Alaska Digest

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2003

Eaglecrest to host Season Pass Fair

JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area will hold its Season Pass Fair at the lodge on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, events start at 10 a.m., when Channel Bowl chef Laurie Berg and Friends of Eaglecrest whip up brunch, which runs until 1 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the maintenance facility will hold an open house and mountain equipment display. From 1 to 5 p.m., the Day Lodge will host a festival of films by Bad Larry Production and Scott Baxter, Tenth Mountain Division Short, Warren Miller, Happy Dayz and others.

Throughout the day, participants can buy season passes, visit the employment booth and look at historical photographs.

On Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., there will be games and contests for the entire family, a drawing for a free youth pass, door prizes, vendor displays and a snow monster's den for kids.

From 2 to 5 p.m., visitors can make ice cream sundaes.

Older trick-or-treaters to help Glory Hole

JUNEAU - Some students at the University of Alaska Southeast will be trick-or-treating from 4 to 9 tonight to raise money for the Glory Hole, the downtown homeless shelter and soup kitchen.

Sponsored by the College Republicans, the costumed students will show their student ID cards and ask for donations, which they will place in envelopes addressed to the Glory Hole. Donors also can take an envelope themselves and mail it in, if they're more comfortable with that, organizers said.

The students will trick-or-treat in downtown Juneau and Douglas, said Charles Lindley of the College Republicans.

Students sleep out for the homeless

JUNEAU - The Interact Club at Juneau-Douglas High School hopes to increase awareness of homelessness and raise money for the Glory Hole by spending Saturday night outside.

The Glory Hole is the downtown homeless shelter and soup kitchen.

Members of Interact are collecting pledges for their demonstration, which they said would be held at the high school parking lot. All proceeds will be donated to the Glory Hole, they said.

Police looking for hit-and-run driver

JUNEAU - Police are looking for the driver of a small silver car that did not stop after hitting a pedestrian at 10:13 p.m. Wednesday in the Lemon Creek area.

Police Capt. Tom Porter said a 19-year-old man was crossing Glacier Highway in the 6500 block when, he said, he was hit in the right arm by a mirror on the vehicle. Porter said the man reported that it was possible the car's driver did not know he had been hit.

Porter said the pedestrian sought treatment for a right forearm injury. The pedestrian could describe the vehicle only as small and silver, Porter added.

Anyone with information about the accident should call Juneau police at 586-0600.

Tribal advocate loses her job after comment on Stevens' remark

ANCHORAGE - A tribal advocate has lost her job after characterizing as racist a remark made by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens earlier this month when he spoke about tribal sovereignty.

Vernita Herdman, who had worked at the Rural Alaska Community Action Program since 1984, told the Anchorage Daily News she was given the choice of resigning or being fired.

"I didn't do anything I'm ashamed of," she said Wednesday. "I am a tribal advocate, and I spoke my mind as a tribal advocate. If that gets you in trouble, then our democracy is in trouble."

Herdman said she doesn't know what grounds the nonprofit would have had to fire her, but she didn't contest the decision.

"I did not want to hurt RuralCAP any more than has already happened," she said.

RuralCAP board president Donne Fleagle said she couldn't comment on personnel matters but acknowledged that the agency was affected by its employee's remarks.

"I can say the whole issue of Sen. Stevens having been offended has dismayed many of us in the Alaska Native community and many of us on the RuralCAP board," she said.

The organization receives millions of federal dollars and runs a variety of programs for rural and poor Alaskans, including Head Start for pre-schoolers, housing improvement services, and Homeward Bound, which helps homeless alcoholics get sober and reintegrate in their communities.

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