Pray for peace
On Thursday, religious leaders from all the world's religions met at the invitation of John Paul II, in Assisi, Italy, to pray for peace. United with them we, the religious leaders of Alaska, wish to add our voices to the chorus of prayer in the fervent hope that people of faith everywhere, and indeed all people, will be inspired to work, for peace and justice in our world.

Announcements and filings from the district courts.

Taking part in history
"It's really cool!" said Jacob Pernula, 11, as he carried a 5-by-3-foot American flag along Egan Drive and waited for a glimpse of the Olympic torch. Pernula's sentiments summed up the feelings of hundreds of residents and visitors as they lined local thoroughfares Thursday morning.

Touched by the Torch
Marian Koelsch of Juneau has run marathons, but those 26.2-mile races didn't compare with her short 0.2-mile jaunt Thursday. Koelsch was the last of 51 torchbearers to carry the Olympic flame as it made its way through the streets of Juneau. She had the honor of bringing the Olympic torch into Centennial Hall for a citywide celebration of the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay.

Geoduck, littleneck clam farm approved for Bridget Cove
A conditional use permit for a geoduck and littleneck clam farm on state-owned tidelands was approved this week by the Juneau Planning Commission.

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

From his own kidney to long hours, Jackson renders service
An assassination, the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island and his own family are major influences in Richard Jackson's life. "I was in San Francisco the day that Robert Kennedy got shot," Jackson said, referring to the time in 1968 when the former U.S. attorney general was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. "I saw him coming out of a radio station where he had been interviewed earlier that day. There was almost no one around him. I went up and shook his hand."

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Plan calls for tourism partnership
A new partnership to manage tourism may be in Juneau's future, based on a recommendation in a city tourism plan outline floated Thursday.

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

Group celebrates 55th anniversary
The Soroptimist International Club of Juneau celebrated its 55th anniversary this fall.

Graduates: Allison Martin Shane
Allison Martin Shane graduated from South Dakota State University with a BS Degree in nursing on Dec. 14, 2001.

Parks and recreation briefs
North Twin Lakes Gates near its final repairs; Shelter reservations

UAS names top students for fall 2001 semester
The University of Alaska Southeast has announced those who qualified for the Chancellor's List and for the Dean's List for the fall 2001 semester.

Academic Awards
Hilary Turner of Juneau, a freshman at Montana State University - Bozeman, has been named to the President's List for the 2001 fall semester.

Christianity is faith expression in community
In this new millennium, seven in ten Americans say that they can be religious without going to services in a community of faith. What's wrong with that picture? Nowhere in the Bible does it say, "run off by yourself and become a Christian."

Kenneth Lawrence
Juneau resident Kenneth Lawrence, 74, died Jan. 24, 2002, of cancer at his home in Juneau.

Jeanne Anne Willard
Juneau resident Jeanne Anne Willard died Jan. 18, 2002, in Anchorage.

Winter lights burn bright in Juneau
Yesterday was one of those days many in Juneau will remember for the rest of their lives. The Olympic flame coursed its way through Alaska's capital city on a picture-perfect day and lit the flame of unity, hope and joy in all who witnessed this once-in-a-lifetime event. It was only five months ago that the community joined together in a sharing of grief and sorrow.

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

Juneau boys thump Wasilla
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team scored its second big victory in as many nights with a 66-59 win over third-ranked Wasilla in the opening round of the T-Bird Classic Thursday in Anchorage.

Boozer powers Duke to victory
BOSTON -- Carlos Boozer turned a battle of the backcourts into a blowout. The Duke center tied his career-high with 28 points and added seven rebounds on Thursday night as the top-ranked Blue Devils opened a 29-point first-half lead and coasted to an 88-78 victory over Boston College.

Juneau girls hand Colony first loss
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball coach Jim Hamey has been coaching Crimson Bears boys or girls teams for nearly 35 years, but when he looks at other coaches around the state, one coach Hamey holds in high regard is Colony girls coach Don Witzel. On Thursday, though, Hamey's Crimson Bears schooled Witzel's Knights as unranked Juneau claimed a 47-36 victory over No. 3 Colony in the first round of the East Anchorage T-Bird Classic.

Local officials want action on fiscal gap
Mayors and other municipal officials from throughout Alaska are calling on the Legislature to approve new taxes this session as part of a long-range fiscal plan to fix the budget gap.

House plan to set aside $6 million for tourism but none for salmon
A bill to set aside $6 million to help Alaska's tourism industry market the state to vacationers is slated to be introduced in the state House.

State briefs
Sitka chief put on administrative leave amid controversy; Carrs/Safeway plans spruce-up; Small avalanche on Thane; Lobbyist testifies about redistricting plan

Candidate backs away from session relocation
Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin strongly supported an initiative to move the legislative session to her borough four months ago but distanced herself from the measure on Thursday in a speech in Juneau.

Alyeska to cut workers, spending due to flat oil production
ANCHORAGE - The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is laying off workers and cutting spending. Company officials announced Thursday they will lay off an unknown number of Alyeska's 1,025 employees this year as it reorganizes amid flat North Slope oil production.

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