Monday, July 10, 2006

Outsiders Wanted
It happens all too often. You were positive that pursuing a career as a comic book artist was right for you in college. But after graduation, reality set in. A lack of job prospects could leave you wondering if that was the right path to go down after all.

New job vs. new career
There is a big difference between changing jobs and changing careers. The former can mean staying in your current career, but changing where you do it. The latter is more dramatic - and requires that more thought be put into the decision.

Do your homework:
There are plenty of great companies to work - and plenty of not-so-great ones as well. But how do you separate the good from the bad? You need to go back to school - or at least to the Internet.

Remove political predators from office
As an Alaskan who has recently returned after many years in the Lower 48, I am appalled at the current administration's arrogance and complete lack of regard for the will of the majority of Alaskans.

Our war president never served
Geoff Harben can be counted on to blindly attack anyone who dares criticize George W. Bush (et al "An unthoughtful abuse of speech rights," July 7). He impugns the intellect of those who do - without knowing them at all.

Natives must fight for what's theirs
Blame it on the subsistence users for the exploitation and near extinction of our fishery of herring demise. The state of Alaska and the federal government allow the commercial fishing industry to overharvest our fish.

Government should remember the public
It seems that our government, from the president to the governor, has a bad habit of forgetting that the people they listen to most each day, those who lobby them this way or that, are not the public.

Don't repeat Mexican scenario
I will vote for Ballot Measure 2. Why? I was listening on the radio the other day and heard a representative who said this ballot measure would hurt the cruise ship industries and the local shops here in town. What a farce.

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

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

More suits filed against jet boats in Chilkat River
Southeast Alaska salmon gillnetters and Juneau's Audubon Society chapter filed a second lawsuit last week to prevent a Haines tour company from operating 35-passenger jet boats on the upper Chilkat River during salmon spawning, emergence and rearing.

TV show looks for Alaska families
There are stories in Alaska, said the casting producer for ABC's Supernanny, and he is looking for families in Juneau with interesting stories for the family-help program.

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

Photo: Urban Whitewater

Deployment of Alaska soldiers largest ever
Approximately 600 soldiers from the Alaska Army National Guard, including 60 from Southeast Alaska, are heading to Camp Shelby, Miss., in the largest Alaska National Guard troop deployment in history.

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

Moving memories
Only two of the 58,253 names displayed this week in the grassy lot next to Safeway belong to people from Juneau. But stark white letters against the hard black surface of The Moving Wall inspired pride in the people who braved Sunday's steady rain to dedicate its visit.

New Pocket Park reactions mixed
Fewer people are starting fights, urinating in public, vandalizing property and passing out in the downtown concrete square known as Pocket Park since the city changed its look, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Empire editorial: Time to scale back federal no-bid program
Is it any wonder that small and minority-owned businesses in the Lower 48 are steamed about a federal bidding preference that has helped enrich some Alaska Native corporations?

Empire editorial: New Pocket Park look gets mixed results
It's nice that fewer people are peeing, puking and just generally lurking at downtown Juneau's Pocket Park. It shouldn't have taken the destruction of a bus shelter to do it, though.

My turn: Fighting the dinosaur mentality at the state
A few simple facts about the road extension on the east side of Lynn Canal: First, where did the canal come from? A canal is a hand-dug ditch by men; the Lynn Canal Fjord is one of the deepest, longest and most in-tact fjords of all North America...

My turn: Alaska shouldn't be a source of dirty gold
Gold mining is an industry in urgent need of reform. Even the world's leading jewelry firms have called for cleaning up gold mining - which is noteworthy, given that roughly 80 percent of the gold produced worldwide is used to make jewelry.

Dying musk oxen on Slope remain a mystery
Musk oxen, the shaggy ice age relics that once vanished from Alaska, are dying in big numbers on the North Slope.

In Touch With Nature
"Is it a bear, or just a black rock?" asked Pam Garcia, last week while pointing to a spot on Mount Juneau and guiding a group of 7- to 9-year-olds on a quest to reach Granite Creek.

Professional kayakers run on vegetable oil
The messengers: Two professional kayakers. Their vehicle: A converted fire engine.

Many variables play into dipnetting
As millions of sockeye salmon prepare to storm the rivers in an attempt to make the long journey up to their spawning grounds, a seemingly equal number of people are preparing for their own pilgrimage to catch them - all part of the uniquely Alaska activity known as dipnetting.

Outsiders: Scott Donaldson
Outsiders is a weekly feature of the Juneau Empire.

Outdoors Digest
The U.S. Forest Service on Friday temporarily closed all bridges and other wood structures spanning streams and ravines along the Treadwell Ditch Trail.

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

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.

Only Fools Run at Midnight Results
Though more than 600 people participated in the race, this list is of those who chose to have their times recorded officially.

Local Roundup
Juneau's Midnight Suns Under-12 softball team recently made it to the semifinal round of the Starfire Sports 12U Softball Tournament in Seattle last weekend.

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.

Native activist begins another hunger strike
A Native rights activist has begun another hunger strike, protesting the state's handling of subsistence issues in Alaska's coastal zones and what she says was disrespectful behavior by a state official toward villagers.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the Nation, and the World

Canine candidate no wag
Brinkley is 2 years old. His interests include sniffing people, poop and going for "walkies." He'd appreciate your vote.

Anchorage leaders tackle gang violence
Anchorage city leaders met with members of the Polynesian community to hammer out plans to calm gun violence among youths in the city.

Trooper's search during traffic stop ruled illegal
An Alaska State Trooper improperly searched a Tok man subsequently convicted of drug possession, the Alaska Court of Appeals ruled.

Court ruling makes forced medication harder to enact
The Alaska Supreme Court has made it harder for doctors to force medication on psychiatric patients.

Feds to permit delayed testing of Prudhoe Bay transit lines
Too much sediment had built up inside two Prudhoe Bay transit pipelines for BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to safely run sensors to detect corrosion levels within an ordered timeline, the head of the federal agency demanding the tests said Friday.

Croft seeks 'super-primary' voters
Former two-term Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the office this fall, views state Rep. Eric Croft more like a relative, rather than his opponent.

Stevens: Decide on pipeline
Alaska's senior U.S. senator told state lawmakers Friday they need to stop the bickering and pass legislation this year for a natural gas pipeline before a ready consumer market is filled by imported liquefied natural gas.

Air cargo still under radar despite deaths
At 24, Nicholas Hibberd already was teaching others to fly, and with the hours he logged ferrying freight, this pilot's son was chasing his own dream of passenger flight.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation, and the World

Alaska Digest
The pilot in a plane crash that led to a teenager's drowning death was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, an unprecedented move in aviation-dependent Alaska.

Northwest Digest
A Fairbanks couple is appealing for the return of the ashes of their dead daughter, stolen in a burglary last month.

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