Monday, March 13, 2006

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Get resolutions back on track
Now that the parties are a fading memory and the champagne is long gone, it's time to reflect on those New Year's resolutions. While many of us swore this year would be different, that 2006 would be the year those resolutions were met, they can easily fall by the wayside or put on an ever-growing to-do list.

Worn out

Goal tending
When planning your career, it doesn't hurt to look a few years into the future. For many people, the creation of a five-year plan is a positive experience, but in order to really put yourself in a good position for the future, be sure to focus on more than just goals. Allyson Lewis, author of "The Seven Minute Difference: Small Steps to Big Changes" (Kaplan Publishing, $20), says that since goals revolve around our hopes and dreams, you should start by uncovering your true purpose in life.

'Oops, I did it again'
Admit it. We all make mistakes. Although some are more serious than others, mistakes are what make us human. But what happens when we let our superhero-like workplace perfection cloak down for just one minute at work? You guessed it - mistakes. Barring any mishaps of Enron proportions, blunders both big and small can be overcome if done so thoughtfully and properly.

Denying equal protection is wrong
For nearly 15 years, my husband and I have enjoyed the benefits associated with my husband's employment with the state of Alaska.

Editorial legitimizes oil pipeline myths
The Anchorage Daily News editorial you reprinted on your editorial page on Feb. 23 makes a valid case in opposing state ownership of a portion of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline as proposed by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

We need to protect our land and waters
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sen. Ted Stevens, because he is not supporting Northern Dynasty and its pebble mine.

Stand by our country's principles
Foreign policy has always been about national self-interest. I agree completely with Mr. Byrnes ("No new evil," Feb. 15) on this point.

Most retirees are just getting by
As one of the beneficiaries of the senior sales tax exemption, I admit a somewhat keen interest in the debate about whether it should be kept or not. I also admit it isn't an easy call.

Road will change city for the worse
I hate to envision how much Juneau will change for the worse if and when the road-to-nowhere project comes to pass.

City to adjust school funding
The Juneau Assembly will decide tonight whether to appropriate $285,900 as partial funding for the Juneau School District's general operations.

Tlingit-Haida election continues
Juneau members of Tlingit-Haida tribal will vote Thursday for delegates to represent them at the annual Central Council meeting in April, although many believe the election should be postponed a week to deal with questions raised about some candidates unduly influencing voters.

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

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Blaze destroys Historic church
An intense fire annihilated Juneau's second oldest church and a downtown home, blasting through the Gold Street neighborhood early Sunday morning.

Federal court rules JDHS violated rights
After reading a federal court ruling that found Juneau-Douglas High School violated his free-speech rights four years ago, Joseph Frederick said he is glad he stuck with the case.

Photo: Whale of a bagel
Spencer Miller, 18, and Carly Turnbull, 17, share a few bagels and enjoy the sun Sunday in the parking lot of Silverbow Bagels.

Fishing boat lost off Admiralty Island Friday morning
A Juneau woman is asking friends and neighbors to pray for her husband's safe return after his commercial fishing boat sunk off the southern end of Admiralty Island.

Cuts threaten research
Federal fisheries scientists in Juneau are suffering a budget pinch this year, and are anticipating an even tougher scramble to maintain their research projects in Alaska next year.

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

Photo: Budding artists
Heather Ridgway, left, and Libby Parker unwrap some of the 200 works of art on exhibit at the Juneau School District's Elementary Art Show at the Nugget Mall on Saturday.

DJ Don Drew draws country fans to the radio
Tuesday nights at Rayco Sales, owner Ray Coxe tunes in to KTOO-FM for Don Drew's classic-country "Mule Train" program.

Old church and hall a loss to town
All that remains of 110-year-old Holy Trinity Episcopal Church after a Sunday morning fire is charred wood and the building's foundation.

Three people homeless after their house burns
Tom Walls woke up early Sunday with flames batting at the window of his basement apartment at Third and Gold streets.

New fisheries lab stays on schedule
The Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute at Lena Point is on schedule and on budget, federal officials said.

