Fear of flying
Would anyone out there get on an airplane with a Muslim that refused to remove their "head dress" when asked by security to do so? We sure wouldn't!

Not a possibility
There were few surprises in the Governor's State of the State speech on Wednesday. However, I continue to be amazed at his nerve and his apparent disregard for the intelligence of Alaska's citizens.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Eaglecrest begins night skiing
More snow fell this week at Juneau's Eaglecrest Ski Area, allowing night skiing to begin.

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Biths, marriage licenses, business licences, divorces and judgements.

Juneau Color: Keeping Juneau's stories alive
When Juneau residents have a question about local history, they often turn to Marie Darlin.

Heliports face more scrutiny
Whether alternate heliports will reduce flightseeing noise or add to neighborhood conflict in Juneau were among the issues debated during a two-hour hearing Thursday.

Local residents remember downed pilot
Pilot Joel Mathis died as he loved to live. Mathis, 39, died in a plane crash Tuesday morning. He was flying from Skagway to Haines for Skagway Air Service to pick up passengers to Juneau when his plane hit a craggy mountainside, just two miles shy of his destination.

Sealaska finds new plastics partner
Sealaska Corp. and Nypro announced Thursday a joint venture for a plastics injection molding operation in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Pro-Choice Coalition sponsors celebration
The Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition will celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the historic Roe vs. Wade decision with a candlelight gathering and rally on the Capitol steps on January 22 at 5 p.m.

Snowshoe shufflers set to perform at Nugget Mall
The Juneau/Whitehorse Sister City Committee is again hosting a group from the Whitehorse Sourdough Rendezvous festival.

Center for Blind revises name
The Alaska Center for the Blind has changed its name to the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This new name more accurately reflects the Center's mission and ongoing service delivery, said development director Susan Haggart.

Kitka wins leadership award
Joyce Kitka, Community Education Supervisor in Juneau, has been awarded the National Community Education Association (NCEA) State Association Leadership Award for 2001.

Engineers' Local schedules membership meeting
The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 302, will hold its monthly membership meeting on Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Operating Engineers Meeting Hall, at 214 North Franklin Street.

Photo: Student tour
Teacher Kathy Opersinner and her second and third grade students at Harborview School thank Officer Paul Comolli from the

Church council to hold ecumenical prayer
On Saturday, Jan. 19 the Juneau Cooperative Church Council is sponsoring an ecumenical prayer service to celebrate the Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25), at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

Juneau's mystery hot spot
Floyd Dryden Middle School recently as a group of seventh-graders recently completed writing and filming their own mystery movies.

January named 'Mentoring Works Month' by mayor
On Monday, Jan. 7, Juneau Mayor Sally Smith proclaimed January "Mentoring Works! Month." This proclamation follows a national effort to bring awareness to mentoring opportunities during National Mentoring Month.

Thank you Letters
Letters, thank you notes and briefs from readers.

A. N. 'Gil' Eide
Former Juneau educator A. N. "Gil" Eide died Jan. 7, 2002, in Federal Way, Wash.

Word of Mouth
A forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

Take a look at the empty eyes
Why my child? Is it my fault? These are some of the questions asked by over 1 million mothers when their eyes are suddenly opened to their daughter's struggle with an eating disorder. "Did I do something to cause it?" No, no dear mother. The question you should be asking is, "What could I have done to prevent this?" It's no wonder these days why so many girls struggle with their self-esteem and body image. But it is a wonder how men and women as parents don't foresee some of the causes. Let's take a look at one possibility.

City holds all the cards but still folds its hand
Walk into a bank, slip the teller a note demanding cash, walk out the door with $1 million in a grocery bag and consider the consequences when the police arrest you halfway down the block.

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

Juneau Jumpers to Compete in California
Five female members of the Juneau Jumpers will head to Santa Clara, Calif., today to compete in the U.S. World Team Qualifying Tournament this weekend.

Juneau boys host Ketchikan for two
After a three-week layoff, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team will get back into action with back-to-back games against Southeast rival Ketchikan tonight and Saturday.

No. 1 Duke knocks off No. 3 Maryland
After another of his customary one-man flurries, Duke's Mike Dunleavy backpedaled to the defensive end and let loose with an uncustomary burst of bombast. He swiveled his head, not feeling the four fresh stitches in his scalp, and barked out, "Let's go, baby!"

New security law kicks in
Alaska Airlines to use dogs, wands, manual searches at most terminals

Is this last chance for fiscal repairs?
The co-chairpersons of the Legislature's Fiscal Policy Caucus said Thursday evening that this year is the last chance for "a soft landing" in fixing the state budget gap.

Advocates for disabled aim to protect Medicaid funding
Maintaining state funding for Medicaid and testing all infants for hearing loss are the priorities this legislative session for the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education.

Panel OKs change in state song
A House committee Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would add a verse honoring Alaska Natives to the state song, "Alaska's Flag."

ANWR drilling won't harm bears
Interior Secretary Gale Norton has ruled that America's treaty obligations to protect the world's largest land predators would not be violated by oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, officials said Thursday.

Shelter plans up in smoke
The state health department has killed a proposal to build a shelter near the Alaska Office Building for its employees who smoke.

Tununak student charged after threats
A 15-year-old Tununak boy was arrested Jan. 11 after he threatened to shoot teachers and fellow students at Tununak High School.

Agency seeks funds to cover increased oilfield activity
Mark Myers, director of the Division of Oil and Gas, told a legislative committee Thursday he needs $500,000 more next year, partly to hire staff to handle an increased workload.

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