Monday, July 24, 2006

Standing out
Standing out

Speaking out
Good bosses let employees - especially new hires - know that it's OK to discuss matters with them.

Green Days
Environment-friendly workplaces an emerging trend

Hiring trend
Hiring trend

Build the road for cheaper travel costs
To all the people against the road out of Juneau, here are some facts.

Keep facts straight regarding fishing
Excuse me, the seine fishing season has been open for nearly a month and the gillnet season for longer yet.

A distillation of the Juneau road issue
This written opinion is coming to you from the perspective of a seasonal visitor staying here temporarily on a topic that affects the residents of Juneau, Douglas and all Alaskans for a long time to come.

Move south if you want a road
I have lived in Juneau for more than half a century and have survived just fine without a road out of town.

A message too long for a bumper sticker
Last Tuesday, a vehicle with the following bumper stickers was observed: "Stop logging our National Forests," "Let's stop mining and petroleum development" and "Wilderness puts the 'Wild' in Alaskan Salmon."

Our Internet interests need to be protected
Your July 16 report on the ridicule Sen. Stevens is enduring because of his inarticulate description of the Internet calls attention to the real problem with Sen. Stevens - his failure to defend the average Alaskan's access to the Internet.

No 'moral boundary' in Iraq, Afghanistan?
President Bush must not understand irony. When he vetoed stem cell research legislation, he stated that the bill "would support the taking of innocent lives," and "it crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect."

The bigger issue is Net neutrality
On July 15, you ran a story concerning Sen. Stevens' ineptness when discussing the Internet. It was good for a chuckle as it was in the New York Times article and on Jon Stewart.

City seeking help on second bridge
City officials are hoping a second crossing over Gastineau Channel can help bridge the gap between affordable housing in the community by opening up more land on north Douglas Island.

Photo: The show goes on
Local jazz band Fleet Street performs Friday at the City Hall Assembly Chambers.

Fish counter
Douglas Island Pink and Chum employee Tom Moeller counts chum salmon as they make their way upstream on Salmon Creek on Sunday afternoon.

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

Vehicles at store fill up with wrong gas
Drivers who filled up a tank of gas at the Mendenhall Valley Safeway on Tuesday around 5 p.m. soon realized they couldn't get very far because they had the wrong fuel.

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

Using popular stars to teach philosophy
At Florida International University, Chris Grau has found that actors such as Will Smith, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves are a fine way of introducing students to philosophers like Aristotle, Immanuel Kant and Rene Descartes.

Photo: Blooming attraction
Clare Boily, 6, mans the punch bowl as her father, Sean, acts as cashier for their farmers' market at their home at Sixth and Main streets Saturday.

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

Juneau police win labor grievance over overtime
Requiring police officers to work an extra 15 minutes a day will cost the Juneau Police Department thousands of dollars, a labor arbiter ruled last week.

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

Larry Ernest Fankhauser
Former Juneau resident Larry Ernest Fankhauser, 57, died peacefully July 18, 2006, at his home in Shoreline, Wash., after a long illness.

Michael Patrick Longworth Sanchez
Michael Patrick Longworth Sanchez, a 2-month-old resident of Stafford, Va., died July 3, 2006, in Richmond, Va., following a battle with leukemia during the last three weeks of his life.

This is the 21st century
The last time this writer looked at a calendar this is 2006, not 1906. It was in April 1906 that Wilford Hoggatt had to take a mail boat from Juneau to the isolated town of Sitka to be sworn in as governor of Alaska.

Empire editorial: A year later, roundabout remains a blank canvas
A shadowy band of guerrilla artists is onto something in Juneau, and its nighttime antics should be a wake-up call to road officials.

Outside editorial: Georgia voters send the nation a message with Reed's defeat
It was a sudden fall from grace for former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, once a sure bet to win the Republican nomination for Georgia lieutenant governor.

Alaska editorial: Governor's jet jaunts raise some questions
State Sen. Kim Elton was a staunch critic of Gov. Frank Murkowski's effort to buy a state jet.

Toe Toon

My turn: Framers share their intentions
Debate over the governor's oil tax and gas line contract proposals includes a verbal tug-of-war over what the framers of Alaska's Constitution intended.

Wild Delight
Like an eye-popping painting or a magical mosaic, the wildflowers of Southeast Alaska provide a plethora of visual stimulation in the summer months.

Outsiders: Courtney Webster
Outsiders is a weekly feature of the Juneau Empire.

Out & About
Community work service project, 9 a.m. every Sunday, Juneau Youth Services, 2075 Jordan Ave. Come dressed for the weather. Details: Charles, 796-4149.

Outdoors Digest
SAGA to lead Chilkoot youth hike

Juneau majors win district
The Juneau Major Baseball All-Stars culminated its undefeated run through district play Sunday with a 12-2 victory in five innings over Sitka in Craig.

