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, 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:

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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.

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.

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

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.

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