Monday, February 12, 2007

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

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?

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?

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.

Recent drunk-driving sentences beg questions
I wonder if anyone else is as disturbed as I was when reading the FYI column on Feb. 2.

Please read founding fathers' own words
I also commend Kelsey Stark for her convictions in her Jan. 24 letter ("Bible doesn't sanction same sex marriage"). I also was interested in the response by Erik Lie-Nielsen. I respect his opinion, too.

Is Alaska predator control all rubbish?
Isn't it quite amazing that the Connecticut-based Friends of Animals, headed by Priscilla Feral, can be awarded $95,000 in attorney fees from the State of Alaska?

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.

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.

Is Coeur suggesting people eat lake fish?
Perhaps Errol Champion (Tuesday's Juneau Empire) will clear up a couple of my questions about this "viable" fishery that Coeur Alaska is proposing for Lower Slate Lake.

Photo: Here comes the sun
Nicole Lantz, right, and Jenna O'Fontanellla add a little wearable art to their ice-skating outing Sunday at Twin Lakes.

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.

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.

Access road issue back before Assembly
The Assembly is scheduled to hear public comment tonight on a resolution that would continue Juneau's official endorsement of a northbound highway.

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

Details emerge in Taku barge plan
A trio of officials from a Canadian mining company met with Juneau interest groups last week to answer questions about a proposal to operate a "hoverbarge" on the Taku River, with a base in Juneau.

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.

Author helps keep Juneau on its toes
Mary Lou King was coordinating children's beach walks when she decided to write a book that made the outdoors a little more accessible for thousands of Juneau residents.

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.

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

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.

AroundTown

Legislative roundup

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

Former Empire editor dies at 91
Darwin S. Lambert, a former editor of the Daily Alaska Empire, died Feb. 11, 2007, at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray, Va., after a long illness.

Group empowers teens to fight violence, abuse
Though only 16, Ami McRae says she knows of far too many girls who have been physically or sexually assaulted in some way.

Photo: Why I otter ...
A river otter comes up through an opening in the ice Saturday at Twin Lakes.

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

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.

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

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: There must be standards for appointees who face charges
Gov. Sarah Palin doesn't have a lot of leverage to deal with indicted University of Alaska regent Jim Hayes. Her own attorney general says she doesn't have undisputed power to fire a regent.

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.

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.

My turn: New act needed to realize gas line
I was encouraged to hear the Legislature's enthusiasm after I reiterated in my State of the State address that the primary focus of my long-term energy plan is the natural gas pipeline.

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?

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.

Outside editorial: North Korean nukes: Try diplomatic weapons first
You may need to read this twice: U.S. diplomats are optimistic that what has become known as the "six-party talks" could lead to North Korea's agreeing to end nuclear arms production in exchange for security, economic and energy perks.

Outdoors Digest

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.

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.

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.

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

Sports Brief: Potdevin earns ECAC swimming honor
Colby College sophomore and 2005 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Kelsey Potdevin was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III swimmer of the week for the week ending Feb. 4.

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.

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 Parks and Recreation Ordway Basketball Postseason Tournament Results
Tournament Results

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.

League Bowling Standings at the Juneau Bowling Center

Skaters take the spotlight at competition
More than 20 of Juneau's best young figure skaters took the Treadwell Arena ice Sunday for the Juneau Skating Club's second annual skills competition.

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.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Man dies, three hurt in Angoon house fire, Renter arrested after homeowner assault, Vending machines burgled at school, Men survive crash night in wilderness, Village faces bridge vote a third time, Physician sentenced in drug possession & Driver indicted in dragging death

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.

Fairbanks crime numbers fall overall
The number of overall crimes in Fairbanks has fallen despite a rise in sexual assaults and burglaries.

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.

Photo: Iron Dogs start their engines
Gov. Sarah Palin drops the starting flag Sunday for Todd and Kyle Malamute of Fairbanks, the first team out in the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race, which began in Big Lake.

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.

Sen. Ted Stevens pays lodge bills to resolve questions
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens acknowledged he did not pay for stays at a Bristol Bay fishing lodge at a time Cook Inlet Region Inc. used it as an entertainment destination.

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

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.

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