Juneau West qualifies for District 2 title game
Colin Gozelski mowed down 12 batters in six innings to lead undefeated Juneau West to a 9-1 win over Ketchikan in the District 2 Little League Major Baseball semifinals Saturday in Craig.

Photos: Running among the trees
Robert Sowers runs out of the treeline during the Mount Roberts Tram Run on Saturday.

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.

Local Running & Cycling Results

Juneau softball closes in on state
Juneau kicked off the Alaska Little League State Softball Tournament on Saturday at Melvin Park with a 12-2 victory over three-time District 1 champs Nunaka Valley in four innings.

Juneau coasts to softball title
Juneau dethroned three-time defending Alaska State Little League Major Softball champion Nunaka Valley in resounding fashion Sunday at Melvin Park.

Juneau wins Junior title
Juneau captured the District 2 Little League Junior Baseball title the hard way on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the Nation

In-state company can now certify fisheries products
A company in Alaska can now certify that processed fish is coming from a sustainable fishery, such as black cod and halibut.

Alaska Baseball League a pipeline to the majors
There were so few fans in Mulcahy Stadium that a heckler's game-long monologue carried clear to the pitcher's mound.

Alaska Digest
The governor's office has identified two Alaska National Guard soldiers killed Thursday night in a traffic accident in Mississippi.

Governor to review wildlife enforcement
Gov. Frank Murkowski will address concerns that the Department of Public Safety is not adequately protecting Alaska's wildlife by convening a review group.

Pelican avoids hefty increase in utility rates
Last year, residents of Pelican balked at a Kake Tribal Corp. utility bid to raise their electric rates by more than 60 percent.

Family gets 'Extreme Makeover' in the far north
The Rogers family would have been more than thrilled if their week consisted of nothing more than a trip to Disneyland.

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

Murkowski's jet use raises questions
Gov. Frank Murkowski recently combined flights taken on a state jet for official business with campaigning and personal trips. He maintains there was no conflict of interest or abuse of his powers.

Sen. Murkowski has pipeline deal reservations
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was among federal officials encouraging the Alaska Legislature to approve a natural gas pipeline contract with North Slope producers.

Fairbanks police charge teen in shooting death
Fairbanks police charged a teen in the death of a man found on a bike path beside the community's civic center.

Are stray dogs worse than bears?
Former Angoon resident Deb Cox said her year-old shepherd-husky mix, Rocky, is a wonderful dog, and there's more like him where he comes from.

Past winners of the Golden North Salmon Derby
From 1947 to 2005.

Official derby rules
Pink & chum salmon will not be accepted. Derby participants are encouraged to return pink and chum salmon unharmed to the water unless they are retained for personal consumption.

First aid for the fishing trip
Always wear protective sunglasses when you are casting or when you are around people that are casting. The harsh ultra-violet rays and glare from the water, coupled with the danger of being struck by stray hooks is constant hazards that can be avoided with proper eyewear.

Catch the $100,000 tagged fish
Twelve salmon, not pink or chum, will be tagged and released in the Derby grounds. In accordance with the rules of the sponsors' agent, only one of these twelve fish will pay the $100,000 prize.

Prizes galore for first 100 contestants catching the largest salmon in derby
The first 100 contestants catching the largest salmon will have their choice of any one of the prizes except that 1st prize goes to the largest fish, the 60th prize goes to the 60th top weight, and prize number 100 is reserved for the person catching the 100th top weight.

Handle your fish with care
Please help provide more money for scholarships by taking care of your fish! Do not clean your fish!

Know your species
It can be difficult to distinguish between the different species of salmon found in the waters of Southeast Alaska. Here is a quick guide to make the task a bit easier:

Photo contest
The rules are simple: Submit your photos (including digital format*) to the Territorial Sportsmen at PO Box 20761 Juneau, AK 99802, or email them to territorial@gci.net by the 15th of September following the Derby.

A history of the derby
The first Golden North Salmon Derby was Aug. 31, 1947. It wasn't named Golden North Salmon Derby until the second Derby in 1948.

Ticket Vendors
List of ticket vendors

Scholarship recipients
From 1953 to 2006.

Tips for the Golden North
So you got your Derby ticket, got your tackle, got your boat? Now how are you going to make the most of those three days that are the most important of the entire summer fishing season for most Juneau anglers?

Derby celebrates 60th year
Spending a day on the water fishing with friends is a priceless experience. But when you've got a chance to win prizes while you troll, it makes the best time even better.

Who is the Territorial Sportsmen?
Territorial Sportsmen Inc., organizer of the Golden North Salmon Derby, has done such a good job of promoting this huge annual fishing event, that the organization's other good works are often overshadowed.

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