What if it happened here in Juneau?
Imagine someone going into a Valley pizza party on a busy Friday night and blowing himself or herself up, killing two dozen children, young people, and adults and maiming two dozen others. Then, imagine that someone else two weeks later walks into a downtown business and blows up himself and a dozen more people, wounding and maiming a dozen more people, mostly young adults, and destroying the business.

Happy with Postal Service
We'd like to recognize the excellent service of the United States Postal Service.

Not over it
Like several other writers, I am unwilling to "get over" the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bush vs. Gore.

No smoke exemptions
The Juneau Tobacco Prevention Network would like to thank all of the citizens who have supported and made possible the adoption of the Juneau smoke-free indoor air ordinance that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2002. This is a positive step toward making Juneau a better place to live and a more attractive place to visit.

Affordable living? Better fix that!
Once again the city of Juneau is cracking down on those social delinquents trying to avoid being assimilated into "The Real World." Yes, it is time to raise fees of those who live aboard their palatial, floating estates in the harbors of Juneau and Douglas!


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

Southeast food bank receives gift of space
The Southeast Alaska Food Bank should be up and running at full strength following the New Year's holiday after a local developer donated warehouse space to the charity through April 1.

Local Briefs
More snow at ski area; Native literary awards seek nominees

Local Briefs
Toy drive deadline extended; Alaskan to carry Olympic torch in D.C

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

Photo: Snowy task
Lisa Miles shovels snow along her 12th Street sidewalk Thursday afternoon so music students could walk safely to her home for violin lessons. A little more than 6 inches of snow fell Thursday on many parts of Juneau. More snow is likely for tonight and Saturday.

Photo: Waiting for 'Rings'
Tony Tengs, left, watches Jana MacInnis, center, and Misty Smith look through a 'Lord of the Rings' fan magazine while waiting in lines for the first showing of the film Wednesday at the 20th Century Twin theater downtown. The movie is the first of three in a long-awaited series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novels.

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

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

Juneau to land more timber receipt funds
Breaking a tie to declining timber harvests, checks containing a boost in federal funding for schools, roads and other projects were in the mail to many Alaska communities today.

A jeweler, a gypsy and a Dasch of spirit
By her own account, Gail Dasch is a bit of a gypsy. She's slept under the stars in nearly 50 states. She can sling a beer, drive a taxi and charm snake bones into jewelry.

Juneau, Douglas churches celebrate Christmas
Christmas and related services scheduled for local churches.

Fire survivors hope for help
Monday started like any other morning for Joanne Felipe. Getting up, eating breakfast, saying goodbye to husband Knute Sr. as he left their Glacier View Mobile Home Park home on an errand, taking calls from her children, starting to listen to "Problem Corner" on the radio. The only thing out of the ordinary was the behavior of Buddy, the Felipes' grandson's dog.

Honors and Awards
Murphy, Ward earn black belts; O'Shea wins scholarship; Educator has excerpt published; Garcia honored at conference; Smiley wins scholarships; Trick accepted at Washington State University Honors College

Church takes stance on subsistence
Politicians, lawyers and interest groups of every stripe have been in the trenches of Alaska's subsistence debate for more than two decades. On Dec. 10 the Catholic church took a first cautious step into the fray over who should get first crack at fish and game resources in times of shortage.

Thank You
...for all your help

JDHS students earn awards
Six Juneau-Douglas High School students were given Student Recognition awards for the month of December at a ceremony Wednesday at the school library.

Neighbors Briefs
Youth court offers training in January; Personal mining stories wanted; Class seeks buttons, information on area; Fire district to hold annual open house; Care Net office to be closed during holidays; Office provides help for Alaska seniors

Melvin L. Flood
Former Juneau resident Melvin L. Flood died Dec. 17, 2001, at his residence in Lakeside, Ohio.

My Turn: Snow-free walkways necessary to enjoy Juneau
Today, Dec. 19, I journeyed from downtown Juneau to the Mendenhall Valley on foot. It was excellent! The sun was gorgeous, and the mountains looked like black bears rustling through the forest after trees had sprinkled snow on their humps. It was a euphoric Alaska trek, and I with a full imagination and vigorous body.

Argentina's democracy in peril
The political crisis that has engulfed Argentina - with riots leading to the resignation of the economy minister and then, Thursday, of the president - puts in jeopardy everything the country has accomplished since the end of military rule in 1983.

My Turn: Assembly bypasses public flightseeing noise issue
The Juneau Assembly sitting as the committee of the whole (COW), adopted a letter last week asking the U.S. Forest Service to allow over 19,000 helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield during the next two years. In years 2004-06, the letter asks that landings be allowed to increase by 5 percent a year.

U.S. needs smarter driver's licenses
From the day that three hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, many security experts and members of Congress have urged that the United States develop a national identification system.

My Turn: Knowledge of Middle East helps combat prejudice
Out of the twin My Turn articles by Mr. Lisle Herbert and Mr. Rob Miller (Dec. 16), I did find one helpful thought: people should read their history. That inspired me to look into the history of the Mideast conflict, which I found very enlightening.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

Snow Report
The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas.

Several avalanche workshops planned by Avalanche Center
The Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center plans several workshops in the coming months.

Project FeederWatch helps track wild birds
Like many holiday visitors, winter birds are also seeking a free meal. Bird feeders provide food for wintering birds when berries, seeds and insects are less available. As a result, people with active bird feeders can collect valuable information on winter bird distribution and abundance, allowing biologists to track large-scale movements and monitor long-term trends.

