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Monday, May 8, 2006

Culture club
Researching prospective employers is one of the most important things you can do during a job search. "I've found that an organization's culture is the most important thing to learn," says Dennis S. Reina, co-author of "Trust and Betrayal in the Workplace" (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, $16.95).

Help wanted
The acquisition of Healthcare Administration Technologies (a key player in exchanging medical claims) by the PNC Financial Services Group will have an immense impact on health care transactions, according to ePaynews.com.

Coping methods
John Evanovich, a Boston-area psychiatrist who deals with workplace stress, says today's nurses must address the potential for stress within their working environment.

Knowledge and care
Providing quality patient care, maintaining accurate records and effectively communicating with patients and their loved ones are all in a day's work for a registered nurse.

Cut costs before cutting tax exemption
It seems almost daily there are articles in the paper that stir me to want to write a letter to the paper, but the issue on April 24, and specifically the article on "City leaders fear legacy of growing debt" raised my temperature many degrees.

The road is the inconvenience
Let me get this straight. The whole point of building a road to Juneau is so travelers won't be "inconvenienced" by the ferry. But with the state's latest quarter-of-a-billion-dollar proposal, travelers will still have to take a ferry to reach the capital. Not to mention it will actually take longer to reach Juneau with the state's complicated road-shuttle ferry plan than it would hopping on the fast ferry. Or that this insanity will cost the state more in the long run than improving the existing ferry system and be less safe.

'Blue collar' school subjects help
I agree with much of what Robert Tonkin wrote in his letter to the editor on May 1.

Goose-stepping to a different beat
Why does the governor hold the public in such high disregard; he was elected by some of this same public.

Get the facts on the road straight
While Kevin Hood has every right to express his opposition to the Juneau Access project, I am afraid he is relying on a lot of false information to form his dissent. I would encourage him to take the time to read the Final Environmental Impact Statement for a better source.

Better ferry service over building a road
Alaskans and U.S. taxpayers are being taken for a ride on a road to nowhere.

Gas is not stranded
The current media coverage and legislative debate on oil taxation and a secret gas pipeline contract with the three major oil producers ignore the fundamental question that needs answering before we make any gas pipeline deal: "Is Alaska's Gas Stranded?"

Zip-sliding away
Dreams of flying become reality for tourists taking the new rainforest ecotour at Eaglecrest Ski Area, which slid through its first week under a barrage of rain.

Birth center funds embroiled in politics
A Juneau nonprofit birth center has raised $2 million in grants and donations over the last few years for a family health campus it hopes to start building near Salmon Creek next spring.

Midlife degree for Brazilian
Rosa Carvalho has come a long way to walk across the stage and receive a college diploma this afternoon.

Capital budget flush with money for Juneau
Pet projects for Juneau and the governor's priorities for the capital city would get a bigger wad of cash from the state's capital budget, as proposed by House legislators.

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

Chainsaw cop turns trees to menageries
When not working at cutting down the crime rate in Juneau, police officer Paul Comolli relaxes by cutting up Sitka spruce into art with a chainsaw.

District hazy on rights
Although Joseph Frederick no longer resides in Juneau, the infamy for displaying a controversial banner in the capital city lives on.

UAS graduates told to welcome change, give back
After his San Francisco-area rock band broke up in 2001, Jonathan Bower came to Alaska with dreams of the future, he told people attending Sunday's University of Alaska Southeast commencement ceremonies.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Student overcomes tough life
Heather Eastaugh knows what it takes to flourish in adverse conditions.

Photo: A tree grows in Juneau
Jeff Barnard and Terry Laskey of the Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership plant one of three sergeant cherry trees below Calhoun Street downtown for Arbor Day on Saturday.

Pomp and Circumstance
A new era begins at the University of Alaska Southeast today.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Never forgotten
Jennifer Nebert, with her son, Derick, and daughter, Ericka, listens in the rain to speakers during the annual Blessing of the Fleet held Saturday morning at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial downtown.

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

My Turn: Cutting boat exemption would be bad for Gustavus
I am writing this because I am concerned about the National Park Service proposal to end the exemption for vessels based in Bartlett Cove to come and go without a permit.

My Turn: Management or malpractice?
T he U.S. Forest Service sets the bar high on everyone except itself.

Editorial: A silly banner and a stupid court appeal
W hat is the Juneau School Board smoking? Whatever it is, its side effects seem to be paranoia, forgetfulness and an un-American hunger for control.

Cartoon by Toe

Janes remembered for outdoors contributions
High tea high above most of Juneau seemed a fittingly civilized way to celebrate the life of Willette Patricia Janes on Friday.

Bad hemingways land rotten lunkers
For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can. - Ernest Hemingway.

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

The Middle Aged Man and the Sea
He was a middle-aged state worker who fished alone in the early mornings before work, and the evenings after, and anytime he could, and he had gone one thousand two hundred and sixty seven rod hours without a strike.

Men Without Salmon
There he was, this man, this simple man, on the sands of the beach, his beach, which, that he thought, was not unlike the cruel and yet glorious beach at Normandy a lifetime ago for both had seen death, blood and viscera sacrificed by those creatures who face a greater calling than mere mortality.

Mary Willson On the Trails
From the end of the North Douglas Highway, this flat and easy trail goes under a new power line to the creek and follows the creek upstream for about a mile.

The Lund Also Rises
It had been a very long way from the wire-back chairs of the little bistro on Rue Bouillabaisse in the old French quarter of Paris and the eager American girls cradling tiny cups of espresso between their sarcastic breasts.

Outsiders: Cherith Whiteman
Juneau's outdoor lives

Juneau-Douglas tops Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team finished up the first of three four-game sets with Southeast Conference rivals Sitka and Ketchikan on Saturday.

Warriors shut out the visiting Crimson Bears in boys soccer
The trip to the Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su valleys for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team ended Friday and probably not soon enough for the team.

KODIAK TRI-MEET results
Saturday at Kodiak High School

Three former Juneau-Douglas players earn college honors
A trio of former Juneau-Douglas High School softball players were honored by the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference on Friday.

Bears' track teams take 2nd at Kodiak
Although the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams both finished second in a tri-meet Saturday at Kodiak High School, both squads look ready for the upcoming regional meet.

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.

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

Frostbike Informal Time Trial results
Friday, False Outer Point 10.2 mile course

Juneau-Douglas remains hot with win over Wasilla
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team won its third straight game Friday and maintained its unbeaten record.

Judge orders governor to release oil contract
A Juneau judge ruled Friday that the governor must release the natural gas contract his administration has kept from the public eye for several months.

House OKs drug bill
Five legislators changing their votes were more than enough to reverse the House's previous rejection of a bill that aims to recriminalize marijuana possession and curb purchases of ingredients used in cooking methamphetamine.

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

House waffles over oil tax
House legislators approved a 21.5 percent tax rate on oil company profits Sunday night.

Oil tax goes to House floor
House Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, hopes lawmakers have done their homework - today is the big day.

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

Fishing fleet sets out with blessing
With hope for the future and tears for the past, people found Saturday's drizzle fitting weather for the annual blessing of the fleet at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Alaska Digest
A local business plans to bring arena football to Anchorage by next spring.

Photo: Sending a message
About 200 people gather in Anchorage on Friday to call on lawmakers to halt gas line contract talks until after the fall election.

Sutton men recall city's coal mining past in the cold 1940s
Palmer resident Chuck Shaver, 85, witnessed day after day of subzero temperatures that crept into weeks during the winter of 1946-47, and when employees at the Jonesville Mine got a brief reprieve from the bitter cold, it snowed - abundantly, he said.

Legislative roundup
Bills signed and voted on last week.

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