Monday, August 21, 2006

Technically speaking
Technically speaking

Perfect fit
Working well with others often overlooked as essential job skill

Living history
New employees face more than standard background checks

Form fitting
Form fitting

Toilet story a new low
I read your meant-to-be clever article on men's toilets and was moved to say it sank to a new high in bad taste. Yes, I know you want to attract the young cools who drink themselves blotto at the drop of the proverbial s'ouwester...

Palin lacks experience to lead the state
Although Sarah Palin claims to have the experience needed to run this great state, I am afraid that's not the case. While she was elected by a population of 6,000, we're talking about being the CEO of state with more than 600,000 people.

Brochures aim to mislead voters
I was only home for a few days from my time commercial fishing and, in that time, my mailbox was bombarded by daily, obviously expensive, shiny cards opposing Ballot Measure 2.

Mind-boggling superlatives
Juneau - the largest city on the continent not connected to the North American highway system, the only city in the nation that is under constant threat of losing its status as the state's capital, and, the only city in the world whose mayor does not want to improve access to the city he represents. Unbelievable.

Doesn't provide for the common good
Taxation is a fact of life. We hate taxes, but we can't really live without them.

Palin talks from both sides of her mouth
In a recent advertisement in the Juneau Empire of Aug. 16, Sarah Palin offers "Straight Talk on Alaska's Capital," in which she says, "I support keeping the star on the map in Juneau, designating it as our capital city."

Casualty of mine
While the battle over Coeur Alaska's plans for the spoils from their Kensington Mine rages on in the courts, the fight to protect our rivers and lakes from mine waste has produced its first casualty: Lower Slate Lake in Berners Bay.

Tourism industry has bred resentment
I would love to answer Mark Kaelke's question as to why the tourism industry is under fiscal attack by the ballot measures ... and hopefully the voters. Juneau is my home. I was born and raised right here and love my home.

Who's in charge here?
I find it rather curious that BP, not having gotten legislative approval of Gov. Murkowski's sweetheart oil tax deal, suddenly finds corrosion significant enough to shut down their entire Prudhoe Bay operation.

Cruise lines making billions in profits
The central issue underlying Ballot Measure 2 is whether taxpayers or the industry should pay for cruise line's impacts on public services and infrastructure.

Go save some other Lower 48 state
After the Anchorage judge recently dismissed the lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Kensington mine permit, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council now says it is going to appeal to a higher court.

Mine's footprint tiny
I had the privilege to tour the Kensington mine site recently, and I have to say I was shocked. Shocked to see what all the fuss is about. For starters, the mine is virtually invisible as you approach it across Berners Bay.

Move Binkley to November ballot
Juneau residents have an obligation, a responsibility, to vote on Tuesday. No excuses like "I forgot." Write it on the calendar - Tuesday, Aug. 22. "I don't know enough about the candidates or issues." Read the paper; listen to the radio; talk to people about it.

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

Around Town
Listing of local events.

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

Police test in-car video
The Juneau Police Department is testing video cameras in four of its patrol vehicles with the intention of having the future capability of using video footage as evidence in court.

Photo: Planning ahead?

This Day in History
In Alaska, the Nation, and the World

Alaska Digest
A man suspected of starting five fires near Ketchikan in 2003 and 2004 has been charged with burning down a home in July.

Juneau artist sketches Unalaska
A well-known Alaskan artist, who is no stranger to Unalaska, now has a sketchbook filled with island scenes.

Photo: Nice day for sailing ... a little too nice
Instructor Jay Ginter helps Iris Neary, 14, with sailboat rigging after races were cancelled Sunday because of the lack of wind.

Photo: A good, Clean Race
Zack Bursell, 13, made use of Dredge Lake to cool off and clean his bike after competing in Sunday's Stage 3 Mountain Bike Race.

Photo: Hometown harvest
A carrot - or two - grown by Nan and Ron Schonenbach won first prize in the unusual vegetable division during the fair.

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

Chess grandmaster offers demonstration
Chess grandmaster Susan Polgar, the No. 1 ranked female player in the United States, will lead a free chess demonstration and discussion from 5-6:30 p.m. today at the downtown Juneau Public Library.

My turn: Puff goes the magic on Measure 2
In trying to decipher the logic of this "all-or-nothing-at-all" bill - it's important so I repeat, "all-or-nothing-at-all" bill - Jerry Lee Lewis leaps to mind with a whole lot more going on here than protecting the environment.

Pipeline problems are reason to open ANWR
Opponents of oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge wasted little time spouting "we told you so" and drawing a 30-mile arrow directly from the coastal plain to BP's woes in Prudhoe Bay this week.

Toe Toon

My Turn: Liberation from airlines, ferries
A s a concerned Alaskan and lifelong resident of Juneau, I am concerned with all of the opposition to the proposed road.

