Participants in the 2023 VetsWork AmeriCorps interns program stand on a bridge they built in 2023. (Photo courtesy of the Mt. Adams Institute)

Participants in the 2023 VetsWork AmeriCorps interns program stand on a bridge they built in 2023. (Photo courtesy of the Mt. Adams Institute)

Neighbors briefs

Veterans internships being offered for work in Tongass National Forest

In partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute, the Tongass National Forest is hiring VetsWork AmeriCorps interns for the following positions: recreation technician, interpretive guide, and botany technician.

The internship is 45 weeks from March 4, 2024 – Jan. 10, 2025.

Benefits include:

• $22,500 living allowance – paid monthly over the 10 ½ -month term of service ($500 weekly, before taxes)

• $7,395 education award (qualified student loans and/or education expenses)

• GI Bill benefits eligible

• Student Loan Forbearance Health Care Insurance

• Child care reimbursement

• Free housing

• Travel reimbursement

• Professional development, trainings, and networking opportunities

More information, including full position descriptions and application instructions, are available at mtadamsinstitute.org/vetswork.

CBJ seeking information on office space available for lease

The City and Borough of Juneau is seeking office space to provide its residents, visitors and employees with better access to municipal departments and services and has issued a Request for Information to gauge the interest and availability of space available for lease.

CBJ currently rents office space at four downtown properties. As the current leases approach expiration, CBJ is seeking to consolidate its footprint.

Potential vendors — firms, realtors, contractors, developers, building owners, or lessors — are invited to join an informational meeting via teleconference at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8. To join, call (907) 713-2140 with ID 748914. Vendors interested in submitting proposals are asked to contact CBJ Purchasing at purchasing@juneau.gov at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting to provide notice of participation and submit any questions.

Proposed office space must conform to one of the following scenarios:

Scenario 1: All CBJ downtown employees (164 staff) and the Assembly Chambers relocate into proposed office space to include Assembly Chambers. Proposed office space must have a minimum of 46,000 gross square feet of office space and on-site parking for visitors.

Scenario 2: Majority of CBJ downtown employees (99 staff) relocate. Employees and Assembly Chambers remain in City Hall building. Proposed office space must have a minimum of 33,625 gross square feet of office space and on-site parking for visitors.

Scenario 3: CBJ employees currently occupying offices in the Marine View building (50 staff) relocate. Proposed office space must have a minimum of 17,000 gross square feet of office space and on-site parking for visitors.

Other requirements, including ADA-compliant restrooms and elevator access to upper floors, are included in the full RFI.

The RFI was issued on Thursday, Dec. 21 and will close on Monday, Jan. 22, at 4:30 p.m. To submit a response, login or register for a free account with Public Purchase at https://publicpurchase.com.

For more information contact purchasing@juneau.gov.

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Jan. 15

The Black Awareness Association of Juneau is hosting a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. The theme is “Shifting the Cultural Climate — It Starts with Me.” The celebration has not taken place the past four years due to COVID-19. A food drive for local food banks will be held in conjunction with service. For more information contact juneaubaa@gmail.com.

Local legislative delegation hosting Juneau Town Hall on Jan. 10

State Sen. Jesse Kiehl, Rep. Sara Hannan and Rep. Andi Story of Juneau are inviting residents to a pre-legislative session town hall from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library at 3025 Diamond Pk. Lp.

The local delegation will discuss the upcoming session and answer questions. There will be food at the library.

The event will also be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/events/883486976811062.

For more information contact Hannan’s office at (907) 465-4766 or rep.sara.hannan@akleg.gov.

Recycle holiday tree for free Jan. 26-27

CBJ is partnering with Juneau Composts! to accept holiday trees to be recycled for free from Jan. 26-27. Drop off trees on between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at CBJ’s Household Hazardous Waste facility, at 5600 Tonsgard Court. Upon entering the facility, take an immediate right and follow the Recycling/HHW signs.

Please note trees must be free of decorations or other foreign materials as they will be chipped and used for composting. Wreaths or other “tree-like” decorations will not be accepted.

JDHS Cheer will be picking up trees to be recycled. Contact Coach Nore by text at (907) 723-6580 to sign up. A $10 donation is requested.

For more information about CBJ’s holiday tree recycling program contact Stuart Ashton at stuart.ashton@juneau.gov or (907) 364-7405.

Three Juneau residents make President’s List at Southern New Hampshire University

Lucas Stankee, Taylor Tapia and Jacob Hinckle of Juneau were named to the Fall 2023 President’s List at Southern New Hampshire University. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above for the reporting term are named to the President’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits over each 16-week term or paired eight-week terms grouped in fall, winter/spring, and summer. SNHU is a private, nonprofit institution that claims to have 225,000 learners worldwide — mostly online — offering about 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Juneau resident named to Dean’s List at Lebanon Valley College

Anna Dale of Juneau is one of nearly 900 Lebanon Valley College students named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2023 semester. Dean’s list students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 out of 4.0. Dale is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing and is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. Lebanon Valley College, founded in 1866, offers 50 majors in the health professions, sciences, business and digital media, arts and humanities, and education.

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