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A big night in the arts

...of these recipients include spoken word artists Christy NaMee Eriksen and Ziggy Unzicker, Alaska Native storyteller Ishmael Hope, artist MK MacNaughton (with her Giant Puppet Project), the Alaska Youth Choir under the direction of Missouri Smyth, and...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-01-28/big-night-arts
Art
Review: 'The Mountaintop'

...between the two of them. What actually does or doesn't happen comprises the narrative arc of "The Mountaintop." There, I hope I haven't said too much. I can say a certain sexual tension pervades the entire 90 intermission-less minutes - post-twist...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-01-28/review-mountaintop
Art
Electrifying eco-tourism

...background in technology and his love of the place his family has called home for five generations was a perfect fit, and he hopes his electric catamaran is a perfect fit for Southeast Alaska's environment and economy. Related Links:www.kickstarter...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-27/electrifying-eco-tourism
Local
Obama to seek wilderness designation for ANWR

...more example of a restriction that the federal government wants to put on Alaska. He wants to reach out to other governors in hopes of banding together to fight the proposal, Walker said.The federal government is taking Alaska's economy away from it piece...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-26/obama-seek-wilderness-designation-anwr
State | AK legislature
Photos: New library emerges

A construction worker corrects a beam on the roof Friday at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library currently under construction. Project Manager Nathan Coffee said they hope to finish construction in August.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-26/photos-new-library-emerges
Local
Gas line, marijuana things to watch this week in legislature

...TransCanada Corp. and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. remains, in the view of many at the Capitol, as Alaska's best hope for a significant new revenue stream. While there is no pending legislation dealing with the project so far this session, lawmakers...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-26/gas-line-marijuana-things-watch-week-le
State | AK legislature
Lawmakers want bill to decriminalize marijuana fast tracked

JUNEAU- Alaska lawmakers hope to fast track a bill that would decriminalize marijuana, but legalization advocates disagree with the way legislators propose...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-25/lawmakers-want-bill-decriminalize-marij
State | AK legislature
Kenai assembly approves oil and gas specialists

...salary of $98,171, including benefits and travel expenses, and is expected to cost $161,800. Mayor Mike Navarre said he hopes to fill the position by the start of February.Navarre said the jobholder's primary responsibilities will be to evaluate...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-25/kenai-assembly-approves-oil-and-gas-spe
State | AK legislature
Shocked: VPSO accused of using Taser on 11-year-old

...its police department closed in 2009.Ward said she has never had a problem with a VPSO in Kake before this incident, and hopes the matter is addressed by the authorities properly."He's not the adult; he didn't know better, which the law enforcement...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-25/shocked-vpso-accused-using-taser-11-yea
Local
Satisfying his 'Jones' for swimming

...having fun with a couple other guys just out of high school," Jones said. "It is just a kick in the pants for us."Jones hopes to get another age group state record in the 100 backstroke, a swim technique he did not start until after high school...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2015-01-25/satisfying-his-jones-swimming
Sports

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