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MRAK Almanac: Easter train, Don Young event, ‘Unplanned’ movie in Juneau

April 19, 1933: John W. Troy, owner of the Daily Alaska Empire, was inaugurated as the 12th governor of Alaska, a position he held until 1939. Born in Dungeness, Washington, Troy was a reporter for a newspaper in Port Townsend after graduating from high school there. He published newspapers in Washington and Alaska and was the editor of Alaska-Yukon Magazine from 1911 to 1912. He was then editor of the Daily Alaskan Empire for 20 years before being appointed governor. He died in Juneau on May 2, 1942.  Read about his interesting life here.

April 19, 1989: The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the Legislature did not violate the Alaska Constitution by remaining in session more than 120 days because, in spite of an Alaska constitutional amendment limiting regular session to 120 days, the governor issued an executive proclamation reconvening the Legislature on the 121st day. Read about how it unfolded here.

April 20, 1999: Two teens killed 13 people and injured 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colo.

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IT’S CALVING SEASON: The first reindeer calves of 2019 have arrived at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm. Male and female calves were born late Friday, April 12, and the third, a female, arrived April 13 at 5 am. “We found it Saturday morning when we came in to feed,” said reindeer caretaker Erin Carr. Two more calves arrived April 16. Read more here.

April 19: Good Friday.

April 19-25: Unplanned, the movie, has a limited engagement in Juneau at Glacier Cinema. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything. Friday: 7 pm and 9:30 pm. Saturday: 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm, and 9:30 pm. Sunday: 1 pm,4 pm, and 7 pm. Monday-Thursday 7 pm.

Watch the trailer here:

April 20: Friends of the NRA Southeast Alaska annual banquet in Juneau at Centennial Hall, 5 pm.
April 20-27: Passover, also called Pesach, celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery in 1200s BC.
April 20: Easter train from Anchorage to Indian and back. Magic tricks, Easter bunny. candy. Details here.
April 21: Easter.
April 22: Congressman Don Young, Dean of the House and longest serving Republican in the history of Congress, will make an appearance and be toasted at the Chugach Alaska Corp. Atrium, 3800 Centerpoint Drive, $250 suggested contribution to Alaskans for Don Young.
April 27-28: Kenai Peninsula Sport Rec & Trade Show, Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.
Donations Welcome

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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