Dream job?
Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Abominable Snowman have long been known as some of the greatest hoaxes of all time. But what if they aren't hoaxes at all?

Sweet dreams
Walt Disney once said, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." But what about dream jobs? Can we truly love what we do and get paid for it?

Back to work
The number of unemployed veterans in the United States ages 20 to 24 dropped significantly last year, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Brain pain
Battling a headache while trying to finish a project on deadline can be a real, well, headache.

We need to protect our natural treasures
The heavyweights have entered the Kensington Mine fray. It's an op-ed main event: Tim Arnold and Rich Richins of Coeur Alaska versus the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and the Sierra Club.

Ex-ferry head brought his expertise to job
You may agree or disagree with how former state Sen. Robin Taylor handled his job as head of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Nevertheless, he brought to the job his expertise.

Juneau center sees big increases in recyclables flowing in, out
A mound of plastic jugs waits to be crushed at Juneau Recycle Center. Paper is shredded into piles as high as a man's chest. Aluminum cans produce an ever-growing heap, a testament to the growth of local recycling.

Juneau high school classes up for NCAA approval
Two classes at Juneau-Douglas High School are being evaluated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to make sure they meet the rigor of courses required of student atheletes.

Photo: Stylish works of art
Model Kendra Lien, top, smiles Saturday as her costume, "Brace Yourself," by artist Teresa Busch, is put on backstage of Wearable Art Extravaganza at Centennial Hall.

Legislative pay hardly meager, numbers show
Alaska legislators like to talk about their low salaries in a "citizen" Legislature. Actually, thousands of dollars of mostly hidden compensation add up to higher incomes than many of their constituents enjoy.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Legislative roundup

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

Assembly selects housing commission
The Juneau Assembly has selected a nine-person commission to lead the effort in finding solutions for the lack of affordable housing in Juneau.

William Cheeseman
Former Juneau resident William "Bill" Cheeseman died Jan. 20, 2007, in Lubbock, Texas. He was 73.

Milton Fudge
Juneau resident Milton Thomas Fudge died Feb. 4, 2007, at his home in Juneau after a battle with lung cancer. He was 64.

Schuyler Quackenbush
Juneau resident Schuyler "Sky" Quackenbush died Feb. 5, 2007, in Juneau. He was 78.

Vivian Renshaw
Longtime Juneau resident Vivian Erwin Renshaw died peacefully the morning of Feb. 9, 2007, at her home on Fritz Cove Road in Juneau. Renshaw was 97.

Alaska editorial: Isn't it about time to move Legislature out of Juneau?
Pardon us for mentioning this, but bad weather kept more than a dozen lawmakers out of Juneau the other week for quite a while - and isn't it time to move the Legislature, or perhaps the entire capital, someplace more accessible?

One question remains: Who killed Alaska-based troops?
Five servicemen from Alaska's Fort Richardson were killed in Iraq about the time that President Bush was giving his State of the Union address.

Empire editorial: Save Romeo; stay away
People couldn't have come up with a more romantic name than Romeo for a wild animal. Let's just hope that Juneau's favorite black wolf isn't as star-crossed as his Shakespearean namesake.

Toe Toon

My turn: Address unfunded liability in our public retirement systems
There are a number of public policy and funding issues that continue to grow unchecked and which the Legislature must sooner or later resolve.

Competitive skating set to quicken in Alaska
On the near side of Westchester Lagoon on a recent Saturday, children and adults wobbled about on the ice, listening to music and occasionally stopping by the burn barrels to warm up.

Out & About
• Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

OUTSIDERS: Gordon Haber
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Unwanted guests
When snow fell early and often this winter, the Gastineau Humane Society got ready for the usual spate of calls about mice and other mundane critters that were sure to invade homes.

Outdoors Digest

Backyard bird counters serve positive purpose
Last year in Juneau, kindergarten students counted birds at recess. Beginning birders monitored their backyard feeders, and experienced birders stalked feathered wildlife from forest and waterfront trails.

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 skaters take the ice today
Today proves Treadwell Arena in Douglas isn't just for hockey, as the town's figure skaters get their moment in the spotlight.

Palin confident of gas-line plan
Gov. Sarah Palin has a simple message for federal lawmakers concerned about meaningful movement toward building a natural gas pipeline: All is well.

Palin brings back ex-commissioner
A former head of Alaska's natural resources department who was forced from his position when he criticized Gov. Frank Murkowski's contract negotiations for a natural gas pipeline is back on the job.

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

Alaska Digest
Residents of Saxman voted to sell land to the Cape Fox Corp., which plans to build a technology training center on the parcel near its headquarters.

Photo:1,000-mile sled dog race kicks off
Regina Wycoff of Healy drives her dog team down the starting chute Saturday at the beginning of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in Whitehorse, Yukon. The Yukon Quest is a 1,000-mile race from Whitehorse to Fairbanks.

Dog days are over for Legislature
No one wants to point fingers and no one will name names, but tightlipped employees at the state Capitol will allow that it was "a large dog," "a four-legged dog," who spoiled the party for everyone.

Recycle effort reaches into rural Alaska
Taking out the trash in Alaska is taking on a whole new meaning, as millions of pounds of junked vehicles, computers and more are being packed off for recycling, rather than heading to the dump.

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