Monday, May 1, 2006

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.

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).

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.

Fund ways for students to pursue trades
Our staggering school dropout rate is the result of the misguided premise, and implementation of that premise from the top right on down, that every student going through the system is college bound. This premise is simply false. We have turned the words "carpenter," "mechanic," "bricklayer," "plumber," "electrician" and "proficient laborer" into dirty words in our school district and our society.

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.

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.

Coeur Alaska spins the facts
Could it be possible that Tim Arnold, vice president and general manager of Coeur Alaska, might have some personal interest involved in his "Top 10 reasons for Kensington Mine," or is it just me?

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.

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

Photo: Groundwork for a garden
Margaret Tharp gives Derek Soden ideas about landscaping his yard during a rock setting workshop held at Landscape Alaska on Sunday as part of the Southeast Alaska Gardening Conference.

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

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.

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.

Old-time timber tales
A new historical account of the Tongass National Forest contains literally hundreds of surprising facts about the "good old days" of logging on Alaska's Panhandle.

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.

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

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.

My Turn: There's no dressing up the naked truth in Alaska story
I have to wonder if Hans Christian Andersen had lived in the 21st century in Alaska and had written his classic story, "The Emperor's New Clothes," would it have had a different ending? Sure, the king would still be naked and all his royal supporters would brag about how wonderful his new clothes look. Con men would still be taking the king for a ride, making huge sums of money for literally nothing.

My Turn: Secret agreement should play no role in tax issue
Having served as chairman of the governor's Task Force to Expedite Construction of the Gas Line, I would be the last person to ignore the difficulties involved in getting three of the world's largest corporations to do something they are reluctant to do.

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

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.

Opening ANWR is a national security issue
How's this for a headline: "U.S. OIL THIRST A GROWING THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY"

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Herbert Glacier Results
Saturday 10k and1 mile results

Photos: On the breakaway
The Island Pub's Jim Sheehan is chased by Fairbanks' Gabe Ludic during the championship game of the King Salmon Classic on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

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 finishers at the Juneau Invitational
JUNEAU INVITATIONAL TRACK MEET

Bears win two of three at Kayhi
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity softball team took two of three games at rainy Ketchikan over the weekend.

Juneau Freewheelers False Outer Point road race
Friday race results

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Drunken driver gets 20 for killing boy, 13

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

Webcam helps Barrow hunters find whales
Whalers in Barrow still hunt bowheads from skin boats and lean on the wisdom of elders to decode the treacherous whims of the frozen Arctic Ocean.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Conference focuses on Natives and AIDS
HIV/AIDS is a silent killer moving through Native communities around the world, says Rick Haverkate.

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.

Oil tax took over session
When the legislative session began Jan. 9, almost none of the Alaska lawmakers could predict three little letters - PPT - were about to dominate the session.

Seat belt law strengthened
Alaska State Trooper Capt. Burke Barrick vividly remembers the accident on the Nome-Teller Highway.

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.

Legislative roundup
Bills voted on last week.

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