Gov. Sarah Palin
Republican, Wasilla

Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell
Republican, Anchorage

Rep. John Harris - Speaker
District 12 - Republican, Valdez

Rep. Kyle Johansen
District 1 - Republican, Ketchikan

Rep. Craig Johnson
District 28 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. Wes Keller
District 14 - Republican, Wasilla

Rep. Mike Kelly
District 7 - Republican, Fairbanks

Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux
District 36 - Republican, Kodiak

Rep. Bob Lynn
District 31 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. Kevin Meyer
District 30 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. Mark Neuman
District 15 - Republican, Big Lake

Rep. Kurt Olson
District 33 - Republican, Soldotna

Rep. Jay Ramras
District 10 - Republican, Fairbanks

Rep. Ralph Samuels - Majority Leader
District 29 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. Bob Roses
District 19 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. Paul Seaton
District 35 - Republican, Homer

Rep. Bill Stoltze
District 16 - Republican, Chugiak/Mat-Su

Rep. William A. "Bill" Thomas
District 5 - Republican, Haines

Rep. Peggy Wilson
District 2 - Republican, Wrangell

Rep. Mike Chenault
District 34 - Republican, Nikiski

Rep. John Coghill
District 11 - Republican, North Pole

Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom
District 18 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. Anna Fairclough
District 17 - Republican, Eagle River

Rep. Richard Foster
District 39 - Democrat, Nome

Rep. Carl Gatto
District 13 - Republican, Palmer

Rep. Mike Hawker
District 32 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. Beth Kerttula - House Minority Leader
District 3 - Democrat, Juneau

Rep. Max Gruenberg
District 20 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. David Guttenberg
District 8 - Democrat, Fairbanks

Rep. Lindsey Holmes
District 26 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Reggie Joule
District 40 - Democrat, Kotzebue

Rep. Scott Jiu Wo Kawasaki
District 9 - Democrat, Fairbanks

Rep. Mary Nelson
District 38 - Democrat, Bethel

Rep. Woodie Salmon
District 6 - Democrat, Beaver

Rep. Bob Buch
District 27 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Sharon Cissna
District 22 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Harry Crawford
District 21 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Andrea Doll
District 4 - Democrat, Juneau

Rep. Mike Doogan
District 25 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Bryce Edgmon
District 37 - Democrat, Dillingham

Rep. Les Gara
District 23 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Berta Gardner
District 24 - Democrat, Anchorage

Governor's priorities include transportation, education
With a regular session of the Alaska Legislature looming, Republican Gov. Sarah Palin's office is working to solidify budget proposals and legislative priorities.

Companies hoping to build pipeline wait for state review
Companies both big and small want to build a natural gas pipeline for Alaska, but a medium-sized one may be in the lead to win the project worth tens of billions of dollars, some observers say.

Legislature ups scrutiny of mining industry
Some lawmakers are calling for a revision of Alaska's mining tax code, which they say is outdated and doesn't give the state's citizens the best return for their resources.

High bar for constitutional change leaves parental consent issue in limbo
Pro-choice advocates are skeptical that recent moves by state lawmakers will be successful in changing the Alaska Constitution to require parental consent for underage teenagers seeking abortions.

Alaska government struggles with health care
Alaska's health care systems need some big improvements, but the state's not alone in its attempts to do that, say state leaders.

After a year in office, the new governor has won some new friends
When Sarah Palin was running for governor, the public loved her everywhere but in Southeast Alaska. Now she may even be winning them over.

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Support Head Start with more funding
I am a parent of a Head Start student and I support doing everything possible to ensure the growth of the valuable programs offered. I understand that:

Confused by Bush economics
Help me out here. I'm confused.

A Revolutionary Performance
An all-student cast from Juneau-Douglas High School will present the epic musical "Les Misérables" in one of the school's largest productions in recent history.

City reinvents Human Rights Commission
The Juneau Assembly recently resurrected the Juneau Human Rights Commission at the urging of Assembly member Jonathan Anderson, who said the city still has civil rights problems that need to be addressed.

Images from another time: Fire on the waterfront
The Juneau Fire Department battles a blaze in downtown Juneau in this photo from 1946. The fire was in the general area where Shattuck and Marine ways are now located.

Around Town

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

Obama crowds pack arenas 9 months before election - will they mean votes in Nov.?
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is attracting jaw-dropping crowds at stop after stop. Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton would be thrilled with her own big turnouts except that his are so much bigger.

Photos: Masterly musicians
Piano master Alexander Tutunov, of Belarus, played in concert with Steve Tada and Franz Felkl on Feb. 8 in the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall.

I Give Up!
T o say "I give up" usually means "I am surrendering in defeat." In war, or in any armed conflict, we expect those who give up to drop their weapons, raise their hands, and to make absolutely clear that they will no longer attack. Giving up means admitting that the battle is lost, and that risking one's life no longer seems to serve the common good.

