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Planes: Fire & Rescue

Now Playing Synopsis: Adventure flies higher than ever before in this sequel that finds championship air-racer Dusty Crophopper (voice of Dane Cook) beginning an exciting new career fighting forest fires. In the wake of another successful racing season, Dusty returns home to Propwash Junction to resume his training. But a debilitating injury forces Rusty to consider a new career path. Before long Rusty is training with the Aerial Fire Fighters at Piston Peak Air Attack Base. Becoming a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) is no simple task for an injured plane, but with the guidance of seasoned fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris), fearless leader of the Piston Peak Air Attack team, Rusty is soon soaring through the clouds once again. Meanwhile, as Rusty gets up to speed, his presence in the unit catches the attention of Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), a cargo hauler-turned-water scooper capable of skimming lake water to combat raging fires. A major racing fan, Dipper can hardly contain her excitement at the prospect of working alongside Rusty, and meanwhile wise, heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi) has never encountered a fire he couldn't conquer. In no time Rusty has made a whole host of new friends at Piston Peak, including hulking transport plane Cabbie (voice of Dale Dye), the brave grounded firefighters known as the Smokejumpers, the Secretary of the Interior (voice of Fred Willard), and Nick "Loop'n" Lopez (voice of Erik Estrada), a helicopter cop with an illustrious past. And though learning the secrets to dousing forest fires is sure to take time, Rusty is a fast learner, and eager to pitch in. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Alaska to sue for King Cove road

The state of Alaska is taking its fight with the federal government over a 10-mile, "life-saving" road to King Cove to the courts. Gov.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-07/alaska-sue-king-cove-road
State | AK legislature
Katie John ruling wins Native leaders' approval

An Alaska Native group is heralding a U.S. Supreme Court decision to not review a legal case about subsistence fishing and hunting rights. The high court on Monday declined to hear the state's petition in the lawsuit State of Alaska v.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-04-01/katie-john-ruling-wins-native-leaders-a
Local
Report: Safety, justice systems in rural Alaska worst in U.S.

Safety and justice systems in rural Alaska are the worst in the United States, according to a recently released report by the Indian Law and Order Commission.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-11-29/report-safety-justice-systems-rural-ala
State
My Turn: The refuge and the road

Every spring and autumn, the bar-tailed godwit flies more than 7,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and Alaska, making no stops. It doesn't eat or drink. It doesn't complain. It doesn't always survive.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-10-04/refuge-and-road
Opinion
State appeals Interior denial of ANWR plan

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has filed an appeal to the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over that agency's rejection of a state application to do winter seismic exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a state spokeswoman said Aug.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-08-31/state-appeals-interior-denial-anwr-plan
State
Alaska Editorial: Secretary makes wrong call on Izembek road

The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell made a bad decision last week in rejecting a land swap and a one-lane gravel road to connect the people of King Cove to the all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-12-31/alaska-editorial-secretary-makes-wron
Opinion
Bears get free meals from shutdown

FAIRBANKS - Grizzly bears are getting some free meals thanks to the shutdown of the federal government.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-10-10/bears-get-free-meals-shutdown
State
SB 27 is not the will of Alaska's people

...because he knows as others know that such blatant action would likely never pass muster under Obama's new Secretary of the Interior - Ms. Sally Jewell. She has indicated - by personal example - that she truly loves all the outdoors which obviously...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2013-03-19/sb-27-not-will-alaskas-people
Letters
Alaska Editorial: Try, try again

This editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes it difficult to gather scientific information in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-07-31/alaska-editorial-try-try-again
Opinion

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