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With the Olympics one month away, there have been concerns over the lack of snow in Nagano. KYODO NEWS reports today that the ski resort village of Hakuba, site of many of the Alpine and Nordic skiing events, recorded over 15 inches of snow yesterday, and that Mt. Higashidate, the site for the Alpine giant slalom, recorded over 23 inches since Tuesday. Artificial snow-making machines "were put into full operation" on the Happo-one slopes, site of the Alpine downhill and super G events (KYODO NEWS, 1/7). DREAMING OF A WHITE...: In DC, Mary Jordan reports that the "first significant snow in weeks" in Nagano covered "muddy Olympic ski slopes." With no snow, "the downhill and other key events may have to be canceled. And Japan, which has spent billions of dollars and most of this decade preparing for next month's Winter Games, could find its dream of a winter wonderland praised around the globe washed away by unseasonably warm rain" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/7). TICKETS, GET YOUR TICKETS: Don Williams, VP/CA-based Cartan Tours, said that tickets still are available to most Nagano events "except figure skating." Cartan is the Games' official ticket agent in the U.S. (USA TODAY, 1/7).