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Monday, April 10, 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

City should collect taxes already owed
On the front page of the April 3 Empire I noted that the city is inviting input into the issue of the senior's sales tax exemption.

Say no to Seekins' all terrain vehicle bill
I would like to let your readers know about a very dangerous precedent that Alaska state Sen. Ralph Seekins, R-Fairbanks, is trying to set. Seekins has introduced the same bill in the Senate, for the last three years in a row.

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.

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.

Delighted with Corps' decision on mine
Hurray! It was great to see that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has returned Coeur Alaska's 404 permit after a second look. By doing so, the Corps addressed any questions regarding Kensington's tailing management plan.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Folk Festival Schedule
For Sunday, April 9th

Free festival pays bills
The fiddling, piping and strumming heard throughout downtown Juneau during the Alaska Folk Festival last week was music to the ears of many business owners.

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

Tire deadline
It isn't just accountants working to meet their April 15 deadline.

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

Changes in longitudes
Alaska legislative intern Yelena Bakulina is a long way from home, but not as out of place as some may think.

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

Wandering musician
A bass player walks into downtown Juneau on Sunday. The Alaska Folk Festival finished their weeklong music celebration on Sunday.

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.

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.

My Turn: State attacks bill with inflated cost estimates
Want to open a health care business in Alaska? Under current law, you'll have to go hat-in-hand to the governor and his minions to beg for a "Certificate of Need." That's why I've sponsored House Bill 287, and co-sponsored an initiative to repeal the Alaska Certificate of Need law.

My Turn: Truth in recruiting? Don't you count on it
Any reasoning adult knows that advertisements are often lies, most often through omission of truths.

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.

Alaska editorial: Bush deserves credit on mileage standards
Where are the news releases and positive comments from conservation organizations praising the new vehicle mileage standards announced last week by the Bush administration?

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.

Alaska editorial : Senate did right thing on budget
The state Senate has taken its share of knocks in recent legislative sessions for stubbornly insisting on its own way, often in the face of overwhelming public opposition. So it was refreshing last week to see the chamber take a stand against House amendments to the supplemental budget bill.

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.

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.

Out&About
About is a listing of recreational activities

OUTSIDERS: Eric Mohrmann
Juneau's outdoor lives

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Egolf's first-team all-state selection is the Crimson Bears' first since Boozer
Juneau-Douglas High School junior Will Egolf joined a select club of Crimson Bears basketball players on Wednesday.

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.

Seablazers capture state championship
The Juneau Capital City Seablazers captured the Fools on Ice Alaska Women's State Hockey Tournament intermediate title in an exciting shootout win over the Anchorage Modern Monkeys in Anchorage on April 2.

Spill still riles Alaskans
Oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker grounding still lingers on and just below Alaska's surface. So does the resentment.

Whales soon safer on both sides of Bering Sea
A guide widely used by Alaska fishermen to help them avoid the world's most endangered whale will soon be available in Russian

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

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

Study shows drug, alcohol abuse cost Alaska employers
Alcohol and drug abuse in Alaska resulted in roughly $367 million in productivity losses during 2003, according to a recently released McDowell Group report.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

When it's springtime in Barrow...
It's 30 below: An Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative truck with a papier mache bowhead whale on the front and a skin boat on top is shown during a parade in Barrow Saturday.

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.

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

Legislative roundup
Bills introduced last week:

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.

Alyeska technician sentenced
A former laboratory technician for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has been placed on three years probation and fined $1,000 for falsifying wastewater test data.

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