Face value
They're revered, almost adored - thought of as a girl's best friend when a girl's best friends desert her. In some cases, they're nearly as famous as their celebrity clientele, others are invited to weddings and even named as godparents to children of clients.

Is cosmetology school for you?
Hayes Batson, president and CEO of Regency Beauty Institute, has five areas to consider before deciding on a cosmetology school:

Table talk
Lunch interviews are great for the interviewer in that he or she gets to see a prospective employee in an everyday setting. Lunch interviewers can, however. pose their own set of unique challenges to the interviewee. But that's no reason to shy away from a job discussion over a Caesar salad. In fact, for many, it's a welcome alternative to the stuffy setting of a corporate office.

What not to do when you see bears
I bumped into a black bear on the stairs by the Governor's Mansion the other day. I was walking up as it was walking down. When I saw two furry black ears, I assumed it was a big dog.

Organization's focus on contraception
Planned Parenthood is about contraception, not abortion. Contraception curtails the issue of abortion. The organization was developed to assist women, who tend to be the ones responsible for child rearing, options as it pertains to having or not having children.

Column designed to promote fear
Ah, Planned Parenthood - one of the most hotly contested issues in society, as it indeed has been virtually from its inception. There are many sides to the issue, some with fine points to make and cogent, significant messages to get across.

How does road solve spending problems?
My husband and I recently moved back to Juneau from the Anchorage area after an appalling year of traffic and crime.

Let's band together for the benefit of all
Tribes in Washington, Michigan and Minnesota have signed accords to define their government-to-government relationships, stating their unique status as tribes, and submitting to terms and conditions defining their relationships with their states.

Objection from former Haines resident
After reading many of the letters to the editor about why we should or should not have the road, I read with interest Tim Whiting's letter trying to make the point that Skagway was "somewhere."

Different paths, same end at JDHS
Although the destination is the same, the paths students have walked toward graduation day are all unique.

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

Couple brings circus acts to Fine Arts Camp
One day in 1985, Kevin O'Keefe found a suitcase outside his New York City apartment and decided to fill it with as much circus equipment as would fit.

Celebration 2006 Photo: Mass gathering

Old meets new at Celebration
Geraldine Nelson stood under the eaves at Centennial Hall to avoid the rain as Saturday morning's Celebration parade went by, but it wasn't just the precipitation threatening to her moisten her cheeks last week.

Celebration 2006 Photo: Sharing the moment

Grads told to look to each other
On an afternoon where people overflowed from the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium to celebrate accomplishments of individual loved ones, no one was talking about this year's graduates making it alone.

Angoon residents take first and third place in seaweed contest
The best-tasting seaweed at this Celebration came from an Angoon man.

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


Company proposes hydroelectric project for Berners Bay
A utility has resurrected an old plan to supply the Kensington gold mine with hydroelectric power from Berners Bay.

Photo: Remembrance
The Rev. George Silides of Holy Trinity Church gives a Service of Deconsecration and Remembrance to a gathering Saturday.

Alyeska locks its doors
Alyeska Central School employees were told to pack their bags and leave in a matter of hours Friday before new locks were put on the doors to keep them out.

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

Celebration 2006 Photo: Loud and clear

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

Celebration 2006 Photo: Dressed for success

Celebration 2006 Photo: Has wheels and floats
Has wheels and floats: Mike Chilton dances alongside a racing canoe during Saturday's parade. michael penn / juneau empire

Photo: Naming ceremony
Members of the Juneau Tlingit Dancers perform during a naming ceremony Friday for the former Auke Tribe Building, now owned by the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority.

Mildred 'Millie' Wagner Monson
Longtime Alaska resident Mildred "Millie" Wagner Monson, 85, died Nov. 30, 2005, in Anchorage.

William 'Bill' Robert Weir
Longtime Douglas resident William "Bill" Robert Weir, 84, died in his sleep May 18, 2006, from complications of a stroke, initially occurring on Oct. 30, 2005.

Outside editorial: One more fishy policy
You'd think the Bush administration would have learned its lesson with James Hansen and global warming.

Empire editorial: Funding valley school's cost increase is an unfortunate necessity
Opponents of a second high school may be muttering "I told you so."

Alaska editorial: A call for patience during highway construction season
By this time of year, drivers are tiring of having their behinds and their belongings tossed around from one frost heave to another, from one pothole to the next, and from this rut to that one.

ADN should seek something positive
Alaska's largest newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News, is consistent. It is opposed to the natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48. The headline in Wednesday's ADN says it all: "Gas line pipe dream a risky one."

My turn: Is it really a road to nowhere?
Recent letters to the editor refer to Juneau access as the "Road to Nowhere." What exactly does that mean?

Today: Multigun Shoot, 9 a.m., Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Outsiders: Jill Ramiel
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Alaska's fairway to heaven
Stepping over moose tracks, listening to eagle wings and watching bears catch salmon are not usually amenities included in greens fees.

The mountain has its own ideas
Several weeks ago I wrote of my anticipation of fulfilling a childhood dream to climb one of Alaska's highest peaks - Mount Fairweather.

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.

Eagle River dethrones JDHS
Emotionally spent and physically drained, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team watched Eagle River accept the Alaska State Large School championship after Saturday's 4-2 loss.

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.

Ketchikan finishes second in tourney
The Ketchikan High School softball team finished second in the state Saturday at Cartee Fields after falling to Homer 7-2 in the Alaska State Small School Softball Tournament.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Cruise ships giving a boost to Panhandle weather forecasts
If Panhandle weather forecasts seem a bit more accurate this summer, it might be thanks to a cruise ship.

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

Cuts spur layoffs at Fort Greely
Army budget cuts have prompted the layoffs of at least 50 civilian contract workers at Fort Greely and another 160 positions are threatened.

Exxon, BP ask judge to toss antitrust lawsuit on gas pipeline
Attorneys for Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP PLC on Friday asked a federal judge to toss an antitrust lawsuit alleging the companies are refusing to sell their natural gas to an Alaska pipeline project other than their own.

Northwest Digest
B.C. Ferries will suspend and possibly fire a handful of crew who were working on the Queen of the North the night it sank off the coast of British Columbia because they have refused to participate in an investigation, the company said.

Senate approves judiciary for gas contract challenges
The state Senate approved a measure Saturday that would make the Alaska Supreme Court the first court of review if legal challenges are brought against a natural gas contract.

Alaska Digest
Rescuers repeatedly flew over a cloud-veiled mountain in the Alaska Range Saturday in search of two experienced climbers considered overdue.

Moose calf season is in full swing
June marks several changes in Alaska. Salmon enter the rivers in greater numbers, wildflowers begin to bloom in abundance and miniature versions of the state's largest ungulate begin to show up seemingly everywhere.

House passes tax on oil profits of 23.5 percent
The Alaska House on Sunday approved a bill to tax 23.5 percent of oil companies' Alaska profits, a tax rate that would rise even higher when the price of oil hits about $50 per barrel.

Many challenging for Young's seat
Actress and activist Diane Benson is one of five Democrats, as well as two Libertarians and one Green Party candidate, challenging U.S. Rep. Don Young for the congressional seat that he has enjoyed for 33 years.

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