(Photos by Casey Kelly/KTOO)
Celebration 2010 is underway. Southeast Alaska’s largest Native cultural gathering kicked off Thursday morning with the Grand Entrance Parade along Juneau’s Willoughby Avenue. Casey Kelly was there, and has this audio postcard.
We hear from a few of the 51 Native dance groups taking part in this year’s festival, as well as the voices of the Reverend Doctor Walter Soboleff, Sealaska board member Clarence Jackson, and Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl.
Celebration lasts through Saturday, with dance groups performing until at least 10 p.m. every night. You can watch it live on KTOO’s 360 North cable channel.
- The state is granting nearly $300,000 to improve water quality in some of Alaska's most damaged watersheds, including Juneau's orange-tinted Duck Creek.
- More than a third of all the penalties imposed since 1976 were logged last year.
- "You know, we're not talking about some smoky, old wood stove here. We’re talking about high-tech equipment," said Daniel Parrent, a program manager at the U.S. Forest Service.
- "Did you think that ganging together seven different taxes would make it more likely or less likely that any would pass?” asked Eagle River Republican Rep. Dan Saddler.