Rebuilding a life
One February morning last year, Annie Geselle slipped and fell on a patch of ice out in front of her house. It’s a moment most of us have experienced in this town of steep hills and constant precipitation, but in Annie’s case, the incident could not be brushed off. It lingered and expanded across days, weeks, months, derailing her life in ways she struggled to understand. It would be spring before she realized she’d sustained a brain injury that morning; a year later she’s still trying to fathom the changes.

Arts and crafts kits for kids get more creative
Not so long ago, it was hard to find an art kit for children that involved much more than some pompoms, glitter and a few pipe cleaners.

Another side of 'The Blind Side'
“I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond” (Gotham Books, $26), by Michael Oher with Don Yaeger: Of the many well-chronicled challenges Michael Oher has overcome in his young life, the task of writing an autobiography has to be the most strange: How do you tell your own story after it’s been seen on the big screen in an Oscar-winning-film?

Chavis wins Poetry Out Loud state finals
Lakeidra Chavis of Lathrop High School in Fairbanks was named the winner of last night’s Poetry Out Loud Alaska state finals, and Kaylee Miltersen, of Chugiak High School, was named the first runner up.

2011 Young Alaskan Artist Award offered
ANCHORAGE – The Anchorage Festival of Music has announced its 13th annual Young Alaskan Artist Award competition. This award provides a solo, professional, debut recital in Anchorage and award money to a young, aspiring classical musician pursuing a music performance degree in college.


UAS poets to bring community together
A wave of poetry will sweep the Auke Lake campus with Words and Voices: Poets of UAS. The event is part of the Sound and Motion: Spring 2011 Arts at Egan Series.

'Music Man' continues this weekend
Juneau-Douglas High School’s theater department will continue its shows of “The Music Man,” this weekend. The show runs Friday and Saturday at the JDHS auditorium. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids, students and senior citizens. They may be purchased at Hearthside Books, at the JAHC or at the door.

Alaska State Museum: “AFTER” by Tim Remick and “Sand and Snow” by Barry McWayne. 395 Whittier St.

Art of Place continues with Clarissa Rizal
The Art of Place lecture series at University of Alaska Southeast continues today, with featured artist Clarissa Rizal. Rizal will talk about weaving.

Schedule begins Friday

New at the library: chapter books for older readers
Chapter books for older elementary, middle, and high school readers abound: check the New Chapter Books shelves at all the public libraries for these titles and many others.

Attack from the right
A return to the medieval Dark Ages of autocratic fiefdoms and a bigoted, economically-bifurcated, enslaved serfdom; this is the unwitting policy direction a right-wing, Republican leadership wishes to avail our democratic republic. Controlling those of us already matured beyond the immature, teenage impulses warned by the seven deadliest of sins (of which many rRight-wing leaders are guilty and so think all others are similarly tempted), is the entire extent of policy promoted by the new majority in the U.S. House. They are condemning us to misery by destroying everything that brought civil society out of the last dark-age. From decimating the only legislation this country has to retard the catastrophe of climate change and ecological disaster (defunding EPA laws!); defunding arable land and water securing consumer protection laws; and making theocratic, community health where counseling on “choice” is administered. They live in a Machiavellian reality of medieval times! National devolution began in the 1980s with Reagan’s Air Traffic Controller’s union busting and they’ll now stop at nothing to eradicate their only opposition to their maniacal drive to control ideas in our society; collective bargaining. Labor Unions will do nothing but reverse this drive to social immaturity that is destroying the quality of human existence.

AEL&P responds
The Empire’s recent article (“AEL&P pushes for Anchorage rate hearing,” Feb. 21) contained important factual errors.

Alaska unions gather in support of Wis. laborers
Solidarity was the name of the game Tuesday, as Alaska employee unions rallied across the street from the Capitol building in support of Wisconsin unions that are facing the loss of their collective bargaining power.

