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Sunday, April 30, 2006

A new crop of farmers
The number of women in a farming-related area of study has increased from 50 percent to 56 percent in 2005. Experts believe this is a direct result of the high demand for organic products as well as an increase in available courses in farming at universities.

Cubicle kudos
Is your cubicle bumming you out? Adding a few personal touches to your workspace can really make a difference in your at-work attitude.

Negotiation situations to handle with care
When it comes to salary negotiation, some situations require special consideration. Here are some of these situations and how to handle them, according to Jack Chapman, author of "Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1000 a Minute" (Ten Speed Press, $12.95).

What's your motive?
Sue Bethanis, author of "Leadership Chronicles of a Corporate Sage: Five Keys to Becoming a More Effective Leader" (Kaplan Business, $18.95) has these tips for keeping employees motivated.

Discussing salary may be difficult, but ...
For most people, negotiating salary is an uncomfortable thing. Experts agree, though, that it's a part of the interview process that shouldn't be left out.

City's priorities, spending out of hand
Does it seem to anyone else that this sounds somewhat odd? The city is going to spend $145,000 of excess sales tax receipts on another public opinion study of the north Douglas crossing.

We need to adopt right tax strategy
The first year you sent me to the Legislature, Alaska took in $2.1 billion in oil revenues. The year I retired, the total had dropped to $1.3 billion, and then it tanked in 1999 at $913 million.

Who will the Legislature listen to?
Both Gov. Murkowski and the Legislature have a duty to Alaskans to craft a hard and fair bargain with the oil industry on taxation.

Family photographs saved from Valley fire
When Vickie Ladd found Juneau firefighters surrounding her Mendenhall Valley double-wide mobile home Tuesday night, she was most upset about family photos she feared were destroyed.

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

Road money restored
An Alaska Senate panel restored full funding for the Juneau access project on Friday in its new version of the state's annual construction budget.

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

Photo: Lost in books
Eighth-grade students, from left, Taylyn Julian, Judah Aldrighette, Brandon Shaw and Josh Hamilton, participate in the after-school event "Reader's Cafe" at Floyd Dryden Middle School on Friday.

Edith Carter
Former Juneau resident Edith Spencer Carter, 90, died April 15, 2006, in her birthplace Stuart, Va.

Alethea Houk
Former Juneau resident Alethea Ellen Houk, 91, died April 24, 2006, at the Sitka Pioneer's Home, surrounded by loved ones.

Lucille Loretta Kamm
Juneau resident Lucille Loretta Kamm, 82, died Feb. 17, 2006, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Empire editorial: Not much of a senior tax compromise
Charged with finding a solution to the increasing cost of Juneau's senior sales-tax exemption, a city task force this week recommended a puzzling action: Raise the eligibility age by one year every year until it reaches 75 in 2016.

Murkowski could lead way to energy independence
President Bush had an Earth Day message: Use more hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Alaska editorial: More organizations should give of themselves
In an entitlement society in which agencies increasingly aim to get rather than give, how refreshing it was to read about an Anchorage church's steady insistence on paying its own way for government services.

Promiscuous hooters sing a mating love song
Love is in the air and mating calls fill the forests of Southeast Alaska. Many of these songs are from migratory birds such as varied thrushes and American robins.

Outsiders: Moctar Diouf
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Mountains to climb before I retire
The truth be told, I'm not that old. In fact, by most standards I'm aware of, 51 years of age is considered quite young.

Spring king fever
Spring is here, and so is Juneau's 10th Annual Spring King Salmon Derby.

Out&About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Outdoors Digest
The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a two-day, hands-on boating safety and survival workshop all day on May 11 and 12 at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Auke Bay Lab in Juneau.

Bears run past competition
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams showcased both new and seasoned talents at the Juneau Invitational Track Meet this weekend.

JDHS boys soccer splits with East and South in Anchorage
Despite ending a weekend Anchorage road trip with a loss, Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer coach Gary Lehnhart felt encouraged.

Bears sweep three-game series from Wolves
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team swept a three-game series from Wrangell on Saturday with an 11-0 win in six innings at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Juneau Freewheelers False Outer Point road race
Friday race results

Juneau-Douglas girls soccer team stays undefeated
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team continued to flex their defensive muscles with a pair of shutouts in Anchorage.

Herbert Glacier Results
Saturday 10k and1 mile results

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 Invitational Track Meet results
Friday-Saturday, April 28-29

Juneau-Douglas softball keeps rolling with a pair of victories against Ketchikan
Though the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team gave up its first runs of the season, the Crimson Bears still managed to easily take two from host Ketchikan.

Photo: And they're off
The runners take off at the start of the Herbert Glacier Trail Run on Saturday.

Natives engineer a better future
It was strange, Herb Schroeder thought, that after a year of working on water projects with Alaska Natives from dozens of villages, he had not met a single engineer who was Native.

Bush kids, city kids swap places for different views
Sweet welcome: Costco employee Tonya John photographs visiting Napakiak seventh- and eighth-grade students and their teacher, K.C. Bodily, with containers of jelly beans Friday at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Alaska Digest
Drunken driver gets 20 for killing boy, 13

Legislative roundup
Bills voted on last week.

Alaska jobs can be deadly
While working at a convenience store may be safer in Alaska than New York, workplace deaths in the 50th state are three times the national average, according to an AFL-CIO report released last week.

Gay-benefits debate now headed for Senate floor
A proposed constitutional amendment regarding gay-partner employment benefits for Alaska state workers is on the move after being mired in committee for several weeks.

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