Posted: Friday, June 13, 2003

Shotgunning clinic scheduled today, Sunday

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game's Mobile Shooting Sports Program has organized a Nontoxic Shotgunning Clinic for tonight, from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, from 3-8 p.m.

This two-part clinic will teach participants about lead poisoning along with the myths and facts surrounding the use of non-toxic shot for waterfowl hunting in terms of effectiveness and barrel damage issues. Participants will also get instruction on improving their shooting skills and techniques. All materials for this clinic will be covered in the cost as well as use of safety equipment.

The clinic size is limited to 20 people with a minimum age of 11. Participants are urged to reserve their spaces early, because reservations are first come, first serve basis. Participants can sign up and pay attendance fees at the local Fish & Game office or call 465-4265 for more information.

Waterfront plan meetings to be held next week

The Alternatives Evaluation Workshop is the third in a series of public meetings for the Long Range Waterfront Plan for the City and Borough of Juneau. The workshops are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at the Aspen Hotel and 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19 at Centennial Hall.

Active participation by the public City and Borough of Juneau residents and neighborhood groups, the business community, waterfront users, recreational enthusiasts, community leaders and other plan stakeholders is central to the success of this planning effort. The public reaction and input generated will be used to further refine concepts towards creating a single Waterfront Concept Plan and Waterfront Master Plan.

The Alternatives Evaluation Public Information Display is an opportunity to provide directed feedback as well as to review, at your own pace, the Waterfront development visions generated thus far. The public can meet with the project planning team one-on-one to discuss alternatives or ask questions. The displays are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, June 19 at Centennial Hall and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, June 20 at Mendenhall Mall, Suite 360.

Public participation is vital to ensuring that the Long Range Waterfront Plan meets the needs of Juneau residents.

Visit www.juneauwaterfrontplan.com for ongoing information and project schedules, or call 586-2994 for more information.

Local groups invited to help with tide gauge

"What is the elevation of Juneau?" This is a frequently-asked question by Juneau visitors that will be easily answered with the construction of the Juneau Community Tide Gauge.

The Juneau Community Tide Gauge Project plans to use the natural tidal action of moving the Marine Park floating dock up and down to point to the tide level which will be identified on the dock pilings. Local organizations and school classes are being invited to paint each of the foot level numbers on the tide gauge.

The Juneau Tide Gauge Project consists of three parts. First, the two main pilings at the floating dock will be painted with numbers and other markings to represent the tide level in feet. Second, a large arrow will be placed on top of the floating ramp to point to the tide markings on the pilings. And third, a small sign will be added to the Marine Park dock railing describing the Juneau Tide Gauge Project. The sign will contain general information about tides and include the current tide tables. The sign will also identify the local organizations who painted each of the numbers.

The Juneau Tide Gauge will be informative, scientific and fun. It should be a complimentary addition to the improvements at Marine Park. To get more information, contact Michael Orelove at 586-3034.

Boys & Girls Club to hold fund-raiser

The Juneau Boys & Girls Club is open for its summer hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, until Aug. 22.

The club's Jay Wyatt has scheduled many field trips and activities for the season. The organization is planning its first fund-raising event, Steak & Burger, for July 23.

This year the Juneau Boys & Girls Club has experienced significant cuts in state and federal funding. The club is working to make the first Steak & Burger a fund-raising success so it can maintain its staff and programs.

Volunteers interested in helping out (from licking stamps to serving food), should call Elizabeth Williams at 790-4535.

All members must have a current membership to participate in summer field trips and computer lab. Current membership means all fees are paid and registration took place since September 2002. Those unsure of their registration dates can check with a staff member. For more information, call the program office at 790-4534.

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