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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

In His Own Words: Willie Hensley: Alaska Native leader William (Willie) Hensley published his memoir,
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In His Own Words: Willie Hensley: Alaska Native leader William (Willie) Hensley published his memoir, "Fifty Miles From Tomorrow," in early 2009 to national acclaim. A well-attended presentation of the book in Juneau was filmed for C-SPAN's Book TV. "My own hope is that our own people will be inspired to tell their own story," Hensley said. "They don't have to go through a third party."
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