3 weeks' notice
Sarah Palin's two and a half years as governor have been marked by policy peaks, instability among her departmental leaders, and an irrepressible popularity that took a hard turn toward celebrity absurdity in the months since the 2008 presidential campaign wrapped.

Photo: Capital city celebrations
Fireworks over Gastineau Channel illuminate downtown and the flotilla of boats during the annual Fourth of July fireworks show.

Local leaders react to Sarah Palin's resignation blindside
There was praise and criticism in Juneau Friday for Gov. Sarah Palin and her surprise decision to leave the governorship early.

Locals react
As the news broke across Juneau of Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation, residents responded with surprise, empathy and happiness. Tourists and locals alike were speaking in coffee shops, bars, gift shops and street corners in the capital about the surprise departure Friday.

Capital likely to stay put under Parnell
Local leaders are welcoming Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell as the state's new governor, saying he should be good for the capital city and the state.

Who is Sean Parnell?
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell had an unremarkable first year in office, loyally supporting Gov. Sarah Palin.

Photos: 50 years of STATEHOOD
Hundreds gather outside the Juneau Douglas City Museum Saturday morning to witness the 49-star flag-raising ceremony commemorating Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood.

Around Town
Today, July 5

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

Statehood Coaching Champ
A 70-year Douglas resident was recently inducted into the Alaska High School Hall of Fame for his more-than 50 years of playing and coaching basketball in Alaska as well as winning the first high school basketball state championships in 1959.


Consortium, others host community health policy conference
JUNEAU — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska and WISEWOMAN Women’s Health programs are teaming up with the Alaska Division of Public Health and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska to offer a community health policy conference Aug. 12-14 at Centennial Hall in Juneau. You must register by Saturday, July 11, in order to attend this conference.

Senior menu for the week of July 6 to 10
Monday, July 6

Modifying your home for a lifetime
The program on home modifications held as part of Juneau's Home Show on Feb. 28 was such a success that a repeat event is being planned.

Anna Macnak, a Juneau resident and 2001 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, received her Bachelor of Science in nutrition on June 22 from Bastyr University in Seattle, Wash. She was selected for a dietetics internship at Texas State University at San Marcos during the 2009-2010 academic year, after which she will sit for the national dietetics exam.

Thanks for helping at Jensen-Olson Arboretum invasive weed pull
The Juneau CWMA would like to thank local volunteers who came to the Jensen-Olson Arboretum on June 27 to help pull invasive weeds. A big thanks also to Capital Disposal for disposing of the weeds and to Merrill Jensen for providing a tour of the arboretum grounds after the weed pull.

I got rhythm
God only knows how many summers have come and gone before this one came along.

Photo: Doing the disc
From left, newly matched Big Sister Toren and Little Sister Kendall take a break from a game of disc golf on June 20 at Aant'iyeik Park's 18-hole course near Auke Village Recreation Area. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juneau thanks Play It Again Sports, who donated discs, for the opportunity to try disc golf.

Photo: REACH breaks new ground
Community members attend a formal ground breaking ceremony for the fourth REACH assisted living home at 3510 Mendenhall Loop Road. Construction is scheduled to be completed in seven to nine months.Present are REACH Board of Directors, wearing hard hats from left, Bill Hauber, Rita Bowen, Mindy Gross, John Osborne, Kristine Lewis and Micki Jackson; the family of a major contributor to the project, Annie and Ellie Fitzjarrald; REACH staff; and neighbors and members of the community.

Fry Days: For love or the halibut
I'm a big sucker for good fish 'n' chips, which is what originally brought me to Fry Days fish 'n' chips trailer in the Western Auto parking lot.

Pets of the week: Shy terrier and sweet bunny seek good homes
Shy is the type of gal who knows what she wants. This 5-year-old terrier is a sweetheart who loves comfy couches, good food and excitement. She has a happy go lucky attitude and enjoys long strolls through the woods.

Local group resolves on No New Plastic
For one week, seven Juneau families decided to not bring any new plastic into their homes.

Juneau resident shares Crispy Date Bars recipe
The bait is in the water, can you pull up a fish recipe to share with our readers. Ask Auntie Emo is where we help you find that lost or forgotten recipe and share family favorites.

Hank Harmon Rifle Range undergoes maintenance
JUNEAU - For the next two weeks, grading and drainage maintenance activities will be conducted at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range. Limited closure, approximately half-day, of the long range will occur to correct settlement and roadway softness at the long range access gate. A longer closure of the short range will occur to correct settlement, general surface drainage and grading.

Widowed Persons Program to hold monthly brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will meet for their monthly brunch at noon today in the Nugget Room at the Baranof Hotel.

Head Start accepts applications for 2009-2010 year
JUNEAU - Tlingit & Haida Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year.

City gets new chicken pox immunization rule
JUNEAU - Children attending kindergarten through sixth grade need two doses of chicken pox immunization to attend school, according to the Juneau Public Health Center.

