Obama rouses flag-waving Juneau crowd
Packed into a Centennial Hall ballroom, a Juneau crowd erupted into cheers as they watched Barack Obama become the 44th president of the United States.

Bio: President Barack Hussein Obama
Senate Years of Service: 2005-2009

President Barack Obama
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Obama's themes of hope and unity will soon be put to the test
WASHINGTON - In the inaugural address launching his presidency, Barack Obama Tuesday drew on his sense of history and the needs of the moment - the same strengths that shaped the speeches that propelled him from obscurity to the White House in four years.

Obama inauguration sparks celebration around the globe
LONDON - The arrival of a new American president triggered joy and jubilation Tuesday in a world made weary by warfare, recession and fear. Bulls and goats were slaughtered for feasts in Kenya, toasts were offered at black-tie balls in Europe and shamans in Latin America chanted Barack Obama's name with reverence.

In Obama, Alaska sees support it needs for pipeline
No matter who won the presidency in 2008, Alaska was not going to get an advocate for oil drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, but it's apparently going to get support for its long-awaited natural gas pipeline.

Bio: Vice president Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Senate Years of Service: 1973-2009

'Not in my lifetime' attitude fades in black community following Obama presidency
The phrase "not in my lifetime" doesn't have the same cynical ring it once had in the black community following President Obama's inauguration Tuesday.

Locals offer perspective on historic moment
Kim Metcalfe

The Cabinet
Department of StateSecretary-designate: Hillary R. Clintonwww.state.gov

Obama calls on Americans to 'serve gladly' and accept responsibility
WASHINGTON - Barack Hussein Obama became the nation's 44th president Tuesday, telling a crowd that stretched from the steps of the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, and a watching nation, that "we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America."

Local campaign volunteers delight in Obama win
The excitement over Sen. Barrack Obama's presidential candidacy resulted in many volunteers young and old coming together in Alaska's capital to campaign for change in America.

Boat sinking could have been avoided
I would like to comment on the article discussing sinking boats in Juneau. I am the owner of one of these vessels (my boat was in Douglas) and the harbor master did not contact me with this information nor did they try to contact me.

Palin could leave a stupendous mess
There's an uncanny resemblance between George Bush and Gov. Sarah Palin, which should get our attention and perhaps save us a lot of grief.

Right to vote on trial again
Two years ago, the Alaska Supreme Court closed a door but opened a window. Over the last 10 years, three lieutenant governors have rejected a petition that called for "a vote for a vote" on an independent and free Alaska.

Snettisham line to be repaired quicker, at lower cost
Juneau's electric utility is now estimating that electric customers will pay rates next month that are doubled, not tripled, to cover the cost of running the city on diesel.

New Alaska bishop from Pittsburgh
JUNEAU - Monsignor Edward J. Burns, a rector from Pittsburgh, was introduced Monday as the next bishop of the Diocese of Juneau.

Back in Session
JUNEAU - Lawmakers sporting blue and yellow boutonnieres bestowed hugs and smiles on their colleagues and promised big things to come as the 26th Alaska State Legislature convened on Tuesday.

Muñoz staff ready for new session
Newly elected Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, has brought three Juneau residents in to staff her newly established office representing House District 4, commonly known as Juneau's Valley District.

Visiting the Capitol is simpler than it sounds
In Alaska, the state's citizens are welcomed throughout the Capitol, but it's not always easy. With a little bit of inside knowledge, however, what goes on in the building is readily available.

Declining oil prices leave state facing shortfall
Alaska is facing a budget shortfall of $2 billion to $3 billion next year, Senate President Gary Stevens told reporters Tuesday on the first day of the 26th Alaska Legislature.

Assembly interviews city manager candidates
A Juneau Assembly committee spent about five hours Monday interviewing four candidates for city manager and has four more candidates scheduled for interviews today.

Peanut butter products recalled in Alaska
The Department of Environmental Conservation said it anticipates the number Salmonella-affected peanut butter products will grow in Alaska in the coming days after a national recall of products last week.

Photo: Remembering King
Dr. Kim Patterson, of the Anchorage Christian Center, gives the keynote speech during the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2009 Celebration at the Juneau Christian Center on Monday.

Man vs. nature vs. Department of Transportation
When Thomas Carella heard his sump pump running continuously last week for the first time since he moved into his home, he pulled on his hip waders and checked it out.

Juneau Democrats host Obama Inaugural Ball
This Saturday, Juneau Democrats will host an inaugural ball in honor of the swearing-in of President Barack Obama.

