Monday, May 15, 2006

Checking in
Even though you may not have stepped foot in a classroom for several years now, employees are still doing homework, according to the Associated Press.

Do your homework
Experts agree that proper preparation before a job interview is your key to success.

Family time
If your child is sick, you shouldn't feel pressured to make a decision between personal responsibilities and career, thanks to the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Best of the best
Every year, Working Mother magazine conducts a survey of the 100 best companies for mothers to work for.

Mother's little helpers
When Linda York, manager of the human resources diversity program at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia and mother of two, started at the company 15 years ago, she didn't think much about added benefits for families. After all, she was single and had no use for them.

Should've been shot with camera instead
I read "Hibernating Hybrid" (front page, May 12) and have a question: Wouldn't it have been better for the bear if they shot it with a camera?

As Twain once said of car dealers ...
Steve Allwine of Mendenhall Auto would no doubt show disfavor with proposed legislation to tighten up his business and industry (see his 700-word My Turn exposé in the May 3 Empire).

It's not all right to bad-mouth neighbors
So I'm driving on the Seward Highway the other day, happily tuned in to the Savage Nation, when what comes on the air but a political ad trashing us selfish folks...

Don't wait for Friday to ride your bike
Bike to Work Day is Friday, but that doesn't mean that you have to wait until then to ride your bike to work.

Commissioner should remember mission
Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Michael Menge reminded us last month that the proposed Pebble Mine is not yet a done deal.

Sunny Point should be site of crossing
I appreciated Lori Nottingham's column (May 3) regarding using dredged material for the crossing. It is a subject I have been thinking about for some time.

How about a public service tax?
For some time I have been struggling with the problem of not enough money for government, all government - city, state and federal.

Where do Lower Slate Lake tailings go?
Coeur says Lower Slate Lake can hold 4.5 million tons of Kensington's tailings. Another 3 million tons (40 percent of the total) would be backfilled into the mine.

It's time to get tough with our reps
There is nothing like fear mongering to get public attention. Ever notice when government wants more money, education and fire and police protection are threatened but never unimportant services?

Court decision lays out rules in clear terms
School Board President Phyllis Carlson's front page complaint that "The 9th Circuit's decision has left the board and school administrators with no guidance as to where and when we can enforce our policy against messages promoting illegal drug use" (May 3) is one of the most idiotic and disingenuous statements I have heard from a public official in a long time.

Gold Medal welcomes all volunteers
This is in reply to Tim Wilson and his comments regarding Albert Kookesh and the A bracket elimination from the Gold Medal Tournament (April 19).

City is responsible if it's hit by recession
Juneau property owners have seen the largest tax assessments in history, and this is on top of large increases last year.

$45 million for road is a lot to gamble
Gov. Murkowski pushed for approval of $45 million from the State of Alaska general fund to be used to help finance the proposed Juneau to Skagway (or more accurately, almost to Skagway) road.

Big Oil's PR blitz was shameful
After reading Gail Phillips letter regarding oil taxation ("We need to adopt right tax strategy," April 30), I feel a response is necessary.

How will we pay for imprisoning potheads?
In 1982, the United States spent $9 trillion in jails and prisons. In 1999, the United States spent $49 trillion in jails and prisons. That is a 400 percent increase.

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

Play school
Imagine if beads were numbers, there were colorful alphabets with vowels that made sounds when rubbed, and school was without grades.

Truck hits pedestrians, building
An alleged drunken driver could have difficulty securing auto insurance in the future after allegedly hitting three teenagers with a pickup before crashing into a State Farm Insurance office Saturday afternoon.

Hot rods heat up Centennial Hall
The sixth annual Classic Custom and Antique Auto & Cycle Show is in high gear this weekend at Centennial Hall.

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

Session ended well for Juneau
The Alaska Legislature didn't need help from Juneau's weather to turn into a rainmaker before wrapping up its regular session last week.

Photo: Paper, plastic or canvas?
Juneau Douglas High School senior Katelyn Thomson, right, hands Mary Pat Schilly a canvas bag she bought for the second annual Week Without Plastic, sponsored by the Juneau, Alaska, Youth for Environmental Action.

Photo: Cleaning up
Barbara Taug, left, and Shirley Walkush pick up trash along Glacier Highway as part of Litter Free's Clean Up Day on Saturday.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Cartoons by Toe
Cartoon by Toe

My turn: Combine commute, exercise on Friday
Friday is National Bike to Work Day, a day when thousands of Americans will leave their cars and trucks at home and pedal to their place of work. This seems a very appropriate action in light of ever-present headlines proclaiming skyrocketing gas prices.

