Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2004

Alaskans Just Say No publish voucher

Alaskans Just Say No has published a release voucher for all those who wish to donate their Permanent Fund Dividend for government spending.

A copy of the Release Voucher can be found at The group explains that people who are interested in donating to the state general fund should print these and mail them to the governor. For more information, contact Eddie Burke at (907) 229-2287 or Jerry Ward at (907) 398-4572.

4-H to sponsor a running club for youth

The 4-H program will be sponsoring a 4-H spring running club for youth in grades first through fifth and a separate club for grades sixth through eighth. There will be a sign up meeting for both clubs and a short run on Thursday, April 8 at 5:15 p.m. at the Twin Lakes covered area. Please bring a water bottle as well as be dressed in your running gear. The club will meet every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. until at least the Fourth of July in different locations around the community. Parents are encouraged to run with the club and make this a family fitness program. If you cannot make the first meeting call the Extension office at 465-8749 to get a schedule of where the club will be running all year long.

Local runners John and Jamie Bursell will be leading the first through fifth grade club and are looking for additional volunteers to run with the youth. You can contact John or Jamie at 789-5997 to volunteer. All volunteers are subject to the 4-H screening procedure.

Local runner Craig Farrington will be leading the middle school running club. Craig will also want some help with this group. This group will have some faster runners so this provides a perfect opportunity for adults to come help encourage youth to catch the running habit.

The cost of joining 4-H is $6 with checks made out to Juneau 4-H. During the running club meetings members will learn about proper running gear, nutrition, making running fun, and some racing tips. The club runs will start from different locations each week so both youth and adults learn more about Juneau's different running opportunities. A schedule will be provided at the first meeting. It is very important that parents attend the sign up meeting. In addition to the regularly scheduled runs there will be opportunities to enter some track meets, road runs, and on occasion some special fun runs just for 4-H.

If you have any questions about the running program you can contact the Bursells at 789-5997, Craig Farrington at 789-7963 or the Cooperative Extension Office at 465-8749.

Pacific Rim Forum to be held next week

The Juneau World Affairs Council, the UAS Humanities Department and CrossSound are happy to join together to present the second annual Pacific Rim Forum: A Community of Thinkers, Speakers and Writers Focus on Tolerance and Diversity. The Forum is a three-day event that combines music, lectures, panel discussions and cultural events featuring leading figures in their fields.

The forum begins Thursday, April 1 at noon in the UAS Mourant Building's Lake Room with a craft talk by Canadian author Lee Maracle. Maracle, a member of the Sto:loh Nation, has gained critical acclaim for her books Sojourners and Sundogs, Ravensong, Bobbie Lee, Daughters Are Forever, Will's Garden, Bent Box and I Am Woman. At 7 p.m. that same night in Northern Light Church, CrossSound will host Dr. Chan E. Park one of the world's foremost Korean vocalists. Jocelyn Clark will accompany Dr. Park in the traditional story-singing tale of sacrifice and transformation.

The Forum has an unofficial beginning Tuesday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dimond Courthouse with a Juneau World Affairs Council reception with Wendy Pearlman, author of Occupied Voices, Life From the Second Intifada, which chronicles her time spent in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Wednesday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dimond Courthouse JWAC will host retired CIA analyst, Ray McGovern, whose career spanned 27 years from John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush. McGovern will discuss U.S. intelligence and the War in Iraq.

Collins' unit returns home from Iraq, Africa

Marine Corps Cpl. Bryce M. Collins, son of Gayle Collins of Auke Bay and William Adair of Juneau, recently returned from a routine, scheduled deployment on board the USS Peleliu, homeported in San Diego, while assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

During the deployment, Collins' unit conducted humanitarian assistance, security and stabilization missions in Iraq. They also patrolled international waters in the Red Sea and Horn of Africa to deter the transport of terrorist personnel and equipment.

Collins' unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment. MEUs are composed of more than 2, 000 personnel.

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