May 12, 2014 Community Happenings

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Created on Monday, 12 May 2014 12:51
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ANS to Meet
    Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will meet 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the ANB Founders Hall. All are welcome.  Those with questions may call Jean at 623-7355.

    Nonprofit Directors
    To Meet May 14
    An informal support gathering for nonprofit executive directors is happening at Larkspur 5:30 p.m. May 14.
    ‘‘Come share, listen and learn from each other,’’ organizers said. For more info contact Mim at 738-2888.

    Red Dirt BBQ
    Benefits Autism
    The Red Dirt BBQ fundraiser for Autism Speaks and ORCA is set 7-10 p.m. May 21 at the Bayview Pub. The event includes music and a barbecue menu.
    Local musicians and the Kevin Fowler Band of Austin, Texas, will perform.
    Tickets cost $15 in advance at Old Harbor Books or Bayview Pub. They will be $20 at the door. 

Free Health Insurance for Alaska Natives/American Indians
 Through a collaboration between SouthEast Regional Health Consortium and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Natives and American Indians may be eligible for free additional health insurance coverage through a new trial program.
    This program, known as Tribally Sponsored Health Insurance Program, is available to those who meet specific criteria. Applicants must not be currently covered by Medicaid, Medicare, VA, or other private insurance, nor can they be eligible for insurance through an employer.
    Eligibility also requires applicants to be Alaska Native or American Indian living in Alaska and enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, have an income between 100-300 percent of the federal poverty level, or require complex care (estimated health care expenses exceeding $20,000 this year).
    “Alaska Native and American Indian people have some excellent opportunities for health insurance coverage available,” said Andrea Thomas, outreach and enrollment manager for SEARHC. “The T-SHIP program offers free insurance, and the Health Insurance Marketplace offers insurance at reduced premium rates and out of pocket expenses depending on income.”
    Anyone interested in being screened for health insurance coverage should call Andrea Thomas at 966-8883 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Summer Laborer
    Positions Open
    Sitka National Historical Park is accepting applications for a WG-03 laborer for the summer season. The full-time, temporary appointment is expected to last from approximately July 1 through the end of September.
    Application packets are available at 103 Monastery Street, or by contacting the park’s administrative office at 747-0102 or 747-0107. Applications must be postmarked or received by May 19.

Please see the attached Press Release announcing the arrival of our next Scientist in Residency Fellow,  Dr. Joe Roman
    Dr. Joe Roman will be the next scientist in residency fellow at the Sitka Sound Science Center.
    Roman is a conservation biologist, writer and researcher at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. He is the author of two books: ‘‘Whale’’ and ‘‘Listed: Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act,’’ winner of the 2012 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award.
    His research has appeared in Science, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and other journals. He has written for Audubon, New Scientist, The New York Times, Slate, and other publications.
    Editor and chef of, a site dedicated to “fighting invasive species, one bite at a time,” Roman recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil and served as the Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar with Duke University’s Marine Conservation Ecology Group.
    He received his doctorate degree from Harvard University in 2003 in organismic and evolutionary biology and his master’s degree in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida. He was born and raised in New York and counts King Kong as an early conservation influence.
    His current research focuses on the role of whale feces on fertilizing ocean ecosystems.
    An interview with roman on NPR is available here:
    He will be working with Jan Straley, UAS-Sitka Campus, researching Southeast humpback whales while in residence.
    Roman will be the guest on the morning interview 8:10 a.m. May 22 at KCAW. He will teach a naturalist writing class at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp adult camp titled “Sitka Through the Lens of Time: A Naturalists Writing Workshop.” Check out for more information.
    Roman will also be reading from his books 6 p.m. May 28 at Old Harbor Books.
    More information on past and current fellows is available at
    Roman’s Website can be found at
    Those with questions may contact Tory O’Connell, research director, by phone at   747-8878 ext. 7, or by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    The SSSC scientist in residency fellowship program receives major funding from National Science Foundation with contributions from the Karsh Family Foundation and the Skaggs Foundation. The NSF Fellowship brings mid-career marine scientists to Sitka for one-month mini-sabbaticals. This is the last year of a three-year program under the award.