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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Messed up
Messed up

Perfect blend
Perfect blend

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

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.

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.

Lawmakers need to correct legislation
Where is Frank Murkowski's constituency? With his persistent pressure on the state of Alaska to acquiesce to his, and the Big Three's, petroleum production tax, it's become evident for whom he bargains.

Separate the oil tax from gas line contract
Before the Legislature approves the gas line contract, they should be looking at separating the oil tax from the gas line contract to see if the state can get a better deal on both of these issues.

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.

Fishing line possible cause of death
This spring, a pair of robins made a nest in the maple tree in my front yard. Over the past week or two, I watched a young female robin travel to and from my gardens as she worked tirelessly to feed her brood.

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.

Concerned about a possible conflict
It has come to my attention that Mr. MacKinnon may have a conflict of interest with his position as deputy commissioner of Highways and Facilities.

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.

Photo: Nothing but net
Weston Carroll repairs webbing Monday on the purse seiner Centurion at Auke Bay.

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

A bear of a barrier on Glacier Highway
Garbage bears already were causing more mischief this summer. Now they're apparently putting up roadblocks.

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

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

AARP questions Greens Creek deal
A deal by Alaska Electric Power and Light to extend electricity to the Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island is facing opposition from the nation's largest advocacy group for people 50 and older.

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.

District will block myspace
After months of consideration, the Juneau School District has agreed to block four social networking sites on school property.

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

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

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.

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.

My turn: Gas tax, contract make-believe
There is an old adage, "Follow the money ... connect the dots." Common sense and simple finance tell you that whatever the gas tax, it will not eventually be paid by the oil companies.

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.

Alaska editorial: Alaska can do better for welfare of its youth
A recently released report confirms that when it comes to kids, Alaska can do better.

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.

House agrees to support Russian treaty to protect polar bears
The House gave its approval Monday to a U.S.-Russia treaty to help protect polar bears from overhunting and other threats to their survival.

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.

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.

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

Caucuses offer lawmakers private way to schmooze at special interest expense
On a sunny Tuesday, House members who belong to the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus left suits and ties behind, grabbed shotguns and headed for the firing range.

Fairbanks psychiatric treatment center approved
The state has cleared the way for a youth psychiatric treatment center to be built in Fairbanks.

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.

Northwest Digest
The Air Force plans to launch an unarmed ballistic missile Wednesday in a test of the weapon's reliability.

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.

Returning to a civil war nightmare
A week ago Beirut was humming: Chic restaurants flowed with champagne and caviar, Europeans thronged the beaches and mountain resorts, and famous singers planned to jet in for concerts in ancient ruins.

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

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.

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.

Scout camp gets major upgrade
Chuck Mailander, the waterfront director at the Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp, kept a close eye on the boys swimming and boating in the crystal blue water on an early July day.

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