Sophie Mae Babcock was born at 2:55 p.m., New Year’s Day. Her mother is nurse Angela Babcock, and her father is Danny Babcock, a firefighter for Capital City Fire and Rescue.
Sophie Mae weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long.The second baby of the new year was born at 8:36 p.m. to Deena and Daniel Hand. Raymond Glen Hand came into the world at 8 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches.
- The law establishes Alaska as the second state in the nation to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October, replacing Columbus Day.
- U.S. Senate leaders postponed a vote on their health care reform bill, but Alaskans opposed to the bill aren’t letting up. One Alaskan, a three-time cancer survivor, went to Washington to make his pitch directly.
- Oprah Winfrey and some of her friends will be cruising through Alaska next month. Forbes reports that the seven-day Holland America cruise "Share the Adventure" departs from Seattle on July 15 on July 15. The 2,104-passenger ship will visit Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Sitka and other Alaskan sites.