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Sunday, December 30, 2001

Earth not as solid as it seems
Readers who want to know when and where "the big one" might hit should read "Agents of Chaos," an excellent new book subtitled "Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Other Natural Disasters."

In the Stacks
Start the new year with a new understanding of the current world situation. This list is based on one put together by the Englewood Library in New Jersey, with the addition of titles its library doesn't own. Its list, which includes relevant Web sites, can be found at www.englewoodlibrary.org.

What a year
Devastating physical injuries, moving one's home from one part of the world to another, and witnessing tragedy can all shape the future of a life. Four Juneau residents talked about how their lives have been touched in a major way in the last year.

Have sober drivers
The Juneau Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving urges all of us to make a resolution to be safe this New Year's Eve and take every precaution to prevent drunk driving.

Payouts are shocking
I'd like to comment on the article dealing with monetary awards to the families of victims of Sept. 11, which appeared in the Dec. 21 edition of the Empire. I was shocked at the amounts and absolutely livid upon reading that some of the families considered the awards to be too small.

Natives need subsistence herring
Regarding subsistence use on harvesting herring roe on kelp and hemlock branches in the spring in the Sitka area. Local knowledge is very effective. As a result, the Natives should continue to have a reasonable opportunity to manage and harvest roe on kelp and hemlock branches for subsistence for themselves.

City postpones Web polls scheduled for January
The city has postponed two Web polls about tourism in Juneau that were slated to start in January.

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

Robber of Juneau bank gets 46-month sentence plus payment of restitution
A Juneau man who robbed the downtown branch of Alaska Pacific Bank last April was sentenced to nearly four years in prison last week.

'01 in the city included fires, rescues, deaths
A sampling of other local nongovernmental news events of 2001.

The year of mourning and giving: Juneau, 2001
When terrorist-hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in western Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, the lives of Juneau residents were changed forever.

Around Town
A listing of local non-profit events.

Emma Charlene Ross
Former Juneau resident Emma Charlene Ross died Dec. 26, 2001, at the Round Rock Medical Center in Round Rock, Texas. She was 59.

Marjory Huizer
Longtime Juneau resident Marjory Huizer died Dec. 14, 2001, in Friday Harbor, Wash. She was 80. She is survived by her husband Ed. A full obituary will follow.

Indian trusts need intervention
Two years ago, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth gave the government one last chance to begin setting straight the long-abused system under which money is held in trust accounts for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans.

The garage sale of my dreams passes the house unanimously
Like everyone else, I'm starting to put the Christmas things away. As always, the wrapping paper and decorations fluffed up with use and need more space than they just vacated in the hall closet. But that's not the problem.

Toe cartoon

My Turn: Visit Alaska
Have the vacation of a lifetime by discovering Alaska as a destination, any month of the year!

Local Basketball Scores
Crimson Bears 69, Vikings 39

Kroon leads Warriors over Bears
Sometime within the next couple of years Brittney Kroon will need to have a liver transplant. Still, Wasilla's 6-foot-4 senior center is a major force Alaska's girls high school basketball teams will have to contend with when they play the Warriors.

Juneau boys go undefeated to win their tourney
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team won its ninth straight Princess Capital City Classic by defeating California's Mills High School Vikings 54-51 at the JDHS main gymnasium Saturday night. On Friday, the Bears crushed California's San Pedro High School, 69-39.

No. 1 Duke rusty in win over Aztecs
DURHAM, N.C. -- Mike Krzyzewski knows No. 1 Duke doesn't always live up to expectations. That was the case Saturday. The Blue Devils looked rusty after an 11-day layoff but got a career-high 25 points from Mike Dunleavy and 21 from Jason Williams in a 92-79 victory over San Diego State.

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

Alaska's Kemppel becomes first four-time Olympian for U.S. in cross-country skiing
MIDWAY, Utah -- Nina Kemppel of Anchorage won the Nordic Gold Cup on Saturday, becoming the first women's cross-country skier to qualify for four U.S. Olympic teams.

Juneau sports highlights 2001
It was a year of victory for some Juneau teams and athletes, while others suffered unexpected and unwanted losses.

Bomb threat at Petersburg High
Attendance at Petersburg High School was optional Dec. 18 after a bomb threat was found written on a boys' bathroom wall.

Anchorage wary of Stevens' phys-ed grants
ANCHORAGE - The federal education bill passed last week includes a $50 million grant program to support daily physical education classes in public schools. The measure was included at the request of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Alaska bars gear up for post-attack New Year's galas
ANCHORAGE - American flags. Fried chicken and apple pie. A rock version of the national anthem. Nearly four months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some Alaska bars will hail 2002 with patriotic touches in their New Year's Eve celebrations. Some will feature Outside acts and the traditional champagne and party hats.

Business advocacy group forms
A group of Haines business people unhappy with the Haines Chamber of Commerce are forming a new business advocacy group.

Appeals court says police must limit hand searches
ANCHORAGE - Police can't order a suspect to open his hand during an investigative stop unless officers fear the hand might hold something dangerous to them, the Alaska Court of Appeals says.

Ketchikan residents are fans of Grumman Goose
Due to the activities of three men, Ketchikan is a hotbed of Grumman Goose history and preservation. One of them is writer Derek Linder. He's such a big fan, in fact, that he and his friend Chris John are writing a book about the Goose and its role in Alaska aviation.

State Briefs
Businesswoman dies in Mexico; Suspect in fatal crash surrenders; Homer firm gets visitor center contract; Utility wants cost of additive added to bills

Fairbanks seeks funds to entice Germans
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks International Airport officials are asking the Fairbanks North Star Borough to pledge $50,000 to $250,000 to help lure Condor German Airlines back to Fairbanks.

Troopers aim to raise child-safety awareness
After a sample of Ketchikan car seats showed none were properly installed, the local Alaska State Troopers are struggling to raise awareness of the importance of child-safety seats.

Flu hits Haines
Two cases of influenza A have been confirmed in Haines by doctor Len Feldman. The cases are the first in three years, and have led state and local medical officials to urge residents to get flu shots.

Location set for new Ketchikan school
A new Ketchikan elementary school will be built off the South Tongass Highway.

Skagway kids' money goes to Kabul orphans
By raffling a quilt and emptying their pockets, the fourth and fifth graders at Skagway School are doing their part to aid children at an Afghani orphanage.

Pharmacist sought
Since September, a search has been on for a pharmacist for Wrangell.

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