Friday, February 25, 2011

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.

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.

'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.

ART, EVENTS & MUSIC
THURSDAY

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.

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.

MOVIES
Schedule begins Friday

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

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.

Week 4 Results!
The weight loss results for week 4.

Dr. Pavitt’s Weekly Tip for Permanent Fat Loss
One of the reasons I was hesitant to become involved with a weight loss contest is that for many people wanting to lose weight, using a scale too frequently can be counterproductive. Perhaps the biggest problem with frequently weighing one’s self is that our weight naturally fluctuates throughout the day and on different days. This fluctuation can be much greater than the amount of fat you can reasonably expect to gain or lose in a week’s time.

Struggling with Overeating and Food Addiction - Part 2
Part II on Food Addiction and Compulsive Overeating.

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.

Passions escalate as El Sombrero thief sentenced in court
The Juneau man involved in the theft of a safe from the El Sombrero restaurant the morning of July 9 was sentenced — and also warned by Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins to reform his life and pay restitution to the victims.

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.

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.

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.

Docks and Harbors approves 1.8% moorage increase
Moorage rates will see a small increase next year on all city-owned Juneau docks.

Judges allow convicted Juneau sex offender to travel
Judges in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday ruled that convicted sex offender James Hamey, a former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach, would be allowed to travel to Anchorage and California to visit family.

Police and 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.

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

Photo: Abbey Road re-enactment?
A fab four of glacier hikers walk across the frozen, snow-covered Mendenhall Lake early this week. According to the National Weather Service, clear skies and cold temperatures will become partly cloudy with snow showers as the weekend approaches.

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.

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: LEGO Legislature
Andyn Mulgrew-Truitt, 10, and Nihco Moises, 11, right, of the LEGO L’Eagles, a FIRST LEGO League team from Mendenhall River Community School, demostrate their computerized robot on a game board for the House Education Committee at the Capitol Monday. FIRST LEGO League introduces young students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. The program is part of the Juneau Economic Development Council’s education programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The committee members are from left: chairman Rep. Alan Dick, Rep. Paul Seaton, Rep. Scott Jiu Wo Kawasaki and Rep. Eric Feige.

Photos: Survival camp
The Education Training Company of Sitka are teaching a five-day survival course to U.S. Coast Guard crewmen, who are learning techniques including shelter construction and starting fires.

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.

Fernando G. Orozco
Fernando G. Orozco died Feb. 16, 2011. His family wrote he was surrounded by family and died peacefully at his home.

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.

Gary L. Durling, Sr.
Former longtime Juneau resident Gary Lee Durling, Sr., 71, died on Feb. 17, 2011 in Corvallis, Ore.

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: 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.

The scourge of Somalia
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

States are forced to pay for measures they can't afford
Less than a year since Congress passed the health overhaul law, the government is handing out hundreds and hundreds of waivers exempting a favored few from some of its expensive and burdensome provisions.

Law already gives states maximum flexibility
In a Feb. 7, 2011, letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, 21 Republican governors demanded that their respective states be exempt from a host of provisions in the new health-care law — the Affordable Care Act.

My turn: Sealaska bill still bad for small business
It is only a matter of time that the Sealaska Corporation entitlement bill will be dusted-off for this new congressional session. Just last month, the dialogue on the bill commenced on Southeast’s public radio stations and a week ago, I read the OpEd by Chris E. McNeill Jr., CEO and president of Sealaska Corporation, in the Juneau Empire (January 31, 2011). Unfortunately, the six-part radio series failed to include voices from local small businesses that make their living off the land and waters. And, Mr. McNeill’s column continues to push for a single-stakeholder solution.

Ask the experts about alcohol's damage
It is with much concern that I read the headlines of Thursday’s (Feb. 24) paper concerning alcohol retail. Whether we like to admit it or not, there is a crisis in this state in the use of alcohol, and its not just in the “bush” (read Native) communities. The effects of alcohol on spousal abuse, home violence, DWI deaths, and related tragedies should be the primary concern of our legislative leaders, not just the further marketing of alcohol. Suicide rates among our young are frightening, and I wonder about the role alcohol consumption plays in them. But certainly the rate of fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol syndrome effects are enormous. Calling them “fetal” is a misnomer, because it affects the entire life of the person who has it, not just their early years. It permanently alters their brain structures. And its not something that only happens in “bush” communities. It often takes a woman three of more weeks to discover she is pregnant. How about her alcohol consumption during that period? Three weeks where the fetus is forming and developing and may well be awash with alcohol if the woman chooses to party during that period.

High Gravity Games aim to fly high
What goes up must come down and, in most cases, the quicker the better.

Into caverns of ice
Ice caves. They are illusive, mysterious and as striking as a fine diamond. They are also deadly. It’s fair to say, however, that most things worth seeing in this world carry an inherent level of danger.

More than just that 'slimy stuff'
This week’s Friday Fireside Lecture will feature marine biologist Mandy Lindeberg, who will offer up an opportunity to learn the basics of seaweed identification and share the natural habitat of various species which grow along the Alaska coastline.

