A valentine couple since the fifth grade
Ted Merrell said the first time he saw Doreen Gillett walk into a room he knew she was the one for him.

Photo: Thawing out
Ice and rock are on the move as warmer weather brings a thaw to the landscape near the Mendenhall Glacier.

Photo: A pull and a push
Dominic Madalena, 17 months old, enjoys a stroller push from father Greg and a pull from the family’s flat-coated retriever Chompa on a Saturday outing along Lone Wolf Drive.

More than models 'illuminate' Wearable Art
Roughly 230 models, artists, wardrobe aides, hair dressers, and staff give the runway at this weekend’s Wearable Art fashion show human light bulbs, but the environment in which they pulse, glow, blink, radiate, and shine is a result of a technical crew that will spend most of the show behind the scenes and in the dark.

Police & Fire
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Photos: Wearable Art rocks Centennial Hall
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s 2011 Wearable Arts extravaganza “Illuminate” featured more than 80 artists’ creations. The fashion show was held at Centennial Hall on Saturday and Sunday in front of a sold-out audience. The annual event is a fundraiser for the JAHC and helps support art and artists in Juneau.

'Brain Paint'
If you look at many common issues people can have — such as anxiety, nightmares, post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder and substance abuse — they all lead back to one place: the brain.

Police & Fire
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Winter Camp
The Juneau Community Charter School held its biennial Winter Camp on Thursday and Friday at the Eagle River United Methodist Camp. Students from kindergarten through eighth-grade participated in a series of place-based learning activities, including storytelling, Native Olympics events, skiing, devil’s club harvesting and preparing meals for the approximately 94 students in attendance. Special visits were made by the Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search (SEADOGS) and the Juneau Raptor Center.

Medicines of the 1890s
In 1890, the population of Alaska was 32,052; the city of Douglas had 402 inhabitants and the city of Juneau contained 1,253.

Have a first-grade Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It is a holiday that can be a source of joy and anxiety at the same time.

Boettcher, Brand to wed
Melissa Jean Isturis Boettcher of McKinney, Texas, and Kyle Vance Brand, of Frisco, Texas, will wed at 11 a.m. on March 12, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Plano, Texas.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week
Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

Battlers of the books
Members of the Montessori Borealis Adolescent Program were the winners of the seventh- and eighth-grade Battle of the Books. The Montessori Borealis Golden Goats team members are pictured left, Iris Pilcher, Anastasia Hobson George, Helen Thurston and Sarah Haskell with teaching Coach Debbie Chalmers. Members of the team read 12 novels to compete at the district level against the winning Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School and Floyd Dryden Middle School teams. The team will compete at the state level via audio conference on March 1.

Juneau team succeeds in science bowl
On Feb. 5, Juneau-Douglas High School students competed and won in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl’s Tsunami Bowl at Seward High School. The NOSB is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C.

UAS champions in Ordway Basketball
The University of Alaska Southeast Men’s Division 1 basketball team took first in the Ordway Basketball Tournament on Feb. 2. The tournament is organized by Juneau Parks and Recreation.

Neighbors Mailbox: Feb. 13, 2011
We couldn’t have done it without Coeur

Zachariah Owens was among nearly 500 students to be named to the Eastern Oregon University dean’s list for fall term 2010.

• On Jan. 31, 2011, a daughter, Alivia Jeanette Howard, weighing 7 lbs., to Jonelle Ann Marie and Ryan Dale Howard.

Cool music
You know how cool you are by the music you listen to. Man, when I was a kid, I was not cool! (I’m not cool now either. If I was, I would have said, “Dude, when I was a kid, I was so not cool!”)

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day celebrations to be held
A series of programs in honor of Elizabeth Peratrovich Day will be held on Wednesday. The events are co-sponsored by the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2 and 70 and The League of Women Voters of Juneau.

Volunteer Firefighter of the Month
Credentials: Firefighter I, EMT I

Black Awareness Association fundraiser upcoming
February is National Black History Month.  In celebration of this occasion, the Black Awareness Association cordially invites the community to attend its Annual Black History Month Soul Food and Scholarship fundraiser.  This annual event is the association’s biggest event of the year. Proceeds go toward scholarships for students aspiring to reach higher in their educational career and to help bring other cultural events to the community.  

Hoops For Charity
Team Earthmovers’ Rudy Bean looks to pass in a trio of Taku Oil defenders in the championship game of the Masters Division of the Hoops For Charity basketball tournament at Thunder Mountain on Feb. 6. Earthmovers beat Taku Oil 71-61 and Bean was Most Valuable Player. TBG Office Solutions beat Juneau UAS in the Men’s Open Division Championship 97-87 and Alex Hueman was MVP; and Miramontes beat T&H 60-37 in the Women’s Division Championship with Tasha McCoy as MVP.

Empire editorial: A giving spirit
This past Saturday, members from Juneau’s three Rotary clubs, joined by the young adult leaders participating in Juneau’s Rotaract Club, converged in front of local grocers to collect food to help fill the shelves at the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

Empire editorial: Effort to cut EAS misguided
Wednesday, the Alaska Senate passed a resolution encouraging the U.S. Congress to fully fund the Essential Air Service (EAS) program in Alaska. While the resolution won’t actually guarantee any funding for the program, we applaud its intent and strong, unanimous message to Washington, and we are hopeful the House, Senate and White House will listen.

Time is now to unleash Alaska's economy
The Legislature has begun examining my proposal to spur investment in our state and create jobs for Alaskans by adjusting our oil tax rates.