Katherine Ann Gale
Former Juneau resident Katherine Ann Gale, 58, died on Nov. 28, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of lung cancer.

We face a historic April
Fifty years ago, delegates from throughout Alaska completed a constitution for the future 49th state. They set aside political differences and in 75 days gave Alaska a big push toward statehood. Alaskans voted for the constitution and elected three pseudo members of Congress to lobby for statehood.

Empire editorial: A costly budget cut for Juneau schools
Balancing education budgets is a yearly struggle, and it is somewhat predictable that the Juneau School District would sound the alarm about potential job cuts at the same time that it is struggling to reach a new contract with teachers. The particular alarm that was sounded last week, though, is hard to believe on its face.

Alaska editorial: Secrecy jeopardizes public's faith in permanent fund
The issue boils down to this: The money in the Alaska Permanent Fund belongs to the people of Alaska. The fund's managers and its board of trustees are stewards of that treasure, responsible for making it grow - and accountable to the people of Alaska for how, when and with whom they meet that responsibility.

Alaska editorial: Proxy hunting limits should be reconsidered
Proxy hunting, established by the state Board of Game in 1993 as a way for hunters to provide traditional meats for others who are elderly, blind or disabled, has proved a valuable program for some but an open door to abuse by others.

Switching back on the East Glacier Trail
The East Glacier Trail starts at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and diverges from the Trail of Time a short distance behind that building. The East Glacier Trail switchbacks up through forest that changes from mostly alders to mostly conifers.

Outsiders: Steve Gilbertson
Juneau's outdoor lives

Out&About
Today: Eaglecrest 25th Annual Learn to Ski Weekend. Details: 790-2000 ext. 211.

Avalanches still a problem despite small amount of snowfall
The potential for a dangerous snowslide on Douglas Island is up this week, prompting one Juneau avalanche expert to issue a warning.

Winter fun on the island
Three mountains in Douglas are gaining popularity with outdoor enthusiasts who ply their slopes with about every outdoor piece of gear imaginable, including sleds, skis, snowboards, snowmachines and ice axes.

OutdoorDigest

Iditarod leaders duke it out along Bering Sea coast
Two Iditarod champions jockeyed for the lead Sunday as the teams arrived on Alaska's windy, unsheltered western coast in the final quarter of the 1,100-mile sled dog race.

Crimson Bears top the Wolves
Like a champion prizefighter, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team imposed its will on Sitka in Friday's 50-32 Class 4A Southeast Conference championship win at Ketchikan.

JDHS boys win first SE crown since 2002
There's going to be a little more white on the walls at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium.

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 boys dethrone the Kings
With a Class 4A Southeast Conference boys basketball championship within its grasp, Juneau-Douglas High School let its senior leaders seal a championship

Correction
Due to a sports editor's error, there was a misspelled name in Friday's Arctic Winter Games story. The story should have said Juneau resident Andrew Sigler plays on the Team Alaska juvenile male soccer squad.

Crimson Bears girls seal Southeast crossover title
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team survived a gritty effort by Class 3A Southeast Conference champion Mt. Edgecumbe to win 47-40 and seal the crossover title on Saturday at Ketchikan High School.

Team Alaska soccer squads take four ulus as Games end
The Arctic Winter Games came to a close Saturday on the Kenai Peninsula, but not before Juneau residents padded Team Alaska's robust ulu count.

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

Legislative roundup
Bills introduced last week:

Survey finds hunger widespread among Alaska Natives
Hunger is no stranger in the homes of Alaska Natives from the North Slope's Point Hope to Bristol Bay's Dillingham and on to Klawock in the Southeast.

Former governor keeps going strong
Former Gov. Bill Sheffield has a lot he wants to see get done before he finally retires. He's working on a project to improve the Ship Creek dock area that will add trails and community gathering places to a spot that is now drab and aged.

Residents speak out about oil tax
After oil producers and economists sounded alarms on a draft of a new oil tax structure, the public got another chance to speak Friday.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska's jet mostly carries prisoners
Gov. Frank Murkowski racked up 44 hours of flying time in the state jet during the aircraft's first three months of use in Alaska, at a cost of about $73,500.

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