New valley Nordic trails now groomed
Grooming of the new Powerline and Under the Thunder trails in the Mendenhall Valley has begun, thanks to local volunteer efforts and — of course — Mother Nature.

Hunting permits to be announced today
JUNEAU — Drawing results for Tier I and Tier II permits will be released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 5 p.m. today.

Sticklebacks: Little fish with substantial value
Last summer, I did a little fish trapping (with a permit) in some of the ponds in the Dredge Lake area. The most common fish in my traps were three-spined sticklebacks. These tiny fish-lets get no attention from most people, because they have no “value” for sport or commercial fishing, but they are exceedingly interesting biologically and very important scientifically. The research literature on this species is vast, so this short essay provides only a sampling.

It’s always a good season for steelhead
JUNEAU — The Raincountry Flyfishers will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in the Thunder Mountain High School Library.

Wild shots
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via e-mail to: Abby Lowell, Outdoors editor, abby.lowell@juneauempire.com. For all photos include the name of the photographer, a description of what is shown in the picture, when it was taken and any other pertinent information. Images will run as space allows.

Tides for Feb. 25 - March 3
Today, Feb. 25

Trail and grooming conditions for Feb. 24
Eaglecrest reportas of Feb. 24:• New snow (24 hours):

Trap shoot participants brave wild weather
On Saturday, Feb 12, the Juneau Gun Club held an Amateur Trap Association registered trap shoot with a Pacific International Trap Association cross-over. A group of 20 individuals braved somewhat mild to moderate, but wet conditions for a 300-bird event. Not all shot gunners participated in each event, as it did make for a long day. Morning temperatures hovered around freezing with light and some drizzle. By the end of the day, there were periods of hard rain, wind and freezing temperatures. Despite the change in weather, all had fun.

Weather delays Iron Dog
FAIRBANKS — Stormy winter weather that reduced visibility to near zero delayed the restart of the Iron Dog snowmachine race in Nome.

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 anlams@alaska.gov or call 269-4611.

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.

Air emergency canceled
The local air quality emergency declared by the City and Borough of Juneau earlier this week was canceled Feb. 24. Check the Air Pollution Hotline at 586-5333. For more information call the City Managers Office at 586-5252.

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.

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.

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.

Keep an eye on avalanche dangers
With the weather partly cloudy and not as cold the Juneau area awaits some fresh snow. Avalanche-watchers on the Borough web site warn that shallow slabs and deeper ones created by windloading of snow are weak “and may easily be triggered by loose snow sluffs off of rocks, trees, and even simply by more windloading. Most of this slide activity is limited to steeper pitches and open areas. The deeper weak layers of instability appear to be gaining strength. As (Thursday’s) winds die off, danger levels will decrease.” Forecasters say that forecast isn’t for the backcountry. “In the backcountry with the presence of human triggers the potential for avalanches is greater. We have seen a great deal of slab instability within the region in the last week.” Go to http://www.juneau.org/avalanche/ for today’s updated report.

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.

Lecture on early photography
Jim Simard, Head of the Alaska State Library Historical Collections, and Ron Klein, photographer and historian, will present “Wet Plates in Cold Climates: Alaska’s Oldest Old Photograph — and Why” on March 2 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau as part of the Wednesday noon lecture series. There is no charge for admission to this lecture. Simard and Klein are on a search for the oldest photo taken in Alaska as part of their work in creating a new exhibit on early Alaskan photography. Using historical research techniques and an acute knowledge of early photographic processes, they are combing through numerous public and private collections to find the most interesting and earliest photographs of Alaska. The exhibit, which will run through the summer, is tentatively titled, “The First 25 Years of Alaskan Photography,” and will be composed primarily of photographs and artifacts from the collections of the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museums. The exhibit will feature images by masters of “wet plate” photography who made significant contributions to the fascinating story of photography in the Alaskan frontier.

Bait & switch? Nenana man indicted on fish scam charge
U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler said Thursday that a Nenana man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for false identification of wildlife.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Tarver family tree bleeds crimson, blue
They aren’t the first siblings to go head-to-head in Juneau’s budding prep sports rivalry.

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.

Cheers greet Cissna's arrival in Juneau
Thursday’s chilly temperatures didn’t prevent a warm reception for an Alaska legislator who took a four-day ferry trip instead of a 2 1/2-hour airplane ride after she refused to submit to a full-body patdown from TSA agents.

Former student charged with harassing calls
FAIRBANKS — A former University of Alaska Fairbanks student has been accused of making more than 1,000 sexually explicit phone calls to female students in dormitory rooms.

Alaska Permanent Fund takes advantage of Wall Street expertise
Investment officers from Goldman Sachs came to Juneau Thursday to brief the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. as part of one of fund’s innovative new investment strategies.

Murkowski: Alaska needs more oil, gas development
Sen. Lisa Murkowski said her own U.S. Senate was partly to blame for declining flows through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, but called on the state to do its part to refill the pipeline by lowering its oil taxes.

Canadian company sees big profit in Pebble
ANCHORAGE — One of the companies that expects to develop a new gold and copper mine in southwest Alaska is telling investors the Pebble mine would return billions of dollars in profits over 45 years of operation, the Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday.

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.

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.

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