Sunday, March 11, 2007

Better days
A recent study unearthed interesting facts that may have some job market naysayers changing their tune.

Boom time
Boom time

Maxed out
If you have been feeling overworked lately, you are not alone. A 2005 study by the Families and Work Institute found that one in three American employees is chronically overworked.

In the bag: Briefcase essentials say a lot about today's workers
Today, busy workers stuff just about everything into their business bags. So much so, in fact, it's practically impossible to stay organized.

Homosexual lifestyle is extremely harmful
A question many people have is, what harm is it to allow same-sex couples the same benefits married heterosexual couples have? Or what harm is there in allowing gays to fill authoritative positions in society who act as role models for our children?

We can't live without altering Southeast
For 24 years, I've sought shelter in countless coves while commercially fishing in the Alexander Archipelago. So often I'd wake up at anchor and feel so lucky to have become a fisherman in Southeast Alaska.

Around Town

Palin bets her image on gas line
Gov. Sarah Palin is staking half a billion dollars and much of her popularity on an effort to give Alaska a $20 billion to $30 billion natural gas pipeline and send the state's vast reserves of the clean-burning fuel to market.

Photo:Traffic backs up after pile-up
Traffic backs up in the northbound lane of Egan Drive on Friday afternoon after six vehicles were involved in an accident. One person was taken to the hospital.

Doggy day care
Parents concerned about their four-legged latchkey kids have a new option now: doggy day care at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Coeur asks permission to build ditch for snowmelt
In preparation for spring snowmelt, Coeur Alaska has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow construction of a drainage ditch near Lower Slate Lake at the mining company's Kensington mine site 40 miles north of Juneau.

Legislative roundup

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

Toe Toon

Empire editorial: A 'no' vote on April 3 supports family values
Some people would have us believe family values aren't about taking care of your loved ones.But that's exactly what family values are about, which is why Alaskans need to vote against changing the Alaska Constitution in the April 3 special election.

My turn: Tax oil, not me (and don't touch my PFD)
It seems lots of heavy hitters want to take one more run at persuading our legislators to tap our Alaska Permanent Fund (Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska needs a fiscal plan before dividend dependence gets worse"; Voice of the Times, "time for a fiscal plan ... take some percentage of the $36.9 billion permanent fund").

Outside editorial:Hearings critical of dismissals
Nobody denies that U.S. attorneys serve at the president's pleasure. But something rare and troubling has happened recently: Eight sitting U.S. attorneys were forced out of their jobs by higher-ups at the Justice Department, in cooperation with the White House.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be e-mailed to nrclerk@juneauempire.com. Deadline for publication is noon Thursday.

Hooting owls are a sign that winter is waning
You can't typically see one of the first signs of spring in the Interior, especially if you look at the thermometer these days, but if you step outside your door at night, you just might hear it.

The beach is free, but there's no place to ski
Flying down the slope, you forget it's cold. Cutting across the powder toward the line of Sitka spruce, you set an edge and turn and glide back across the expanse of snow. The exhilaration, the speed - they make Juneau seem like paradise.

OUTSIDERS: Roy Martin
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Photo: Flying on the edge
The Juneau Ski Club's Ali Hiley races in the second run of Saturday's YSL State Championships' giant slalom at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Eaglecrest is hosting the state alpine championships for skiers ages 9-12. Look in Monday's edition for a full recap of the state championships.

JDHS girls overcome tough Kings
In an exciting and energetic game, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team defeated Ketchikan 66-59 to win the Class 4A Southeast Conference championship Friday at Mount Edgecumbe High School.

Strength in numbers for Bears' boys team
The top-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team will return to the state tournament for a second-straight year after defeating Ketchikan for the Class 4A Southeast Region championship Friday at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.

Hoonah boys finish third after nipping Klawock
D.J. Lindstrom scored 17 points Saturday to lead the Hoonah Braves to a third-place finish in the Class 2A Southeast Conference boys basketball tournament with a 51-46 win over Klawock.

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.

Yakutat girls fly high against Kake
The Yakutat High School girls basketball team captured the Class 2A Southeast Conference championship Saturday in impressive fashion at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium.

Juneau Capitals start strong at Bantam D state championships
The Juneau Capitals received three goals and two assists from Lance Miller on Saturday in an 11-0 win over the Anchorage Hockey Association Avalanche in the Alaska Bantam D State Championship tournament at Treadwell Arena.

Kake boys repeat as region champs
The Kake High School boys basketball team repeated as Class 2A Southeast Conference champions Saturday with a 60-55 victory over defending state champion Yakutat at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium.

Defending Iditarod champ Jeff King seizes race lead
Iditarod mushers drove their teams into a brutally cold wind Saturday on the Yukon River before finding shelter in this checkpoint of a few tents along a frozen slough 421 miles from the finish at Nome.

Northwest Digest
Icy and snowy roads contributed to an accident-prone week, including a school bus crash without injuries on Thursday, a six-car pileup with one minor injury Friday, and at least 13 other minor crashes between Friday night and Saturday morning.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Helicopter gunners part of wolf control plan
The state's game board wants to bring in helicopter gunners to kill more wolves in a culling program that board members said is severely behind schedule.

Lawmakers want transparency in gas contract negotiations
The job of seeking accountability and public records from government officials was not confined to the public, members of the media or lawyers in Alaska last year.

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