TOE cartoon

Empire editorial: Time to clear the water, and the air
One of the first lessons learned at any public pool is this: When the lifeguard blows his or her whistle, it’s time to stop what you’re doing, pay attention and follow instructions.

Musings on Egypt, Freedom
I am transfixed by the developments in Egypt. The last time I was so captivated by a rise in political unrest was when the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc began to unravel, beginning with the crumbling of the Berlin Wall in 1989. I knew then that history was in the making. I even made my 6-year-old daughter watch the news with me, especially when all the euphoric pandemonium broke out in Berlin. She remembers it to this day.

My Turn: Elizabeth Peratrovich One powerful woman
It took a long time. That journey was hard and is not over. In 1867, The United States purchased the Alaska Territory from Russia. Ushering into the new frontier were the hopes of expansion and the promise of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights for Americans in this new territory. That Constitution and that Bill of Rights did not apply to Alaska Natives.

Valentine's Day thoughts
It was the end of a long day and the activity in the parish had been brisk. The western Pennsylvania parish I was assigned to consisted of more than 10,000 members, over 500 students were enrolled in the parish grade school, 120 students made up the parish high school and we were responsible for the pastoral ministry of the local 444-bed hospital.

Troopers shoot, wound man who fired at officers
PALMER — Alaska State Troopers say multiple officers fired at an armed man who shot first outside a home near Palmer.

UA president says policy should protect gays
FAIRBANKS — University of Alaska president Pat Gamble is recommending adding sexual orientation as a protected status under the system’s non-discrimination policies.

Federal Subsistence Board seeking comments on including rural subsistence members
The Federal Subsistence Board, acting for the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture, is seeking comments on a proposed regulatory change to expand the board to include two public members representing rural Alaska subsistence users.

State lawyer charged with theft
ANCHORAGE — Authorities in Anchorage say a 31-year-old state labor attorney is charged with theft in connection with shoes stolen from a Fred Meyer store.

Producers asked to testify at hearing
JUNEAU — Oil and gas producers have been asked to testify next week on a proposal that would cut oil production taxes in Alaska.

Crooked Creek teen charged with taking hostages
CROOKED CREEK — A 16-year-old Crooked Creek boy is accused of holding hostages at gunpoint in the Kuskokwim River village.

Anti-cannabinoid bill advances
JUNEAU — The House Judiciary Committee forwarded a bill to ban synthetic cannabinoids to the House Finance Committee on Friday.

Pair arrested after spray-painting spree
Two people face criminal mischief charges after being accused of spray painting buildings and a retaining wall Saturday night near the intersection of Sitka Street and Nowell Avenue in Douglas, according to a release from the department.

Woman dies after getting hit by car in Kodiak
KODIAK — A 64-year-old pedestrian has died after she was struck by a car in Kodiak.

Dog dies in Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS — A dog has died in the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Judge tosses conviction, cites weak DNA evidence
FAIRBANKS — A Kenai judge has granted a Fairbanks man convicted of a 1982 murder last year a new trial because the prosecutor withheld information about weakness of the DNA evidence against him.

TMHS girls get first-ever SE Conference win at Ketchikan
Eyerus Tingley converted a pair of free throws with 25.2 seconds remaining to break a 36-all tie, and the Thunder Mountain girls’ basketball team held on to beat Ketchikan 39-36 at Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium on Friday for its first-ever Southeast Conference win.

JDHS still perfect in SE
It wasn’t the barnburner Friday’s game produced, but Saturday’s clash was another battle for prime position in Southeast’s fiercest 4A rivalry.

Falcon's Tingley likes to get teammates involved
Thunder Mountain sophomore guard, Eyerus Tingley is a pass-first point guard.

Sexting, stalking and online enticement bill heard
House Bill 127, one of Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposals he says are aimed at protecting the most vulnerable Alaskans — children, the elderly, the disabled — was heard in the House Judiciary Committee last week.

Photos: Moose on the loose
A moose ate plants and berries in the back yard of an Anchorage office Friday. The moose browsed and then lay down in the yard for more than an hour.

State looks for recidivism solutions
JUNEAU — For Kevin Enloe, relapse and re-incarceration go hand in hand.

Retirement fund managers react to criticism
The Alaska Retirement Management Board manages $18 billion in pension funds and has strong investment returns, but board members think they’re not getting fair recognition for what they do.

Education commissioner: Focus should be on needs
JUNEAU — Alaska’s schools are a reflection of their communities, and “we’ve got some struggling communities,” the state’s new education commissioner said.

Parnell earmark moratorium unlikely to have impact
Gov. Sean Parnell’s decision to not seek earmarks for Alaska this year may be less bold than it initially appeared.

University system seeks to control health costs
FAIRBANKS — To control costs at the University of Alaska system, employees will be forced to pay a higher health care deductible while the university system emphasizes generic drugs and adds a fee for tobacco users.

Fairbanks school gets experimental ventilation upgrade
FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is installing a new type of ventilation system at one of the district’s elementary schools.

Self-defense bill passes committee
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday tried to take the unusual step of attaching a fiscal note from the committee to House Bill 80 in an attempt to dispute the Department of Law’s own note that states the proposed legislation would cost the department $450,000 a year.

Palin hires chief of staff for PAC
JUNEAU — Sarah Palin has hired longtime political strategist Michael Glassner as chief of staff of her political action committee.

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