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It's not just about the cookies

Most people when hearing the words "Girl Scouts" immediately picture Thin Mints and Tagalongs, but there's much more to group than wearing badged sashes and selling cookies door-to-door.

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2015-01-25/its-not-just-about-cookies
Neighbors
UAS Sound and Motion Series begins

The sixth annual Sound and Motion arts and culture series at the University of Alaska Southeast kicks off this week with a presentation by writer and English faculty member Ernestine Hayes at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Egan Lecture Hall on the UAS Auke Lake campus. In her presentation, "Art of Life, Art of Place," Hayes will discuss the lecture series she developed, Art of Place, featuring Alaska Native artists and culture bearers. The series, now in its fifth year, begins Feb. 6.

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-01-21/uas-sound-and-motion-series-begins
Art
Teacher's method goes beyond the worksheet

At least one teacher at Harborview Elementary is thinking outside the box when it comes to teaching her students.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-21/teachers-method-goes-beyond-worksheet
Local
Bookstore-less, but not hopeless

Classes have begun for the spring semester at the University of Alaska Southeast and some students don't yet have their books.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-15/bookstore-less-not-hopeless
Local
My Turn: How to organize higher education in Alaska

I think any publicly funded university is based on the axiomatic belief that knowledge in itself is good, that we should have an educated citizenry that will be able to develop its abilities to the fullest and that as such, education should be seen as a public good paid out of tax dollars. The rest of this column is premised on the assumption that education is a public good and the financing of higher education should be designed with this in mind.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-19/my-turn-how-organize-higher-education
Opinion
State looks to expand Medicaid in July

Despite a $3.5 billion budget deficit estimated for fiscal year 2016, the state is forging ahead with Medicaid expansion, Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson said Thursday.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-16/state-looks-expand-medicaid-july
State | Local | AK legislature
Photo: Multitasker

Tasha Hansen knits a hat and listens to her homework as Buddy, one of her two service dogs, keeps tabs on her at the University of Alaska Southeast on Tuesday. Hansen, a business major, makes the hats as a fundraiser for her church.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-14/photo-multitasker
Local
Photo: Celebration donation

Maira Uchytil, Executive Director of the Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation, gives Dennis Vermillion, Chairman of the Board for AEL&P and Vice President of Avista Corp.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-01-13/photo-celebration-donation
Local
2015 Fireside lectures begin today

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director John Neary kicks off the 2015 Fireside Lecture season today with a talk on the cross-Admiralty Island canoe route.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-01-09/2015-fireside-lectures-begin-today
Outdoors
Fireside Lectures begin Friday

The US Forest Service's Fireside Lecture Series begins Friday, Jan.

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-01-08/fireside-lectures-begin-friday
Art

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