North Dakota oil expert educates State Chamber
The oil industry is a highly significant, often controversial, sector of Alaska’s business climate. To help provide some insight from a place where the oil industry is currently booming, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce heard from an outside oil expert who gave some thoughts on what the business means to his home.

Plea agreement reached in possession, conditions violation case
A Juneau man facing charges relating to cocaine possession and violating conditions of his release pleaded guilty to a pair of charges in Judge Patricia Collins’ Juneau Superior courtroom Tuesday.

Accused heroin trafficker arraigned
A woman arrested at Juneau International Airport on Valentine’s Day for possession of heroin was arraigned in Superior Court on Wednesday by Judge Patricia Collins.

Petersburg magistrate Whitethorn to retire
Petersburg Magistrate Darlene Whitethorn has announced she will retire on May 15 after nearly 28 years of legal service to the State of Alaska.

Concerns about water quality surface at AJ Mine subcommittee meeting Wednesday
Discussions of water quality issues past, present and future highlighted Wednesday’s meeting of the AJ Mine Advisory Committee, held in the Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

GCI launches prepaid smartphone service
General Communications, Inc. recently launched Alaska’s first prepaid smartphone option, allowing customers to use certain Android smartphones without a contract.

Icy Strait welcomes two new directors for cruise season
Icy Strait Point will kick off its 2011 cruise season with two new directors in its operations. Stuart Campbell and Eleanor Davenport will lead the food and beverage department and retail department, respectively.

Walmart gives $35K to promote domestic violence, sexual assault prevention
The Walmart Foundation announced Monday a $35,000 grant to the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) in support of the 2011 Lead On! For Peace and Equality Program.

Bartlett looks at expanding oncology services
Expansion of oncology services at Bartlett Regional Hospital is being looked at, but consultants say expanding services for cancer patients would require a lot of promotion and diversity — and would serve a relatively small group of people.

Photo: Clearing the way
Jonathan Mollick, parks maintenance supervisor for the city, drives a Bobcat with a snowblower attachment to clear snow leftover from last weekends storm along Twin Lakes on Wednesday.

Photo: A roundabout decoration
A snowman family decorates the Douglas roundabout Tuesday. The forecast is for this week is clear skies and cold weather.

Photo: Snowy outing
Ruger, a jubilant yellow lab puppy, excitedly leads owner Kathy Underwood on a Mendenhall Glacier outing early this week.

Photo: Breaking trail
Keith Pahlke breaks trail for Dakota and Geneva across the Mendenhall Glacier early this week.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Erma Grace Lawrence
Dr. Erma Grace (Baronovich) Lawrence passed away Feb. 21, 2011 in Seattle. She was born on Aug. 2, 1912 and was a longtime resident of Ketchikan. Her funeral will be held this week in Seattle. Her memorial service will be held in Ketchikan at a date to be announced. A full obituary will follow.

Russell Alan Southard
Russell Alan Southard died Feb. 7, 2011 in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

John Anthony McNatt
John Anthony McNatt died Feb. 17, 2011, with his wife and friends at his side. He had suffered for almost a year from lung cancer, but his family wrote his death was peaceful.

Brant Timm Hargrave
Brant Timm Hargrave passed away Feb. 21, 2011 in Olympia, Wash. at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer.

Commend Young for fighting the Patriot Act
Last week Congressman Don Young broke ranks with fellow Republicans by voting against extension of the Patriot Act. At a time when so many in our country are clamoring to fend off government control of our lives, it would seem Young and those of like mind would have prevailed. But a temporary extension was passed in both houses of Congress by wide margins. And missing from the shallows of their debate was a serious attempt to understand why America has been at war for nine years.

Empire editorial: House Bill 5 needs clarity
We’re a bit puzzled by Rep. Wes Keller’s House Bill 5.

My Turn: R&D tax credit will boost economy, UAF
On Jan. 24, Gov. Sean Parnell submitted a bill to establish a 20 percent tax credit for qualified research and development conducted by private businesses in Alaska. If approved, this credit could help stimulate private-sector investment, entrepreneurial activity and business expansion in Alaska that would bring opportunity and sustainable long-term benefits to the state.

