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.

State Department Phone Numbers

Legislative Information Office Directory

Don't let Alaska fund genocide in Darfur
If we knew the Alaska Permanent Fund was invested in companies that support the militia in Sudan that is responsible for the genocide in Darfur, we'd be outraged. About 400,000 people have been killed so far and 2.5 million are without homes and are in fear for their lives every single day.

Students opt for JDHS over new school
Students picked the current high school over the much-vaunted new one by a ratio of 2:1, according to data released by the Juneau School District on Friday.

Surviving Home Depot
Eight months after Home Depot opened a store in Lemon Creek, its competitors say they're surviving the arrival of the big box store.

Native community remembers civil rights leader
Juneau's Native community celebrated a historic milestone in civil rights Friday at the ANB Hall downtown with speeches, performances by children in dance and song, as well as fellowship and food.

Manager: National chain store growing, but needs more staff
Juneau has posed some special challenges for the national chain Home Depot in the last eight months, according to the store manager.

City joins 'Bong Hits' mediation before next round of litigation
The city recently became involved in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" litigation by appearing on behalf of the Juneau School District in settlement mediation required by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

State halts Taku permit process, delays end of comment period
State regulators at the Department of Natural Resources asked Redfern Resources Ltd. this week for more information about its transportation plans for the Tulsequah Chief Mine, delaying the end of the public comment period.


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

McCain works to soften reputation about temper
WASHINGTON - Temper, temper. Republican John McCain is known for his.

Robert Abram Welsh Sr.
Former Juneau resident Robert "Bob" Abram Welsh Sr. died Feb. 8, 2008, at the Arbor Rose Home in Mesa, Ariz. He was 80.

Angle Rock Peterson
Lifelong Juneau resident Angle Rock Peterson Jr. died Feb. 10, 2008, in Juneau. He was 58.

Empire editorial: Capital move bill ignores the will of Alaska voters
Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich once scolded the political leaders of her day for ignoring the rights of Alaskans.

Empire's dilemma with online reader forums
The World Wide Web has given readers a role in the news business like never before.

Which political activists do you trust?
It's old news of questionable accuracy but some political activists recycle it ad nauseam. That is what Citizens Against Government Waste did when they nominated Alaska Congressman Don Young as Porker of the Year for 2007.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

The quick and the sled: A downhill guide to Juneau
The time-honored activity of sledding on Juneau hillsides is the cheapest and wildest wintertime entertainment available, many riders say.

On the trails: Searching for food, winter dippers survive
Not long ago, after a wonderful snowfall that left more than a foot of gorgeous, soft snow in all the open areas, I snowshoed along Switzer Creek, rediscovering just how old my legs really are. Fortunately, there was no hurry - indeed, there was good reason to plod slowly along with frequent stops. The lower part of the creek was lively with American dippers, which nest along mountain streams but can be found near many kinds of aquatic habitats in winter.

Photo: Icy marker
Dan Kaduce and his wife, Jodie Bailey, of Chatanika, ride the runners of Kaduce's dogsled together as they pass an ice Inukshuk Saturday on the Yukon River. They were on their way to a Dawson City, Yukon Territory, campground after checking in at the halfway point during the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000-mile race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Safety training offered for fishermen and boaters
JUNEAU - Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Juneau on Saturday, March 1 at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau, 2760 Sherwood Lane. This course is approved by the US Coast Guard and meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels.

Out & About
sToday: Juneau Gold Miners' Posse Cowboy Action Shoot, 9 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Investigation into store fire continues
JUNEAU - The Juneau Fire Department on Friday finished its on-site investigation into what caused a fire that destroyed Fisherman's Bend general store early Saturday morning.

State may cover cuts to Alaska fisheries
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin has offered amendments to the state budget that give an additional $7.2 million to state fisheries management programs. The amendments are intended to cover for $7.5 million in recent congressional cuts to Alaska fisheries programs.

Officers elected to Territorial Sportsmen
JUNEAU - Territorial Sportsmen of Juneau has elected new board of directors and officers.

McKenna and Quam win Iron Dog race
ANCHORAGE - Marc McKenna of Anchorage and Eric Quam of Eagle River won the 25th Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile race. The team crossed the Fairbanks finish line of the 2,000-mile race shortly after 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lawson gets 99 years in woman's slaying
ANCHORAGE - A judge has sentenced a man to 99 years in prison for murdering Bethany Correira, a young woman who was missing for a year before her body was found.

Exxon to get extra time before court
ANCHORAGE - Attorneys for Exxon Mobil Corp. and the plaintiffs in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill case will have more time to present their points Feb. 27 before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Man charged in bear spray assault at bar
KODIAK - A Kodiak man faces assault charges after allegedly twice spraying bar patrons with bear spray.

Former basketball player convicted
FAIRBANKS - A former basketball player with the University of Alaska Fairbanks was convicted on drug charges.

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

JDHS boys run past Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team started fast and refused to yield in Saturday's 87-63 rout of host Sitka.

Juneau-Douglas girls close northern trip with two wins
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team concluded its trip north with two wins over the weekend.

Juneau leads Southeast Alaska swim championships
There was quite a commotion going on at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool on Saturday for the Mike Smithers Southeast Alaska Swimming Championships.


There were two misspellings and two omissions in Thursday's article about Juneau's contingent in the Arctic Winter Games on Page B1. The names of hockey player Albert Svensson and boys indoor soccer player Andrew Lawson were both misspelled. Also, the story accidentally omitted the names of Juneau's Logan Miller, who will play on Team Alaska's midget hockey team, and Rebekka Ord, Juneau's lone gymnast on Team Alaska. For a corrected version of the story, please click here. Also, a list of everyone on Team Alaska can be seen at

Two killed in avalanche while riding snowmobiles
ANCHORAGE - Two snowmobile drivers were killed Friday when they triggered an avalanche and were buried in the snow for nearly an hour, Alaska State Troopers said.

Photo: Top dogs
Teammates Eric Quam, right, and Marc McKenna embrace each other Saturday at the finish line of the Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile race as Gov. Sarah Palin approaches at left to congratulate the winners, who completed the nearly 2,000-mile race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks.

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