Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Marine Park shelter rentals transferred

The Harbors Department has transferred shelter rentals for Marine Park to the Parks and Recreation Office. For further information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 586-5226.

Newborn screening program dedication

The Bartlett Regional Hospital has planned a dedication for the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at 2 p.m. today in the Solarium, on the top floor of the hospital.

The program, which started screening newborn infants in April, was generously funded by the Masonic Family of Juneau and the Alaska Scottish RiteCare Foundation. Natus Medial, Inc., also donated the ALGO Newborn Hearing Screener to the program. Technicians will be available at the dedication to demonstrate the procedure while also providing inservice training to staff throughout the day.

Guests will include members of the Scottish Rite Mt. Juneau-Gastineau Lodge No. 21, Chapter No. 7 of the Order of Eastern Star, Juneau Valley Scottish Rite Masons, Juneau Shrine Club, the Alaska Scottish RiteCare Foundation and Dr. George Brown, pediatrician. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 796-8488.

Pesticide license classes

Licensing classes for applying pesticides will be held from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the Cooperative Extension office, at 3032 Vintage Blvd., Suite 104. The two licenses that will be offered are for Turf and Ornamental Category 4 and Right of Way Category 9. Bob Gorman, Sitka Extension agent, will be in Juneau to teach the classes and administer the examinations. The cost is $15 for each license. To enroll, please call CES at 465-8749.

Goldpanning results are in

Joel Orelove retained his title as State Gold Panning Champion in the Sourdough Division at the 2003 Gold Rush Days by finding all eight gold nuggets hidden in a 10-inch goldpan in 22.6 seconds.

Mark Sabel, the 1999 second- place winner and 2000 third-place winner, won second place this year with a time of 35.4 seconds.

Hank Masters, the state champion in 1984, 1985 and 2001, came in third this year with a net time of 49.6 seconds. Hank received a 10-second penalty for finding only seven nuggets.

Michael Orelove, the state champion in 1989, 1994 and 1999, came in fourth with a net time of 52.4 seconds. Michael also received a 10-second penalty for a lost nugget, with another 10-second penalty added for a dirty pan.

In the Junior Division, Lindsey Tomaro came in first by finding all eight nuggets in 53.1 seconds. Her time was fast enough to compete against the Sourdoughs next year.

J.D. Wilcox came in second this year with a net time of 1:19.3. He received a 40-second penalty for finding only four nuggets.

Shea Wilcox, the Junior Division state champion in 2001, came in third this year with a net time of 1:31.8. She received a 40-second penalty for four lost nuggets.

Michael said that although goldpanning is not yet an Olympic sport, it does take practice and requires both speed and accuracy.

Library prizes

Every week the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries sponsor a drawing for kids who come into the library to borrow items. Local businesses have generously donated prizes. This week's winners are as follows: Molly Nelson, a gift certificate from Amazing Book Store and coupon from Udder Culture; Wilson Suzuki, a gift certificate from Fred Meyers; Persephone Bodine, a Tram Pass from Goldbelt; Zoe Novoa, a gift certificate from Domino's Pizza; Joshua George, a pass for two from Juneau Trolley Car Co. and a gift from Hickok's trading post; Cheyanne Prince, a gift certificate from the Alaska Fudge Co.; Nichole Eyre, a gift certificate from McDonald's and a hat from Foggy Mt. Shop.

Derr leaves ASHNHA

Laraine L. Derr, the president/CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA), will be retiring on Oct. 1, 2003.

ASHNHA is a association of all hospital and nursing homes in Alaska. The facilities range from Seward, with six beds, to Providence, with over 300 beds. ASHNHA associates military hospitals and native hospitals across the state, and it is unlike any other in the nation, besides Hawaii.

Derr has been in the president of ASHNHA since Feb. 1997. She has previously been the commissioner of revenue, the head of the University of Alaska Southeast School of Business and Public Administration as well as the director of Business Services for the Juneau School District. Derr has most recently raised funds for the new foodbank building and co-chaired the fundraising effort for the new pavilion on campus.

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