Monday, March 12, 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?

Small businesses depend on the forest
I own a fledgling charter-guide business on Prince of Wales Island, and I can tell you firsthand, my clients are looking to experience the fishing, marine life, wildlife and scenery that places such as Eleven Mile near Klawock and other wild Southeast Alaska areas offer.

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.

Vote 'No' to ban on same-sex benefits
It was heartening to see Tuesday's Juneau Empire story about the unanimous Juneau Assembly vote to oppose amending the Alaska Constitution to discriminate against same-sex couples.

A message to an arrogant city
On March 5, I was listening to the radio and finding out what was closed due to the weather. They had a gentleman on who was in charge of snow plowing.

A different take on the moose story
How about changing the perspective on Tuesday's "Moose charges hovering helicopter" story and report how the brave moose gave its life for its fellow moose by doing what every red-blooded American would do - fight to the death for freedom from terrorism?

Fighting for our special places
Seal Bay, Long Bay and Goose Flats have been our stomping grounds for the three decades that my husband, Jed, and I have lived in Tenakee Inlet.

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.

Snowmobiler aids in rescues
The next time you're lost on a snowy mountain, help might come from Ray Howard and a team from the Juneau Snowmobile Club.

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

Around Town

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.

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

Photo: Spring dreams
Mark Hieronymus practices casting Saturday in front of his North Douglas home.

Legislative roundup

Around Town

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.

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").

My turn: Tongass draft plan needs work
The Forest Service is amending the 1997 Tongass land-use management plan. The Forest Service was forced into this action after it was found guilty of doubling its own experts' projections for Tongass timber to create a market that didn't exist.

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.

Alaska editorial: Sunshine in government is essential for accountability
The inexcusably squalid care for veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center went on for years, safely out of public sight. Media and dignitaries were carefully shepherded to a gleaming ward with satisfied patients.

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.

Toe Toon

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

JDHS boys, girls basketball teams both seeded second for state tournament
Selection Sunday wasn't limited to NCAA men's basketball teams as Alaska's high school basketball teams found out who they will play at the state tournament.

Palmer holds off Juneau in title game
The Juneau Capitals rolled through the round-robin portion of the Alaska State Bantam D Hockey Tournament but fell just short in the title game Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Four-time champ King pushes the pace
Paul Gebhardt took the lead of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday night.

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.

2007 Southeast Conference Awards

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.

Peel leads the Juneau Ski Club at the state alpine championships
Juneau Ski Club member Peter Peel finished second in the state over the weekend at the Youth Ski League State Championships for alpine skiers at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

National park tourism up
Southeast Alaska national parks attracted record numbers of visitors in 2006, with the largest surge happening in the icy waters of Glacier Bay, the park nearest Juneau.

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.

Northwest Digest
Police: Teen steals vehicle from driveway, Household income to determine hunt, Anchorage man says son should get life, Anchorage has lowest gas prices in nation & Aleutian geese make California comeback

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.

Murkowski may have misused jet
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski may have misused his much-maligned state jet by using it for trips dominated by campaigning and by failing to reimburse the state for dozens of trips by his wife, according to a review of state records.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Global warming could cost Alaska billions
As temperatures rise in Alaska, so will damage to roads, runways, public buildings and utility lines, according to a new study.

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

Totem pole to be raised at museum in Chicago
Nathan and Stephen Jackson have totem poles around the country, and the newest, a 14-footer, will be raised at the Field Museum in Chicago.

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