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Sunday, April 9, 2006

Talk the talk
For some companies, customer service is a key component of business. And while some may think there's not much to a customer service job, dealing with customers all day - most of them unhappy - can make for a difficult and challenging situation.

Recruiting for More Than 1,400 Seafood Workers Begins Now
State labor officials are encouraging both experienced and entry-level seafood

More funding for education, not less
I am writing in regards to the article dated March 22 "School budget cut and passed." The Juneau School District should be an example to the other cities of Alaska and therefore should have more funding.

Top 10 reasons for Kensington Mine
Coeur Alaska was pleased to learn recently that its 404 permit had been reinstated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Open the doors, don't invest in secret
I read ("Secrecy jeopardizes public's faith in permanent fund," March 12) about the managers of your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend saying they needed to be able to work in secret in some of their investments.

Governor should focus on prevention
If Gov. Murkowski wants to take some positive steps in the direction of protecting young people from harmful substances and their effects, perhaps he should consider restoring funding for substance abuse treatment programs within the Department of Corrections.

Teen burglary suspect charged
A 19-year-old man has been charged with at least two of the residential burglaries police have been investigating in Juneau since last fall.

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

Photo: Jamming in the streets
Ryan Bowers, left, and his father, Pete, second from left, Nathaniel McDonald, all of Fairbanks, jam with Peter Johnson of Anchorage in front of St. Ann's Parish Hall on Friday.

Alaska Folk Festival Schedule
For Sunday, April 9th

Photo: Caring to help
Kellen Kraft, left, and Andy Hughes clean the carpet in the main office of the AWARE Shelter as part of the University of Alaska Southeast's Spring Day of Caring in conjunction with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Correction

Panhandle Meltdown
Juneau doesn't face epic disasters such as loss of sea ice or polar bears, but the gradual warming of the region has captured the mayor's attention.

Ships wrecked in channel, but not forgotten
A team of marine specialists has been studying the Princess Sophia, Princess Kathleen and Clara Nevada shipwreck sites for the last four days as part of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources' first step toward creating a management plan for underwater heritage sites.

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

Betty Zane Hill
Former Juneau resident Betty Zane Hill, 79, died March 28, 2006, at the Bitterroot Valley Living Center in Stevensville, Mont., from complications due to heart disease.

Empire Editorial: A wise contribution to state government
With the debate over whether to build a new capitol temporarily quieted, Juneau city leaders have fallen back on a plan that most people can back.

My Turn: Alaska can't tax its way to a natural gas pipeline
Remember David Stockman and Art Laffer? They were the architects of President Ronald Reagan's tax plan to relieve the country of the high inflation and high unemployment of the Jimmy Carter years.

Herbert River Trail is study in effects of retreating ice
The Herbert River Trail begins in nice spruce forest on the floodplain between Herbert and Eagle Rivers.

OUTSIDERS: Eric Mohrmann
Juneau's outdoor lives

Out&About
About is a listing of recreational activities

IT'S KING TIME
It is that time of the year again - the spring king salmon are starting to show up in our local marine waters.

Photo: Kid's Sport
Brock Crowe, 11, holds an arctic char that he caught on the opening day of the new kids' fishing pond.

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.

JDHS boys soccer team finishes road trip
While the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team ended its four-day trip to Washington with a loss Saturday, the team proved they can score with anyone.

Photo: Pomp, circumstance and skiing
The Juneau Ski Club's Kayla Harmon files down the race course in graduating style Saturday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Juneau's Felix and Urata take 12th at nationals
Juneau synchronized swimmers Sarah Felix and Kimiko "Koko" Urata wrapped up competition Saturday at the U.S. Speedo Junior National Championships in Minneapolis.

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

Gay benefits debate fizzles
What some describe as a "clarification," Shirley Dean calls "hate legislation."

Efforts to aid Native students succeeding
Forum: UAS Chancellor John Pugh works with two educator during Friday's Chancellor's Forum on Alaska Native Higher Education. Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Legislative roundup
Bills introduced last week:

Pizza joint delivers to the Bush
Last Christmas, residents of the Yupik Eskimo village of Savoonga added a special dish to their everyday fare of whale, walrus, reindeer and berries - fresh pizza flown in from Nome, 170 miles away.

State considers more aerial predator control
The state would like to expand its aerial wolf control program to protect the Interior's largest caribou herd from predators.

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