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.

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

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.

Charter operators need to reel in greed
If I take a taxi to a store, the driver doesn't come in and shop with me.

U.S. should leave Iraq, fight terrorism
I'm amused to read the "Chicken Little Hawks" letters advocating the war in Iraq and the writers who think "we" need to find these bad guys.

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.

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.

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.

City hopes to turn rain into energy
City and power planners hope Juneau's rain and snow will someday be worth their weight in oil.

Photo: Working up to it
Eric Triezenberg, owner of Towers Custom, reroofs the turret of the Alaska Steam Laundry Building with decorative cedar shakes Sunday on Franklin Street.

Legislative roundup

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

Around Town

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: Ready-made dog toys
David Gomez throws ice chunks while exercising his dog Sunday along the Douglas waterfront.

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

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

Photo: Icing on the lake
Zach Mickelson sprays water into the air Sunday morning as Michael Svensson, center, and Marc Scholten prepare to push it around as they resurface a couple of hockey-playing areas at Twin Lakes.

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.

My turn: City's sewer plan for North Douglas stinks
Apparently, it's acceptable to have human excrement on North Douglas beaches as long as a California land developer gets what he wants.

Toe Toon

My turn: Choose a practical crossing corridor
The community of Juneau needs to reach consensus on a preferred route for the North Douglas crossing that is practical and has a chance of successful completion.

Outside editorial: Dems mind the mogul
There are two things to be said about the first major intramural spat of the 2008 Democratic primary season.

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.

Alaska editorial: Palin should stop spending on airport bridge in Ketchikan
The proposed Ketchikan airport bridge was a doubtful project back when its construction cost was estimated around $250 million. It looked worse when the price tag grew to $320 million.

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.)

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

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

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

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.

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.

All dancers welcome
Floyd Dryden dance team

Floyd Dryden captures regional tournament
Host Floyd Dryden Middle School edged Craig to win the Southeast Regional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

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.

Man arrested after party shooting kills 1
An Anchorage man shot and killed another man during a fight at a motel that occurred during a cocaine-fueled party, according to court documents filed by state prosecutors.

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.

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.

Iditarod restart moved to Willow
Poor trail conditions again this year have forced the restart of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to be held in Willow, about 30 miles up the Parks Highway from Wasilla, dubbed Home of the Iditarod.

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

Anchorage to make another attempt at recycling plan
Recycling in Anchorage isn't easy.

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.

Sea-ice changes threaten walrus habits
Biologist Carin Ashjian is not a walrus researcher, but she knew something was wrong as she stood on the deck of the Coast Guard icebreaker Healy off Alaska's northern coast.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Rapper sentenced for dealing cocaine, possessing weapons, BP settles lawsuits from refinery blast that injured 170, Palmer police seize the computer of man using free wireless & Hydroelectric project in Hatcher Pass could provide new power

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