Eaglecrest to begin Snowflake Festival
Eaglecrest's annual Snowflake Festival gets underway Saturday and runs through Jan. 6, featuring several activities and contests, including a Christmas Eve celebration, aimed at all age groups.

Out and About
In season: Deer (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), mountain goat (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), ducks, geese, brants, swans, snipe, crane (Sept.-Dec.), coyote (Sept.-April), hare (Sept.-April) and brown bear (Sept.-Dec.)

The route to Eaglecrest
You would never guess by looking at it, but a muskeg- and tree-covered, windswept hill just above the junction of the Perseverance and Granite Creek trails is the birthplace of Eaglecrest, Juneau's recreational ski area. This hill was the site of Juneau's first mechanical ski operation in the early 1930s.

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

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

Victory sends Alborn to Olympics
Alan Alborn, an Anchorage man who loves to fly whether in a plane or on skis, filed his flight plan Wednesday.

Net shutdown halts Native payments
The U.S. Interior Department has reverted to old-fashioned ways of communicating after a federal judge earlier this month shut down the agency's links to the Internet, including e-mail.

State Briefs
JDHS students cook for a crowd; Three UAF students charged with dormitory burglaries; Recall effort in Mat-Su falls short; Oil companies donate to the University of Alaska Foundation; Ruptured sprinkler line closes boarding school three days early

Regulators pulled off oil spill oversight
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has stripped authority from two regulators overseeing North Slope oil spill cleanup, in part because they allegedly nitpicked in their industry reviews, the agency's commissioner said.

Judge winnows districting claims
ANCHORAGE - A claim that the military in Anchorage has been illegally deprived of political clout by the state's new redistricting plan was dismissed Thursday.

Businessman may have damaged own shop
ANCHORAGE - Nezar "Mike" Maad and his wife are principal suspects in the damaging of their own print shop for insurance money, a federal prosecutor said.

Big game guide, three others charged with hunting crimes
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska big game guide and his son face federal charges alleging they planted poison in moose carcasses to kill wolves.

Panel calls for cash to spur tours
A state task force has recommended that the Legislature spend $12.5 million to help the tourism industry rebound from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

N.Y. shipyard front-runner to build state's fast ferries
Derecktor Shipyards of New York is the apparent low bidder for a state contract to build two fast ferries, including one slated to run between Juneau and Sitka.

State Briefs
Alaska volcanologist wins international award; Gov. Knowles names new habitat director for state; Fisheries council director resigns; Alaska may already meet new federal student testing requisites; Suspect in critical care after shooting

Alaska's enormous brown bear continues to grow on the Internet
ANCHORAGE - It was a big bear, its front legs spanning 11 feet from claw tip to claw tip, its skull the size of a beer keg, its paws as big as a man's chest. An Eielson Air Force Base airman shot the record-book grizzly during an October deer hunt in Prince William Sound.

AK poor grow by 15 percent
Nearly 15 percent more Alaskans were living in poverty in the late 1990s than in the previous decade, according to Census Bureau estimates released this week.

What's happening

Museum holds caroling party
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is hosting a caroling party Saturday afternoon. All interested singers should show up promptly at 4 p.m. at the city museum. Museum staff will provide copies of easy-to-sing songs. Staffers advise singers to dress warmly and bring a flashlight or a glow stick. The plan is to visit downtown neighborhoods.

Guest dancer teaches hip hop, jazz workshops
Anthony Manuel, founder of the Seattle-based Fusion Dance Company and a dancer, teacher and choreographer, returns to Juneau to teach capoeira, hip hop jazz and Haitian jazz dance.

Old friends, new music come together for 'Tropicante'
J uneau guitarist Curt Terrall has brought a bit of South America to Alaska this winter. Terrall shares his passion for Latin music on "Tropicante," a new CD of original music he produced and recorded with Mark Jeleniewski. Jeleniewski, a pianist in Portland, Ore., and Terrall have been friends since the early 1970s when the two were bandmates in Harmony Road, a Portland rock group.

Movies Where & When
"Lord of the Rings," (PG13) started Wednesday and shows nightly at 7:10 at the 20th Century Twin, with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Merry TubaChristmas in Juneau
In 1974 musician Harvey Phillips organized an unusual Christmas concert at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. He commissioned composer Alec Wilder to arrange Christmas songs for a tuba and euphonium choir.

Portland rockers return to their Juneau roots
With two members, Gravity and Henry is probably the world's smallest five-piece rock band. Gravity and Henry is guitarist and singer Matt Sheehy and drummer Jarhid Brown. Based in Portland, Ore., the band has played the Pacific Northwest area for the past year and a half. Sheehy and Brown grew up in Juneau and return to play a hometown concert Friday night at the ANB Hall. The all-ages show starts about 8:30 p.m. with an opening set by the Juneau band Motivational Review.

On a mission to save Christmas
T he CIA has teamed up with Santa this year to save the world from the Grumpsicle. The CIA - Christmas Intelligence Agency - is part of this year's production of "The Grumpsicle," the annual holiday dance pageant put on by the Janice D. Holst School of Dance. The production will be staged twice this weekend, at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

Solstice weekend brings rock duo, dance class
This weekend is a big turning point for Juneau. The winter solstice is upon us, marking the shortest days and longest nights of the year. Night is almost 18 hours long; today the sun came up about 8:40 and set at 3:10. But from here on out the days get longer and longer.

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