My Turn: City addresses pool concerns
In response to the recent article and editorial in the paper, I want to inform the public of how CBJ management and the Parks and Recreation Department supervisory staff are addressing the concerns raised.

My Turn: Public process helped to guide Sealaska land legislation
The Sealaska land legislation is an amendment to a 40-year-old act of Congress, but a lengthy public outreach process involving more than 225 meetings with local Southeast Alaska communities, stakeholders and organizations has set the stage for this legislation in 2011.

Outside editorial: Resettling the Uighurs
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Douglas woman victim of armed robbery
Two armed men forced a Douglas woman to open a lock box, then stole about $3,000 of property Monday afternoon, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

Former Coast Guard officer posthumously awarded Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service medal
Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin, commander of the 17th Coast Guard District, posthumously awarded Carl H. Lautenberger the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service medal in Anchorage Wednesday.

Statewide broadband task force named
Commissioner Susan Bell today announced the formation of a statewide broadband task force to work with the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) on a plan to accelerate the deployment and availability of affordable broadband technology throughout the state, the department announced yesterday.

Palin says she's planning trip to India next month
JUNEAU — Sarah Palin is headed to India for one of the few overseas trips she’s taken since her vice presidential run in 2008.

Body of missing Juneau man found
The body of missing Juneau resident Hunter Wolfe, 21, was found early Wednesday during a search and rescue operation conducted by the Alaska State Troopers, the Juneau Police Department and members of the Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search.

Parnell: Happy to return money if feds want it
JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell hasn’t decided whether to return federal funds his state received to implement provisions of the federal health care overhaul he deems unconstitutional. But if the federal government asks for the money back, he says he’ll be happy to return it.

September release set for McGinniss book on Palin
JUNEAU — A best-selling author accused of helping leak an unpublished tell-all on Sarah Palin is releasing his own book on the former Alaska governor this summer.

Selawik fight club host charged
ANCHORAGE — A man who hosted “fight club” boxing in Selawik has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Report: Seafood industry is economic leader
JUNEAU — A new report says Alaska’s seafood industry is doing a lot for the state’s economy.

Anchorage class behind anti-panhandling bus signs
ANCHORAGE — Signs on People Mover buses in Anchorage against panhandling are the idea of a class at Rogers Park Elementary.

Troopers charge 2 with disrupting village radio
SELAWIK — Two residents of Selawik have been charged with disorderly conduct for dominating a radio frequency with obscenities and challenges to fight.

Former officer convicted of sexual assault
ANCHORAGE — A former Anchorage police officer has been found guilty of sexual assault.

Halibut Commission offers merit scholarship
The International Pacific Halibut Commission funds several Merit Scholarships to support university, technical college and other post-secondary education. The scholarship fund has been established to assist the further education of Canadian and U.S. students connected to the halibut fishery and its industry. Generally, a single scholarship valued at $2,000 per year will be awarded. The scholarships are renewable annually for the normal four-year period of undergraduate education, subject to maintenance of satisfactory academic performance. A committee of industry and commission representatives will review applications and determine recipients based on academic qualifications, career goals and relationship to the industry. The scholarships for 2011 will be available for educational entrance or continuation in fall 2011.

Alaska House proposes stronger control of UA regents
JUNEAU — The state House of Representatives has proposed a bill that would give the governor more authority over University of Alaska regents and allow him to fire a member when “good cause” exists.

Native Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit offers scholarships
The Alaska Native Libraries, Archives, and Museum Summit 2011 is fast approaching and it is time to apply for a scholarship; the scholarship application deadline is Feb. 28. For a scholarship application, please e-mail Angela Demma at or call 269-4611.

NMFS plans hearings on proposed ice seal listings
ANCHORAGE — The National Marine Fisheries Service will conduct three public hearings on its proposal to list ringed and bearded seals as threatened species.

