The new office in Lynnwood, Washington, for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Tlingit and Haida)

The new office in Lynnwood, Washington, for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Tlingit and Haida)

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Tlingit and Haida opening new Washington office

The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is announce it is opening a new Washington office.

The 12,250-square-foot office is in Lynnwood on the second floor of the Northview Center (20700 44th Avenue West, Suite 220).

With more than 8,200 tribal citizens living in the Washington area now, Tlingit and Haida President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson said this has been one of his top priorities as the tribe works to establish a presence in all of our communities.

“This is a vision come true and I am really excited that we finally have a home base in Washington,” he said. “As I’ve said before, we are committed to removing any barriers that may keep us from meeting our citizens where they are. Centralizing access to our programs and support services is the first step toward doing that. This is just the beginning of what we have planned to better meet the needs our tribal citizens. I see a lot more collaboration and partnerships with agencies and organizations coming from this.”

The office will house 20 full-time staff providing Child Welfare, Child Support, Community Navigator, Cultural Heritage and Education, Grants & Resources, Program Compliance (Tribal Enrollment), and Tribal Court services. A large classroom has also been dedicated for the Tribe’s Cultural Heritage and Education Division to host language, arts, cultural, and educational programs.

Winter Pass offers five months of access to city recreational facilities

The City and Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation Winter Pass is now available, allowing an individual unlimited admission to public sessions at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center, Treadwell Arena, and Dimond Park Field House (including track access and Turf for Tots) for five months throughout the winter.

The pass can be used Nov. 1 through March 31, 2024. The all-ages Winter Pass costs $200, plus tax. It is available for purchase online at https://secure.rec1.com/AK/juneau-ak/catalog or at any of the facilities. Passes can be purchased through January 31, 2024. The Winter Pass is assigned to individuals and is non-transferable. It is not eligible for refunds or extensions due to facility closures. Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool is currently closed for renovations. It will be included when renovations are complete.

For more information, including a full list of classes, activities, and facility access included with the pass, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1068929657436666, or contact Parks & Recreation at (907) 586-5226 or parks.rec@juneau.gov.

Ḵunéix̱ Hídi Northern Light United Church’s Annual Holiday Bazaar

The Community of Christian Women at KHNLUC is again sponsoring its Holiday Bazaar online auction and in-person lunch. All proceeds go directly to benefit women’s and children’s organizations in Juneau and beyond. The online auction is already underway for bidding and purchases with hundreds of items including homemade meals, baked goods, housewares, artwork, jewelry, crafts, attic treasures and much more. Register and look through the auction catalogue at auctria.events/NorthernLight. The auction closes at 2:59 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The traditional festive holiday lunch of homemade soup, bread and pie will be served from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the church, 400 W. 11th St., in downtown Juneau. $15 per person. You can also pick up your purchased items at the church that day. For more information: call (907) 419-9274.

Drop off pumpkins at Juneau RecycleWorks through Nov. 15

Juneau RecycleWorks is partnering with Juneau Composts to open pumpkin dropoff bins at the Recycling Center, located at 5600 Tonsgard Court, through Wednesday, Nov. 15. This is the third year RecycleWorks and Juneau Composts have worked together to collect and compost pumpkins.

Pumpkins must be free of all decorations, including paints and candles. Dropoff bins will be located at the RecycleWorks HHW facility (follow the signs past the main Recycling Center facility) and open during regular Recycling Center hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Stuart Ashton at Stuart.Ashton@juneau.org or (907) 586-5225.

Two Juneau residents win Coast Guard Foundation scholarships

Two Juneau residents were among the 187 winners of 2023 scholarships totalling $650,000 from the Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families. The local winners are Belladonna Darby, child of Petty Officer 1st Class Olin Livingston Darby III, who attends the University of Alaska Southeast; and Saylor Ryan, child of retired Coast Guard veteran Joshua W. Ryan, who attends the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Since the program’s inception in 1990, the foundation has awarded more than $6.9 million in scholarships.

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