Saturday, August 23, 2008

New stack of picture books awaits at the library
"Cornelius P. Mud, are you ready for school?" written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg.

Fearing violence, publisher drops novel
WASHINGTON - Once upon a time, Sherry Jones was a Montana newspaper reporter who dreamed she could contribute to world peace with a novel about the prophet Muhammad and his feminist leanings. Then she wrote it. Today? She's the target of a Serbian mufti and a Middle Eastern studies professor with a lawyer.

'Breaking Dawn,' 'The Last Lecture' top Wall Street Journal's best-seller lists Wall Street Journal best-sellers
FICTION

SECOND PLACE: Commercial Fishing in Southeast Alaska
As I wake up every morning abord our fishing vessle and look out the window, I'm reminded I have the best office in the world. My husband and I commercial fish Dungeness crab in Southeast Alaska and our home away from home is the beautiful world of the Inside Passage. During our morning commute we are drinking hot coffee watching the sunrise and are often surprised with an escort of Doll Porpoise. Each day is a new adventure and each pot as it's hauled on board is filled with suspense. You never know what you are going to catch. We spend our days running our gear in protected bays and inlets and are fortunate to fish close to home where we return many nights.

FIRST PLACE: A Little Heaven on Earth
Every day when I go to work I take one more step into that very thin space between this earth and heaven. And even in the hardest of times I go to work, not alone on that journey but accompanied by eleven of the dearest, most caring, angelic and devilishly witty colleagues. Together we seem to thrive in the good days and survive the hard ones.

HONORABLE MENTION: My Great Workworld
Elsewhere, I have heard it said that some people 'live to work, while others, 'work to live.' I do both. I am happier, however, when I think that I am living to work care-giving for others who need my tender loving care. I have found this out with my present job.

HONORABLE MENTION: What Do Get When You Mix Water, Malted Barley, Hops & Yeast?
I am a brewer at the Alaskan Brewing Company. It is truly the most fascinating job (if you can call it that - I get paid to brew beer) that a person can have.

Apprenticeship and the new Alaska workforce
In trying to keep up with the times, the Palin administration has noted that in the coming years an aging Alaska work force will need to be replaced with a new generation of workers. The way we approach training in the state is outdated and in need of development, a spokesman for the department said.

HONORABLE MENTION: Dog World
Our work world goes by the name of "Dog World." I am an operations manager for Alaska Helimush Inc., a helicopter-supported dogsled tour company on the Norris Glacier here in Juneau.

THIRD PLACE: Thank You, Sir
When I started working for Duck Creek Market about five years ago I thought I was just going to be pushing buttons on a computer and greeting customers with a smile that I thought was lost. I would go into work and start my day by getting my till ready and then onto my chores that needed to be done. When I started working there I pretty much wiped down the counters, stocked and faced the shelves and greeted customers with a smile. The longer I was there the more I started to learn about the business from my boss. I listened to every word that he said because I enjoy learning new things. I mean, I have taken business classes but to be able to have a hands-on experience while the person is teaching you is even better. That is exactly what Mr. Jack Manning did - he gave me the opportunity to have the experience of certain aspects of the business and is still teaching me.

HONORABLE MENTION: Day or Night, Juneau's Best Are Ready For Your Call
Each day is just the same old routine; fires, explosions, car wrecks, sick and injured persons; every kind of bad day that a person can experience. Who handles these problems every day of the year? The answer is the fine women and men of Capital City Fire & Rescue.

HONORABLE MENTION: My Work is a Dream Come True
As far back as I can remember Alaska and the call of the wild beckoned me. I was six and in the first grade when Alaska was granted statehood. My teacher had given us a homework assignment which was to choose a state and present a report. I chose Alaska 'the last frontier.' The experience planted the seed of desire deep in my heart to see and be a part of this great land.

HONORABLE MENTION: When's My Next Court Date?
I am with the Alaska Court System in Juneau. Many people, for various reasons, have a negative view of the court and people who work in this area. I have been here for 10 years and there are days that make me think, "what the heck am I doing here?" but truly this has been the most enjoyable and enriching place I have ever worked at.

