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NAGANO DECLARES: LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

          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).

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