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Monday, August 1, 2005

First things first
Making a good first impression in an interview could be the difference between landing a job or heading back to the drawing board.

Prepare to follow up after the interview
Following up a job interview with a phone call is an often over-looked yet vital part of the interview process. Doing so shows your prospective employer that you are eager, interested and care enough about your potential with the company that you take the initiative and contact them.

Major effort Don't be afraid to implement multiple strategies for your job hunt.
Allison Hemming, author of "Work It! How to Get Ahead, Save Your Ass, and Land a Job in Any Economy" (Simon & Schuster New York, $13) suggests creating master resumes, cover letters and thank-you notes which you can personalize for each prospective employer.

Size it up: Job seekers can score big with small companies
Tired of banging on the door of major corporations with your resume, but receiving no answer?

Kind, cautious approach can help co-workers deal with grief
Most people spend so much time at work that they come to regard their co-workers as family.

Giving seniors tax breaks is right
I totally disagree with Tim Whiting's My Turn. Senior citizens' tax exemptions are not the problem.

Keep tuition free
Please ask the University of Alaska regents and the president to continue free tuition for seniors and elders.

Clean water important
In 1972 the Clean Water Act, passed by a majority in both houses of Congress, prohibited dumping waste into streams and lakes.

Don't reduce school hours
I would like to meet the people that feel that the elementary students in Juneau are receiving too much education.

Don't throw dust
Your recent news article said samples at Stablers Quarry showed 3 percent and 5 percent asbestos.

Sales tax important
As usual, Ishmael Hope has written another thought-provoking letter to the editor. I couldn't agree with him more about the regressive nature of a sales tax.

Voter surveys don't show need for pool
City officials pushing a second swimming pool say a recent survey shows Juneau voters want the pool more than any other capital project.

Boy Scout accident was preventable
Somehow when accidental death is involved, we humans commonly think of any questioning of the event as being insensitive and disrespectful.

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

District gives OK to sites for Montessori
The Juneau School District will place its three Montessori grade-school classrooms at Glacier Valley Elementary and two adolescent classrooms at Mendenhall River Community School, officials said.

Feds to test arctic village of Ambler for presence of asbestos
Federal investigators plan to test the air in the northwest Arctic village of Ambler in mid-August because spots in the village are tainted with naturally occurring asbestos.

At the glacier
Will Ripley, gets a little help putting his beaver mask on from his mother, Heather, as McKenzie McClure, and Melanie Rafferty finish up theirs during the weekly Kids Day on Saturday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Photo: Higher, Dad!
Chuck Etheridge helps his son, Benjamin, aloft Sunday at Rotary Park. Benjamin was urging his father to greater effort with cries of "Higher, Dad!"

Judge denies state objection to treatment for jailed sex offenders
More than five months after ordering the Alaska Department of Corrections to provide sex-offender treatment to a man convicted in a child-sex case, Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks let the agency know he meant it.

Good dog, smart dog
Chicory Eddy has three dogs with three different personalities, and that means three different methods when she's training them to jump over 16-inch bars, weave through a series of poles, crouch through a tunnel or scramble up and down a see-saw.

In support of football and cheering
Dana Mints, Chelsey Brummitt, Danielle Miller, Kayla Roop and Kalanda Morriso wash a car Saturday at the Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleader Car Wash fundraiser

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

New restaurants look to breathe life into downtown
When a two-story Front Street building burned down last August, Wade Bryson suffered a serious blow to his business, he said.

Area workers recoil from asbestos find
The recent discovery of asbestos-containing rock in the city-run Stabler's Point Rock Quarry is having a ripple effect in Juneau's construction industry.

A party for Millie Jack
Her family ate meals in shifts, except at the big holidays, and one of the girls she took in said their Hoonah home was like "a bunkhouse" with the 15 children.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Jay Wallace Easley
Former Juneau resident Jay Wallace Easley, 46, died July 19, 2005, in Cathlamet, Wash.

June Adele Englebright
June Adele Englebright

Ketchikan invests in its own economic development
Ketchikan won the National Municipal League's All American City designation in 1957.

Empire editorial: Sweet deal for buyers, and sour for the city
The people of Juneau deserve a good explanation as to why the city plans to sell almost a million dollars worth of land for only $375,000.

My Turn: Presidents wage war to land themselves in history books
Several months before the attack on the World Trade Center, I had the opportunity to spend three days with Ramsey Clark, attorney general of the United States during the presidency of Lynden Johnson.

Toe toon
Comcic by local artist Toe

Angling season creates its share of ER drama
Several anglers have had eye-opening experiences this fishing season, but the staff at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna is more concerned about all the eye-injuring experiences they've been seeing as of late.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Free flying
Susan DeVore knew her son wouldn't end up with a normal job.

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

Running uphill
Twenty-eight people turned out for the Wes Coyner Memorial Duathlon held by the Southeast Road Runners and the Juneau Freewheelers at False Outer Point 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.

Juneau All-Stars drop their regional opener
The Juneau All-Stars dropped their opening game of the Little League West Region Senior Softball tournament Friday, losing 5-3 to Washington on Friday in Missoula, Mont.

Juneau falls to So. California in a shootout
The Juneau All-Stars got their bats going Sunday morning but ran into an even hotter team in a 13-8 loss to Southern California in the Little League Senior Softball West Region tournament in Missoula, 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.

Moving on to murderball
Officially, the game is known as quad rugby or wheelchair rugby. In its early days, the sport was called murderball.

Mt. Roberts Tram Run thank you
Many thanks go to Goldbelt Mt. Roberts Tramway for sponsoring this year's 18th annual Mt. Roberts Tram Run that was held July 23.

Alaska sled dogs get summer taste treat: fish heads
There's an old saying that "one person's trash is another's treasure," and that couldn't be any more true for Jon Little, a Kasilof-based musher who has competed in both the Iditarod and Yukon Quest sled dog races.

Initiative sponsors work to conform to new rule
When Alaskans last November narrowly approved a constitutional amendment changing the state's initiative process, opponents of the measure shook their heads and lamented that democracy would be that much further out of reach.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

On the Kenai, fishermen paid to release 'hogs'
The fish are king salmon, but when they grow to be 50 inches and swim up the Kenai River, they're called hogs.

Transportation bill means hundreds of millions for Alaska
The highway bill approved Friday by Congress includes $209 million to build a bridge across the Knik Arm that is now dubbed "Don Young's Way."

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