Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2002

Alaska Travel Industry group offers scholarships

To promote the Alaska tourism industry's goal of resident hire and help provide tourism businesses with a professional, qualified work force, the Alaska Travel Industry Association is offering $21,500 in scholarships for Alaskans pursuing tourism-related education.

As the statewide trade association representing all segments of Alaska's visitor industry, ATIA, sponsors the scholarship program as a means of encouraging Alaskans to choose career tracks in the state's travel industry. Travel related fields of study include business management, marketing, finance and food service as well as maritime studies.

Alaskans who are enrolled or are intending to enroll in an education program with the intent to pursue a career in Alaska tourism are encouraged to apply, as are workers returning to complete a program or pursue additional education. Applications should be submitted by April 30, 2002.

This year's scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. Among the eight awards are a $2,500 rural resident scholarship and a $2,500 continuing education scholarship. The ATIA scholarship program is privately funded through donations from ATIA member companies, individuals and schools.

For more information or to request an application, contact Tina Ward, Alaska Travel Industry Association, by phone at (907) 929-2842; by fax at (907) 561-5727; or by e-mail at tward@alaskatia.org.

Radio station hopes to replace transmitter, computer

KTOO-FM is asking members and other listeners to help it replace equipment - its main transmitter, and the computer system that records and plays many of the programs that are aired.

The transmitter is 23 years old and requires "constant tweaking to keep it going," said general manager Bill Legere. Parts for it are no longer made. The computer system was installed in 1993, "ancient history in computer years."

Total cost of the two replacements is $34,000, and the station is requesting one-time additional contributions (over and above annual membership) to fund them. They have budgeted $18,000, which means they need $16,000, which they hope to raise before June.

KTOO signed on in 1974, and became Juneau's first full-power FM radio station in 1978.

Dancers look for donations

The Janice Holst Dancers are looking for "Companion fare airline coupons" so they may attend the DEA Dance Competition in Seattle. While there, they will perform a hip-hop dance, a Russian ballet and a Broadway tap number.

Anyone interested in donating a coupon to the dancers can contact Janice Holst at 586-1462.



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