Monday, February 27, 2006

Letter opener

Kiss and tell

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?

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

A question of legality and desirability
In her Feb. 20 letter, Ms. Andree unfairly suggested I "brush off" the question of legality.

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

Photo: What dads are for
Bruce Griggs pulls his 3-year-old twin daughters, Johanna, right, and Gabrielle, through the parking lot Sunday on their way to ski at Eaglecrest.

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

Photo: Saturday night fundraiser
Teresa and Rick Busch do the "bump" on Saturday night at a '70s disco-themed benefit fundraising party for Beth Weigel at the Hangar Ballroom.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

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

Winning essay yields books for alternative high school
The last prize LouAnn Gagné remembers winning was a red-haired doll from a Piggly Wiggly grocery store many years ago. She didn't even like dolls.

Funds will aid Filipino slide victims
Even people who offered Filipino meals to those leaving Mass Sunday at St. Paul's Catholic Church were surprised with how quickly it disappeared.

Pool or no, valley residents determined to build community
Many Mendenhall Valley residents believe it is the place to be in Juneau, even if they don't get what they want from voters.

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.

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

Alaska's oil tax structure must stand on its own
Completion of the natural gas pipeline contract represents a historic milestone that will provide for Alaska's future through both increased revenues and by spurring future oil and gas development.

Remember this administration and SB-141 come voting time
We have been fortunate here in Juneau to have some high quality people representing us in the state Legislature.

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.

Juneau Ski Club sends seven to Jr. Olympics
Despite being without a lot of snow for most of the year, that meteorological anomaly hasn't stopped the Juneau Ski Club from achieving.

Crimson Bears rout Ketchikan twice in boys basketball series
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity boys basketball team had little problem with visiting Ketchikan over the weekend.

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

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.

JDHS boys and girls box scores

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.

Pinning down a victory

Photos: Middle school throwdown at Dzantik'i Heeni

Glacier Swim Club rules the pool at Southeast region championships
The Southeast Region Swimming Championships in Ketchikan on Feb. 17-19 turned into a record-breaking party for Juneau's Glacier Swim Club.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Police hope to up recruiting with cooler marketing
Police agencies around Alaska have to work harder to revive falling recruiting numbers than departments in other states, said the head of the Anchorage department's recruiting division.

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.

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

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.

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.

U.S. Coast Guard is training anti-terrorism commandos
As two men in black slid from a hovering helicopter to the fo'c'sle of the cutter SPAR, the crowd watching from the bridge was less than eager to join the ranks of those known as "Coast Guard Commandos."

Refinery threatens to close
The owner of the state's largest crude oil refinery has threatened to close the plant unless the state grants it a major financial concession.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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