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Events mark beginning of legislative session

Posted: Monday, January 15, 2007

Here's a look at some of the events planned to coincide with the beginning of the 25th Alaska State Legislature:

Sound off on the important issues at

• Tuesday - 22nd Annual Juneau Community Legislative Welcome Reception for the 25th Alaska State Legislature, 5-6:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

• Wednesday - "Native Issues Forum," 11:45 p.m. at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, 320 West Willoughby Ave. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will be the featured speaker. Presented by the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes. Open to the public. Bring a lunch or purchase food at a reasonable cost. Call 463-1705 for more information.

• Thursday - "Forum on Legislative Ethics," a look at the most common ethical problems that legislators face, and how these problems look from the legislator's side and the public's side. The panel includes: Michael Josephson, director of Josephson Institute of Ethics; Dave Donaldson, Alaska Public Radio Network; Jonathan Alderson, UAS School of Public Administration; H. Connor Thomas, chair of the Alaska Select Committee on Legislative Ethics. Presented by Alaska Common Ground, League of Women Voters of Alaska, League of Women Voters of Juneau and League of Women Voters of Anchorage. For more information, contact Cheryl Jebe at 586-2690 or e-mail cheryl_jebe@msn.com.

• Saturday - 2007 Juneau Inaugural Ball, "New Energy for Alaska, a Capital City Celebration," 8 p.m.-midnight at Centennial Hall. The party begins with piano tunes by Tom Locher. Thunder Mountain Big Band will play with Vicki Van Fleet, trombonist Bruce Paulson and trumpeter Jon Papenbrook. Brave Monkey will play the after-party at the Hangar Ballroom, starting at 11:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and no-host bar. $35 admission tickets available at the inaugural sales tables, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, near Udder Culture in the Mendenhall Mall or near the Hangar Ballroom in the Merchants Wharf.



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