Monday, June 12, 2006

Employee makeover
In many ways, companies are similar to high school. While the wardrobe may have been upgraded, there are still certain cliques, inside jokes and even office nerds.

Support system
No one understands the plight of everyday workers better than employee assistance specialists. These workers are trained to provide compassionate and tangible solutions to problems ranging from relationships to legal issues and everything in between by putting them in contact with specialists in these areas. For example, if an employee needs emotional assistance in dealing with a death in the family, an EAP specialist may refer them to a counselor in their area.

War is a big tragic snow job
Gregory Acres is right in his May 29 letter - I do continue to misunderstand his opinions. I may also have a prudish attitude about war, but that seems to imply that war is somehow healthy or fun (or at least necessary), and I'm a little too uptight to really appreciate that.

Empire needs to take a proactive stance
It was with deep sadness that I listened on May 13 to KINY News of the North and heard about an alleged drunk driver plowing into three young pedestrians and a building in the middle of the day.

Knowles was and will be good for Juneau
Before Juneau's GOP strategists fire up their fog machine for the upcoming election, let's set the record straight about Gov. Tony Knowles. The Republicans have said - and will again - that Knowles is bad for Juneau.

Photos: Hot for Juneau, cool for Texas
Linsey Tomaro, 14, left, and Lauren Davin, 15, cool off with a water fight with friends at a pond next to Mendenhall Lake on Sunday.

Photo: Lightweight duty
Mary Erickson, 15, carries a pair of water floats after drifting across Twin Lakes with a friend on Sunday.

Photo: Summer thunder
Rick Turner dances with Agnes Velloso, foreground, during the Thunder Mountain Big Band performance in Marine Park on Friday, the first Concert in the Park for this summer.

Collision kills JDHS grad, 27, who came home for summer
A 27-year-old woman who had returned to Juneau to spend time with her father was killed in a two-vehicle accident at Mendenhall Loop and Montana Creek roads Friday night.

Glacier bear hit by vehicle disappears
Bears aren't uncommon on Juneau's streets. Sometimes they even get hit by cars. But when the black bears aren't black, they can inspire double-takes.

Boxed in at 'Quigleyville'
One of Juneau's most atypical neighborhoods lies just a short, bumpy drive from the industrial heart of Lemon Creek.

Berners group takes 'timeout'
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is crying foul after the first meeting of the Berners Bay Working Group was shutdown Friday because of its presence.

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

Photo: A sapling by any other name...
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho holds a sapling upright as Marc Matsil, director of the city Parks and Recreation Department, left, and Elizabeth Bochynski shovel earth over the roots.

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

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

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

Photo: Getting schooled
Cheryl VanDyke holds her 6-month-old daughter, Wren Grabham, while watching a small school of Dolly Varden trout inside the Mobile Aquatic Classroom at "Family Day at the Lake" on Saturday.

Anne Shima
A memorial service for Anne Shima, 27, will be held at 7 p.m., June 15, at Chapel by the Lake, 11024 Auke Lake Way. The service will be followed by a reception hosted by the family

Village opposes Pebble Mine
New Stuyahok sits on the Nushagak River, 70 air miles north of Dillingham. It is the biggest community on the Nushagak River and consists of 550-plus tribal and community members.

Alaska Editorial: Advocating higher fines for speeders
Double traffic fines against drivers who exceed the speed limit in the state's newly designated highway traffic safety corridors in Alaska absolutely make good sense.

Reduce the growing landfill mountain
For one week, I paid close attention to what went into my garbage can. I recycled everything I could and was amazed at the small amount of garbage that needed to be disposed of in the landfill.

Outside Editorial: Deep in the budget hole: Bipartisan panel could help
When you're almost $10 trillion in the hole, you've got to call somebody, right?

Road alternative costs travelers less than ferry system
The Alaska Marine Highway System has averaged about 30,000 vehicles per year for the last 20 years in Northern Lynn Canal.

Empire Editorial: Pass an oil tax on its own merits
The Alaska Legislature appears to have contracted cabin fever, just in time for summer. Members' bickering about the proposed tax rate on oil profits rose with the sun's late arrival in Juneau last week, and they made it clear they would rather go home than settle the issue.

Cartoon by Toe

OUTSIDERS: NICOLE ZEISER
Juneau's outdoor lives

Exploring the high country
Courtesy of Bob Armstrong The state bird in the state capital: A willow ptarmigan near Mount Robert's Trail surveys the country.

Bridget Point is in full flower
The Bridget Point Trail is an easy hike, boardwalks (slippery when wet) and gravel walkways traversing a nice variety of habitats. Its head is near Mile 39 North Glacier Highway, just before Echo Cove and the road's end.

Outdoors Digest
Crab fishery opens July 1

Sports 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.

Juneau racers beat the hill
Nearly 20 of Juneau's heartiest souls conquered one of the town's most arduous bicycle races Saturday morning.

Sports brief: Sitka's Crow drafted by the S.F. Giants
Former Sitka pitcher E.B. Crow was selected in the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday by the San Francisco Giants.

Eaglecrest Road Race results

Aurora Knights captureregional
The Juneau Aurora Knights synchronized swimming club dominated the competition at the United States Synchronized Swimming Age Group Western Regional Championships in Bozeman, Mont.

Alaska Digest
A 19-year-old Juneau man was cited for negligent driving after he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and flipped the 1995 Volkswagen he was driving.

New rules for Medicaid
After winning greater freedom from federal Medicaid rules, states are moving aggressively to transform the nation's largest public health insurance program, adding fees, restricting benefits and creating incentives for patients to take responsibility for their health.

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

Ill-fated cruise returns to Seattle
The Celebrity cruise ship Mercury returned to Seattle Friday morning with 115 people who had a gastrointestinal illness during their seven-night voyage to Alaska, the cruise company said.

'Bridge to nowhere' funds threatened
Two proposed Alaska bridge projects could have their federal funding blocked under an amendment to appropriations legislation sponsored by an Illinois congressman.

Whaling village split on oil tests
Kaktovik's Native village corporation has taken a softer stance on regional oil exploration than the village government, which last month called Shell Oil "a hostile and dangerous force" for planning to look for oil in traditional Alaska Native whaling waters.

Is Kodiak still rural?
Two members of the Federal Subsistence Board toured Kodiak, one of Alaska's larger towns still afforded the "rural" label for purposes of hunting and fishing.

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

Alaska Digest
A southwestern Alaska village will vote Tuesday on whether to end its 24-year prohibition on alcohol.

Mark Udall, son of Alaska conservation icon, carries legacy
Rep. Mark Udall was at his home in the foothills northwest of Denver when fellow Democrats used the threat of a filibuster to beat back an attempt to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Another special session possible
Gov. Frank Murkowski hinted at calling a second special session sometime this summer during a Friday press conference held on the lawn of the Governor's Mansion.

Wildfires continue to threaten homes near Nenana
Shauna and Brent Mitchel have evacuated their house south of Nenana and were staying with friends in the town on Sunday as a 32,000-acre fire raged just a few miles away.

Erosion may force three Native villages to relocate, report says
Crumbling away: The eroding bank along the Ninglick River at Newtok has long been a problem for the village 480 miles west of Anchorage, plus scores of other communities. al grillo / the associated press

Stevens presents fish farm permitting bill to Congress
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens supports a new fish farm permitting system proposed by the Bush administration, but wants states to have the option of banning the industry within 200 miles of their shorelines.

Lack of mortgage rules a concern
Turmoil at a mortgage firm in Anchorage shows Alaska needs to start regulating the mortgaging industry, state officials and industry representatives said.

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