Monday, January 1, 2007

Five days a week?
Cry-baby and slacker are just a couple of the words respondents are using for Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), according a poll by ThinkProgress.com, a project of the nonpartisan Center of American Progress Action Fund.

Call waiting
When responding to an ad online or in a newspaper, carefully state in your cover letter that you'll be following up.

Possibilities and promise for workers across the country
We asked several people across the country about their career-related plans for the new year. Here's what they said:

Greetings and salutations
When writing a cover letter, be sure to confirm the proper gender, spelling, title and company name of the individual you are sending it to.

Homosexuality isn't a choice
This is in regards to Douglas Grimm's ill-conceived and factually incorrect My Turn printed in Thursday's Juneau Empire.

Treat same-sex partners equally
One step forward and two steps back. Equality is a sticky issue in this country, and I find it appalling that the newly elected governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is unwilling to support same-sex benefits for citizens of Alaska.

Society treads on the rights of homosexuals
Thank you, Doug Grimm (Thursday's My Turn) for putting all your bigotry in writing.

Government has lost focus in Iraq
The primary reason why we have troops over in Iraq is because of the terrorist attacks that happened on 9/11, and the primary goal was to get Osama bin Laden and all the terrorist responsible.

Sarah Palin might just be the new Hammond
Our new governor, Sarah Palin, has started out showing integrity and common sense.

Tree provided a little rest for the heart
As it has for many years, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau provided the "Light Up a Life" tree at the Nugget Mall this holiday season. The donations people make to place ornaments on the tree in memory of a deceased loved one or in honor of a living person, raise critical funds to support the hospice's important work.

September
Debating the issues: Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho, left, answers a question during a debate with candidate Brad Fluetsch before a meeting of the Retired Public Employees of Alaska on Sept. 7 at the Prospector Hotel. Botelho went on to win re-election in October.

February
Meth lab found: A narcotics enforcement officer is escorted by Juneau Police Officer Mark Patzke as he brings hazardous materials that were found Feb. 27 at Frontier Suites Airport Hotel.

April & May
Roadless rally: Katie Peeler, 16, above right, holds up a "No Road" sign at the Capitol on April 28 during a rally against building a road north of Juneau.

Juneau woman helped pioneer benefits law
The Capitol was almost deserted as members of the Legislature struggled through an early November snowstorm to convene a special session.

November & December
Lawmaker arrested: Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Anchorage, top left, background, walks with his wife Rep. and Sen.-elect Lesil McGuire on Nov. 14 in Juneau. Anderson was arrested Dec. 7 on a federal bribery warrant.

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

2006 Year in Photos
For all of the highs and lows the city experienced, 2006 was a memorable year in Juneau. From the blaze that destroyed a historic church to FBI raids, several top news stories emerged from the capital this year.

June
Celebration 2006: Grand Entrance organizer Andy Ebona, above center, is surrounded by some of the 1,700 dancers participating in Celebration 2006. The biennial Native event kicked off June 1 in Juneau

March
Stories in March: About 250 people, top left, march along Egan Drive during an event to mark the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on March 19 in Juneau

New year, new governor, new hope for gas deal
With a change of governors, many Alaskans see hope for agreement on the long-stalled North Slope gas contract, which would open of a pipeline for trillions of dollars worth of natural gas.

January
Soldiers return: Sgt. Alden Balalong waves to friends as a crowd of hundreds welcomes back local U.S. Army National Guardsmen on Jan. 22 at the Juneau International Airport.

Photo: Year-end run
Shelley Owens, left, and Kari Robinson run Sunday with their dogs, Aly and Kenai, along the Glacier Spur Road.

October
New assemblywoman: Sara Chambers, top center, is all smiles along with Paulette Simpson and Assemblyman Merrill Sanford on Oct. 6 during the final counting of the absentee and questioned ballots at Assembly chambers.

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

August
Raid: FBI Special Agent Wade Dudley removes boxes from the office of Senate President Ben Stevens on Aug. 31, at the state Capitol in Juneau.

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

Photo: Fueling up
Cliff LaRue carries rounds he cut from downed trees Sunday along the Auke Recreation bypass.

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

July
Summer in bloom: A song sparrow perches July 20 on fireweed beginning to bloom at the Brotherhood Bridge Park.

Alaska editorial: Don't change constitution to negate same-sex benefits
The Alaska Supreme Court has ended the debate - for now - on whether public employees with same-sex domestic partners will receive health insurance benefits at work. The Dec. 19 ruling said yes, the state must comply with the court order and provide benefits starting Jan. 1.

Toe Toon

Alaska editorial: Think outside the box, decriminalize marijuana
A government report suggests that the market value of marijuana grown in the United States now tops $35 billion, making it this nation's largest cash crop, even more valuable than staples such as corn or soybeans.

Can't remain silent about bigotry
I was not sure how to respond to Douglas Grimm's My Turn about same-sex benefits, which appeared in Thursday's Juneau Empire. As a matter of fact, I thought that I would let it pass based solely on its absurdity alone.

Outsiders: Patrick VanPool
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Alaska students learn ins, outs of harvesting a moose
For one snowy day earlier this month, a group of eight Kenai and Soldotna area teenagers abandoned modern life to toil away at a warm moose carcass, tugging and slicing its flesh into pieces to take home and eat.

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

Waterfowl season comes to a close
Will Geiger and about 500 others hunted waterfowl in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge this season. It ended Dec. 16 with a bang.

Snowboarders, skiers add kites for thrill
Richelle and Bryan Kemper were on their way to Alyeska for some simple, old-fashioned snowboarding Dec. 10 but took a detour to Kincaid Park to learn about adding a kite to the sport.

Capital City Classic awards

Capital City Classic

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.

Women of Troy upend Juneau in Classic final
The Troy High School girls basketball team completed its Alaska adventure with its perfect record intact.

Crimson Bears get tough in Oregon
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team isn't stacked with tons of grapplers in each weight class.

Crimson Bears fall to Rebels 71-53
A.B. Miller outscored Juneau-Douglas by 14 points in the second half to capture the Capital City Classic boys basketball title on Saturday.

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.

Photo: Listing ship one of year's top stories
The tug Emma Foss cruises by the capsized car carrier Cougar Ace on July. 31 off of the coast the Aleutian Islands. The capsizing of the carrier was selected by the Associated Press as one of the top stories in Alaska in 2006.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Movie buffs prepare for the Rose Parade
A pair of Anchorage residents will help George Lucas celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars" at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Alaska Digest
Today is the enrollment deadline for Medicare recipients, including people 65 and older than who do not currently have a Medicare PDP or what government administrators regard as creditable coverage.

Top news stories touched all corners of Alaska
You didn't have to actually live in Alaska to know what was news in 2006.

Alaska Digest
Weather postpones Eaglecrest fireworks, Sixth judge added to Fairbanks court, Army releases name of paratrooper killed & Many rural Alaska villages lack water

Bid not met for jet
Bidders in an online auction failed to meet the minimum bid for selling Alaska's state jet.

Alaska fights global warming lawsuit
A dozen states are in court trying to force the federal government to reduce automobile emissions that contribute to global warming, but Alaska, where the effects are most apparent, is not one of them.

Soldier mends, re-enlists after injury in Iraq
They say it takes more than just strength, courage and determination to be a soldier. It also takes an indelible resolve in the face of adversity, which a soldier from Nikiski proved he had this past year.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the Nation and the World

Villagers take precautions against snowmobile thugs
Villagers traveling to Bethel by snowmobile have been harassed and they are stepping up measures to protect themselves.

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