Alaska editorial: If oil drops, we'll have to help pay for services
Proponents of legislation to boost oil taxes say the state deserves its fair share of revenues from the publicly owned resources buried beneath the tundra.

My turn: Let's engage in dialogue about the war
Citizens of Juneau are all too familiar with the question of how to improve access to government.

Inter-Island Ferry Authority shows way
The communities of Wrangell, Petersburg and Prince of Wales Island inaugurate a new ferry run this week. It's from Coffman Cove on the north end of Prince of Wales Island to Wrangell and Petersburg.

Empire editorial: Senior tax exemption was fair for debate
Now that a majority on the Juneau Assembly favors extending senior citizens' exemption from city sales taxes, a more rational discussion of revenues should be possible.

Outsiders: Hunter Brown
Juneau's Outdoor Lives

Goodbye winter ... Summer's on the fly
The Raincountry Flyfishers club held its annual year-end casting clinic on Thursday evening at Twin Lakes to iron out some kinks and get ready for the many angling options Juneau offers during the summer.

Juneau bears are waking from deep sleep
The bear was clearly big, and looked to be digging in the hillside above Egan Drive. Exactly what he was up to was hard to tell, as he was a quarter-mile away and I was coming into town at 55 mph.

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

Photo: Riding with Mom
Julie Graves, right, sprints out ahead of Janis Sheufelt, center, and Tara Jeans at the finish of the 22-mile long Mother's Day Bike Race along North Douglas Highway on Sunday.

Lehauli and Stevens take the title belts at Roughhouse Boxing
The Friday night Roughhouse Boxing series at Marlintini's Lounge came to a thrilling close this weekend as a young gun captured the middleweight title and a old pro won a fifth heavyweight crown.

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.

May Mud and Mountain Run results
Saturday three-mile and seven-mile results

Metzger, Dorn win Juneau's dirtiest races
More than 70 participants gathered at the May Mud and Mountain Run for some good clean fun running across the tidal flats and decorating themselves with mud Saturday.

JDHS blanks Ketchiakan
With strong hitting and powerful pitching, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team maintained its perfect record Sunday against Ketchikan.

Region V Track and Field Results
from Friday and Saturday

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-Douglas baseball takes a pair on Saturday
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team climbed to within one game of Southeast Conference-leading Sitka on Saturday with a pair of wins.

Bears maintain perfect record with three wins
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team scored six quick runs in the third inning on their way to blowing out Lathrop 9-1 on Saturday.

Crimson Bears sweep Kings to win conference
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team ended the regular season on a positive note with two wins over host Ketchikan.

Juneau-Douglas wins Region V
The Juneau-Douglas High School track and field teams took both the boys and girls Region V titles Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Juneau-Douglas boys and girls soccer teams prepare for state
After finishing the season unbeaten and allowing just four goals all year, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team will open the state tournament Thursday as a two-seed.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Legislative roundup
Bills passed last week

Alaska Digest
A 25-year-old Juneau-Douglas High School graduate serving in U.S. Army Special Forces was one of three bikers killed Saturday in an annual Harley Davidson rally.

Federal officials eye role in gas line
Incentives approved by Congress to assist in construction of a North Slope natural gas pipeline included an obscure provision calling for a study of federal intervention if no company had applied to build the line within 18 months.

Special Session
Alaska lawmakers clad in jeans, boots and fleece jackets are spending six hours a day listening to an overview of the governor's proposed natural gas contract at Centennial Hall.

Court leaves cruise tax on August ballot
Alaska's August election ballot will include an initiative seeking to impose a $50 tax on each cruise passenger coming to Alaska, the state Supreme Court decided last week.

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

Gardeners create online resource
Two Alaskan green thumbs are hoping to cultivate a new Web site as a forum for sharing information on gardening in the central Kenai Peninsula.

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

Alaska museum aims to reflect natural wonders
The museum on the hill looks like breaching whales. Or maybe the swooping white walls bring to mind shimmering northern lights. Or ships passing. Or the Earth's great tectonic plates shoved up and over one another.

Change of command in state Coast Guard
Bidding farewell to the U.S. Coast Guard and his Alaska command Friday morning, Rear Adm. James Olson said his replacement "will be working with the best people in the country."

Fake reef home to real fish
Less than 24 hours after artificial reefs were lowered into Smitty's Cove, Alaska sealife started checking out the new real estate.

State to check Unalaska beaches for oil
State survey teams start walking the beaches of Unalaska this week to check for residue from thousands of gallons of oil that spilled from a soybean freighter after it grounded off the Aleutian island more than a year ago.

Recycling truck uses waste cooking oil
The city's public works recycling truck is helping recycle more than just paper and cardboard boxes. Now, it's being fueled by used vegetable oil.

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