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7 tips to improve your morning moods
Dr. Michael Perlis, director of the University of Rochester Medical Center's Sleep Research Lab in Rochester, N.Y., suggests the following tips for a better morning.

In the driver's seat
Jobs for auto mechanics - or auto technicians, as they are commonly referred to today - are in abundance, according to a number of experts in the field. And with technology rapidly changing, the need for skilled workers is continuously growing.

Wake up!
Coffee, soda, tea and orange juice are just a few of the beverages weary morning workers drink to help wake up. For many, the daily grind begins with a noisy alarm abruptly jerking them out of a peaceful night's slumber, but for a few, waking up requires more than just coffee beans.

Baby talk

Stand up for privacy
As a liberal Democrat, I often disagree with our congressional delegation. I'm writing to applaud both Lisa Murkowski and Don Young for their steadfast support of our personal freedom against the worst excesses of the Patriot Act.

It must be mined
I really like the letter on Alaska mining.

Grateful for the privacy protection
In its editorial, the Voice of the Times (reprinted in the Juneau Empire Jan. 5), stated that the Patriot Act allows the FBI to "check on what books a suspect may have checked out of the library."

Candidate Binkley has experience, integrity
I support John Binkley as candidate for the governor of Alaska. He is one of few individuals in public service who still maintain their integrity and conviction to true democratic ideals.

Photo: For some, chancy - for others, not
Sabrina Jones rides a sled pulled by her father, Matt Jones, as Ginny Eckert skijors with their dog Koda on Sunday near Skater's Cabin.

Visitor charged in Friday's bank robbery
A 25-year-old Montana man was arrested Friday after allegedly trying to buy a plane ticket out of Juneau with money stolen from a downtown bank that afternoon.

Photo: Checking out Downtown
An adult orca comes up for air Saturday in Gastineau Channel just off of Sandy Beach.

Resurrected diary tells of the tribulations at Treadwell
Ten years ago, Barry Kibler, now a 66-year-old retired truck driver in Carmichael, Calif., inherited his grandfather's diaries, detailing two trips he made to work at the Treadwell Mine in Douglas in 1903 and 1904.

Bayview pipe will run through state game refuge
The long-awaited Bayview subdivision sewer system may proceed to construction this year.

Photo: O Christmas Tree ...
Bob Chernikoff of Wallace and Sons tree service carries a discarded Christmas tree to a chipper Saturday at the city dump, where it will be ground up - along with a few thousand others.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Radio, school join in project
A new crop of journalists is hitting the airwaves with a fresh perspective on life in Juneau.

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

The struggle to live at home
A fight to live independently in her apartment is also a fight to stay alive, according to senior citizen Hazel Wearne.

City moves on new sewer construction
Like the grumpy lady looking for beef in the old Wendy's hamburger commercials, many in Juneau have been asking: Where's the sewer pipe?

Commission to consider 'cableway tour experience'
A summer tree canopy "cableway tour experience" will go before planning commissioners Tuesday night.

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

Home Depot store issues go before planners Tuesday
Juneau community development staff is recommending the Planning Commission approve preliminary plans for a Home Depot store west of Costco in the Lemon Creek area, along with a request to have fewer parking spaces than the city normally requires of a retailer.

Rescuing Raggedy Ann
Andrew Hooton, age 7, gets instruction from U.S. Forest Service ranger David Zuniga as he tosses a life-ring to Raggedy Ann, who in turn is presented as having fallen through the "ice" Saturday during Kids Day at the Glacier program at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.


My Turn: The reality of running the fast ferries in Alaska
In the ongoing debate over the usefulness or appropriateness of adding the fast vehicle ferries (FVFs) to the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet, it's important to distinguish between projected and actual operating costs and conditions.

Empire Editorial: State needs to honor the court, not defy it
A court ruling that the state must provide benefits to same-sex partners now has conservatives scrambling to figure out how they can circumvent the law.

Alaska Editorial: Valid change in initiative signature gathering
The difficulty that backers of some initiative petitions are having in gathering signatures is something to be applauded...

Alaska Editorial: ANWR fight delays aid for less fortunate
The pre-Christmas congressional battle over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge inflicted some heavy collateral damage on needy Americans.

Toe Toon
Comic by local artist Toe.

Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Hunters take the high road
The unseasonably warm winters over the past several years have been bad for skiers, but they appear to be a good thing for the Sitka blacktail deer of Southeast Alaska. As for the deer hunters - it depends on whom you ask.

Outdoors Digest
Fish and Game offers hunter education

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-Douglas defeats Dimond to win Shootout
Ryan Fagerstrom scored 18 points as the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team defeated host Dimond 65-60 on Saturday to win the Alaska Prep Shootout.

Bears fall short against Huskies
The Juneau-Douglas High School ice hockey team won its first period on Saturday but has yet to win its first game.

Bears' junior varsity girls basketball team earns two victories against Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity girls basketball team wasn't the only local squad that had success Friday and Saturday in Sitka.

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.

Having fun and raising funds
Teachers and faculty members from the Juneau School District braved the Treadwell Arena ice Sunday to take on the Crimson Bears' high school hockey team and raise money for Juneau-Douglas' inaugural season.

JDHS girls sweep Sitka in Southeast opener
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team opened Southeast Conference play with a sweep of host Sitka.

Missile failures dim prospects
Many of the silos are in place, obscured by snow behind heavy barbed wire fences, void of the ballistic missile interceptors that are slow in coming to this windy range.

Committee recommends modified borough
The Advisory Commission on Local Government wrapped up its work Saturday on the issue of borough formation in Alaska, suggesting something new.

Matricide trial to be held in Craig, for now
For now, the trial of a teenage girl accused of plotting to kill her mother will be held in the tiny fishing and logging town of Craig on Prince of Wales Island.

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

Not your typical analyst
Neal Fried isn't your typical economist. While his signature bow tie screams "geeky numbers guy," Fried is one of the most sought-after analysts by public and private figures who want to know anything about the state's economy and its labor issues.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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