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July 14th | Shady Grove Oliver Print this article   Email this article  

Members of the Seattle Seahawks are in Kotzebue this week as part of their NFL Play 60 campaign.

The health challenge was created in partnership with the American Heart Association to encourage kids to play and get exercise for 60 minutes every day, with the goal of reducing childhood obesity.

Through in-school curriculum support, the program gives teachers and schools tips for incorporating health and fitness into the classroom schedule.

As part of the challenge, NFL players, coaches, and cheerleaders are traveling to a handful of schools for hands-on training and encouragement.

Seahawks coach Travis Jones and players Rees Odhiambo and Tylor Harris planned to travel to Kotzebue on July 11 along with two Sea Gals, two community outreach personnel, and a handful of other speakers and volunteers.

Local organizers set up a day full of activities at the softball field and recreation center, a community outreach hour, a polar plunge swim, potluck dinner, and cultural presentation. You can find more about the challenge and the visit at

Candidates file intent to run for North Slope mayor

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

Three Utqiaġvik residents have filed letters of intent to run for the North Slope Borough Mayor position, which will open up once again later this year.

The first person to file for the job was incumbent Mayor Harry Brower Jr., who submitted his letter of intent to the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) on Dec. 9, 2016. He likewise made an announcement on Facebook in April.

This month saw two additional APOC submissions, the first of which belonged to Frederick F. Brower, who filed his intent July 5.

Finally, James John Martin sent his letter in on July 7.

Harry Brower's campaign committee is so far the only one to include individuals from outside the North Slope. His chair is listed as Wesley Aiken, of Utqiaġvik and his treasurer will be Prparime Limani, of Anchorage. His deputy treasurers will be Fadil Limani, of Anchorage, David Fauske, of Anchorage, and Flora Brower, of Utqiaġvik, according to his campaign registration form.

According to Martin's candidate registration form, he will be chairing his own campaign committee, called the Committee to Nominate Jim Martin, and Megan Edwardson, of Utqiaġvik, will be his treasurer.

Frederick Brower does not yet have any committee members listed.

Nomination period open for Summer of Heroes

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

A scholarship program for young Alaskans who are contributing positively to their communities is seeking nominations. The Summer of Heroes program, organized by Alaska Communications in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska, recognizes five young people each year with a scholarship and ceremony.

"Supporting youth development and education throughout Alaska and helping the future leaders of our state reach their goals is something that is important to us at Alaska Communications," said President and CEO Anand Vadapalli in a statement.

Anyone can nominate themselves or someone else between the ages of 6 and 18 who they think has made a "significant contribution to his or her community through acts of kindness or bravery."

Awardees receive a $1,500 scholarship through the University of Alaska College Savings Plan and a trip to the recognition ceremony held at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer later in the summer.

"As a special tribute this year, the 2017 Summer of Heroes logo is inspired by 2016 hero Tatiana Ticknor," organizers wrote in a release. "Tatiana channeled her passion for native dancing and language into her work with the Native Student Leadership Council at her high school and more broadly in her community. Most notably, Tatiana participated on a panel with President Obama at the Tribal Nations Conference at the White House."

The deadline to nominate someone for 2017 Summer of Heroes scholarship is July 17. More information can be found at

Utqiaġvik to hold city cleanup days

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

July is the month for cleaning up around town in Utqiaġvik.

The first event, happening on July 14, is the official cleanup day sponsored by the city. Residents are encouraged to pick up trash around town and work to beautify the community.

The city is also offering removals that day for old and derelict vehicles.

On July 29, Our Land Clean-Up Initiative is sponsoring a large item removal day for people to get rid of any equipment too big to put in the dumpster. That includes cars, trucks, boats, ATVs, and more.

To participate in the city-sponsored vehicle removal, pick up a removal form at the city office or fill one out online at

For more information about the city cleanup day on July 14, contact Chris Battle at 852-5211 or For more information about the Our Land day on July 29, contact Cordelia Kellie at 852-1868 or


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