BARROW (AP) -- Barrow residents were saying goodbye to the sun Monday, which won't make another appearance until Jan. 23,2003.
Sunrise was at 12:37 p.m. and sunset was at 1:46 p.m.
Ipalook Elementary School second grade teacher Jill Exe said students were marking the occasion.
''They will be making posters and they always like to have a 'goodbye to the sun' party the day it goes down for the year,'' Exe said.
Local banker John Gleason said he has been in Barrow for two and a half years now, and is used to the sun's departure.
''It's just the start of winter,'' Gleason said. ''I hardly pay attention to it.''
Gleason said his 18 years in Alaska have made it clear that the sun is a rare commodity in winter.
But 16-year Barrow resident Teri Andreasen said she hates to see the sun go down. ''Fortunately it is not down too long.''
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