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Home-field advantage?
Most employees will tell you they'd love to be able to work from home. It sounds so good in theory - working in your pajamas, avoiding rush-hour traffic, no run-ins with the office gossip monger - but the truth is that making the most of this perk is actually quite a challenge.

Class acts

Sharing personal information can be a difficult task
Resources for depression l National Institute for Mental Health www.nimh.nih.gov

Down time
We have all experienced episodes of sadness or anger, but for some people, those feelings are more than just episodes. In fact, depression is one of the top three workplace problems for employee assistance professionals in the United States. Left untreated, this common condition can cost $43.7 billion in absenteeism, lost productivity and direct treatment costs, according to the National Mental Health Association.

Stop the porkfest
A big "A" for effort to Jeff Ottesen at the House Transportation and Finance committee meetings this week.

Patriot Act is unconstitutional
On Feb. 3 our legislators in Washington D.C., will be voting on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, a law with 1,016 sections passed so hurriedly in October 2001 that neither discussion nor amendments were permitted.

Preserve the Cleveland Peninsula
My wife and I are writing this letter in regards to the appeal filed on the decision for the Emerald Bay timber sale. We have enjoyed the Tongass National Forest together and with our children for 30 years.

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

JDHS band has fundraiser for gig in big apple
Most kids would dread having to spend 24 straight hours at school - not the Juneau-Douglas High School wind ensemble students.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Warming up for the games
Arctic Winter Games snowshoe team members train Saturday on the lower loop at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Retiring from the mansion
For 15 years, Karen Newton has been a den mother at the Alaska Governor's Mansion, for three executives and everyone from grandkids to ghosts.

Betty Sharpe Kirsten
Former Juneau resident Betty Sharpe Kirsten died Jan. 5, 2006, in the presence of her husband, Gene Kirsten; her niece, Becky Janecke; her daughter, Lynne Kirsten; and her son-in-law, Antonio Villablanca, in Seattle.

My Turn: Fast ferries are important for the future of Alaska
I n his Jan. 9 opinion piece, Deputy Transportation Commissioner Robin Taylor observes some of the major challenges of operating the Alaska Marine Highway System, with particular reference to the fast vehicle ferries and the planning studies we, The Glosten Associates, conducted for AMHS.

Empire Editorial: An ad campaign without a message
Among the proposals for the new year that Gov. Frank Murkowski laid out in his State of the State address on Tuesday, the weirdest was a plan to re-educate Americans about Alaska and Alaskans.

Outdoors Digest
Red Cross teaches wilderness first aid

Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Zip to it
As plans to bring a new sort of rain forest adventure Juneau began to emerge last week, one city planning commissioner wondered aloud about the safety of sending people zipping among the treetops.

Follow the seasons on the Dredge Lake trails
T he area between the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Back Loop, and between Mendenhall Lake and Glacier Spur Road, is laced with trails that can be used in any season, with access from several points on the perimeter.

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.

Crimson Bears secure third place finish at Lady T-Bird Classic
Despite scoring just two points in the final eight minutes of play, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team topped host East Anchorage 41-39 to take third place in the Lady T-Bird Classic in Anchorage.

Santos' championship provides bright spot after tough weekend for the JDHS wrestling team
The return of Juneau-Douglas High School wrestler Dante Santos proved to be perhaps the lone bright spot of an otherwise dismal weekend for the Crimson Bears.

Juneau-Douglas boys take two from Service
A big first half propelled the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team to a 74-53 win over Service on Saturday.

JDHS hockey sweeps Nikiski for historic wins
The Juneau-Douglas High School ice hockey team mobbed goaltender Kelsey Preston on Friday night, as the crowd roared in approval.

Juneau-Douglas Wrestling results
Juneau-Douglas Wrestling results

Guard deployment planned
About 700 more members of the Alaska Army National Guard will be heading to Iraq in the summer.

Oil tax 'fair share' hearing bill gets a second hearing
A proposed makeover of Alaska's oil production taxes got a lukewarm reception in a house committee on Friday.

Airlines, hospital keep a close eye on volcano
Snowflakes laced with fine, gray ash fell on communities south of Anchorage as a series of volcanic eruptions continued early Saturday on an uninhabited island dozens of miles away.

Mixing-zone change fuzzy for fishermen
After a public outcry from fishermen, Gov. Frank Murkowski announced he will retain the state's ban on pollution mixing zones in spawning areas for salmon and other fish species.

Bridge-supporting 'nobodies' fight on
Seanna O'Sullivan/ the associated press On bridges: Reps. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, and Jim Elkins, R-Ketchikan, listen to testimony Wednesday regarding funding for two proposed bridges.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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