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Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Good tourney
Congratulations to Tina Lee, tournament director, JDHS officials and the tournament committee for putting on another successful Princess Capital City Classic.

Disabilities aren't always obvious
To all "amateur handicap parking space police": The next time you think you see somebody abusing a handicap tag hanging in her vehicle, please take a split second to think again. Please remember your manners if you still feel compelled to tell her that she should leave that space for someone with "real disabilities." You know her, right? No, I didn't think so. Otherwise you wouldn't question her right to that "special" parking space.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Local briefs
Knowles named Ramseur chief of staff; Injured girl improving after relapse; Mitkof timber sale to get more review

Holiday sees one drunken-driving arrest
One drunken-driving arrest on New Year's Eve did not mean there were no other drunken drivers to arrest, police said today.

Arguments Thursday on logging injunction
Whether an injunction against logging in the Tongass National Forest is needed and what form it should take will be the subject of a federal court hearing in Anchorage on Thursday morning.

2001 was warmer and wetter than average
Juneau was a little soggier and a little warmer during 2001, according to the National Weather Service.

Southeast students set for JASON journey
At the end of this month, world-renowned scientists will gather on the Kenai Peninsula for a research expedition to be tracked by kids in classrooms around the world. Two Southeast students will have a central role in the action.

Pet Of The Week
Dru is an unusually beautiful petite calico/tiger spayed female whose special features are her "mitten" toes.

Neighbors briefs
Witt named MADD youth coordinator; Hunt graduates from Army basic training

Palmer, Parker engaged
Brian Palmer of Juneau and Lauren Michelle Parker of Tulsa, Okla., are engaged. A summer wedding is being planned.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served this week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Flight review helps keep pilots and travelers safe in the skies
I overheard conversation the other day, regarding a lack of pilot qualifications that troubled me a bit. No, to be truthful, it troubled me a lot. The conversation surrounded the subject of pilot certificates, pilot medicals and Biennial Flight Reviews or rather a lack thereof.

Powers recognized by Glacier Valley Rotary
Timothy P. Powers Jr., a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, was named December Student of the Month by Glacier Valley Rotary.

Photo: Annual Christmas ride
Gov. Tony Knowles stands with firefighters Tim Hulse, and Justin Frodella left. The two men participated in the annual Christmas ride for youth that the Juneau Volunteer Company and Douglas Volunteer Company put together.

Thank You
...for all your efforts; ...for your support; ..for the help

Palmer, Budke engaged
Alan Palmer of Juneau and Tracy Budke of Juneau are engaged. A July 6, 2002, wedding in Juneau is being planned.

Timothy G. White
Former Juneau resident Timothy G. White died Dec. 1, 2001, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., after a long illness.

Lowell (Bert) Goodwin
Longtime Alaska resident Lowell (Bert) Goodwin died Dec. 11, 2001, in Imperial Beach, Calif.

My Turn: State must study Lynn Canal access again
Blessed with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, it is now obvious the decision to remove the Lynn Canal access planning and study from the comprehensive Southeast Transportation Plan was a mistake. The plan for how to deal with access in the Lynn Canal corridor has essentially become orphaned and dormant.

Euro a step toward union
The beginning of the euro is a decisive step in the construction of the European Union. The day scheduled for the circulation of the currency has been called "E Day" as opposed to "D Day" when allied forces disembarked in Normandy.

My Turn: Don't sacrifice liberties to fight terrorists
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, many aspects of our lives changed, including launching of a deleterious civil and legal metamorphosis, which apparently has wide-based public support. In the interest of security, safety and generalized warm cozy feelings, citizens of these United States are willing to abridge the Bill of Rights. Of course this abridgment would only apply to foreigners and perhaps our own homegrown terrorists.

Sports In Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

New Year brings stronger tobacco-sales penalties
On New Year's Day the party ended for Alaska merchants caught selling tobacco to underage smokers.

AK Airlines says holiday season was good
SEATTLE - Though most major airlines continue to struggle after the Sept. 11 attacks, Alaska Airlines is having a successful holiday season and is optimistic enough to gear up to hire more flight attendants.

State Briefs
Christmas still going in N. Pole; Gateway veneer plant closes; School vandalism hits $100K; Woman assaulted by driver

Judge: Redistricting plan improperly splits Eagle River, Chugiak
ANCHORAGE - Republicans scored a victory Monday in one of their challenges to the state's redistricting plan. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Mark Rindner ruled that the Redistricting Board's plan for House District 16 in Chugiak is not "compact." Rindner ruled on the configuration that splits Eagle River and Chugiak in Southcentral Alaska.

Business picks up for seafood plant
ANCHORAGE - Business at the once-floundering Alaska Seafood International is now going swimmingly, according to Russell Schreck, the company's new chief executive officer and board chairman.

It's time to apply for PFD check
Paper permanent fund dividend applications are now available but the state's improved online application system won't be up until Jan. 7.

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