Summer conservation project open to teens
Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, will host the 2002 Summer Get Together in the Tongass National Forest Aug. 10 to 17. The program is open to teen-agers from across Alaska who want to learn more about the environment and make a difference in their communities and state.
Participants will spend a week in the Tongass National Forest in Sitka and Ketchikan exploring the southeast eco-region and related conservation topics including marine and forest issues. Activities will include peer-to-peer skills sessions, guest speakers, field trips, a ferry trip, outdoor recreation such as kayaking and a service project. Participants will learn skills in leadership, project planning and group development. Cost is $250.
A group of teen leaders and adult volunteers will help select students for the Summer Get Together. For an application, call Kachemak Bay Conservation Society AYEA sponsor, Nina Faust, at (907) 235-6262.
Applications should include the following information: name, address, e-mail, phone number, age and grade, and names and contact information for three references. Applicants also must answer two questions: "Why do you want to attend the Summer Get Together?" and "What type of conservation project would you like to implement in your community after the program?"
Applications can be e-mailed to AYEA@nwf.org; faxed to (907) 258-4811; or mailed to 750 W. 2nd Ave., Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99501. Deadline is June 15.
AARP offers defensive driving
The AARP will offer a defensive driving class June 20 and 21 at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road. The class is open to people 50 and older. Cost is $10 for materials.
Completion of the course may allow drivers to have a ticket dismissed or two points taken off their driving records. Insurance companies also may offer discounts for course completion.
For more information or to register, call Vivian Swanson at 260-3966.
SeaLife Center rescues abandoned sea lion pup
The Alaska SeaLife Center Rescue and Rehabilitation Program staff is caring for a new 1-week-old female Steller sea lion pup rescued from a rookery near Ketchikan. The pup is part of the eastern stock of Steller sea lions which is listed as a threatened species.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game researchers found the pup abandoned on a beach May 31 after major storms hit the Ketchikan area. The researchers called the center, then watched the pup to see if her mother would relocate her. On June 4, center staff determined the sea lion had been abandoned and started rescue efforts.
The pup, nicknamed Faith, weighs 32 pounds and is being treated for severe malnutrition and dehydration.
Police, troopers graduate from academy
The Department of Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka held its graduation ceremony last week for Alaska Law Enforcement Training class No. 37. Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, Public Safety Commissioner Glenn G. Godfrey, Col. Randy Crawford, director of Alaska State Troopers, and Col. Joel Hard, director of Fish and Wildlife Protection, presided.
The ceremony marked the culmination of 14 weeks of hands-on and classroom training in law enforcement.
The graduates included Patricia Gordon and Benjamin Langharn, assigned to the Kenai Police Department; Stacy Luck and Paul Meyer, assigned to the Homer Police Department; David Bump, Derek DeGraff, Christopher DeLeon, Rachel Foster, Cole Grigg, David Lee, Andrew Merrill, Vance Peronto, Troy Shuey, Cornelius Sims, Chrystal Vicers and Curtis Vic, Alaska State Troopers; and Alex Arduser, James Burton and Christopher Mattson, Fish and Wildlife Protection.
Law enforcement torch run results announced
The Alaska law enforcement community raised nearly $100,000 for Special Olympics May 18 during Alaska's 2002 Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The 5-kilometer run, which was open to law enforcement officers and the public across the state, drew more than 800 runners and brought in nearly $43,000. The remaining funds were contributed by area corporations.
The Kenai branch of the run brought in $2,180, while the Homer run raised $1,182.
The late-May runs will culminate in mid-June when officers from across Alaska take part in the "final leg," bringing the flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games in Anchorage.
Homer Community School offers summer courses
Registration is continuing for several summer activities through Homer Community Schools.
Beginning and intermediate tennis lessons have been added to the summer program. Group lessons will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Cost is $5 per hour, with a minimum of three lessons required. Private lessons will be offered from 3:30 to 4:30 or 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $15 per hour.
The Little Feet Soccer class has been moved to Tuesdays and Fridays instead of Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class will run from 4 to 5 p.m., instead of 4 to 5:30.
Open volleyball has been moved from Tuesdays and Thursdays to Mondays and Wednesdays.
For more information, call Homer Community School at (907) 235-6090.
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