Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Operation KidSafe IDs children during September program

Evergreen Motors, the Ford Motor Co., Super 8 Motel, Super Bear and the Juneau Joeys clown group all contributed recently to help ensure kids' safety.

Nearly 300 Juneau kids participated in the Operation KidSafe fingerprinting ID program sponsored by Evergreen Motors on Sept. 29-30. The program, endorsed by the Ford Motor Co., is committed to creating an identification database of children. A printout of a child's fingerprints, along with his or her photo, is given to the parents when the prints are taken. The photos and prints of the children are also downloaded to a CD-ROM and given to the local police department of the towns the company visits.

The idea, according to John Holmquist of Evergreen Motors, is that having a child's ID in a database can be extremely helpful in the case of an emergency. "We thought it would be a nice thing to do," Holmquist said, "and after what happened (on Sept. 11), this seemed even more appropriate."

About 137 kids were fingerprinted Sept. 29 and about the same number Sept. 30. Holmquist said the atmosphere was almost like a carnival.

"It exceeded our best expectations," he said.

Bear safety video now available to Juneau educators, classes

A bear safety video is available to Juneau teachers for showing in the classroom.

Copies of the video, "Staying Safe in Bear Country," can be borrowed from Neil Barten, area management biologist for the Division of Wildlife conservation of the state department of Fish and Game. The video is about 48 minutes long, and was prepared by a number of knowledgeable biologists, including one from Fairbanks, Barten said.

"It's very good. It covers how to avoid running into bears, what to do if you do run into them and how to store food in the forest. The library has a copy of it that can be checked out," Barten said.

Because copies of the video cost over $100, Barten lends them out only for educational purposes. He recently loaned one to the University of Alaska Southeast, for example.

"People may come to the Fish and Game office and watch it, or we will loan them out. We also loan out bear hides and other items for educational purposes," he added.

Barten can be reached for details at 465-4267.

ACT assesment scheduled for Dec. 8; deadline Nov. 2

College-bound high school students who want to take the ACT Assessment have two changes to register before the Dec. 8 test date. The postmark registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 2. There is also a late registration postmark deadline on Nov. 15. (An additional fee is charged for late registrations.) Students can get information from their school counselor or register online at

The ACT Assessment is a curriculm-based, academic achievement test, not an aptitude test. More than 1.7 million students took the test during the past year. ACT scores are accepted by virtually all colleges in the nation, including Ivy League schools.

The test fee is $24. A student's ACT scores are considered by colleges for admissions and course placement along with several other important factors including high school grade point average, college preparatory classes taken in high school, extracurricular activities and personal background.

The ACT Web site offers useful tips, sample tests and the opportunity to order test preparation materials.

Nominations needed for the Alaskan of the Year award

Nominations for the Alaskan of the Year Awards are being accepted through Friday Dec. 14. Four awards are presented each year to recognize individuals or groups making outstanding contributions which have significantly affected the character and development of Alaska.

The four awards are:

Alaskan of the Year: Outstanding contributions by a lining Alaskan over the years which have affected the charter and development of the state.

Governor's Award: Outstanding performance by a living Alaskan or group in the year preceding the awards banquet.

Denali Award: Outstanding service by a living Alaskan or group over a period of years in a single project or endeavor.

With Great Respect Award: An Alaskan who has left a permanent imprint and deserves acclaim for their place in the history of Alaska.

The awards will be presented in Anchorage on March 23, 2002.

For more information, call 777-5610.

Soboleff set to be honored for his work

Juneau resident Walter A. Soboleff, Sr. will be honored for his work as a distinguished humanities scholar.

Dr. Soboleff is currently chair of the Sealaska Heritage Foundation. He received an honorary doctor of humanities award in 1968 from the University of Alaska where he taught Tlingit language, history and literature from 1970-74.

Gov. Tony Knowles and the Alaska Humanities Forum will present Dr. Soboleff with the award Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Fourth Avenue Theater in Anchorage.

Alliance to offer free depression screens

The Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc., will be offering free screenings for depression and manic depression on Thursday, Oct. 11.

National Depression Screening Day is held on the Thursday of Mental Illness Awareness Week every October. This year, the event coincides with the one-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy. According to the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often appear one month after an initial trauma.

Those interested in attending a screening can call Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc. at 463-3303 for a free, confidential appointment.

Red Cross to hold first aid course

The American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Basics Course will be held Wednesday - Thursday, Oct. 24-25 from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9-5 p.m.

Cost is $75. To hold the class for you and allow time to order the material the deadline for registration is Oct. 15. Payment must be received by that day.

Classes will be held at the Red Cross Office: 3200 Hospital Dr., Suite 203, Juneau.

Call: 463-5713 for signup.

The 16 hour class uses a combination of classroom, skills practice, and role playing learning to teach the response steps and treatment of injuries and illnesses in a delayed help situation.

Schmitt named as career education dean

Karen Schmitt was recently awarded the post of the new University of Alaska Southeast dean of career education.

Schmitt was formerly the assistant dean and director of the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. She has nine years experience as an administrator, program manager and continuing education specialist at UW. She also has 12 years experience in organizing, writing and implementing grant and contract proposals.

Her appointment begins on Nov. 13 at UAS.

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