SERRC, TLC, put stimulus funds to work in Juneau
JUNEAU - SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center and The Learning Connection recently received workforce development stimulus funds for its summer youth employment program, a division of the agency's JobX program.

Thanks for attending the marching band 'Long-timers' concert
The Juneau Volunteer Marching Band would especially like to thank Sen. Dennis Egan, Rep. Beth Kerttula, and Rep. Cathy Muñoz for the their participation in our "Long-timers" concert Sunday Their recollections of people and events from fifty years ago were especially interesting and quite poignant.

Senior Information and Caregiver Resource Center moves
JUNEAU - Southeast Senior Services' Senior Information and Caregiver Resource Center has moved to the St. Ann's Center, 419 Sixth St.

Southeast Senior Service offers seniors transportation
JUNEAU - The Care-A-Van Transportation Service is operated by Southeast Senior Services, a division of Catholic Community Service. Care-A-Van is designed to assist senior citizens (age 60 and older) and people of any age who are unable to use the Capital Transit bus due to a disability. Although the Care-A-Van is primarily funded through a contract with the city of Juneau, the service also receives financial support from Medicaid Waiver revenues, a grant from the Alaska Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, and passenger contributions.

Hemenway, Rice to wed
Emily Hemenway, of Elfin Cove, and Dustin Rice, of Fairbanks, will marry at 12:30 p.m. July 8, 2009, in Elfin Cove. A reception will immediately follow on the beach.

Levitt, Snyder wed
Cheryl Levitt and Darren Snyder, of Juneau, were married June 12, 2009, at the University of Alaska Southeast Noyes Pavilion in Juneau.

Runge, Peterson wed
Desiree' Kathleen Runge, of San Diego, and Harold Gene Peterson, of Webster, Iowa, were married June 26, 2009, at Skater's Cabin on Mendenhall Lake in Juneau.

Henkins, Hayes to wed
Candra Henkins and Edward Hayes, of Juneau, will marry July 10, 2009, in a private family wedding. A reception will follow at Marlintini's Lounge

Gard, Eadington wed
Greta Gard, of Juneau, and Michael Eadington, of Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe, were married May 23, 2009, on the Big Island of Hawaii, on the beach of a freshwater lagoon, at Kiholo Bay. The couple combined their names, becoming the Gard-Eadingtons. Their reception luau was held south of the ceremony in Kona, at a sacred old Hawaiian village, on the point of the King Kamehameha Hotel.

Nance celebrates 90 years
Lola Nance will celebrate her 90th birthday with a casual visit and light luncheon from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, in Smith Hall at Chapel by the Lake. Friends and well-wishers are invited to join the family in bringing well wishes and playing vicious games of Scrabble. Call Janet at 789-5266 for further information.

Fagerstroms celebrate 60 years
Juneau residents Kent and Donna Fagerstrom will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 8, 2009. Sweethearts then and sweethearts now, they were married July 8, 1949, in Lynden, Wash.

Kathleen Ann Ramm
Former Juneau resident Kathleen Ann Ramm died June 27, 2009, in Seattle, Wash., due to complications with diabetes. She was 62.

Empire editorial: Alaska better off without Sarah Palin
So long, Sarah. It's been an interesting ride, albeit a short one.

Honor their service
My childhood friend of 31 years visited my home on base, in Quantico, Va., a few months after I gave birth to my first baby. As we took a leisurely stroll one evening through the lingering humidity of early September, I explained to her how different military life is from the world in which we grew up in San Francisco. We passed rows of colorful houses on the tree-lined, manicured blocks and gazed at the playgrounds around the neighborhood, ready to welcome the children of the officers who live there. American flags hung from virtually every front door. The occasional "My daddy fights for your freedom" bumper sticker adorned some vehicles. As we looped around the bend toward my house, my friend turned to me and asked, "How do you accept what your husband does for a living?"

Toe toon
This week's toe toon.

Yukon Flats refuge land exchange rejected
FAIRBANKS - The Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a proposed land exchange at the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge.

Flaming toilets cause $30K in damage
JUNEAU - Police are seeking tips in an arson investigation of three port-a-potty fires that caused an estimated $30,000 in damage Friday morning.

Spiffy clashes with sentiment at cemetery
FAIRBANKS - Some relatives with loved ones buried at a Fairbanks graveyard are concerned by what they consider to be overzealous caretaking.

Small wildfires leave haze over Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska officials say smoke from a handful of wildfires left a haze over Fairbanks.

FEMA visit brings hope to Eagle
EAGLE - Residents in the city of Eagle are finally getting some relief after a springtime flood that damaged homes and businesses.

Mechanics' strike continues at Denali
ANCHORAGE - A strike by mechanics, radio technicians and warehouse workers who work at Denali National Park continued through the Independence Day weekend.

Palin keeps low-profile after surprise news
Outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday laid the groundwork to take on a larger, national role after leaving state government, citing a "higher calling" with the aim of uniting the country along conservative lines.

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