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NEWS Capital City Weekly Juneau seemed the epicenter of drama several times in 2009, from an avalanche in January cutting off Juneau's hydropower (for the second time in less than a year) to Sarah Palin's surprise resignation on the eve of the Forth of July. Through it all, our state was celebrating its 50th Anniversary of Statehood. Whether working behind the scenes or in in the limelight, whether participating in making history or remembering it, here's a look at some of the people who helped put Alaska's best face forward during an historic year.

Putting Alaska's best face forward during an historic year

Rising to the Occasion: Gov. Sean Parnell: Gov. Sean Parnell, shown here during a press conference in Juneau in early August, stepped into his new role following former Gov. Sarah Palin's sudden resignation in July. Parnell's holiday open house in Juneau attracted a record number of visitors in December.
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Rising to the Occasion: Gov. Sean Parnell: Gov. Sean Parnell, shown here during a press conference in Juneau in early August, stepped into his new role following former Gov. Sarah Palin's sudden resignation in July. Parnell's holiday open house in Juneau attracted a record number of visitors in December.
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