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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Letter opener

Take 2
Performance reviews can be a tricky matter - particularly if you disagree with the evaluation of your work.

Perfect balance
If balancing your work life and your social life is the key to a happy existence, why do people have so much trouble with it?

Kiss and tell

Condominium boom is helping more Juneau residents buy homes
After 41 years of working in Juneau's residential construction industry, developer Roger Engen of Bee-Plus Builders said he hopes to retire in one of the townhouses he's building on Douglas Island.

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

USFS ponders sale near Boy Scout trail
On the days when Michelle Stone needs to find some peace and quiet, she goes looking for it 30 miles out the Juneau highway.

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

Photo: Evidence of cold
With the temperature near 10 degrees Friday morning at Aurora Harbor, Bob Pasquan shows off a frozen rope while untying the Kaia for a winter king salmon fishing trip.

Outside the box
Contractor Brad Curé is trying to think outside the box, the shape of typical condominiums developed over the years.

Caroline Jensen
Juneau resident Caroline Jensen, 88, died Feb. 21, 2006, in her home.

Empire editorial: Sea gulls aren't the biggest problem
The Lemon Creek garbage dump is attractive to a sea gull and a nuisance to Juneau residents and visitors who drive or fly past it. The fact that the birds picking over Juneau's refuse now pose a safety hazard should lead the city to consider a long-term fix to its garbage dilemma.

My Turn: Meth 'rider' is a sneaky way to snatch freedom
I'm tired of overzealous politicians stealing more and more of our personal freedoms because of their sick need to dominate and control everyone.

My Turn: Don't succumb to scare tactics; build the road
Environmental groups are now using scare tactics in an effort to stop support for Juneau Access Alternative 2B. They know the cost and benefit analysis completed by the Department of Transportation shows 2B to be far superior to continuing the existing ferry service up Lynn Canal.

KINGS OF THE WINTER
When most anglers have their poles stashed away for the winter, some dedicated fishermen are out trolling for another king salmon.

A short journey on the 'Trail of Time'
There are two interconnecting loop trails in the young forest behind the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The lower one, short and easy, is called the "Trail of Time."

Juneau-Douglas girls take two from Lady Kings
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team swept a series in Ketchikan over the weekend to finish Southeast Conference play a perfect 8-0.

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 beat the Kings for top seed
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball season now comes down to just one game.

JDHS boys and girls box scores

Photos: Middle school throwdown at Dzantik'i Heeni

Pinning down a victory

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Legislative roundup
• Oil production tax: House Bill 488 and Senate Bill 305 would replace the current oil and gas tax system that collects on production with one that collects on net profits.

Gubernatorial hopeful says lawmakers need to get out of the capital
Gubernatorial candidate and former Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin said she thinks the Legislature should spend more time outside of the capital.

Actor to join Gov. Murkowski at international ice-carving event
Actor John Leguizamo will join Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski at an international ice-carving festival in Fairbanks to commemorate the upcoming sequel of his animated film "Ice Age," studio and event officials said Friday.

Miners protest new production tax on minerals
Mining companies pay few taxes compared to other resource industries in Alaska, according to a state lawmaker who is sponsoring a bill to revamp the tax structure on mineral extraction.

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