Celebration 2008 began Thursday morning with a grand entrance procession of fifty Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian dance groups down Juneau’s Willoughby Avenue. John Ryan produced an audio postcard from the procession. The Mt. Saint Elias Dancers from Yakutat kick it off as they get ready to lead the procession in their full regalia.
Photos by John Ryan.Related Link: Click here for full-screen slide show
- Lawmakers who represent areas outside Juneau receive $295 for each day of the special session. Juneau lawmakers receive $221.25 per day.
- Sixteen veterans of the Alaska Territorial Guard will be honored at a discharge ceremony today. Four of them are from Western Alaska.
- The historic houses in Juneau and Douglas were predominately built by miners and fishermen long before today's zoning was put into place. That's prevented homeowners from restoring or rebuilding homes in these neighborhoods without running into conflict with the city's zoning laws -- a temporary fix may be on the way.
- Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young wants to know why Americans are still fighting in Afghanistan. He has co-sponsored a bill that would end funding for the war in a year, unless the president and Congress affirm the need for it.