BC-AK--Alaska Weekend Digest,ADVISORY, AK
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JUNEAU, Alaska — Most governors will walk to their inauguration ceremonies. Some of the lucky ones will get a ride, maybe even in a limo. Alaska’s new governor is going to his inauguration the hard way. Mike Dunleavey will be sworn in Monday in remote western Alaska, and he plans to get to the ceremony in the tiny village of Noorvik by taking a 42-mile ride on a snowmobile, part of it over the ice-covered Bering Strait. By Becky Bohrer. UPCOMING: 400 words. Will be updated after ceremony scheduled to start just before noon. AP Photos planned.
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TLINGIT BURIAL GROUND-MEMORIAL
JUNEAU, Alaska — Clarence Laiti stood in the cafeteria of Sayéik Gastineau Community School — which was built on a Tlingit burial ground — and reflected on times he’s visited the graves of departed relatives in cemeteries. “You always end up talking to them,” Laiti said. “At least I do.” On a recent afternoon, the ongoing conversation between the dead and the living was on full display at the school. Laiti, the president of the Douglas Indian Association, and fellow DIA members unveiled a memorial in a grove of trees in front of the elementary school to honor the people who are or were buried in the burial ground. By Alex McCarthy, Juneau Empire. AP Photos.
FAIRBANKS PEACE ADVOCATE
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — In a world where many people talk about making a difference, Suzanne Rich Osborn is one of those rare individuals who actually tries to make the world a better place. A former activist, school teacher and midwife, Osborn founded the Fairbanks Peace Choir in 2005 as a way to inspire people and promote understanding, social justice and environmental stewardship. By Dorothy Chomicz, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. AP Photos.