Christian Science church launches new Web site
JUNEAU - The First Church of Christ, Scientist, recently announced the launch of its new Web site, The site includes a collection of video clips in which people share their personal experiences in Christian Science.

Pets of the week
Dusty is a pleasant, mellow little chinchilla. He is the kind of guy who would probably read the sports section of the paper first, though he wouldn't be likely to make varsity even if he were allowed to play on the Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team. He's a 5 year old friendly little guy and he is up for adoption at the Gastineau Humane Society.

United Way announces Community Impact Grant awards
JUNEAU - United Way of Southeast Alaska recently announced that Community Impact Grant awards totaling $46,100 will go to 18 partner agencies. The projects were selected by a volunteer committee of the board of directors, from a pool of 25 proposals. The total amount of requests was $73,723.54.

UAS sponsors StrongWomen strength training
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a StrongWomen strength-training program. The eight-week course is open to adult women and men wanting to begin a free-weight exercise program.

Alaska Conservation of Voters holds black-tie fundraiser
JUNEAU - The Alaska Conservation of Voters is sponsoring a black-tie bowling fundraiser, "Bowl Your Heart Out for Change!" from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Juneau Bowling Center, 608 W. Willoughby Ave.

SEARHC clinics to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is proud to recognize the achievements of Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich during Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Black Awareness Association hosts Juneau Star Search
JUNEAU - In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Awareness Association is sponsoring "Juneau Star Search!" to take place at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Those interested in performing in this talent competition may attend auditions from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 16 and 23 at the Super 8 Motel.

Holland America Line now accepting grant applications
JUNEAU - Applications are now being accepted by the Holland America Line Community Advisory Board for grants to local service and non-profit groups in Juneau.

Dances bridge gaps of time and distance
The beautiful girl, her yellow dress brushing the floor, moved her arms around her head, not looking at the audience exactly, but not ignoring them either. In her hair yellow flowers protruded proudly into the air. She moved with the confidence of practice, of repetition, of certainty. So there we were, 300 of us, watching her perform movements that had begun far from Juneau, had been born under warm tropical breezes, not the frigid gale of wind outside the door right now. And yet, here, in the most unlikely of places, was this girl, and other boys and girls, recounting tales so ancient that our modern minds find them difficult to even imagine.

Healing Hand reorganizes for better service
JUNEAU - The Healing Hand Foundation has reorganized so it can provide better service to SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium beneficiaries with unmet medical needs.

Juneau Co-op Preschool holds annual Zip-a-dee-doo-dah concert
JUNEAU - The Juneau Co-op Preschool is hosting its annual Zip-a-dee-doo-dah fundraising concert at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, former Armory building, downtown.

Thanks for support of Bridal and Special Event Show
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that was involved in the third annual Bridal and Special Event Show, held Jan. 26 at Centennial Hall.

Thank you from Gastineau Channel Little League
Gastineau Channel Little League recently held its annual taco feed and registration night, a fun occasion which is very important to the league's team registration process.

Thank You to friends for Lighting Up a Life this year
This winter's Light Up a Life campaign was Hospice and Home Care of Juneau's most successful fundraising effort to date. Those of you listed - and many more who are not - helped continue to provide in-home medical assistance and bereavement support to members of our community.

Thank you for helping with our spelling, geography bees
Auke Bay Elementary School would like to thank Sarajean Fujioka, Judy Knight, Marylou Meiners and George Reifenstein for volunteering as judges and pronouncer for our school spelling bee.

Army Pvt. Rick W. Sheakley has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.


Student artist in the Spotlight: David Moriarty

Taking a step back to move forward
I t's probably one of the most common pieces of advice given during times of difficulty, "Take a step back and try to see the bigger picture." Easier said than done, right? If you're anything like me, you don't have time to stop and analyze life. Like a freight train blazing down the track, there is no sign of slowing. Or you've been in the same routine for such a long time you've accepted the way things are. The more a person struggles in quicksand the deeper they will sink. Why fight it? Because I want to live, I want a better life.

Battle of the books
Kenny Conneen, Liam Crossett, Adriana Botelho-Alvarez, and Jack Withington pose with their medals from winning the fifth- and sixth-grade district-wide Battle of the Books on Feb. 9. This winning team, which represents Glacier Valley Elementary School, answered 100 percent of the questions correctly.

Siverly, Christenson wed
Marla A. Siverly and Michael D. Christenson, both of Juneau, were married on Feb. 14 in Lihu'e, Kauai, Hawaii. A reception will be announced.

Cox, Baun wed
Chelsi J. Cox, of Eagle River, and Kenneth "Bud" Douglas Baun Jr., formerly of Juneau, were married on Jan. 25 at Evangelo's Restaurant in Wasilla, among family and friends.

