Sunday, March 18, 2007

Bright future: Outlook good for graduating seniors
The college class of 2006 enjoyed the best job market in four years, and the outlook is even rosier for the class of 2007.

(Long)term paper
This time of year, a typical college senior is just trying to get through his or her last semester of classes, survive finals and eventually reach that glorious finish line - graduation day.

Why me?
A simple but key technique for driving worker performance is to explain to new employees why they were hired, according to a recent study from Watson Wyatt Worldwide, a business consulting firm.

Over your shoulder
Big brother may be watching at work, but that's not discouraging today's workers. Despite nearly one-half of office workers being informed that their at-work technology usage is being monitored, a majority still use it for personal reasons, according to a survey by research firm Harris Interactive.

Sealaska: Do as I say, not as I do
Sealaska's attempt to explain why the vote for newborns is necessary is a lesson in contradictions. Should a shareholder want to include younger relatives and enroll them as stockholders, the option to "gift" shares is available.

Correcting column about Bostwick Road
Amy Kay Snider's March 1 My Turn had several incorrect and misleading statements about the recently constructed Bostwick Road on Gravina Island. We would like to make sure your readers are aware of the facts.

Thoughts on the budget shortfall
As a taxpaying citizen, I am a little curious as to what the city does with any unused money budgeted for snowplowing from past years. There must be some money left over, because we don't always receive an average amount of snow.

Photo: Aiming high
Hans Baertle tosses snow while clearing his driveway Saturday along North Douglas Highway.

Snowfall only inches from all-time record
By the time you read this, Juneau's winter snowfall may have reached an all-time high. A record day of snowfall on Friday and 2 more inches as of Saturday evening pushed the season total to 191.8 inches, about one heavy storm's worth of powder below the 1964-1965 record of 194.3 inches.

New administration balances embarrassment with openness
Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks barely made it out on time last year after a computer technician accidentally wiped out a data file containing hundreds of thousands of dividend applications.

Around Town

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

Judges to rule against Kensington
An appeals court said Friday that it planned to rule in favor of environmentalists and block the Kensington Mine from using Lower Slate Lake as a tailings dump.

Legislative roundup

High court takes on 'Bong Hits'
A goofy sign on Glacier Avenue sparked a debate that many are calling the most important fight over student free speech since the Vietnam War.

Morse v. Frederick Timeline

Ole A. Mathisen
Former Juneau resident Ole A. Mathisen died of kidney failure on March 12, 2007, in Friday Harbor, Wash. He was 88. He was born Feb. 9, 1919, in Oslo, Norway, where he attended public school and graduated with a math/science degree from the University of Oslo, prior to World War II.

Toe Toon

My turn: Send a message: No more advisory votes
As the April 3 advisory vote on the possibility of a future constitutional amendment approaches, the League of Women Voters of Alaska finds itself in an awkward position.

Empire editorial: First step toward peace in halibut war
Alaskans have been fighting a war for far too long. It's time to come to an agreement and bring the troops home.The halibut war has been raging for more than a dozen years.

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

Outdoor Digest
Southeast Alaska Independent Living and ORCA are celebrating recreation for everyone with their annual Ski-for-All fundraiser next weekend, March 24 and 25 at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

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

Deep freezers
Surviving Alaska's subzero winters requires some special adaptations. Bears are well-known hibernators, but some creatures take hibernation to a "supercool" level.

Stunning views via Spaulding Meadows trail
Between Montana Creek and Auke Mountain lie broad expanses of meadow. From the highest point in the meadows there are stunning views in all directions, including Mount McGinnis, the Chilkats and Gastineau Channel.

Bugs' Winter Hideouts
Most insects aren't active in cold weather, but if you know where to look, you can find their winter hideouts.One place is inside tree galls, which are formed by a hormone injected by insects so they have a place to live.

On thin ice
You never want to hear cracking noises when you're standing on a frozen lake. Let's be more specific. You never want your wife to hear cracking noises when she is next to you on a frozen lake.

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.

Hockey is a family affair
While the Craig family is still fairly new to the community of Juneau, they are not new to the sport of hockey.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
Here is the final Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll of the season with records through March 9, first place votes in parentheses and total poll points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Educators seek input on school proposals
The Juneau School District will hold three open houses this week for public comment on a high school education plan.

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

Photo: Snowy totem
Snow flurries cross in front of the Chief Ebbits pole in Saxman Totem Park on Wednesday in Saxman.

Alaska Digest
Sen. Lisa Murkowski is visiting Iraq for the first time and said Saturday she feels validated for voting against a tight schedule to withdraw troops from the war-torn country.

Lawmakers roll up sleeves for pipeline bill
The legislative session is half over, but the work on Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line bill has just begun.

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