Local Briefs

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2001

More snow at ski area

JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area received 18 inches of new snow at the top of the Ptarmigan chair lift and 11 inches at the base area since Thursday morning, breaking the 100-inch snow depth plateau for the first time this year.

As of this morning, Eaglecrest was reporting a 102-inch base at the top and 26 inches at the base area. Drifted powder and powder conditions are reported throughout the ski area.

A light mist was reported at the base area with snow falling at the top with gusty winds from the east-southeast but considerably less wind at the base area. According to the National Weather Service, winds are expected to diminish later this afternoon.

Several runs were groomed overnight. On the east side, Williwaw, Mother Lode and Sluice Box and on the west side, Log Jam were groomed. All of the lower Hooter runs except Ego also were groomed.

The tubing hill is expected to open this weekend as Eaglecrest gets under way with its annual Snowflake Festival, which runs through Jan 6. For Nordic skiers, the Upper and Lower Loops were track-set overnight. Eaglecrest will be open daily through Jan. 7.

Native literary awards seek nominees

JUNEAU The 2002 Alaska Native Literature Awards is accepting nominations through Jan. 11.

First presented in 2001, the awards recognize elders, authors, illustrators and others who make significant contributions to the documentation and presentation of Native cultural knowledge and traditions. Categories include books and oral storytellers.

Winners in 2001 included Nora Marks Dauenhauer of Juneau for "For Life Woven with Song," published by the University of Arizona Press.

The awards are sponsored by the Alaska Native Knowledge Network and other organizations.

Nominations should be submitted to Andy Hope, 8128 Pinewood Drive, Juneau, Alaska, 99801. For information, call 790-4406 or e-mail fnah@uaf.edu.

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