Juneau Digest

Posted: Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Arthritis Foundation program

The Arthritis Foundation Washington/Alaska Chapter is introducing an 8-week program, "People with Arthritis Can Exercise," at Juneau Racquet Club-The Alaska Club downtown. Sessions will meet two time a week from 11:15 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays.

During the program, participants go through a series of gentle movements and activities designed to increase mobility and range of motion. The program can help people with arthritis keep joints flexible, maintain muscle strength and build overall stamina, but before starting, participants should always consult their physician.

Pre-registration is necessary to participate in each session, and enrollment is limited. The class is free to JRC-TAC members and $5 plus tax for nonmembers, per session. Sign up at JRC-TAC downtown or call Kathy at 586-5773 for more information.

Children's music awards judges needed

KTOO is looking for local kids to judge the Children's Music Web Awards on July 14 from Noon to 2 p.m. at the KTOO Studios, at 360 Egan Drive. The Children's Music Web Awards are the only awards that have real kids as judges. The goal of the awards is to find the best of children's recordings that truly appeal to kids. Juneau kids are invited to be involved in this first round of judging. The second and final round of judging will be done by classrooms around the world this fall.

Categories cover music, storytelling, educational/religious and individual songs - by kids for kids. Age ranges of various categories cover from infant to 12 years. To find out more about the Children's Music Web Awards, visit www.childrensmusic.org.

KTOO will provide drinks and snacks for all kids during judging. For more information about being a judge for this competition, contact Jeff Brown at KTOO, 586-1670.

Children in Alaska's Courts forum

The Alaska Court System is sponsoring a public forum on Children in Alaska's Courts on July 12 in the Dimond Courthouse, 123 4th St. The event will start with a public reception and refreshments from 4:30 to 5 p.m., followed by the forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The forum will address recommendations from the children's justice community on ways to improve state court services in cases affecting children, including Child in Need of Aid, Juvenile Delinquency, Domestic Violence and Divorce/Custody proceedings. Members of the public will be invited to offer comments on the recommendations and make suggestions of their own on ways to ensure effective responses to the needs of children in our courts.

The Juneau forum is one of five similar programs being held across the state with assistance from the State Justice Institute. Forums have already taken place in Barrow and Anchorage, and others will follow in Fairbanks and Bethel this fall. A final report with statewide recommendations will be issued in December.

Justices Robert Eastaugh and Walter Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court and the presiding judge of the 1st Judicial District, Larry Weeks, will host the Juneau forum. All interested people are invited to attend.

Union elects board of directors

The Alaska Public Employees Association/American Federation of Teachers (APEA/AFT) recently announced the election of its board of directors. The union represents more than 7,700 public employees across the state working in school districts, municipalities, the University of Alaska and the state of Alaska.

Bruce Senkow, employed with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in Fairbanks, was re-elected to serve his second term as President of APEA/AFT. Tom Stephens, a long-time employee in the Juneau School District, was re-elected to serve as secretary/treasurer.

The following members won seats to the board for two-year terms: Southeast Region Supervisory Unit Director Jesse Dizzard; alternate John White; Northern Region Political Subdivision Director Randy Tobey; alternate Loriann Quackenbush; K-12 Teachers Director Sarah Hotchkiss; alternate Duane Moran; Alaska Higher Education Crafts and Trades Employees Director Dave Conway; alternate Felipe Castro; University of Alaska Faculty-UA Director Michael Jennings; alternate Carl Shepro; South Central Political Subdivision Director Dave Gemmell; alternate Nancy Hereford; and UA Faculty ACCFT Director Pete Pinney.

The board of directors sets policy for the union and establishes goals, reviews and approves the budget.

A reminder that 'archery only' hunters must first complete course

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game would like to remind hunters wanting to participate in "archery only" hunts that they must first successfully complete a department approved bow hunter education course (IBEP or equivalent). An IBEP certified course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 24 at 2760 Sherwood Lane Suite 2C. Participants are required to bring their own bow, arrows and target or filled points for the shooting portion of the course.

The course will include classroom training, a written test and bow and arrow shooting with target or filled points. To register, call the Douglas ADF&G office at 465-4265.

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