Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2001

Youth court offers training in January

Juneau Youth Court, a diversionary court for the first-time teen offenders, will offer seven afternoons of training for youths aged 14-17 who are interested in serving as defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges for the court. Students who complete the training and 40 hours of volunteer service for the youth court can earn a half-credit at Juneau Douglas High School for their work.

Teen courts are designed to offer a youth who has committed a first-time offense an opportunity to make amends for his or her conduct. The Juneau Youth Court accepts misdemeanor cases including shoplifting, criminal trespass, vandalism, reckless endangerment and others who are referred by the Division of Juvenile Justice. The court also accepts referrals of minor consuming cases from District Court and serious violations of school rules that are referred by high school administrators. All court activity is conducted by the teens in the program.

Training for youth court attorneys/judges will be held on Dec. 27 to 29, Jan. 2 to 4, followed by a mock court on Jan. 12. High school students interested in taking the training should call the Juneau Youth Court office at 463-1956 for further information or to register. There is no fee for the training but participation is limited to 12 students.

Personal mining stories wanted

Interesting personal accounts about hand drift mining are sought for a descriptive catalog to accompany a Drift Mining exhibit at the Eagle Museum.

"We have the usual technical information, but we are looking for personal stories," said Elva Scott, director of the museum and a member of the Eagle Historical Society. "If anyone is acquainted with any stories which he would be willing to share, we would like to include them in the catalog and give credit."

Send stories to Scott at Eagle Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 56, Eagle City, AK 99738. Or phone 907 547-2230. Scott's e-mail address is

Class seeks buttons, information on area

The fourth grade class of Southeast Elementary in Kansas City, Mo. studies the different regions of the United States. This year theywould like help in making their studies a little more personal. Juneau residents are invited to send one button (the kind sewed on a garment) they feel in some way reflects Southeast Alaska, along with a note explaining button choice, points of interest in the area, why you like or dislike where you live, or anything else you would like to share about your area. Also, please write where you read this letter. Both the buttons and the information from notes will be used in a culminating class project.

Please address your contribution to "Fourth Grade Region Project, c/o Southeast Elementary, Susan Schank, 5704 NW Northwood Rd., Kansas City, MO 64151."

Fire district to hold annual open house

The Auke Bay/Lynn Canal Fire District is holding its second annual open house and Christmas novel reading at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001. Children of all ages and their families are welcome to attend and hear Christmas novels that will be read by your local firefighters, meet Santa and learn about local firefighters and what they do.

Care Net office to be closed during holidays

The Care Net Pregnancy Center Office of Juneau will be closed for two weeks for staff to be with their families during the upcoming holidays. The office will be closed from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6, 2002. It will re-open on Monday, Jan. 7. For information or an appointment, call 789-9599.

Office provides help for Alaska seniors

The Senior Information Office is providing information and referral services to person's 60 years or older and their care givers throughout Southeast Alaska. The office's Alaska-only toll free number is 1-866-746-6177. The local Juneau number is still 463-6177. E-mail for the office is The office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday.

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