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Sunday, March 27, 2011

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.

Correction
In a story appearing in the Empire on March 20 on page C1, it was incorrectly reported that Janice Holst called 911 at her first signs of a stroke. Holst did not call 911, but rather called Bartlett Regional Hospital’s emergency room.

Students learn snow safety, nature exploration
A handful of students spent their spring break on Friday learning about avalanche safety and animal signs at Eaglecrest as part of Discovery Day.

First Bank nationally recognized
First Bank was nationally recognized for its Community Service Award Program during the recent American Bankers Association National Conference for Community Bankers in San Diego The award was in the Encouraging Volunteerism category.

Photo: Working on their 'Juneau tan'
Bryan and Emily Krogstad work on their “Juneau tan” after a full day on the slopes Friday at Eaglecrest.

Grant will allow additional family finance coordinator
A grant from U.S. Housing and Urban Development may allow the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. to further build its self-sufficiency program for low-income families in the Southeast.

Denali Commission seeks input
The Denali Commission will be in Juneau on April 1 as part of its Listening Session’s series. The goal of these Listening Sessions is to engage local and rural partners and people whom the Commission has done business with in the last decade on ways or strategies that will make the Commission more effective in the next decade.

Building the body beautiful
Most people would not consider eating 7 to 8 meals a day, especially meals that don’t contain their favorite sweets, but for Mica DeWitt, 25, and Kayla Wilson, 23, it’s part of their mission.

Planetarium hosts special presentation
Planetarium hosts special presentation

FYI
• On March 25, 2011, a daughter, Emma Kovach, weighing 10 lbs., to Jessica and David Kovach and siblings Aidan and Camden.

Living and Growing: To LOL or not to LOL?
I was chatting with a woman during the basketball playoffs. She told me she had watched the big game the night before. Then she laughed. Her whole family had watched that game the night before, but each one was in a different room, watching on their own TV. Five people, five televisions, one house, one game.

Seward's Day program to be held Monday
In honor of the Seward’s Day holiday, John Venables and Alaska Living History will present a celebratory performance at 7 p.m. on Monday at Centennial Hall. Venables is better known in one of his many historical guises, including William Henry Seward.

Senior menu
Closed for Seward’s Day

Recognitions
When Lieutenant Commander Gary Ryals interviewed for the University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management’s executive MBA program in 2006, he did so on a secure phone line from his command center in Baghdad, Iraq. During his first year in the program, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement during his 2005-2006 Iraq tour. While at Anderson, he emerged as a leadership mentor to his peers and was selected to be the class commencement speaker.

JDHS students recognized for contributions to school
On March 16, 10 students were honored by school staff for their contributions to improving the climate and inspiring other students at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Partnership provides weatherization training
The Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority and the University of Alaska Southeast are teaming up to provide energy efficiency training and certification and free weatherization services in Juneau and other Southeast communities for the Lyman Hoffman Weatherization Program.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week
Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters

SAGA, Alaska DOT&PF sign fourth cooperative agreement
SAGA, Alaska DOT&PF sign fourth cooperative agreement

Photo: Servicemen and a senator
Capital City Fire and Rescue Fire Captain Ed Quinto, left, and Capital City Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Richard Etheridge, right, pose with U.S. Sen. Mark Begich Tuesday. Quinto and Etheridge are two of Juneau’s 2011 Fourth of July parade grand marshals. The theme of the parade is “Honoring Our Police and Firefighters” and will also include Juneau Police Department Sgt. David Campbell and public safety communications developer Carlos Cadiente as grand marshals.

Stress Management: Just say 'no'
Editor’s note: This is the final in a series of four articles about stress management. Part 1 of this series was published on June 10, 2010.

Seward's Day Pancake Breakfast cancelled
Seward’s Day Pancake Breakfast cancelled

Walk for Autism registration open
Walk for Autism registration open

Neighbors Mailbox: March 27, 2011
Thanks for your support of the daffodil sales

Alumni & Friends grows, gives back
University of Alaska Southeast’s Alumni & Friends is the go-to organization for people who want to support UAS in a fun and meaningful way. Led by President Jerry Burnett (MBA ‘87, MPA ’89), the board has recently been focusing on two of its goals: Supporting its multi-regional alumni base and encouraging student success through its scholarship fund.

Sadao Uehara
Sadao Uehara died on March 18, 2011, at Harborview Medical Center.

