A Juneau photographer was among 100 or so shutterbugs worldwide taking pictures of natural subjects for a book documenting the first day of the year 2000. Jeff Gnass joined folks producing images for a coffee-table book, ``Daybreak 2000.'' Others were at work in Kenya, Australia, Chile, Patagonia, New Zealand and a bunch of other places where it was probably warmer on New Year's dawn.
It wasn't that bug, but the Superstation's TV coverage of Anchorage's changeover to the year 2000 had a few glitches. The camera trying to cover the big midnight fireworks display was stationed so its view was largely blocked by a building. And at one point, one of the two on-the-scene hosts asked if it wasn't time for the countdown to the new year. He'd missed midnight, his co-host had to explain.
Those headed out for a bottle in Anchorage on New Year's Eve may have come up empty. Most of the city's liquor stores closed early after discussions with community councils searching for ways to combat public drunkenness. Retailers say it won't cost them much, since most party-goers will have made their purchases earlier in the evening.
That left-out feeling
When it's dark and wet outside, we Alaskans like to turn to a good book. So some of us might think it natural that we cast our ballots in The New Yorker Book Awards, which offers a grand prize trip to the London Sunday Times' Festival of Literature (held in the Welsh countryside), plus some time in the paper's hometown. But alas, the contest is ``void outside the 48 contiguous states.'' So if you want to ``be part of the largest literary event in the world'' (The New Yorker promises 45,000 readers and writers), you'll have to shell out the $5,000 grand prize value yourself.
Sitka on display
In the center of the mantel in the White House's Green Room sits a bit of Alaska that was seen by tens of thousands of visitors over the holidays. A scale model of Sheldon Jackson College's Allen Auditorium is part of the exhibit ``Holiday Treasures at the White House.'' We hope the full-sized auditorium, which is slated for major renovation, fares better than another item model-maker Bill Kleinert made in miniature - the SS Titanic.
How dumb is dumb?
If you ask The New York Times Magazine, it refers you to comments some experts - doctors in Alaska. One doc in Valdez talked about a snowboarder who tried to jump a 20-foot crevasse. Another in Anchorage referred to a snowmobiler who set his rig on fire to warm himself after a bone-breaking accident. It exploded.