Sweet dreams
Never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep.

First things first
Research suggests if an interviewer forms a negative impression of you within the first five minutes, your chance of landing a job offer approaches zilch.

History lesson
Black History Month is not just about highlighting current accomplishments in the African-American community; it is a chance to celebrate historical black figures who broke new career ground for the leaders of today.

E-mail onslaught
How many messages are in your e-mail inbox? Not sure? Go check. We'll wait.

Seniors need care, not longevity bonus
I am a senior citizen and I do not think the Longevity Bonus should be revived. It is an expense that Alaska just doesn't need. Instead, Alaska should strengthen the needs-based senior care program.

Gravina access road should be stopped
I am writing to encourage Gov. Sarah Palin to do away with the Gravina Access Highway. At about $8 million per mile of public money, this is a fiscal mistake.

Around Town

Legislative roundup

Selena Shines
As an infant, Selena Coleman's nimble fingers were excellent at picking scraps out of the carpet, earning her the nickname "Hoover" after the vacuum cleaner.

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

Juneau Digest
Level B at the Marine Parking Garage will be closed for maintenance as of Monday, the city Parks and Recreation Department announced Friday.

Photo: Getting into the swing of things
Kari Groven sings "Dat Dere" as Barney McClure accompanies her on the piano Friday during the cabaret show "Swingin' in the Rain" at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Health-care costs strain state budget
Families know that going to the hospital can knock a big hole in their budgets. The state government is fast learning the same as rising health costs hit Alaska.

My Turn: Service gap an illusion
Cabin fever - or "shack nastiness," as we called it in Wrangell - strikes Alaskans every spring. (Full disclosure: This writer lived in Wrangell 18 years, graduated from Wrangell High School in '42 and is a good friend of the people mentioned in this column, or was until they read it.)

Toe Toon

Alaska editorial: State budget deficit could return in 2008
There is a difference between Chicken Little and those who have warned for years about the impending state fiscal gap. Chicken Little was wrong; the sky can't fall down. Predictors of a looming budget gap eventually will be proven right; state oil revenues cannot sustain public spending forever.

The bear stalker
LaVern Beier has survived a helicopter crash and four bear attacks.

State agency says hunt of sanctuary bears is ill-advised
Hunting the famous McNeil River bears on land next to their sanctuary is ill-advised given strong opposition from the public, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said in recommending the area remain closed to brown bear hunting.

Out & About
Today: Racing Cancer and public dual race for all ages, skiers and boarders, Eaglecrest Ski Area. Details: 790-2000.

Outsiders: Victoria Johnson
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

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 stay perfect in conference
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's six seniors walked off their home court on Saturday as winners for the last time.

Yukon-Kuskokwim region tops state for sexual assault cases
The Bethel region had more felony sexual assaults and cases of sexual abuse of a minor than Anchorage last year, according to figures released by prosecutors.

Texas firm agrees to buy Enstar
A Texas utility company has agreed to buy Enstar Natural Gas Co. and its current owner, Michigan-based Semco Energy Inc.

Polar bears not only mammals affected by warming in Arctic
Polar bears get fat eating ringed seals, and to avoid that fate, Alaska's smallest pinniped digs out snow caves on the sea ice, where they surface to breathe and give birth. Global warming is making that more difficult.

Alaska exports hit record high of $4 billion
Rising mineral prices and a diversifying base of seafood customers helped boost the value of Alaska's exports to a record-high $4 billion, according to figures released last week by Gov. Sarah Palin's office.

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

ACS reports $6 million profit
Alaska Communications Systems, one of the state's largest phone companies, posted a $6.1 million profit in the fourth quarter of last year.

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