Empire Editorial: New prison may put state up fiscal creek
Alaska’s correctional leaders have built a very expensive new prison in the middle of nowhere. It’s near the site of a proposed Anchorage-to-Mat-Su Valley bridge to nowhere and an expensive new Mat-Su Borough ferry to nowhere that still has nowhere to dock.

TOE cartoon

Afterthoughts on earthquakes, moon perigees
We’ve all recently experienced two planetary events — one through the Japan quake, the other through the full moon. While they may be linked on a scientific level, the experiences of these events are polar opposites on the spectrum of living in proximity to Nature’s way.

Helping the hungry in Juneau
It was the third Thursday of March and I had committed myself to working with members of our Cathedral parish downtown at The Glory Hole Soup Kitchen and Shelter that evening. As the day unfolded, it was apparent that a number of people were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day wearing their green apparel as well as various buttons and beads. When I arrived at The Glory Hole I greeted a number of the regulars whom I had met on previous visits and then checked in with our volunteer team in the kitchen.

GSC competes in Northwest Sectional
Seven Glacier Swim Club members competed with 1,300 athletes from 165 other teams last week in the 2011 Northwest Age Groups Sectional Championships in Federal Way, Wash., finishing 41st overall.

Butler back in Final Four
NEW ORLEANS — Of course Butler erased a late deficit. Of course the Bulldogs hit a clutch 3-pointer late in overtime. Of course they’re going back to the Final Four.

Glacier 10k and mile results
Glacier 10k and 1-mile March 26

Angoon goes back-to-back
Haines was looking forward to getting another shot at Angoon in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

Hoonah masters Yakutat for crown
The shooting percentages were nothing to write home about Saturday but luckily for Hoonah, as the old adage goes, it’s defense that wins championships.

6 and counting for Kake
Hoonah had the looks of a team that had enough of Kake’s Gold Medal reign, but there’s a reason the Tlingit Heat have won five consecutive C Bracket championships.

Friday's Gold Medal round-up
Yakutat ousts Klawock

Juneau below state, nation
The unemployment rate in Juneau and Alaska continues to fall as the economy strengthens, and is continuing to hold solidly below the national level.

Jesuits settle NW abuse claims for $166 million
SEATTLE — Clarita Vargas was sent to an Indian boarding school some four decades ago to study her ABCs and learn to blend in with majority culture. She says she instead learned a nightmarish lesson — that children sometimes have no one to protect them from pedophiles.

Anchorage has about $11 million left from 2010
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says the city has about $11 million leftover from 2010, some of which could be spent this year.

Photo: Mapping our future
A House district map shows district population number as the Alaska Redistricting Board hears testimony at the Capitol on Friday. A lost in population could mean a loss of one representative for Southeast Alaska.

Oil tax reduction unlikely to work, expert tells Legislature
After weeks of Parnell Administration and oil industry claims that lower oil taxes will bring Alaska more oil production, more jobs and more revenue, the Legislature last week heard a devastating rebuttal from an industry insider.

Report: Dropping Saturday service won't save USPS much money
The Postal Regulatory Commission has released its final advisory opinion this week, stating that the savings in the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) proposal to end Saturday mail delivery may not be as high as the USPS originally observed. The USPS proposed cutting service and making other changes to address more than $2 billion in annual losses.

Alaska Airlines cancels flights after outage
DALLAS — Alaska Airlines and its Horizon Air affiliate canceled 95 flights Saturday because a computer system used for flight planning failed.

Senate resolution seeks fair regulation from feds
JUNEAU — The state Senate’s Resources Committee on Friday approved a resolution imploring the federal government not to excessively regulate Alaska’s resources.

10 Anchorage wolves killed for predator control
ANCHORAGE — State wildlife officials say a six-month effort to remove wolves considered dangerous has succeeded, with 10 of the animals killed in the Anchorage area.

Mat-Su awarded coastal zone imaging grant
ANCHORAGE — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will receive a federal grant of nearly $1 million to produce high-resolution aerial imagery and elevation data of its coastal management zone.

Photo: Melting away
Brad Snead walks past melting ice on the Cook Inlet beach Saturday in Kenai while looking for agates.

Police match footprints to shoes at traffic stop
HOMER — Two men in their 20s have been arrested and charged with a string of burglaries after police found shoe prints matching their own at the scenes of break-ins in Homer.

Sitka residents asked to cut electricity usage
SITKA — Low water levels at two lakes that power Sitka’s hydroelectric plants are coming at a bad time for the region as the city prepares to burn diesel fuel during a cold snap in late March.

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