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.

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

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.

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!

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

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

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

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


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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: 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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