Being in a Tlingit dance group helps me remember my culture
Being in a Tlingit dance group helps me remember my culture. I've been in my Tlingit dance group since second grade. Tlingit dancing is very important because it helps people know who they are, like an Eagle or a Raven - their moiety, their clan. They get to show their family off.

Kunibe presents on potatoes
JUNEAU - Elizabeth "Betsy" Kunibe presented "Agricultural Beginnings: Tracing the Origins of Alaska's First Potatoes" on Jan. 31 at the University of Alaska Southeast Student Recreation Center. The presentation was fourth in the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners' special gardening series.

Betty Ruth James
Longtime Kake resident Betty Ruth James died Feb. 12, 2008, in Wrangell.

Empire editorial: Thumbs up to increase in state mining revenue

My Turn: Open doors
"Oil Execs Plead Guilty to Bribing Lawmakers," "Federal Agents Raid Legislative Offices," "Three Legislators Arrested in Corruption Probe," "VECO Backroom Dealings Top Headlines" and "Convicted Republican Lawmaker Reports to Prison" are the kind of salacious headlines one expects to see paging through the Enquirer while in line at Safeway. It is the kind of event one memorizes for a high school American history test, but soon forgets the details - who was unfaithful in the Petticoat Affair? Where is Teapot Dome? What was Watergate?

Political diversity for a healthier democracy
Super Tuesday was about change. It is the central theme to Barack Obama's bid for the presidency. Voters from both parties in Alaska turned out in record numbers largely because it was the first time the presidential caucuses coincided with voting in states all over the country. Many people changed party affiliation to be able to participate. One aspect that remained the same, though, is two political parties controlled the process.

Iditarod veteran Anderson chases Mackey in Quest
Reigning Yukon Quest champion Lance Mackey was maintaining his lead over Ken Anderson as of Thursday.

Lawmakers introduce bills seeking review of Knik Arm Bridge deal
Anchorage Democrats in the state House and Senate introduced bills that would require legislative approval of any deal signed to build a Knik Arm Bridge.

Gasoline theft prompts rising fuel prices in Fort Yukon
Gasoline is selling for $5.50 a gallon in the Interior village of Fort Yukon after the theft of 200 gallons of fuel.

Troopers warn of avalanche danger in Southcentral Alaska
Alaska State Troopers are warning of possible avalanches in Southcentral Alaska as new snow piles up in the mountains.

Sen. Lyda Green - Senate President
District G - Republican, Wasilla

Sen. Albert Kookesh
District C - Democrat, Angoon

Sen. Lesil McGuire
District N - Republican, Anchorage

Sen. Donny Olson
District T - Democrat, Golovin

Sen. Bert Stedman
District A - Republican, Sitka

Sen. Joe Thomas
District D - Democrat, Fairbanks

Sen. Bill Wielechowski
District J - Democrat, Anchorage

Sen. Gary Stevens - Senate Majority Leader
District R - Republican, Kodiak

Sen. John Cowdery
District O - Republican, Anchorage

Sen. Bettye Davis
District K - Democrat, Anchorage

Sen. Johnny Ellis
District L - Democrat, Anchorage

Sen. Kim Elton
District B - Democrat, Juneau

Sen. Hollis French
District M - Democrat, Anchorage

Sen. Lyman Hoffman
District S - Democrat, Bethel

Sen. Charlie Huggins
District H - Republican, Wasilla

Sen. Gene Therriaul - Minority Leader
District F - Republican, North Pole

Sen. Con Bunde
District P - Republican, Anchorage

Sen. Fred Dyson
District I - Republican, Eagle River

Sen. Tom Wagoner
District Q - Republican, Kenai

Sen. Gary Wilken
District E - Republican, Fairbanks

Crimson Bears fall to Palmer
PALMER - Palmer senior forward Ashley Swetzof wants to make every minute of her final high school basketball season count.

Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 14-17

Capital move bill takes a step forward
A legislative committee Thursday approved relocating the Alaska Legislature to Anchorage, a move local critics say would eventually mean movement of the entire capital to the state's largest city.

ConocoPhillips shaking up gas line proposal
Oil giant ConocoPhillips says it needs to rethink its multibillion dollar gas line proposal to bring nearly 35 trillion cubic feet of North Slope natural gas to market.

Lawmakers oppose national ID by opposing funds for it
A state lawmaker said Thursday that the state should not be funding a national ID card.

Fuel shortage slams Aleutian village
ANCHORAGE - The tiny Aleutian village of Nikolski has asked the state to declare an emergency because of its ongoing problems getting fuel.

Fairbanks Catholic diocese to file for bankruptcy
ANCHORAGE - The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks will file for bankruptcy after negotiations to settle sexual abuse claims failed, the bishop said Wednesday.

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