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.

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.

'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.

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.

Locals offer perspective on historic moment
Kim Metcalfe

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

The Cabinet
Department of StateSecretary-designate: Hillary R.

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.

Obama should have acknowledged Native Americans in speech
Listening to the inaugural speech by our new president, I was impressed with his desire to ask people of all religions or non-believers, people of all genetic differences, to come together as one nation. He spoke of how families packed their suitcases to come to a new land, and how their descendants have succeeded.

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.

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.

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.

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.

City manager finalists unveiled
City officials released the names and management histories of four finalists for the Juneau city manager position Wednesday.

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.

State legislators challenge Palin's budget proposal
Members of the Republican-led House Majority Caucus said Wednesday they will be taking a hard look at next year's budget, and they challenged the numbers Gov. Sarah Palin used to develop her budget proposal.

Getting Kensington on Obama's radar
A national coalition of environmental groups specifically mentioned the Kensington gold mine in its briefing for President Barack Obama's transition team.

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.

Troopers warn of scam targeting personal info
Alaska State Troopers are warning Juneau residents to watch out for an aggressive identity theft scam that uses fake jury duty summonses.

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.

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.

Photos: Legislative Welcome Reception
Legislative welcome: Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, left, and Alaska Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell and Karen Rehfeld, Director of the Office of Management and Budget speak to each other Wed. during the Legislative Welcome Reception at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Romeo, what big teeth you have
Juneau's only black, male wolf, nicknamed "Romeo" by local residents, yawns Wednesday on a hill near the West Glacier trailhead.

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
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo: Little lobbyists
Jackson Norberg, 7 and brothers Sam Marnon, 5, and Jake Marnon, 8, read books Wednesday in the hallway of the second floor of the Capitol.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

• 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.

Around Town

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.

My Turn: Defining Alaska as a clean energy state
Just as "Alyeska," the Aleut name for the Great Land morphed into "Alaska," I'm wondering if we can alter the world's perception of Alaska as an energy state.

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.

Alaska Editorial: Game management shouldn't be an 'either-or' type
Former Board of Game members, in asking Gov. Sarah Palin to balance that body by appointing “non-consumptive” wildlife users, are perfectly justified in calling for fair consideration of their views. But the public should understand the essential unfairness inherent in much of the “non-consumptive” agenda.

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.

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.

Hope and joy: A story for the ages
For generations, people will recount where they were and what they were doing as Barack Obama became the 44th U.S. president and the first African American to hold the job.

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.

House to investigate why its Troopergate subpoenas ignored
JUNEAU - State lawmakers don't plan to pursue abuse of power findings against Gov. Sarah Palin, but they do want to know why their subpoenas were ignored in last fall's Troopergate investigation.

Murkowski named to Senate Appropriations Committee
WASHINGTON - Alaska's U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, has been named to the Senate Appropriations Committee, a key post that will help her direct federal spending to the state.

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.

Stevens pardon request letter released
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says her plea to have former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens pardoned was done "in the interest of justice."

Former Eielson employee indicted on theft charges
ANCHORAGE - A former Eielson Air Force Base employee was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of embezzling.

Peninsula games to lack ice sculptures
SOLDOTNA - This year's Peninsula Winter Games will sorely lack one signature feature throughout the town: ice sculptures.

Soldotna cemetery site search resumes
SOLDTONA - A new committee will try to accomplish what two task forces could not: find a spot for the Soldotna city cemetery.

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.

Sports in Juneau

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.

Palin to media: Leave my kids alone
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is going on the offensive against news organizations and bloggers she says are perpetuating malicious gossip about her and her children.

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

State expected to experience downturn
FAIRBANKS - Alaska can expect a drop in employment this year, its first in nearly two decades, said state and private economists.

Child porn sentencing for Wrangell man
A Wrangell man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for convictions on four counts of distribution of child pornography and two counts of possession of child porn.

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.

State officials assess conditions in village
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - State officials are assessing conditions in a southwest Alaska village, where some residents say they're running short of food and fuel.

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