Monday, March 19, 2007

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.

(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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Opposing homosexuality on religious grounds
Homosexuals recently attempted (unsuccessfully) to force everyone to accept their behavior through the courts.

Honor our forebears; vote for inclusion
Thank you, Dr. Soboleff. Your eloquence and succinctness regarding the pending resolutions before Sealaska stockholders (Tuesday's Juneau Empire) was profound.

Lessons to learn from our ancestors
Recently, while attending yet another hearing on the revision for the Tongass land management plan, I was given cause to ponder the source of my own love of the Earth.

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Fake fish, reel struggle
Hunter Kickok, 9, left, reels hard while fishing against a fish simulator as his sister, Skylar, 6, center, and brother, Dawson, 4, wait their turn Sunday during the Glacier Valley Rotary 28th Annual Boat and Sports Show at Centennial Hall.

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

Around Town

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

Some ethics reform bills cast wide net
While Gov. Sarah Palin, the state House of Representatives and the Senate work on major ethics reform, some lawmakers are pushing to fix situations that few knew were broken.

Morse v. Frederick Timeline

Juneau-Douglas High School artist wins Best of Show
The sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School arrives early and lets her creativity run rampant. One day, she streaks her canvass with charcoal. The next day, she dabs in colors. It's a morning routine that's fun but personal.

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.

Photo: March for peace
Led by Veterans for Peace, about 200 people march along Egan Drive on Sunday during an anti-war protest to mark the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq.

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

Correction

Around Town

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.

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.

My turn: Thank you, professor Life
I walked into the college classroom, hesitated as I looked around at the other students, then chose a desk in the front row.

Alaska editorial: Kudos for lawmakers' work on ethics reform
The Senate has passed two ethics bills and is working on more. The House is working on a single super-ethics bill, started by the governor. Either approach works, as long as the details are good.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 pay attention to free throws
Two dribbles, a spin in the hands, followed by the swishing sound of a basketball dropping through a hoop and hitting nothing but twine.

JDIA Pee Wees win a game at tourney
The Juneau Douglas Ice Association's Pee Wee Tier IV team finished 1-3 this weekend at the Alaska State Pee Wee Tier IV Tournament in North Pole.

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.

Tiny Alaska town gives away land
A tiny town in Alaska's interior has no gas station, no grocery store or traffic lights, but it does have plenty of woodsy land - and it's free to folks willing to put down roots there.

Alaska Digest
Jury subpoenaes oil company's records, Probe into soldier's death is delayed, Attorney general may become elected job & Votors mull borough in Delta Junction

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, the nation and the world

Musher disqualified for hitting dogs
Two-time runner-up Ramy Brooks was disqualified from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race for abusing his dogs.

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.

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.

Disappearance of Kodiak king crab still a mystery
Once the king crab capital of the world, Kodiak remains mystified at the loss of its crown.

Scientists launch Arctic expedition
Matthew Sturm knows that science doesn't always get kids revved up. But snowmachines can usually do the trick.

Sea lion decline linked to 'junk food' fish
Three decades after a change in ocean climate began creeping into the North Pacific, a team of scientists asserts with unprecedented vigor in a new report that the change is the central culprit in the crash of Alaska's western sea lion population.

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