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Monday, December 14, 1998

Inouye’s rug raises
$40,000 for museum

A Navajo rug has hung in U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's office since 1987, but this month he gave it up.

To raise money for the National Museum of the American Indian, Hawaii's senior senator helped out with a fund-raising auction for the museum.

The rug sold for $40,000.

Inouye, for years either chairman or vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian Affairs, donated the rug.

The auction was hosted by newsman Tom Brokaw and raised more than $1 million for the museum, which is due to open in Washington, D.C., in 2002.

LET'S RECYCLE: The Harris administration's proposal to charge $1 for twice-weekly refuse pickup has City Councilwoman Rene Mansho talking trash.

At a Council Budget Committee meeting last week, Mansho told city Managing Director Ben Lee and Budget Director Malcolm Tom that, as an alternative to the $1 refuse fee, Mililani residents might be willing to give up the second trash pickup of the week.

In its place, Mansho proposed that the city offer incentives for recycling, perhaps devoting the second trash pickup for recyclable materials.

"If we're collecting trash on the first day of the week, and you forgo the second day (pickup), could the second day be for a recycling collection?" she asked.

"That question comes up all the time."



By Star-Bulletin staff





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