular folk ceramic form in the American South. Visiting City Museum intern Tonya Cribb will teach this class to youth 8 to 12 years of age. Class size is limited to 15. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required one week before the class begins.

The class meets from 1 to 4 p.m., March 25-29. The fee is $47.25 plus a materials fee. Call 586-3572 for details and to register.

Zach Gordon is offering a four-day "grab bag" exploration class which will include activities such as swimming, bowling, magic tricks, balloon animals, cooking projects and decorations. It is aimed at youth ages 6 to 10.

The class meets from 1 to 4 p.m., March 26-29, at 396 Whittier Street. Recreation activity leader Crandall Mark, an eight-year employee of Zach Gordon, will teach the class. There will be outdoor activities, weather permitting, Mark said.

The class is limited to the first 10 participants to register. The fee is $50 plus tax. For details, call 586-2635 between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

AMSEA pays $50 for fishing vessel safety tips

While most Alaska commercial fishing fatalities continue to be from vessels sinking, by far the most common nonfatal injuries are caused by machinery on deck and falls. Examples of these injuries include broken bones, strains, sprains and cuts. The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) is looking for fishermen to help find ways to reduce injuries on deck and they will pay $50 for every tip they can use.

"What better way to find effective ways to deal with injuries on deck than to ask the people who know fishing vessels best?" asks Jerry Dzugan, AMSEA Director. "Fishermen are real innovators. We feel pretty sure that there are boats out there with some really effective solutions to a lot of common deck safety problems. AMSEA is just going out and trying to collect what has already been tried that works." The plan is to collect the tips and publish them in a booklet that will be distributed to the fleet later in the year.

AMSEA hosted a meeting with fishermen in early February in Petersburg to generate some ideas. The meeting paid off with a simple, low-cost technique for quickly shutting off a hydraulic hauler from anywhere on deck. The "Henderson Line," named after the Petersburg fisherman who described the system he uses on his boat, is an excellent example of the kinds of tips AMSEA is looking for. Another fisherman's forum is planned for April 11 in Sitka as part of the Marine Survival Workshop series to be held in conjunction with the Southeast Region EMS Symposium, but tips can come from anyone at anytime through June 2002.

Anyone with a deck safety tip to share is urged to contact AMSEA, P.O. Box 2592, Sitka, AK 99835, (907) 747-3287, or Include your name, address and phone number with a clear description of the procedure or equipment used and whether or not you would like credit in the publication. Checks will be issued for every original tip used in the final publication.

JDHS prom organizers seek volunteers

The Junior Class of Juneau-Douglas High School and the 2002 Prom Committee are searching for people to help with prom.

The prom will be held on May 4, and there is a lot of work to be done. Volunteer opportunities include building (carpentry), decorating (shifts), chaperoning (2 shifts) and clean-up crew. Please contact Junior Class President Staci Ignell by e-mail at for more details or if you would like to sign up.

In addition, volunteers are needed for the After Prom Party. The After Prom Party ensures students a safe place to hang out after the prom. It lasts from midnight to 3 a.m., and organizers are in need of many volunteers to help out. Please contact Becky Dierking at 789-0618 for more information or to sign up.

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