Tuesday, June 13, 2006

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.

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.

Discouraged by Juneau's trash
I moved to Juneau just about a year ago. My first visit was in December, and I thought the area was some of the most beautiful and breathtaking I had ever seen. I now realize how mistaken I was, and I am writing to ask the residents a few questions.

We don't have to listen to anti-road whiners
Same old rhetoric over and over again. Gov. Frank Murkowski and administration including transportation department, realize the importance of the access road.

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.

Why endanger eagle nests?
The Juneau Planning Commission has on its agenda tonight two items from the Alaska Department of Transportation.

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.

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

Photos: Kite boarding
Tim Gray kite-boards, in Gastineau Channel near Sandy Beach on Monday.

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

Photo: It's tan-tastic
Mary Rehfeld reads her book in the sunshine on the Juneau cruise ship dock Monday.

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.

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.

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

Correction
A front page story Sunday about a fatal Friday night accident on Mendenhall Loop Road and Montana Creek roads misidentified the father of the woman killed and the place where a pickup struck the Geo Storm she was driving.

Photo: Dandelion fine
A dandelion seed head is ready to disperse itself in the wind Sunday as the sun sets at Eagle Beach.

Man dies after bridge jump
A man in his 50s died Monday evening after he jumped off the Douglas Bridge in what police are calling a suicide.

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

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.

Geraldine 'Geri' Dewart Goodwin
Former Juneau resident Geraldine "Geri" Dewart Goodwin, 70, died in her sleep March 20, 2006, in Raymond, Wash., after a brief illness.

Addison Marie McFall
Addison Marie McFall was stillborn May 23, 2006, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Eagle Point, Ore

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.

Alaska editorial: Praising move to restore dividend eligibility for Peace Corps service
n the legislative world of oil taxes, a natural gas pipeline, school funding and construction spending, it isn't a big deal.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Bush nominates Pearce to be pipeline coordinator
Former state Senate President Drue Pearce has been nominated by President George W. Bush to be federal coordinator of an Alaska natural gas pipeline project.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the Nation

Cannibalism among stressed polar bears?
Polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea may be turning to cannibalism in response to nutritional stresses related to longer ice-free seasons, American and Canadian scientists have concluded.

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.

ACLU fights tax break
The Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and two Anchorage residents are trying to stop a bill that would allow property tax exemptions on housing for teachers of religious schools.

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.

Anchorage honors policeman shot and paralyzed in 1953 chase
When police officer William Pfalmer was shot while chasing a car thief in 1953, the city of Anchorage did not even pay him his full day's wage.

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.

Nenana-area evacuees returning to homes
Willie Lord was packing up his things Monday and getting ready to go home. He was at the high school in Nenana where he sought refuge days earlier from a wildfire that grew to over 41,000 acres.

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.

Volunteerism rises in U.S.; Utah top state
When 583 evacuees from Hurricane Katrina arrived in Utah last year, there were so many people here eager to help that the assistance hot lines had to be shut down after getting 7,000 calls the first day.

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.

Two firms in Southeast pay sizable environmental fines
Ocean Beauty seafood processor and Greens Creek Mine are paying hefty federal fines for dumping waste into waters near Juneau two years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.

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

Hunters bag 850-pound bear
A brown bear killed in defense of life and property by two Soldotna hunters last weekend turned out to be a big one.

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