Empire editorial: Cruise ship initiative a measure of fairness
Ballot Measure 2, which Alaska voters will decide on Tuesday, has come to be known as the bill that has it all, kitchen sink included.

My turn: Will every vote be counted correctly?
Whether your vote will be counted properly is an open question. Alaska's vote-counting system has flaws that could threaten the integrity of upcoming elections, according to voting technology experts.

My turn: Cruise ship disclosure a harmful intrusion into business
Is there anything wrong with cruise lines advertising shops, tours, or other services on the ships? Is there anything wrong with selling those services to their passengers before they disembark?

My Turn: Murkowski's lame duck highway
Do you remember A-J's barges carrying rock out on Gastineau Channel and rolling over to dump the rock?

Outsiders: Rachel Fredholm & Matt DeSpain
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Safe waterfowl hunting on the Mendenhall wetlands
Wildlife biologist Ryan Scott grew up in Juneau hunting on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

Photo: No so-so coho

A Family Affair
Fifth-generation Alaskan Dylan "Hawk" Kubley 14, downed his first deer at the age of six. When he was 8 years old, he got his first moose under extreme conditions. The following year he bagged his first bear.

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

Alpine beauty to be seen on Lost Lake Trail
Alaska offers countless opportunities to escape civilization and quietly gaze down on the world below from above the tree line. But getting those views often requires a dauntingly steep climb.

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.

JDHS box score
Juneau-Douglas 69, Lathrop 6

McFarlin, Sheufelt win Dirty Tour
Dale McFarlin won all three stages to capture the Juneau Freewheelers' Dirty Tour Mountain Bike Stage Race.

JDHS coasts past Lathrop
Juneau-Douglas took care of visiting Lathrop quickly and efficiently Friday night with a 69-6 victory at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Bartlett Cross Country Relays results
Bartlett Relay

JDHS runners open the season
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams opened the season Saturday in Anchorage with the Bartlett Relays.

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.

From the Sidelines
Growing up, I played on perhaps the worst youth soccer team in Delaware history. Our team didn't win a game for three whole years. Teams from throughout northern Delaware and the east coast would take out their week of frustration on us.

Juneau's dominating defense
Two games, two wins, just six points and 39 yards allowed.

Democrats disagree about future of oil, fish and ships
The two Democrats vying to be the next governor of Alaska disagreed Friday night in Juneau over cruise lines, political partisanship, oil industry incentives and how to deal with a troubled Bering Sea crab fishery.

Allstate cuts Alaska earthquake coverage
Nearly 7,000 Alaskans will lose their earthquake insurance as their policies come up for renewal in the coming months.

Unlawful voting sites investigated
The Alaska Division of Elections has intervened in what was being reported as three unauthorized absentee voting sites in Denali National Park and Healy.

Class teaches women self defense
Impressed with what she saw while visiting her daughter at Brigham Young University in Utah, Kath Carlson recently asked a group of Utah officers to come to the Kenai Peninsula and offer Alaskan woman a few lessons on how to handle men.

Murkowski may be unseated in primary
Alaska incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski may not escape Tuesday's Republican primary. If Murkowski is unseated, his deal to smooth the way for a $25 billion natural gas pipeline to Canada will likely go down with him.

Tourist rescues angler from Anchorage's Ship Creek
A Minnesota tourist in Anchorage for a weekend marathon was credited by police with saving the life of an angler swept down an urban creek.

BP: Half of Prudhoe Bay production restored
BP on Friday said it had restored more than half of the production from Prudhoe Bay, nearly two weeks after threatening to shut the entire field down because of leaks from corroded pipelines.

Cruise ship accidentally pins whale
A 91,000-ton cruise ship pulled into Seward with something more than a barnacle attached - a 25- to 30-foot dead whale was pinned to the bow.

Gubernatorial candidates argue 'carrots and sticks' for Big Oil
Whether Big Oil should be handled with a big carrot or a big stick depends on which gubernatorial candidate you're talking to.

Flood waters begin to recede in southcentral Alaska
High water that flooded roads along the main transportation corridor between Anchorage and Fairbanks dropped steadily Sunday as weary emergency officials kept a close watch on forecasts for more rain.

Search underway for future home of Mat-Su prison
A $330 million prison construction project that could potentially add millions of dollars in steady income to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough economy is now set for groundbreaking next spring, with completion anticipated by 2010.

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

Kotzebue firefighters get rescue airboat
The newest addition to the Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department may have a V-8 engine built for speed, but it's more geared to save lives.

NorthwestDigest
A 35-year-old Juneau resident was arrested for domestic violence assault at 7:44 a.m. Sunday after stabbing a 31-year-old man in the upper body during a dispute in a Lemon Creek trailer.

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