Police & Fire
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• A story in Tuesday's Empire about primary election rules gave an incorrect last name for a spokesman for Rep. Don Young's campaign. Mike Anderson is spokesman for Don Young.

Joseph A. Kendler
Former Juneau resident Joseph A. Kendler died Jan. 16, 2009, in Sun City West, Ariz. He was 84.

Kathleen Elizabeth Dietrick
Juneau resident Kathleen Elizabeth Dietrick died on Jan. 19, 2009, in her home at Harlequin Point. She died peacefully, overlooking the water and mountains with her family by her side, they said.

Connection is critical for Obama
"Let the man have his BlackBerry." I said that to a meeting of senior transition staffers in Washington last week. I've been working with Barack Obama since before the election, and I know that without his virtual connection to old friends and trusted confidants beyond the bubble that seals off every president from the people who elected him, he'd be like a caged lion padding restlessly around the West Wing, wondering what's happening on the other side of the iron bars that surround the People's House.

Outside editorial: Team Obama's injury list
Barack Obama takes office today with a mandate to improve the economy. But he'll have to start his new gig without a Treasury secretary. His nominee, Timothy Geithner, has yet to be scrutinized by a U.S. Senate that needs to ask tough questions, such as: Sir, how can you urge Americans to do right by the Internal Revenue Service you would oversee, given that you didn't pay more than $34,000 in payroll taxes just a few years ago?

Empire editorial: Obama's inauguration reminds us: Anything is possible in America
If the inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday signaled anything for America, it is that anything is possible.

My Turn: What we need to know about the Juneau road
Throughout the last three years, numerous requests have been made for an independent cost analysis of the Juneau road project. These requests to the Department of Transportation and Gov. Sarah Palin were put out by environmental groups, by both Republican and Democrat state delegates, by Southeast Alaska towns and by individual Alaska citizens. So far these requests have been denied or not accepted. Why is this?

Obama's path still unclear, his agenda is unfocused
President-elect Barack Obama said recently that overhauling Social Security and Medicare would be central to his effort to curb federal spending.

Mideast needs a more engaged U.S. to help broker peace
At Madame Tussauds wax museum in Amsterdam, the figure of President Bush with bags packed has already been placed outside the building, while a waxen Barack Obama watches through a window.

Inaugural begins a discussion
What a day! Remember this one so you can tell your kids and grandkids about it in years to come.

Michael Jacobs arrested Tuesday
JUNEAU - Juneau Police arrested 37-year-old Michael Jacobs Tuesday at about 1:30 a.m. on Mall Road in the Mendenhall Valley.

Pardon for Sen. Ted Stevens unlikely
ANCHORAGE - A White House spokesman on Monday said President Bush, on his last day in office, was unlikely to pardon former Sen. Ted Stevens.

Trail Mix to hold annual meeting, board election
JUNEAU - Trail Mix, the nonprofit organization that builds and maintains Juneau's trails, will hold its annual business meeting Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Committee seeks new board members
JUNEAU - Juneau's Alaska Committee is seeking six or more candidates for election to its board of directors at its annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 31.

Gore ice sculpture unveiled in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Al Gore is now a wintertime fixture in Fairbanks.

Kuskokwim 300 started after delay
BETHEL - The Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is off and running from Bethel after being stalled by warm weather.

Glacier Seafoods tied up by Grey
Glacier Seafoods took their first lead early in the third period, but Grey's Chad Poppe added to his big night by assisting John Hollatz's game-tying slapper with 6:39 remaining as the Tier C squads wrestled to a 3-3 tie in Sunday's Juneau Adult Hockey Association action.

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Former Miss Alaska makes trip to Obama inauguration
FAIRBANKS — Maryline Blackburn enjoyed a brief stint in the spotlight in 1984 when the former Fairbanks resident was crowned Miss Alaska.

Federal judge rules in favor of Inupiat family against BP
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has sided with an Inupiat family in a lawsuit against oil giant BP concerning a lease on the North Slope.

Group pushes potable water in Salcha
SALCHA - Some folks in Salcha seem as interested as ever about getting hundreds of residents better access to potable water and, possibly, things like showers and laundry machines.

Recreational boating deaths go down
ANCHORAGE — The number of Alaskans who die in recreational boating accidents continues to decline.

Snowmachine racer died after striking guardrail
FAIRBANKS - A snowmachine racer from North Pole who died in a snowmachine race struck a guardrail on the Haines Highway, according to Canadian authorities.

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