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2012 was a year of substantial up's and down's, but it was also a year of many historic moments. Here's a look at not only some of the top moments in Southeast Alaska in 2012, but also some interesting features and lessons presented in stories in our publication. I hope you enjoy this little walk through the past year through our ink and our lens. The stories and photos are listed in the order in which they were published, not ranked.
A Capital City Weekly... year in review 010213 AE 1 Capital City Weekly 2012 was a year of substantial up's and down's, but it was also a year of many historic moments. Here's a look at not only some of the top moments in Southeast Alaska in 2012, but also some interesting features and lessons presented in stories in our publication. I hope you enjoy this little walk through the past year through our ink and our lens. The stories and photos are listed in the order in which they were published, not ranked.

Photo By Sarah Day / Capital City Weekly

Juneau Symphony members rehearse in the Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 13 for the show, "Firebird." They symphony celebrated its 50th year in 2012.


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Karsynn Fairclough, 5, whispers to Santa at Capital City Weekly's open house for the First Friday Gallery Walk on Dec. 7.


Photo By Sarah Day / Capital City Weekly

Zombies get ready to hit the streets from Evergreen Cemetary in Juneau.


Photo By Sarah Day / Capital City Weekly

Su Laxgayna, from Ketchikan, sing and dance in Celebration's Grand Entrance in Juneau.


Photo By Libby Stringer / Capital City Weekly

Gastineau Elementary School students perform as the Gastineau Strummers at the 38th annual Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall.


Photo By Libby Stringer / Capital City Weekly

Daniel Martin and Southeast Swing dancers flash their moves in the State Office Building.

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A Capital City Weekly... year in review

2012 was a year of substantial up's and down's, but it was also a year of many historic moments. Here's a look at not only some of the top moments in Southeast Alaska in 2012, but also some interesting features and lessons presented in stories in our publication. I hope you enjoy this little walk through the past year through our ink and our lens. The stories and photos are listed in the order in which they were published, not ranked.

January

Alaska's state motto deconstructed - Contributing writer (now state representative) Jonathan Kriess-Tomkins takes Alaska's state motto "North to the Future" apart. The phrase was coined in 1967 - a vision of things to come in Alaska.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/010412/new_936941995.shtml

Kake celebrates a centennial - The City of Kake marked its 100th year on January 8 - or the 100th year since the federal government recognized the Alaska Native village as a municipality. The village celebrated with drumming, dance and singing.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/011112/new_940055609.shtml

February

Friends, family celebrate legacy of local musician ¿- The Glacial Erratics had a reunion performance to honor one of its members, Buddy Tabor, whose health was in decline. He died the evening after the performance after a battle with cancer.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/020812/ae_952744468.shtml

Spontaneous Swing - On Friday, Feb. 3 a "flash mob" of swing dancers appeared at the State Office Buildings 8th floor atrium for a spontaneous performance. The dancers are part of Southeast Swing.

March

UAS mining simulator aims to stimulate students - UAS acquired a state-of-the-art mining simulator to help students practice mine activity and safety.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/030712/new_965514431.shtml

Juneau weaver rethinks recycling - Juneau weaver Carol Shriver turns garbage bags into woven rugs, mats and purses.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/031412/new_968550202.shtml

The humanity of homelessness ¿ - Kiel Renick joins the staff at the Glory Hole in Juneau and shares the impact of homelessness in Juneau - and gives thought-provoking insight.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/032112/new_971695477.shtml

Juneau fisherman makes his case for salmon - Jev Shelton, commercial fisherman for 51 years, took a trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby for protecting salmon habitat.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/032812/new_974237603.shtml

April

Kids rock out at Alaska Folk Festival - Gastineau Elementary School students rock out at the 38th annual Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau, performing as the Gastineau Strummers.

High school students take mine tour - Juneau-Douglas High School students take a tour of the Hecla Greens Creek Mine. Students had enrolled in a class called Introduction to Mining Occupations and Operations. The majority of the students are continuing on with mining education.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/041812/new_981235027.shtml

May

JDHS pulls out all the stops to Edinburgh - Juneau-Douglas High School theater students put on performances like the "Hallelujah Girls" and numerous fundraisers to be able to attend the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/050212/new_986753487.shtml

Wooch.een: All together - Juneau elementary school students participated in the annual Wooch.een, an event that means "all together." It features drumming, singing and lots of dancing.

