Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2007

Coast Guard promotes volunteers in schools

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JUNEAU - Juneau School District Superintendent Peggy Cowan and Rear Adm. Arthur Brooks, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District, signed a partnership agreement Wednesday to promote more Coast Guard employee participation in Juneau's schools.

The memorandum of agreement augments the Coast Guard's national Partnership in Education program and encourages even more Coast Guard volunteers in the Juneau's schools by allowing military and civilian employees one hour each week during the school day to volunteer as mentors through the Big Brothers Big Sisters school program.

"For the past eight years the Juneau School District has relied on Big Brothers Big Sister to help coordinate adult mentors in our schools," Cowan said. "We are thrilled that the Coast Guard has recognized the value of that program and know that our students will benefit from the Coast Guard's commitment to education in our community."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska brings adult volunteers into the Juneau elementary and middle schools for one-to-one mentoring.

"We are very excited about this new partnership because it means the Coast Guard's mandate for education, our mission and the school district's desire for more volunteers in Juneau schools will all come together," Marc Wheeler of Big Brothers Big Sisters said.

"The result will be more caring adult mentors helping Juneau school children reach their potential through simple friendships and by being a positive presence in their lives," Wheeler said.

Missing Montana hunter found alive

FAIRBANKS - A hunter missing since this weekend near Delta Junction has been found.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says 54-year-old Lenny Perry, of Hobson, Montana, was located Wednesday afternoon "alive and well."

Peters says Perry became disoriented and drifted further east than he thought. Troopers are interviewing him for more information.

Perry wasn't at the appointed pickup point near Delta Junction when a flight guide service came to get him Sunday.

The pilot says he found a note on the airstrip saying the hunter intended to walk to Pogo gold mine, about 20 miles to the south.

Small earthquake rumbles Tyonek

FAIRBANKS - Residents in Tyonek felt a slight rumble from an earthquake.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the temblor registered a magnitude of 3.9.

It was centered about 30 miles northwest of Tyonek, or 65 miles west of Anchorage.

There's been no immediate reports of damage from the earthquake, which happened just after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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