Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, December 31, 2004

Donations sought for tsunami relief

In the fall of 2003, the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, an Alaska nonprofit, held an international fishing safety conference with the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety in Sitka .

One of the speakers, Herman Kumara, was from the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement, a nonprofit in Sri Lanka that works in developing local fisheries. He has contacted AMSEA and requested help due to the tsunami damage that has affected local fisheries.

AMSEA is taking donations for the relief effort in this area and wiring money directly to NAFSO. This aid will get to fishermen's families sooner than large relief organizations can. NAFSO will be able to spend it on what their needs actually are on the ground, and there will be no indirect costs. Every dollar donated will be forwarded to NAFSO for their relief work.

Kumara e-mailed to say his organization is buying dry rations, medicines and tents and that $10 is worth thousands at the moment. Kumara is sending reports on the work his group is doing. The biggest difficulty now being damaged roads and bridges, making transportation of needed items difficult.

Contributions may be made out to AMSEA and sent to 2924 Halibut Point Road, Sitka, AK 99835. This is a direct way to help survivors. AMSEA can be contacted directly at (907) 747-3287.

Law enforcement commission to meet

The Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission will meet from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at the Treadwell Room of the Baranof Hotel. This is a regular meeting of the commission and is subject to open-meeting law.

The commission will be available to hear public testimony on a first-come, first-served basis from people in the Juneau area from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday.

The U.S. Congress created the commission to review federal, state, local and tribal jurisdiction over civil and criminal matters in rural Alaska. The commission will submit recommendations to the Congress and the Alaska Legislature regarding ways to improve the quality of justice in rural Alaska.

Bible talks to be held through Jan. 30

All are welcome to attend special Bible talks focusing on the teachings of Jesus from Dec. 29 to Jan. 30. Talks on Sundays are from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Assembly Chambers located at 155 S. Seward St.; Wednesday meetings are from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Riverbend Elementary School library on Riverside Drive. Call 789-5683 for more information.

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