Lassie: Transitions and life lessons - Contributing writer Clint Farr writes about his childhood pet Lassie, his new dog Sadie, and life transitions.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/050912/new_989886632.shtml

A Trip South readies to push out - "The Funky Five" prepare to set out on a kayak/bike trip from Juneau to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/051612/new_992624998.shtml

Sharing the dirt - Juneau cou ple Susanne and Wallace "Sandy" Williams share a passion for gardening.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/052312/new_995387486.shtml.

June

Biking across America - John McDonald just graduated from high school and set out on a bike trip from Kodiak to Florida, where he began film school. He was filming a documentary along the way.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/060612/out_1001055033.shtml

Celebration 2012 - Sealaska Heritage Institute hosted the 2012 Celebration in Juneau, and what a remarkable event it was.

Voyages S¿urs: Traveling Sisters - Two sisters, Amélie and Marion Laurin, set out to travel the world starting from Paris. They traveled all across the planet, including the far reaches of the United States, and ended up hitchhiking most of the trip.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/061312/new_1004079188.shtml

July

Juneau Roller Girls shake up adult prom - Juneau Rollers hosted a spunky, booty-shaking adult prom, as highlighted in this enthusiast story.

Read it at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/070412/new_1012780147.shtml

From Juneau to Japan - A group of Juneau students experienced the trip of a lifetime - an exchange visit to Nishiokoppe, Japan.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/071112/new_1015718845.shtml

A handy garage - Charlee Gribbon's garage isn't your typical car and yard maintenance storage place. It's actually an indoor rock climbing gym.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/072512/new_1022506376.shtml

Housing Alaska's dreams: 100 years on the hill - The Alaska Governor's House marked it's 100th

year on July 19.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/072512/new_1022507718.shtml

August

A swingin' good time - The Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines featured a lot of exciting entertainment, including The Swing Set band.

From beach to peak - Rock climbers in Southeast Alaska are getting crafty and carving out their own outdoor climbing zones.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/080112/out_1025997387.shtml

The soldier next door - July 30 was the first Alaska National Guard Day, honoring the National Guard members of Alaska.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/080812/new_1029035703.shtml

September

Pumpkin chunking to hit Great Pumpkin Fest - The extreme sport of pumpkin chunking launched into the second annual Great Pumpkin Festival in Juneau this fall. The event combined science and fun for youth.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/091212/out_1042578208.shtml

Capital city brewing up a good time - Capital Brewfest holds its first-ever beer fest, which actually ended up selling out and raised funds for Juneau Rotary Club and Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA).

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/091212/ae_1042577995.shtml

Skagway's Stowaway finishes its last supper - An iconic and popular restaurant in Skagway hung up its aprons and shut off its ovens this September, after 18 years in business.

Read the story at: www,capitalcityweekly.com/stories/092612/bus_1047830186.shtml

October

Ghoulish Grumblings - Zombies hit the streets in Juneau for the annual Zombie Walk.

50 years of wondrous sounds - The Juneau Symphony marked its 50th year in 2012.

November

Making Port - The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy made port in Juneau and opened up for tours for two afternoons.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/110712/new_1063358570.shtml

100 years of daily news - The Juneau Empire marked its 100th year as a daily newspaper in Juneau. It celebrated with an open house and a special printing of an Anniversary Edition.

Apollo 14 astronaut supports Haines' eagle work - Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell was the guest of honor at the banquet/fundraiser for the American Bald Eagle Festival in Haines.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/112812/new_1070670010.shtml

December

Surf's up - Surfers catch waves when high winds strike "out the road" near Juneau. The sport is growing momentum even in the cold.

Read the stories at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/120512/out_1073285341.shtml

Klukwan honors women with 2 totems - Klukwan unveiled two totems at the American Bald Eagle Festival in Haines. The totems honor women, and represent a balance between the warrior totems across the street from the ANS hall in Klukwan.

Read the story at: www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/120512/new_1073284695.shtml

Santa lends an ear at CCW - Santa Claus stopped for a visit to Capital City Weekly.


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