Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Once upon a time

Accountants seize new opportunities as companies clamp down on finances
The accounting scandals from a few years ago may feel like ancient history, but their effect is still felt on the accounting industry.

Word of mouth

Table manners
Working lunches are becoming more common in today's business world.

Day tripper

It's possible to snare a new job before the check comes
Experts agree that a job interview over lunch calls for your best behavior - don't mistake the more casual atmosphere as an excuse to let your guard down.

Ad apparent

Food fight

Slogans don't match conservative agenda
Dickie Rose made some very worthwhile observations in his Aug. 5 letter about history's murderous regimes.

Article focused on what's important
I read with keen interest the piece about the return of the Boy Scouts from the jamboree. I particularly found it refreshing to find that it was really about the participants and what they did to enjoy the trip.

Put Mississippi flag in its place
I object to the Mississippi state flag in front of Centennial Hall flying higher than the nearby Alaska and U.S. flags.

A Jay for all seasons
Two decades ago, somewhere in Siberia, I lingered after lunch with Jay Hammond to ask him why the pipeline had been built from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez rather than across Canada to the refineries in the Midwest.

Why the shrinking weights?
With the conclusion of the annual August salmon derby, I couldn't help but notice that the weight of the winning fish through the years seems to have declined quite a bit.

On-time air service is in a shambles
This is in reply to Mr. Miller's letter to the editor. I fly at least two times each month from Ketchikan to Juneau.

May speeding cars arrive safely
Saturday I was driving the speed limit along Douglas Highway north of Lawson Creek when I looked in my rear-view mirror and noticed a white car speeding toward me and then settle into the time-honored tradition of tailgating.

Support comes together for two women
While the honored women couldn't come to their fundraiser at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall Monday night, family members said it was inspiring to see how many others did.

Renovations, support from voters top district wish list
While the Juneau School Board is looking to the state for cash to improve its campuses, it also will be looking to voters this fall for financial help.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Competition hits historic gem shop
Ginger Blaisdell, owner of Dockside Jewelers on South Franklin Street, says she has good news: She's going out of business.

Bear opens garage door, saunters into family kitchen
Geri Anderson was sitting in the computer room in the back of her Sunset Street home when she heard a noise in her kitchen just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Photo: Corkscrew aficionados meet
Juneau Assembly member Merrill Sanford speaks at the meeting of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts on Tuesday at the Goldbelt Hotel.

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

Assembly sells 31.5-acre city parcel for $375,000
The Assembly voted 6-2 to sell 31.5 acres behind the supermarket to developer Hugh Grant for $375,000, about $555,000 less than the city's previously assessed value.

Photo: Cooling off
Amund Rongstad, 15, is greeted by Shasta on Tuesday at a boat dock on Auke Lake.

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

Strength of mind, body, spirit
Jamie McDonald considers herself an Alaska Native. But she didn't speak Tlingit and knew little about the culture until she participated in the Latseen Leadership Training at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Schools pore over short-Friday options
Parents got their first look Tuesday night at how teachers will spend their time after Glacier Valley and Mendenhall River students are released two hours and 15 minutes early on Fridays.

City: Asbestos amount in rock isn't dangerous
City officials said the amount of asbestos at Stabler's Point Rock Quarry is too little to pose a danger to public health.

Photo: Final days of freedom
Kevin Elliott, 19, practices skateboarding Monday at Marine Park downtown.

Photo: Officials on a sunny derby day
Golden North Salmon Derby officials pose Saturday at Auke Bay.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Try to take a moment in God's time
There is an old saying that "time marches on." Here in Juneau we are swiftly headed into late summer and early fall.

Growth of world population and terrorism - are they connected?
As I look at world events, my thoughts go back to the old essay of Thomas Malthus written in 1798 entitled, "The principle of population."

Youngs to celebrate 30th
Bill and Sherry Young will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with a reception at 6 p.m., Aug. 13, at the banquet room of the Juneau Moose Lodge. Friends and family are invited to attend.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Virgina R. Kinsey
Former Juneau resident Virginia R. Kinsey, 54, died July 25, 2005, at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

The Rev. James D. Cronin
Former Juneau resident James D. Cronin, 85, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Juneau, died Aug. 6, 2005, in Narragansett, R.I.

Jonathan Tyler Gibson
Jonathan Tyler Gibson, 25, died Aug. 3, 2005, in Juneau of complications related to the disease schizophrenia

My turn: Corruption not a problem in corrections department
Last week the Alaska Department of Corrections became the first corrections department in the nation to receive Integrity Certification through the National Institute of Ethics.

My turn: Minimum sentences don't protect public from offenders
We are hearing more and more about convicted sex offenders repeating their crimes.

Alaska editorial: Hickel plan would lend statewide aid
For a lot of years, former Gov. Walter J. Hickel has advocated use of Alaska's Permanent Fund riches as a means to stimulate economic activity in cities, towns and villages across the state.

My turn: Use sales tax to fund what the city needs first
As a former Juneau Assembly member, I understand the complexities of dealing with local government infrastructure and taxation issues.

Alaska gains its first lacrosse club
America's first sport and one of this country's fastest growing team sports has arrived on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Cool runnings
After winning the 2003 and 2004 state championships, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team knows what the ultimate goal is for this season.

JDHS looks to get tough on the court
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball teams knows they won't lack for physical ability or big-game experience.

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 Riptide open play in Alaska State Cup with a win
The Juneau Riptide Under-16 boys soccer team opened play in the Alaska State Cup Tuesday in Fairbanks with a win.

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

Road bill provision to cost state $50M
The state will miss out on approximately $50 million in back oil royalties and taxes because of a provision put in the recently passed federal highway bill by U.S. Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski.

Mule deer, mountain lion sightings in Alaska
Interior residents are reporting varieties of wildlife that are new to the region, including mule deer, mountain lions and whitetail deer.

University board of regents OKs bonds for science facility
The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved a revenue bond package that would pay for completion of a new science facility under construction at the Fairbanks campus.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska delegation makes plea for Galena
Admitting they "don't have the money for advertising" or "thousands of people to stage demonstrations," a tribal leader from the small Interior community of Galena gave a passionate plea to keep the Forward Operating Location open.

Fairbanks group plans to combat drunken driving
A string of fatal drunken driving accidents this year prompted Goldstream Valley residents to hold a meeting where they discussed tougher laws and enforcement, as well as drunken drivers' unwillingness to admit they are criminals.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Gov. Frank Murkowski names Jackson health commissioner
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Tuesday named Deputy Health Commissioner Karleen Jackson as Commissioner Joel Gilbertson's successor when he leaves office in October.

Scientists studying birds for influenza
Biologists are studying thousands of wild geese, ducks and other migrating birds across the state for the presence of avian influenza

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