Worth the risk
Older workers who find themselves out of work - whether it's voluntarily or involuntarily - around the age of 50 don't have to re-enter the job market looking for the same career. I

Perfect blend
Perfect blend

Messed up
Messed up

Older workers can add plenty to today's companies
Many employers are finding that hiring older workers provides them with a number of benefits, both financially and in terms of productivity.

Let's buck the DOT steamroller
As a Juneau resident who likes to stay informed of local issues, I am usually hard-pressed to find the time to get personally involved.

Empire needs to upgrade vocabulary
I am writing this as a private citizen, not as a member of any committee. As I was raising my children into their adulthood, there was at least one word that I preferred they not use.

Saying it's so doesn't make it true
J. Marc Mulkey's letter of July 13, "Setting The Record Clear on Bush," repeats the same tired old doggerel we've been treated to ever since Bush took office. But saying it is so still does not make it so.

Pipeline royalties should go to insurance
The Alaska gas pipeline project royalties should be used to grant state medical insurance for those who do not qualify for Medicaid or do not have any insurance at all.

Why no mention of voting record?
With a vote as important to the community as this vote by the Juneau Planning Commission (regarding the state's proposed road out of Juneau), I am curious why there was no mention of which members voted yes and which members voted no.

Homeless people aren't always drunks
Susan Lebeau's letter of July 14 made some valid points but I must take exception to her using the term "homeless" in reference to obvious drunks.

Candidate with most votes doesn't always win
I read with interest Mr. Gregory Acres' tutorial on voting 101, "How the political process works," on June 28. In his tutorial, Mr. Acres states that the person "who wins the election" is the person the most individuals cast their vote for.

Where the tales are above average
A Juneau appearance that might have been billed as a night of music and mirth from the star of "A Prairie Home Companion" inspired even more alliteration from one fan Sunday.

Photo: Orca out of water
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and professional salvaging companies gather around a private boat named Orca, whose homeport is Portland, Ore., that ran aground Sunday morning in heavy fog near the Douglas Bridge.

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

Concert features unusual handbell choir
Masters of metal: The 15-member Bells Of The Sound ensemble will perform in Juneau on Thursday. photo courtesy of Bells Of The Sound

Photo: Setting sail
Sailboats line up at the start of the Admiralty Cove Rendezvous in Gastineau Channel on Saturday.

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

Photo: Sheltered childhood

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

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

Patricia Joan (Gray) Rowland Vadman
Former Juneau resident Patricia Joan (Gray) Rowland Vadman, 67, died July 7, 2006, at her home in Yuma, Ariz., following a lengthy respiratory illness.

My Turn: Remember our citizen-soldiers
Every summer we celebrate our independence by saluting the flag, parading in our communities and grilling food with friends and loved ones. Alaskans have another reason to celebrate - and to truly remember the sacrifice of freedom.

Devils in the details regarding Measure 2
Measure 2 on the Aug. 22 primary election ballot assesses a $50 head tax on each Alaska cruise ship passenger, with the money going to the state and the ports welcoming the travelers. Sounds great, except there are devils in the details.

Road is a local issue too
When a Juneau Planning Commission member this week questioned state road planners' attention to the city's opinion of the proposed Juneau access highway, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities had a disturbing retort.

Alaska Editorial: Language should not be a barrier to voting
Spanish isn't the only foreign language spoken by immigrants and newly naturalized citizens in the United States. Tagalog has long been a language of Filipino immigrants.

Petroglyphs provide reminder of ancestral lands
Before Berners Bay became a Mecca for wildlife viewing and gold mining, it was a home for many of Juneau's original Native settlers.

OUTSIDERS: Nicola Zantello and Gutchquena
Gutchquena and Zantello, both self-employed, like doing "anything on the water - boating, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, seal hunting."

Kennel manager leads dog trips through Denali
Karen Fortier may be a slender, petite brunette but to the 30 working dogs at the Denali National Park kennels, she's a giant.

Mount Roberts displays floral curiosities
A roughly two-mile climb through spruce-hemlock forest or a five-minute "flight" over it in the tram brings you near the tree line on the Mount Roberts Trail.

Out & About
Today: Juneau Gold Miners' Posse Cowboy Action Shoot, 9 a.m., Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

JRC-The Alaska Club Governor's Cup results

Eaglecrest Time Trial results

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.

Miller captures Governor's Cup
n describing the 5-kilometer course for the 29th Annual JRC/The Alaska Club Governor's Cup race Saturday, winner Shawn Miller said it was a flat course with some deceptive hills along the way.

More Alaska teens are opting for GEDs
An alternative to a high school graduation diploma, the General Education Development credential, increasingly is being obtained by Alaska teenagers.

Sockeyes returning slowly to Kenai
A weak return of sockeye salmon to the Kenai River has many who look to the fish for their livelihood issuing a collective groan this year.

Legislators taking on gaming issue
Legislators entered a second special session in 2006 last week with a new word stuck in their heads: gaming.

Anchorage police arrest murder suspect
Anchorage police have arrested a man suspected of throwing a bottle that shattered and killed a Fort Richardson soldier seven years ago.

TransCanada offers gas pipeline proposal
TransCanada Corp., the Canadian company that applied in 2004 to build a natural gas pipeline to transport North Slope gas, has written the governor a letter.

Fort Knox Mine seeking permission to heap leach gold
A Fairbanks gold mine will seek permission to use heap leaching to extract gold from ore.

Native tribal leaders worry about road access to cultural landmarks
Rosa Miller, tribal leader of Juneau's Auk Kwaan, faces an uphill battle in keeping development far away from her tribe's culturally significant spots in Berners Bay.

State's first facility for veterans becomes reality
The transformation from Pioneers' Home to Alaska Veterans Home officially finished July 9 in Palmer, as Gov. Frank Murkowski formally dedicated the facility.

Haines seeking a voice on road
The Haines Borough is feeling stranded along the side of the road when it comes to the building of the Juneau access highway, officials said.

A fair-weather friend on Denali
apanese mountaineer Yoshitomi Okura climbs North America's highest mountain each year and installs a new weather station to defend the honor of three friends - blown off Mount McKinley during a winter climb.

Bear charges jogger twice on city trail
Warren Hancock thought he was going for a pleasant morning jog before work, but it turned into a frightening experience when a brown bear charged him twice as he ran along a trail in east Anchorage.

Alaska Digest
The state has approved $50,000 to rescue orphan moose calves but a rescue group will not see the money until it comes up with a solid plan for spending it, according to Fish and Game Commissioner McKie Campbell.

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

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

Ridicule hits Stevens after 'tubes' speech
Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is enduring no end of ridicule in the blogosphere for his recent explanation, in a Commerce Committee debate, of how the Internet works.

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