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Monday, August 15, 2005

Minty fresh
Aromatherapists have taken advantage of the rejuvenating effects of peppermint for years.

Workload, environment add to stress on the job
A recent survey conducted by Northwestern National Life found that 40 percent of workers believe their job is very or extremely stressful.

Uncommon courtesy
Whether attending a post-graduation recruitment lunch or dining with a prospective client, being considerate can mean success, according to etiquette expert Wendy Kaufman, president of Balancing Life's Issues, Inc.

Practice makes perfect
Public speaking may be a huge fear for many, but mastering the skills it takes to speak in front of crowds can help take the edge off a stressful job interview.

Workplace gossip can be costly to your career
Gossip isn't just reserved for magazines and television.

Initial encounter
To out-shine job market competition, it's essential to make a good first impression, says Peter Handal, president and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training.

Consider the facts
A letter to the editor (Aug. 12) asks good questions about testing for asbestos at the city's rock quarry at Stabler's point.

Fair on ferry fares
It is obvious from recent Letters to the Editor that the road to Skagway continues to be an emotionally charged issue. I agree that readers deserve accurate information. Unfortunately, and with all due respect to Messrs Gruening and Collins, we're not quite there yet.

Judges have long defined law
Judges in the Anglo-American tradition (England and its former colonies) have been making law since approximately the 14th century.

Who is kidding who?
How can the School Board justify cutting class time by 2.25 hours, and on a Friday? Give us all a break. Not many people can really believe that the teachers can get together on a Friday afternoon and be productive. Plus it disrupts every family with children in those two schools. (Glacier Valley and Mendenhall River)

Learn to drive
I realize that this is almost like beating a dead horse ... it just doesn't seem to do any good, but when are the drivers in Juneau going to pull their heads out of their butts and learn how to drive?

Be safe on the roads
On Aug. 7 our son was in an accident with his motorcycle. A driver of a truck pulled into the lane that Joe was in. The next thing Joe knew, he and his bike were under the truck.

R.A.L.L.Y
RALLY (Recreation, Arts, Learning and Leisure for Youth) is a state-licensed, school aged care program offered in Juneau School District elementary schools, for children in grades K-5.

Fiscal Year 06 School Board Meeting Calendar
August 9

2005 Juneau School District Special Education Program
Each year the Juneau School District screens and evaluates children ages 3-21 as a part of an effort to identify children who may be in need of special education services. If parents or professionals who work with children have concerns about a child, they can refer the child to JSD for screening or evaluation.

Derby 'team' splits surprise $50,000 prize
Before Brenda Carlson became a surprise $50,000 winner in a prize drawing after last weekend's Golden North Salmon Derby, she was happy to finish 21st with a 20.5-pound king, she said.

Jewish community dedicates center
No one asked why this Saturday was different when Juneau's Sukkat Shalom Jewish congregation met near the end of Cordova Street in Douglas.

Four-day dog trials beat the heat
It was a big weekend for the Capital Kennel Club, and a big coming-out party for Biko - biologist Kim Hastings' 212-year-old border collie.

EPA chief gets tour of cruise ship in Juneau
Stephen Johnson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, came to Alaska to gain the first-hand knowledge of issues affecting the state, he said.

Working under fire
A former Juneau Douglas High School graduate has a rather unusual summer job: Brett Fairchild parachutes into forest fires.

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

Photo: Jumping for joy
From left, Lianne, Devan and Lance Fenumiai hop around on an inflatable jumping mat at St. Paul's annual picnic Sunday in the parking lot of the church.

Juneau in the sun
Tim and Julie Campbell of Macomb, Ill., stand next to the Mount Roberts cross Friday while taking a respite from their cruise ship.

Welcome! to the 2005-2006 School Year
A new school year brings anticipation and excitement for students, families and educators. This is an opportunity for parents and students to set goals and target achievement levels for the school year. We want to work with you to help you realize your goals and make this a great year for Juneau School District students.

Juneau School District 2005-2006 Strategies
Graduation Success for All

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

Tests show scores for Natives up
Alaska's schools are passing federally required tests at a slightly higher rate than before, even though the target for proficiency has increased, state Education Commissioner Roger Sampson says.

A fix for 'Living Together in Peace'
At the top of the Fifth Street stairs on Starr Hill, near the corner of Fifth and Kennedy streets, there's a movable 18-foot-tall sculpture of three men, three women and a bear called "Living Together in Peace."

Juneau School District
A list of phone, fax, location addresses and principals/administrative assistants.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Bus schedule
Juneau-Douglas

Daylight savings changes
As writer Lewis Carroll might put it, O Frabjous Day! The new energy law will extend daylight-saving time one month, starting it in late March and ending it in early November.

PIPS is back in the news
The Ponzi scheme PIPS (People in Profit System) is back in the news.

My Turn: The upside of high housing costs
The ongoing dialogue on housing costs in Juneau has been worthwhile and raised awareness about an important issue.

Murkowski's sights are set too high
The feds said no. The Legislature said no. But Gov. Frank Murkowski insisted on yes, insisted that the state and its chief executive need jet transport.

My Turn: Ferry, road combination out of Juneau is win-win
On Aug. 10 the Alaska Department of Transportation announced that the road out of Juneau would end at the Katzehin River instead of Skagway, and that short shuttle ferries would provide the final connection between Katzehin River, Haines and Skagway.

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

Secret Waterfall
Dick McDermott knows these parts as well as any man can. The 92-year-old used to earn a meager living mining the creeks that meander through the deeply wooded hills. He has slogged through the brush and hiked overgrown logging roads hunting deer and gathering wood for his homemade fiddles.

Keeping track of time with wild plants
Lots of folks keep track of the passage of days by crossing out days on a paper calendar. Sometimes I do too. But my favorite calendar is provided by the flowering and fruiting of wild plants.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

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.

Juneau-Douglas handles Kenai
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team opened the season in convincing fashion with a 35-9 victory over defending small-school state champion Kenai Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Saturday's box score
...of the JDHS football game

Bears excel in each facet of the game
The Juneau-Douglas football team's 35-9 season-opening win over visiting Kenai Saturday wasn't just impressive, it proved record-breaking as well.

Juneau Jambaars win the Alaska State Cup
The Juneau Jambaars Under-13 boys soccer team captured the championship at the Alaska State Cup soccer championships Saturday in Fairbanks.

Legislator floats gas-line dividend
A state legislator is hoping to sell his idea for what to do with revenue generated from a proposed pipeline: set up a special permanent fund that would pay dividends to Alaska residents.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Concern increasesabout bear-fan copycats
A recently released documentary film of Timothy Treadwell, who gained notoriety for living and dying among Alaska's grizzly bears, has many worried that the compelling close-up footage of the animals could inspire other misguided adventure-seekers to emulate him.

Wildfires making Fairbanks air risky
Smoke from Interior forest fires put Fairbanks air above the hazardous level.

Whittier: From rail yard to tourist destination
It looked like some cartoon concoction, a fantasy fish. Like seaweed with a sea horse's snout.

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