Tonight is the annual National Night Out celebration in Juneau.
JPD is coordinating officers and representatives from the fire department, coast guard and National Guard to visit block parties and cookouts around Juneau. This is the sixth year Juneau has participated in the event. There are ten neighborhoods signed up to host events says JPD spokesman Lt. Dave Campbell.
This year marks the 30th National Night Out celebration. The first National Night Out was introduced early in 1984. The event’s goal is to promote community celebration that raises awareness about crime and drug prevention. According to JPD, National Night Out also gives citizens the opportunity to interact with their neighbors, as well as local first responders.
The events are slated to run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and include block parties, cookouts and neighborhood walks.
- It aims to preserve Alaska Native culture by giving tribes and tribal organizations the ability to oversee local child welfare problems, rather than social workers coming in from outside their communities. That often results in children being removed from their communities.
- Dressed in full Gwich’in regalia, Potts recounted growing up in a modest dirt-floor hunting cabin in Eagle, losing someone close to suicide, and taking the conventions theme of strength in unity to get back to enjoying life again.
- The Juneau School District wants to consolidate its two high school football programs and cheer squads. Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that the decision to send a formal request to the Alaska School Activities Association has been two years in the making.
- Three helmets, two hats, a headdress and a beaded shirt are from as far back as the 1600s to about 1890. They will be stored through the National Park Service, with access being granted to the Tlingit clans.