Monday, February 13, 2006

Cubicle couples
The concept of workplace relationships is somewhat inevitable, particularly today when workers often spend a large portion of their time at the office. In a recent study conducted by Engage.com, 6 percent of the 1,000 couples surveyed said they first met their spouse while working together. What's more, an additional 6 percent said a co-worker is most likely to fix him or her up on a date, second only to a friend.

Heard, not seen
Participating in an interview over the phone is an entirely different beast than a face-to-face encounter; what you say and how you say it become even more important. With that in mind, here are some quick tips for mastering the phone interview:

Cruise industry pays its way
Those persons wanting to tax each cruise ship passenger $50 to visit our state must surely be in need of a windowdectomy.

Just build it
Hello there. Anybody home? You want a road out of Juneau?

Substitutes at the bottom of the chain
In the great ocean of public education there is a fishy-smelling food chain.

A reason for the substitute shortage
Regarding a shortage of Juneau subsititute teachers (Empire, Feb. 9): In the case of my daughter applying for substitute teaching, her application for whatever reason got set aside.

No suit of armor for kids
The recent Juneau Assembly decision to require helmets to be worn by children while bicycling is a "feel-good" waste of our police officers' time.

Fairweather to be offline until April
The fast ferry Fairweather needs engine work and will be out of service until mid-April, according to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Three indicted in killing of former Juneau man
Three men were charged Friday with first-degree murder in last year's death of former Juneau resident Michael Gerber.

Photo: Catching flies
Grace Newman catches paper insects through her frog mask using a "blow out" party favor, as Kray Van Kirk helps his daughter, Olivia, remove one she just caught.

Photo: Looking to the future
Patrina Kilkeary, right, and her daughter, Elizabeth, of Petersburg, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid during the second annual Alaska's College Goal Sunday at Juneau-Douglas High Schoo

Gov. wants to dredge channels
Like other shallow waterways linked to Southeast Alaska's estuaries, the upper reaches of Juneau's Gastineau Channel are more for the birds than the boats.

Tlingit who almost became Washington gov. visits Juneau
Briefly, Dino Rossi was elected to one of the highest political offices ever for a Tlingit Native, when he won Washington's seat for governor in 2004.

Jury in murder case to continue its deliberations
Jurors deciding the fate of Rachelle Waterman again sent the judge to the dictionary Friday before going home for the weekend without a verdict.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: Thrill ride
Joann Simpson doesn't let a little rain get in the way of enjoying the recently opened tubing run Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Digital switch to take KTOO off radio for 3 days
Starting this morning and lasting until at least Wednesday night, KTOO-FM will be unavailable on the radio.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

The Return Home
First Lt. Josh Shrader spent just two weeks with his newborn daughter before he was sent to Iraq.

William Aalbu Baker
Former Juneau resident William "Bill" Aalbu Baker, 67, died Feb. 6, 2006, in Tumwater, Wash.

Marc Harold Blaine
Juneau resident Marc Harold Blaine, 56, died Dec. 18, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital, surrounded by his brother, Harry, and close friends.

My Turn: The governor's budget includes wise investments
To read the Feb. 10 editorial, reprinted from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, a person would get the incorrect impression that Gov. Frank H. Murkowski plans to blow $1.2 billion in unanticipated revenue this year.

Give students an apple
Substitute teachers never could get a break. They're expected to prepare for the impossible on short notice, to be instant authoritarians with young, sometimes adolescent strangers, and, on bad days, to dodge spitwads and jeers. Beyond all that, they're expected to help students learn.

Planned Parenthood: What do you think?
Last week's question: Planned Parenthood is planning to open a Juneau clinic to deal with reproductive issues and provide abortions. Do you think that such a clinic should be opened?

Out&About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Play dead or fight? The answer might surprise
One day in the Yukon, two girls went for a walk.

Power Brokers
Alaska's bears are a powerful lot in the wild, but they're politically and ecologically vulnerable.

Board gives new opportunities for Taku salmon
The Alaska Board of Fisheries voted two weeks ago to continue to allow Juneau anglers the use of two rods, as well as increased bag limits, in years of highly-abundant Taku River king salmon.

Crimson Bears take two from visiting Sitka
Juneau-Douglas High School showed off all facets of its game in a pair of wins over Sitka in boys basketball over the weekend.

Utah falls as Boozer plays his 2nd game
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and Utah forward Carlos Boozer scored six points in his second game since returning for a hamstring injury.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau

Juneau's JV easily tops Sitka twice
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity and C teams picked up wins against visiting Sitka over the weekend.

Lots of free travel for two AK lawmakers
Private interest groups have paid for more than $180,000 in travel for two of Alaska's congressional members since 2000.

Breakdowns push back arrival of new fire engine
If someone was trying to punish Michael Keenan, they couldn't have done a better job.

Greens win injunction for party recognition
A judge has granted the Alaska Green Party a preliminary injunction that gives the group the benefits of a full-fledged political party for this year's primary election.

This Day in History
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Push is on for liquefied natural gas
Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita slammed the Gulf Coast nearly five months ago, the region has lost more than 610 billion cubic feet of natural gas production.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Deadline looms for federal financial aid
"The early bird gets the worm" when it comes to applying for college financial aid, officials say.

Legislators' interim pay increases 145%
Alaska lawmakers' interim pay has shot up 145 percent since they gave themselves a raise last year for time spent working on legislative business outside of session.

Is Alaska pipeline secure?
The trans-Alaska oil pipeline looks like it would be an easy target for terrorists intent on destroying a valuable American asset, but those responsible for its safekeeping say looks can be deceiving.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Military plans missile launch from Kodiak
The military plans to launch a mock missile from Alaska's Kodiak Island later this month to test radar upgrades in the national missile defense system, a Pentagon official said Friday.

Rep. Young among Congress members linked to lobbyist
Three members of Congress including Alaska Rep. Don Young have been linked to efforts by lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former General Services Administration official to secure leases of government property for Abramoff's clients, according to court filings by federal prosecutors.

Plaintiff seeks sanctions in church sexual abuse case
A woman who is suing the Catholic church in a sexual abuse case is asking a Nome judge to impose sanctions against the Catholic Diocese and the Society of Jesus for what her attorney called dumping of evidence as the Feb. 27 trial date approaches.

This Day in History
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