Poop Scoop and
Trash Can on Basin Road.
Vicky McLaughlin and George
Utermohle hiked through the construction
zone at the Basin Road Trestle to clean up
the collection of used doggie bags that had
accumulated at the former location of a
trash can at the Mt Roberts and Flume Trail
trailheads. In response to the clean up, CBJ Parks & Rec installed a bear-proof trash
can on Basin Road before the construction
zone begins. This trash can is being well
used and seems to have reduced the amount of
doggie bags that are abandoned along Basin
(A follow-up poop scoop on April 8 removed about a dozen doggie bags that had accumulated at the site since January.)
Two New Places to Take Your Dog Downtown. Thanks to Grateful Dogs, the Bishop Kenny Memorial Peace Park and
Gunakadeit (Pocket) Park are now open to
dogs. The "no dogs" signs have been removed
by CBJ Parks & Rec. The two parks are now
on-leash parks because they are located in
the Downtown Business District which is an
on-leash only area.
Capital School Park Clean Ups.
In February, Grateful Dogs was informed by
CBJ Parks & Rec, that a serious problem
existed in Capital School Park due to dog
poop on the playgrounds used by the Charter
School and the day care center in the
Stewart Legislative Building. Within a week, Grateful
Dogs was able to conduct two poop scoops to
clean the area of the accumulated waste.
Matt Felix has been doing weekly follow ups
on Fridays to keep the area under control.
9 am till 1 pm - GDOJ
at Health Fair
at the Nugget Mall. Grateful Dogs shared a
message that dogs and pets are good for your
health and that people should clean up after
their dogs. Aran Felix and Vicky McLaughlin staffed the GDOJ table.
April 2012 Newsletter
April 6, noon till 2 pm - GDOJ Answers Phone for KTOO Pledge Drive. Aran Felix, Vicky McLaughlin, Edie Barnes, and George Utermohle answered phones.
April 6, 5 pm till 7 pm - GDOJ conducts a poop scoop around Thunder Mountain High School in preparation for the Community Easter Egg Hunt the following day.
April 11, Wednesday 11 am Inter-Agency Dog Working Group Meeting
April 21, Saturday, 10 am Airport Dike Trail poop scoop. Five members of Grateful Dogs conducted a poop scoop at the Airport Dike Trail. 7.5 man-hours were devoted to the effort. Thanks to: Katherine Kurtz, Katie Fearer, Vicky McLaughlin, Debbie Behr, and George Utermohle.
April 28, Saturday, 10 am North Douglas Trails poop scoop. Six members of Grateful Dogs conducted poop scoops at the Rain Forest Tail, Outer Point Trail, end of the road trailhead, and Fish Creek Park. 8+ man-hours were devoted to the effort. Thanks to: Aran Felix, Sue Schrader, Paula Terrel, Vicky McLaughlin, Debbie Behr, and George Utermohle.
April-May, Grateful Dogs promoted the installation of bear-proof trash cans at the trail head/parking lot for the Airport Dike Trail. Inter-agency disputes between the CBJ Public Works Department and Airport management delayed the installation of the trash cans. At one point, the airport staff removed thrash cans installed by Public Works and Parks & Rec. By the end of the month, the Public Works Department was able to resolve the dispute and permanently install 2 trash cans at the parking lot.
May, Throughout the month, members of Grateful Dogs continued to perform maintenance activities on trails throughout the community. Poop scoops are conducted at Capital Park, Airport Dike Trail, Brotherhood Bridge (Kax) Trail, Dredge Lake Trail, Auke Lake Trail, and other trails.
May 26, Saturday, 10 am - noon. Broken glass collection at Sandy Beach. 8.5 pounds of broken glass were collected from Sandy Beach. Low turn out due to cool weather resulted in the smallest amount of glass recovered from the beach in the five years that Grateful Dogs has conducted the glass clean up on Sandy Beach. A thorough poop scoop was conducted around the Sandy Beach shelters, trail, parking lot, and beach.
June, Individual members of Grateful Dogs continue their maintenance level activities to keep poop under control at Brotherhood Bridge Trail , Dike Trail. Treadwell Historic Trail, Dredge Lake Trails, Capital School Park, Basin Road, etc.
June 23, Saturday, First organized dog walk of the summer season on the Dredge Lake Trails.
October 2, Tuesday. The board of the Grateful Dogs adopts a resolution requesting the CBJ Assembly to ban the use of consumer fireworks within the borough. Follow-Up: At a subsequent Committee of the Whole meeting, the CBJ Assembly expressed no interest in addressing the concerns of a "small" part of the community regarding the use of fireworks within the borough.
October 13, Saturday, Fund Raiser Garage Sale. Each
year Grateful Dogs participates in the public garage sale held at Centennial Hall. This event is the primary fund raiser for Grateful Dogs.
December 14 - 16, Friday thru Sunday, Pet Food Drive
Annual holiday pet food drive sponsored by Grateful Dogs to
help the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. Collection boxes were available at many grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinary