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Monday, March 5, 2007

'We went with someone else'
It's a word that sends chills down the spine of any diligent job seeker: rejection. Whether through spoken words, an e-mail message or no response at all, job rejection usually feels the same way - awfully frustrating.

Check please
When your office throws a party, who picks up the tab?

Where the germs are: Bacteria lurk in surprising places
Paperwork isn't all that's piling up on your desk these days. According to a recent study led by University of Arizona researcher Dr. Charles Gerba, the average office workstation is a breeding ground for germs, harboring 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

Checking in
Automatically follow up after a job interview. Whether it's your first or third interview, following up will set you apart from other candidates.

Mall parking lot needs to be fixed

Parents should be part of the process

Restore the bonus, keep senior care

Where's Alaska on climate change?
In the continued absence of federal action on climate change, governors of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and New Mexico teamed together on Feb. 26 and signed a progressive agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Shouldn't state get premium money back?
The Feb. 22 Juneau Empire article, "AK saves as dependents go missing," said the state's annual savings due to dependents who have disappeared will be $14.5 million, and there are no plans to recover this money.

A burning question to ask Osama bin Laden
There is a question I have longed to pose to the self-anointed financier and operational guru of 9/11 - the absent Osama bin Laden. Feel free to respond care of the Juneau Empire. But first allow me to qualify it.

Pardoned company played role in Habitat Division move
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski's difficult-to-explain pardon of a Washington state company for the death of one its employees may have been the last shot in his campaign against what he considered overly tough environmental regulation.

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

Photo: Joyful homecoming
Sgt. Paul Gregory, left, receives a hug from friend Myrna Reyna as Gregory's mother-in-law, Maria Miramontes, looks on Saturday during his arrival at the Juneau International Airport.

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

Museum's new curator explores Juneau's relatively fresh history
As a student of history, Addison Field devoted his energy to studying old cultures and places.

Photo: Home innovation
Alan Wilson, president of Alaska Renovtors Inc., explains a new onsite wastewater treatment system called AdvaTex Treatment System to Barbara Hinman-Frank on Sunday during the Home and Garden Show at Centennial Hall.

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

Juneau man arrested twice for burglary
A 27-year-old Juneau man was arrested twice Sunday morning after being accused of trying to break into cars downtown, bailing out of jail, then getting caught burglarizing a stranger's home in Lemon Creek.

Photo: On display
Art specialists Nancy Lehnhart and Heather Ridgway move displays into position Friday for the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program's student show at the Nugget Mall. The show will be at the mall through next weekend.

Photo: Lake crossing
Three skiers and their dogs cross Auke Lake on Sunday.

Juneau's Wasteland
Living around the penetrating odor of rotting garbage has become routine for Connie Arthur. After three years of living in the Creekside Trailer Park in Lemon Creek, the smells drifting from the nearby landfill have only gotten worse, she said.

Frederick to remain in China during speech case
When the Supreme Court hears arguments next month in an important test of student free speech rights, the man at the center of the case will be halfway around the world.

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

Faye Nell Forrest
Faye Nell P. Forrest died Feb. 17, 2007, at the Cordova Community Medical Center in Cordova. She was 80.

Maybelle Silva
Long time Petersburg resident, Maybelle Mary (Jackson) Silva died on Jan. 19, 2007. She was 52.

Editorial: This space available, if you're willing and able
You'd think a newspaper editor would have little problem finding opinionated people. But that's exactly what I'm looking for.

Outside editorial: Forewarned and disarmed
Where's NATO? Not in Afghanistan in large enough numbers, that's for sure.

Alaska editorial:Alaska needs to adopt a state fiscal plan soon
Happy Alaskans are likely headed toward some big Permanent Fund dividends in the years ahead. The poor investment returns of a few years ago are dropping out of the calculation, replaced by much better earnings.

Alaska editorial: There's no problem with McNeil bear hunt
Opening what amounts to a sliver of land and a postage-stamp sized parcel to limited brown bear hunting near the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary will not endanger that brown bear population or give Alaska a black eye.

My turn: Getting the truth out about Pebble
One month ago, I joined the board of a group called Truth About Pebble because I was bothered by the amount of misinformation being peddled by individuals who want to stop the Pebble project before it has a chance...

Toe Toon

Biology class project leads to Stormy Lake pike derby
High school science projects have come a long way from baking soda volcanoes and potato-powered clocks, as was evident to those who took part in a recent weekend ice fishing derby in Nikiski.

Looking forward to spring? 'Strike Out' with fly-fishing
"That's strike three - my turn!" Lynzey Culver, 13, yelled at her little sister. They weren't playing baseball. Lynzey was excited about a different kind of strike.

Pacific Northwest Center seeks Salmon Hall of Fame nominees
The Pacific Northwest Salmon Center of Belfair, Wash., is seeking nominees for the 2007 Wild Salmon Hall of Fame Award.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Ski resort owner has big plans for Girdwood facility
After years of wandering lost on the edge of the wilderness as the Seibu group struggled with financial and legal problems back home in Japan, the Alyeska Resort has a new owner voicing a vision that appears to be in lockstep with Anchorage's new marketing theme.

Humans aren't the only animals that change their environments
Organisms that physically modify elements of ecosystems are often called ecosystem engineers. Beavers, the subject of a previous column in this space, are a prime example.

Team refits 165 gray whale bones for Kodiak display
All the king's men and all the king's horses did put the pieces back together again, for the skeleton of a California gray whale.

OUTSIDERS: Doug Wessen
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the 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.

Juneau-Douglas girls topple host Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team accomplished a number of different goals Saturday in a 59-35 victory at Sitka.

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 use depth to top the Kings
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team finished the regular season on a 14-game winning streak after defeating host Ketchikan 78-70 in a rare Sunday matinee.

Crimson Bears vanquish Kings in critical game
A strong second-half and clutch free-throw shooting propelled the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team past host Ketchikan 64-58 on Saturday.

JDHS girls defeat Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High Schools girls basketball team shared the wealth in its regular-season finale Sunday at Sitka.

Oldtimers work overtime
A goal in quadruple overtime helped the Anchorage 49ers defeat the Juneau Aces 2-1 in the A Division Championship of the fifth-annual Rainforest Classic Oldtimers Ice Hockey Tournament on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

More than 80 teams ready for the 35th annual Iditarod
ANCHORAGE - Eighty-two teams and about 1,000 howling dogs lined up Saturday in downtown Anchorage for the ceremonial start of the 35th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race - the longest sled dog race in the world.

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

Palin unveils gas line plan
Alaska can no longer idly sit on its massive reserves of North Slope natural gas and watch as the nation imports energy supplies, Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday.

Court to hear case of pot use in religion
A Craig couple is arguing that their marijuana convictions should be overturned because a liquefied form of the drug was only used as an ointment in their religious practices.

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

Construction of veterans clinic slated for summer
Construction on a new Veterans Affairs clinic is scheduled to begin this summer. The two-story outpatient clinic will feature about 170,000 square feet of space. Estimated cost is between $50 million to $60 million.

Alaska Digest
Juneau man arrested on assault charges, UA will restructure HR department & Fairbanks golf club members vote to sell

Alaska Digest
Todd Palin, husband of Gov. Sarah Palin, has taken a leave of absence from his job as a North Slope oil worker for energy giant BP.

NTSB report says pilot error to blame for Ketchikan crash
The pilot of a plane that crashed in Ketchikan last year was flying too low and didn't follow instrument landing procedures, according to a federal report.

Southeast lawmakers discuss proposal
Southeast Alaska lawmakers applauded the governor's efforts at edging the state closer to construction of a North Slope natural gas pipeline with the introduction of a bill that outlines requirements for potential developers - and what the state wants in return.

North Slope sees spike in children's respiratory virus
Twelve children this winter have been sent to Anchorage from Barrow for treatment to fight a respiratory virus.

Priest admits to fathering children
A priest being sued for child support has admitted to fathering children, carrying on affairs and hiring prostitutes, according to a deposition filed with the court.

Iditarod mushers hit trail
Four-time champion Martin Buser relaxed with family, friends and fans around a small grill with sizzling sausages as he readied himself Sunday for the official start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Legislative roundup

Governor questions polar bear proposal
Officially, the state of Alaska has not decided whether to back a federal proposal to list polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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