Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Grants for Juneau projects offered

Grants of up to $1,000 are being offered to people and organizations working on projects to document, preserve or improve access to the history of the Juneau-Douglas area.

Projects might include live performances, public presentations, research papers, recordings, videotape, use of computers or other media.

The 1980 Juneau Centennial Committee set aside an endowment to help fund projects each year, with up to $2,500 available annually to be divided among successful applicants.

A committee will judge proposed projects on their historical value to the community, whether they can be accomplished within the stated timeline, if they have a realistic and balanced budget, historic accuracy and objectivity, and potential as a tangible product.

Applications will become available April 13 from the Juneau-Douglas City Museum at 4th and Main streets, and the Parks and Recreation office located at 155 South Seward St., or by phone at 586-3572.

All applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum by 4 p.m. June 15. The finished projects will become the property of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum; however, copyright will remain with the author(s). Projects must be completed by June 1, 2002.

Pesticide spraying class offered Monday

A course to certify individuals who commercially spray pesticides, or who spray plants and grasses for profit, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday by the Alaska Cooperative Extension Office.

The course covers Category 3 (agricultural pest control) for $15 and Category 4 (Ornamental and Turf Control) for $30.

For more information or to enroll call the extension office at 465-8749.

Wrangell salmon derby starts in May

The King Salmon Derby in Wrangell is scheduled to start at 6 a.m. May 12 and continues through 9 p.m. June 10.

Prizes include two tagged Kings worth $10,000 each, a first-place award of $6,000 and many other awards.

Nominations sought for Olympic torch carriers this winter

Alaskans have until May 15 to nominate torchbearers to carry the Olympic Flame on its way to Salt Lake City, where the XIX Olympiad will begin on Feb. 8, 2002.

The relay will begin Dec. 4, 2001, in Atlanta, site of the last Olympic games on U.S. soil. It will travel through 46 states, including Alaska, arriving in Juneau on Jan. 24, 2002.

This is the first time the Olympic Flame will come to Alaska, but it won't be the first time the torch has been carried by Alaskans. Eleven Alaskans carried the Olympic Torch through Olympia, Wash., leading to the summer games in Atlanta. Rosemary Hagevig of Juneau was one of those chosen for the honor.

"Carrying the torch was a very exciting experience in my life," said Hagevig. "Representing my community and my state in such an event gave me a great sense of patriotism," she said.

Since the 1936 Games, the Olympic torch has been carried by thousands of people around the world. This year the torch will travel 13,500 miles and will be carried by more than 11,000 people.

Torchbearers for the Juneau leg of the relay will be chosen from nominees throughout the state. Each will carry the Olympic flame two-tenths of a mile.

There are three opportunities to nominate torchbearers. Longtime Olympic sponsors Coca-Cola and Chevrolet are the presenting sponsors of the relay and each has its own selection process. Nominations may also be made through the Salt Lake Olympic Committee by completing a short application and writing 50 to 100 words about how the nominee has inspired others.

The theme for this year's relay is "Light the Fire Within."

Alaska nominations made through the Salt Lake Olympic Committee will be reviewed by a panel of Alaska judges. The selections will be announced in August.

Applications for nominating torchbearers are available at city offices, local libraries and University of Alaska student activity centers, or online at, and

The deadline for receipt of Salt Lake Olympic Committee applications is May 15. Information on deadlines for Coke and Chevy applications is available through their Web sites. For more information contact: Mayor Sally Smith at 586-5240 or Tish Griffin at 465-6528.

Parents of disabled conference

On April 19 in Anchorage, a two-pronged conference will focus on supporting parents with disabilities.

The conference is "Innovations & Strategies." The concurrent sessions are titled "Parents with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Babies;" and "Early Intervention/Infant Learning." The conference will address topics including child custody, advocacy and services to parents with disabilities, home visiting strategies, legal rights and assistive technology. Attendees pre-register for one session.

The keynote speaker is Megan Kirschbaum, Ph.D., an infant/parent and family therapist within the disability field since 1974. She is founder and executive director of Through The Looking Glass, an organization that focuses on families containing parents or children who have a disability.

In her address, Kirschbaum will emphasize intervention approaches that have been successful with families, including parents operating with a combination of psychiatric and intellectual disabilities.

The Anchorage conference is free. The Downtown Anchorage Marriott is offering a special room rate for those attending; call (800) 228-9290. For conference content or registration details, call Fitzgerald at (907) 272-8270.

Through the Looking Glass is organizing the Second International Conference on Parents with Disabilities in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 11-14. Scholarship application ends July 31. For more on that conference, call (800) 644-2666.

Parents with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities are invited to join a growing Through the Looking Glass parent-to-parent support network. Call Connie Conley-Jung at (800) 644-2666, ext. 130.

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