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Sunday, December 23, 2001

New reference book catalogs Native history
"A Reference in Time" is a major step forward from minor projects such as calendars of Alaska Native history produced in the past. It supplies at least one event for every day of the year, demonstrating that there is, indeed, a rich non-White history in the state.

Holiday Moments
The Juneau Empire offers these holiday memories captured on film by our readers as the conclusion to our Holiday Photo Contest. Thank you to all who entered, congratulations to all who won, and, on behalf of the Empire staff, the best of the season to all our readers.

Snow is plowed well
I just wanted to make a comment about the city snow plowing this year on Behrends Avenue. I have lived on Behrends for 15 years and this is the best job I have ever seen them do.

Proposed UAS pavillion gets $150,000 grant
A plan to build an outdoor pavilion on the University of Alaska Southeast campus received a major boost last week when it received $150,000 in grants from the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events

National Park Service schedules compensation workshops
Congress closed part of Glacier Bay to commercial fishing in 2000 and is phasing out fishing in the rest of the bay as qualified fishermen retire.

Holiday closures
The following is a list of institutions and businesses that are closed or have shortened hours Monday and Tuesday.

USFS workers donate food, gifts to Juneau families
Three Juneau-area families will have Christmas dinner and gifts for everyone in the family, thanks to the employees of the Forest Service regional office.

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Accident victim out of intensive care
Charlotte Brown, the 7-year-old Juneau girl injured in an Egan Drive accident Dec. 8, is now out of intensive care at a Seattle hospital and is nearing the start of rehabilitation, her family reported late last week.

Harry Potter, harps, robots and Barbie are hot
Dolls and hammers have been popular with kids since the days of ancient Egypt, but electronic toys are at the top of many gift wish lists for 2001.

City begins countdown to smoking ban
The signs already are up at some Juneau businesses. An ad campaign is under way. And training for Juneau's police officers is scheduled next week.

Avis Janice Aamot
Longtime Juneau resident and educator, Avis Janice Aamot, died Dec. 20, 2001, at Shattuck Manor.

Juneau, city of hope
This is the season for celebration and giving thanks for the blessings God has bestowed upon us. Christmas is also a time of hope. In our private lives we share this common desire for fulfillment of our goals and ambitions with our families, and in our churches and schools and with humanity in general.

Cartoon by TOE

State should consider owning gas pipeline
The value of natural gas as a resource commodity must not be underestimated. The direct economic benefit of natural gas will be equivalent to oil. The added benefits: more reasonably priced energy throughout much of the state, substantial economic growth, diversity and opportunity will add significantly to the real value of natural gas.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

The perfect Christmas tree exists, and can be a fun challenge to buy
I ran into a friend last week who asked why I hadn't written about buying Christmas trees. She was shocked to learn I didn't know a darned thing about it, gave me a few sobering facts to get me started and sent me off to find out more. It is a retail market filled with a giddy range of selection and it all happens very quickly. The purchase tests marriages, budgets and core values. It's a holiday tradition.

Duke: The Yankees of college basketball
If only this were March and it was not December. I'm not a Grinch, mind you. In fact, I love the holiday season. But anyone who watched Tuesday's Duke-Kentucky game had to be thinking that this game would've been perfect if it came deep in the NCAA Tournament and not a few days before Christmas. I can't remember a better played, more intense, more exciting regular season game.

Alaska runner leads Griz to Division I-AA crown
Montana's Yohance Humphery, a former Chugiak High School player, kept looking at his commemorative NCAA Division I-AA national championship cap.

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

Endicott leads five Southeast athletes at UAF
Making the jump from high school sports to college can be a daunting task for many young athletes. Making the jump from one of Alaska's smaller schools can be even harder, as the gap might seem like a never-ending chasm for athletes from schools where it may take the entire student body to fill out a roster.

State prisons seek additional guards
Wanted: Men and women willing to work with criminals. No experience needed. Must be at least 21 years old. Background check required. Starting pay: $33,300 a year.

Nine years for Leprechaun gun burglary
A Nenana burglary that yielded two pistols has led to a federal prison sentence of more than nine years for a man nicknamed "The Leprechaun."

Haines markets to Juneauites
The city of Haines will try to lure Juneau residents to the Chilkat Valley this winter.

Photo: Cool vantage point
Christopher Lerma enjoys the pilot's vantage point in a Blackhawk Helicopter delivering Great Alaskan Toy Drive gifts on a recent trip to Kake.

Fashion without Borders visits Sitka
Two Frenchwomen want to use fashion to change the world. Karen Alletru and Helene Leroyer, both 23, visited Sitka this week to check out the fashions of Alaska for their worldwide charity project "Mode sans Frontieres," or "Fashion without Borders."

Septic Service to close in Ketchikan
Marshall Nelson plans to close his Land and Sea Septic Service at the end of December. He has operated the business since 1993, but said that he has become "unhappy with what the future holds for septage disposal in Ketchikan, and I don't like the political climate here for small businesses."

Haines Assisted living building donated
A gift of property to a regional health care organization could provide an assisted-living center for elderly Haines residents.

Nenana school head put on leave
The City of Nenana School District has removed its superintendent.

Glennallen man cited for harassing anglers
A Glennallen man has been charged with harassing fishermen during the summer.

Crash review yields no clues
An investigation update from the National Transportation Safety Board into an Oct. 10 crash near Dillingham has not revealed a cause.

Wrangell Narrows dredging continues
Rock-n-Road Construction has finished lining the dike that will hold contaminated dredge material from the bottom of Wrangell Narrows tidelands.

Mount Edgecumbe Hospital scores high on accreditation list
SEARHC's Mount Edgecumbe Hospital earned a score of 91 out of a possible 100 from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Ketchikan music store closes
After more than a decade in business, the doors to Physical Graffiti , a downtown Ketchikan store, closed quietly but firmly last week.

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