Consider this
Nina Mollett's Dec. 11 piece on the Florida election was read with sad appreciation that at least somebody is getting the word out on the scandal.

Time to move on
I am wondering what, exactly, was the point of Nina Mollett's My Turn, which argues that the legitimacy of President Bush's election remains "on shaky ground" because of the way in which the Florida recount was resolved.

Assembly: Allow gradual growth in flightseeing
The number of helicopters allowed to land on Juneau's icefield would stay the same for the next two years, with increases allowed in 2004, 2005 and 2006, under a proposal favored by the Juneau Assembly.

Local Briefs
Subsistence panel meets Saturday; Bus runs into ditch; Empire photo contest deadline extended; Man dies in Cordova avalanche


Mock crash: Preparing for disaster
Juneau police arrive as an airplane full of mothers, children and neighbors in the wrong place at the wrong time is engulfed in flames. The bloodied and broken huddle together among the other walking wounded as firefighters and medical staff learn how to walk away from the ones they can't save.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported the following incidents. (Details on some citations were not available due to police department computer problems):

Creating a college home
Their schedules aren't written down, but every moment is filled with activity. It could be aiding a homesick resident or a student stressed out by exams, or maybe organizing an intramural basketball game. With 270 residents to look after - each with unique backgrounds and concerns - University of Alaska Southeast housing staffers David Blair and Amy Bridgers face a new set of challenges and rewards every day.

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

'King Island Christmas' play brings joy, carries meaning
It was a great privilege to be in "King Island Christmas" this year. I want to express my deep thanks and appreciation to the directors, the cast, the musicians, those behind the scenes, and to each person who participated in the production as well as to those of you who were able to come and watch. As the words of the first song state it truly was "our Christmas gift to you."

Thank You
Gastineau's Winter Festival was held on Friday, Nov. 30. There was a huge turnout, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. Children had the opportunity to participate in a cake walk, ice fishing pond, throw snowballs at a snowman, ice bowling, decorate sugar cookies, win a turkey in a turkey shoot, make a mitten ornament, a penguin pin and a snowman bookmark.

Volunteers honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters
Someone to hold your hand - figuratively or literally - can be a big boost when you're growing up.

White, Gist to marry
Gina Mae White and Rex Scott Gist, both of Juneau, will be married in Juneau Dec. 15, 2001.

Poem: Charlotte Beatrice Brown
Our niece, She is happy in life She is excited to be noticed She never lets a moment pass her by

Monsen, Green to wed
Tania Mae Monsen and R. Andrew Green, both of Juneau, will be married in a ceremony planned for 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at the Glacier Valley Church of God. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at the Twisted Fish Co.

Becker, Peacock to wed
Tisa Marie Peacock and Robert Becker, both of Juneau, will be married Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at DIPAC. Friends, students, teachers and relatives of the couple are invited to attend both events.

Neighbors Briefs
City Museum hosts holiday caroling; Hospice offers training; Volunteers needed

Janet Ann Jack Graham
Janet Ann Jack Graham died Nov. 18, 2001, at the Alaska Native Medical Hospital in Anchorage.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

The bin Laden tape
In the videotape released Thursday, Osama bin Laden ... allows that he was pleasantly surprised by the (Sept. 11) destruction, for which he seems to take ample credit.

Juneau girls open hoops season with win
Before the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team took the floor for Thursday night's season-opening game against the Nikiski Bulldogs, Juneau assistant coach Leslie Knight debated whether or not to have the Crimson Bears open the game in a half-court or a full-court press on defense.

Eight Bears wrestle into quarterfinals
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team advanced eight wrestlers into the quarterfinals at the fall state wrestling tournament Thursday at Kenai Central High School.

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

2001 Juneau Fast Break/ Rebounders Basketball
Here are the results from the 2001 Juneau Fast BreakRebounders Clubs' Middle School Basketball Tournament, held Dec. 6-8 at Dzantik'i Heeni and Floyd Dryden middle schools.

Hoonah, Gustavus spikers on at state
The Hoonah Braves and Gustavus Foxes are both in Anchorage this weekend at the Class 1A-2A-3A (West Region) state volleyball tournament, held today and Saturday at Dimond High School.

Federal board won't govern SE marine waters
ANCHORAGE - The Federal Subsistence Board has decided it will not govern subsistence fishing in marine waters now controlled by the state.

State Briefs
Alaska troops to spend holidays in Kuwait; Christmas aid deadline today; Lake Creek Trail open to snowmachines; Gas line planned for Kenai Peninsula

Knowles releases '02 budget
In releasing his proposed state budget this morning, Gov. Tony Knowles said he will ask the Legislature to pass a broad-based tax and other revenue-raising measures during the 2002 session.

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