House stands behind Rep. Cissna's protest of TSA screening
The House of Representatives in the Alaska State Legislature overwhelmingly passed a Sense of the House resolution stating that “no one should have to sacrifice their dignity in order to travel.” The motion, offered by Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), came just days after Rep. Sharon Cissna (D-Anchorage) refused to submit to a Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) patdown at the Seattle-Tacoma airport.

28 lawmakers set to attend Energy Council
JUNEAU — Nearly half the 60-member state Legislature plans to be in Washington, D.C., next week for an Energy Council conference.

Alaska community receives domestic violence grant
JUNEAU — The Bristol Bay town of Dillingham has been chosen to receive a $372,642 grant to fund a community domestic violence prevention program.

Begich supports spending for science education
ANCHORAGE — Sen. Mark Begich says the nation should spend more on science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM — education.

Bill would give DMV special plate oversight
JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate State Affairs Committee is considering a bill to move the responsibility for approving special license plates from the legislature to the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Summer event prepares Native students for health careers
The Association of American Indian Physicians is accepting applications for the 14th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative, which will be held on the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C., June 18-26.

Park Service names Native liaison
ANCHORAGE — The National Park Services says a federal tribal programs manager has been tapped to serve as the federal agency’s Alaska regional native liaison.

Kiana teacher charged with sexual abuse of minor
KIANA — A rural teacher has been accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student under the age of 18.

JSD Facilities meeting
The Juneau School District’s Facilities Committee will meet Thursday, March 3 from noon to 1 p,m. at the Goldbelt Building Auxiliary Board Room, 801 W. 10th St., in Juneau.

6th Annual Basic Skills Competition
Feb. 20 at Treadwell Ice Arena

Photo: Juneau Adult Hockey Association
Rendezvous’ Travis Wells and Mary Ann Love steal the puck from the Comets’ Alex Grundmann as Tony Peterson and Becca Parks look on Sunday during a JAHA game at Treadwell Arena. Rendezvous improved to 7-1-1 on the season with a 4-1 win.

Kramp the first Falcon to commit to college football
The Falcons’ football season ended more abruptly than players and coaches had hoped, but word of the team’s undefeated regular season apparently piqued the interest of some college coaches down south.

Oil tax reductions might hit $2B annually
Gov. Sean Parnell said he still believes his oil tax cut proposal is good for the state, but there are new indications it may cost the state as much as $2 billion a year, more than first reported.

Legislators side with Cissna in airport screening incident
As Rep. Sharon Cissna travels back to Alaska on a state ferry instead of an airplane, Alaska’s elected officials are speaking out on her behalf.

Senate finance subcommittee hears testimony on domestic violence funding
The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Tuesday heard testimony on funding for domestic violence programs in the state from the head of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and also from Department of Public Safety Commissioner Joseph Masters.

Alcohol retailers find receptive audience for complaints
While the Legislature is considering cracking down on dangerous new synthetic drugs, an effort led in the House of Representatives by Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, some other legislators would make the state friendlier to the alcohol industry.

Legislators from Anchorage, Kotzebue address Native Issues Forum
Rep. Reggie Joule, D-Kotzebue, chair of the Legislature’s Bush Caucus, and Sen. Bettye Davis, D-Anchorage, a frequent ally, brought their pro-education message to the Native Issues Forum Wednesday.

Alaska commission proposes North Pole mayor fine
FAIRBANKS — An Alaska commission has recommended a fine against the mayor of North Pole, saying he used taxpayer money to influence the outcome of his recall election.

McConnochie gets Redistricting Board seat
Juneau’s Al Clough has resigned from the state’s Redistricting Board, but has been replaced by another Juneau resident.

Alaska DigiTel owner settles suit for $1.6M
ANCHORAGE — The owner of Alaska DigiTel has paid nearly $1.6 million to settle allegations that the company signed up subscribers who did not qualify for a low-income federal subsidy of telecommunications service.

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