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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

Avalanche Whisperer: Bill Glude: In the wake of a second avalanche knocking out transmission towers from the Snettisham hydroelectric plant, there was renewed local interest in the business of preventing avalanche. This is where Bill Glude of Alaska Avalanche Specialists comes in, working on avalanche forecasting and control.
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Avalanche Whisperer: Bill Glude: In the wake of a second avalanche knocking out transmission towers from the Snettisham hydroelectric plant, there was renewed local interest in the business of preventing avalanche. This is where Bill Glude of Alaska Avalanche Specialists comes in, working on avalanche forecasting and control. "My job is about avoiding thrill," Glude said.
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