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Wednesday, December 26, 2001

Spend wisely
A recent paper by the Alaska Travel Industry Association requests that the state spend $12.5 million right now to address the "extraordinary and profound impacts" of Sept. 11 on the travel industry in Alaska. The forecast for 2002 is "bleak," they assert; businesses may close, and an emergency, state-funded marketing campaign is the only way to avert disaster to the travel industry.

Juneau's smoking law goes too far
Smokers, be prepared, you are about to be the target of the smoke police.

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

New nonprofit organization offers physical and spiritual healing
Karl Luttig is using the story of the good Samaritan as an example of how he can be a good neighbor in Juneau. On Saturday, he officially opened a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the needy find their way out of poverty.

Students seek to preserve flume tales
Built to carry water within, and now carrying pedestrians atop, the Gold Creek Flume has been part of the Juneau landscape for more than a century. Now some local students are hoping to carry on stories about the historic structure to future generations.

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

Surprise - December 2001 was snowier than last year
Last year the total snowfall at the Juneau Airport as of Dec. 26 was 2.3 inches. This December, it is 18.5 inches, according to Dan Byrd of the National Weather Service.

Correction
Waste Management Inc.'s free Christmas tree chipping will not take place on Dec. 29, as printed in Around Town on Monday. The chipping is scheduled for Jan. 5.

Family who lost its home in fire thankful for help
Since the fire that destroyed her home at Glacier View Mobile Home Park on Dec. 17, Joanne Felipe has found that Juneau is a generous city.

Arts group helps bring Nightcats, Kubla Khan to Juneau
Two Juneau arts groups have been awarded more than $30,000 to bring music and theater to Alaska.

Floyd Dryden announces honor roll
6th grade All A, 4.0

Photo: Holiday music
Instructor Chris Fredell, left, and students Ryan Wetherell, center, and Steven Paradis play holiday music during Guitar Club, a 21st Century Grant Activity at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Courtesy of Sheila Degener

Pet Of The Week
Mahkah is a 1-year-old medium-hair female torti who is friendly, playful and quiet. She likes to sit on one's lap while being brushed.

Thank You
...for your contribution; ...for the effort; ..for the support; ...for all the help

Students earn awards from Native council
The following students have been selected to receive $200 awards from the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Higher Education Alumni Scholarship Assistance Program.

Shrine to hold world peace event
The Shrine of St. Therese will sponsor a World Peace and Human Unity prayer event at the Lodge beginning at 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve and continuing throughout the evening. Participants are invited to stay the night at the lodge.

McCollum, Zellweger marry
Kent McCollum of Petersburg, Alaska, and Shalene Zellweger of Juneau were married in Maui, Hawaii on Dec. 11.

Recycling, chipping for local relief fund
Waste Management Inc. is offering two ways that local households can recycle and keep the roadsides clean. One benefits the local disaster relief fund of the American Red Cross.

Hamey, Limm to marry
Jer Hamey of Juneau and Cynthia Limm of Sacramento, Calif., will be married in a ceremony at 5 p.m., Dec. 31 at Holy Trinity Church. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Hangar Ballroom.

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Agnes W. Larson
Former Juneau resident Agnes W. Larson died Sept. 20, 2001, at the Mapleleaf Care Center in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

State government must address issue of long-term fiscal planning
In recent weeks, Gov. Tony Knowles has been saying a lot about his proposed fiscal 2003 state budget and the increases that will be part of it. What he hasn't been saying much about is how he proposes paying for them.

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

Juneau boys open season with Classic
There was some pain in the off-season for Juneau-Douglas boys head basketball coach George Houston. More specifically, the pain came from hanging Sitka's 2000-01 Region V title pennant at the end of the line of flags that trails halfway around the JDHS gymnasium.

Column: Prep wrestling season needs to make a change
After another season of significant success, the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team should be thinking of how to improve on its third-place team finish at the fall-season state tournament that featured two individual champions.

Crimson Bear girls look to reclaim tourney title
Fresh off its victory in the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament two weeks ago, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is ready to make it two tournament titles in a row as the Crimson Bears host the Princess-Capital City Classic this weekend.

State Briefs
Ketchikan man murdered; Young accident victim improves; Robbery suspects plead innocent; Fairbanks man killed in avalanche; Violence rattles holiday shoppers; Weather hinders Homer power

Doctors prevent woman from donating liver to grandson
ANCHORAGE - Her neighbors were frantically buying their last Christmas presents, decorating the trees, even baking cookies, but Nancy West had other plans to make.

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