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A bear leaps gracefully off a downtown fence; a child jumps for joy during a Juneau Jazz & Classics concert; an intent election official scrutinizes a questioned ballot during the statewide hand count in 2010 - these are among the iconic Alaskan images Juneau Empire photographer Michael Penn will be showcasing during this week's Gallery Walk at the Capital City Weekly.
Rustan Burton and Kristin Bartlett to lead United Way 2014 Annual Giving Campaign

United Way of Southeast Alaska is proud to announce that a dynamic duo will be leading United Way of Southeast Alaska's annual giving campaign.
Death on the Hill

On the First Friday in October, walking through downtown Juneau where Calhoun Avenue meets West 4th Street, a friend tells me again of a rumor I've heard many times before. "You know they used to hang people from a tree around here," he said.
Emails shed little light on National Guard case

ANCHORAGE - Emails released by the state of Alaska on Friday shed little new light into how allegations of sexual assault and misconduct in the Alaska National Guard were handled by state or guard officials.
Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies in prison at 75

ANCHORAGE - Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who abducted women and hunted them down in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75.
Arbitrator: Guard should not have been fired

ANCHORAGE - A guard on duty the night a serial killing suspect committed suicide in an Alaska prison should not have been fired, an arbitrator found. Loren Jacobsen was fired weeks after Israel Keyes was found dead in his cell on Dec.
JSD, new superintendent seal the deal

Mark Miller, the most recent leader selected to head up Juneau's schools, will earn $7,000 more than his predecessor, Glenn Gelbrich, bringing in a yearly salary of $162,000.
Alaska faces fine over undeclared bullets, lighter

ANCHORAGE - The state faces a fine of at least $7,000 after a lawmaker attempted to ship bullets, a cigarette lighter and an aerosol can by air to Juneau without declaring them. The lawmaker, Rep.
Lawmakers approve $500K furniture budget

...Council is for new furnishings in public spaces, hearing rooms and staff offices at the leased downtown building, the Anchorage Daily News reported.The council also decided Monday to take the high bid to purchase and install visual and audio systems...
Alaska official testifies in voting rights trial

ANCHORAGE - A top Alaska elections official testifying in a federal Native voting rights trial disputed claims that villages with sizable populations of limited English speakers vote in lower proportions than elsewhere in the state.


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