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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

Sharing Alaska History: John Venables: John Venables is better known in one of his many historical guises, such as William Henry Seward, shown here. In 2009 Venables received a Rasmuson Foundation grant to present his Alaska history program,
Photo Courtesy Of John Venables
Sharing Alaska History: John Venables: John Venables is better known in one of his many historical guises, such as William Henry Seward, shown here. In 2009 Venables received a Rasmuson Foundation grant to present his Alaska history program, "Journey to Statehood - Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood" in 20 towns across the state. He also visited Washington, D.C. on Alaska Day.
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