HONORABLE MENTION: A Student's Point of View
Being a student is my job. My workworld is filled with many different people. My "colleagues" (fellow students) are great, they help and support me, and they learn with or from me. My "bosses" (teachers and principles) help me understand new things. They teach me and let me know right from wrong. Not only is my workworld great, but so are the people in it.

HONORABLE MENTION: The World's Oldest Profession
The work I do as a surveyor is one of the most misunderstood professions in the world. Wars have been fought over boundry disputes and I promise that when you look at a globe or a map you must remember that someone had to walk every square inch of that ground.

FIRST PLACE: An Adventure in Dog World
Muscles tensed, eyes forward.

HONORABLE MENTION: Going Outside to Work
During the winter months, I start my workday by going outside, clicking into my skis and hopping onto the chairlift at Eaglecrest. Within a few minutes, I am immersed in the natural world experiencing and observing something new each day. As fresh snow falls to deeply blanket the muskegs, berry bushes and rocky terrain, the mountain landscape is transformed into the winter playground so many of us have come to enjoy. Snow ghosts emerge as the trees become cocooned for the winter to eerily lurk about on misty, low visibility days. And on the brilliant bluebird days, everything glistens and the sweeping view fills your vision as you swoosh down the mountain.

Sometimes there's only one person to turn to
From health care to piano tuning, Juneau is a large enough city to support multiple professionals in most fields. Yet a few people still find themselves as the only ones offering particular services in town.

HONORABLE MENTION: Playing is Learning
I get to play all day at my job, literally. I work at Juneau's Imagination Station, the funnest store in town, and I love my job.

Photos: Working in the city:
Clockwise from above: Tour operator Jim Carroll talks with a visitor in front of a tour bus near the Mount Roberts Tram; Brian Chilton works with his apprentice, Ty Grant, repainting a totem at the entrance of the Goldbelt Building; Brad Brian rakes in an asphalt tie on the Sunny Point interchange project; Juneau park maintenance employee Ericka Love hangs a banner on a downtown light post in preparation for the 2008 summer tourism season; Cecile Elliott works behind the counter at Alaska Airlines; Gary Isturis processes salmon at Taku Fisheries near the dock in downtown Juneau.

Reduce dominance of special interests
Ballot Measure 3 is pretty simple. If you want to continue with special interest money dominating our election system, you probably won't support it. If you want less influence from special interest money, real competition for ideas and issues and a better democracy, vote yes.

Trooper discipline should be investigated
I want to start by saying I am not a Republican, a Palin staff member, or related to the Palin family.

School district slashes costs of activities
The cost of participating in high school sports and other extra-curricular activities in the Juneau School District will be cheaper this school year.

Kerttula, Newman tangle over term limits
An electoral novice is challenging one of the region's top lawmakers, a 10-year legislative veteran.

Juneau-area mines call Measure 4 confusing
Juneau's two mines say they oppose Ballot Measure 4 because they don't know how it will affect them.

Photo: Gulls at rest
Bonaparte's and glaucous gulls rest Thursday at the mouth of Salmon Creek after feeding on returning chum salmon.

Photo: Trail work
Forest Service trail crew members Aaron Yeaton, left, Matt Adams, center, and Mitch Harris lay down gravel for a new trail to Nugget Falls on Thursday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Half of the $270,000 cost is funded by the Alaska Trails Initiative, a part of the state's Department of Natural Resources. The rest is coming from visitor fees. The project is to be finished late next summer.

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo: A hefty dontation for Bartlett
The Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation presents a check to Bartlett Regional Hospital for intensive care unit monitoring equipment earlier this summer. To date, the foundation has donated a total of $130,000 for ICU equipment. Left to right: Board of Trustees President Loretta Beadle, Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO Shawn Morrow, and Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation Executive Director Michelle Shaw.

Community thanked for Andrews search
The family and friends of Brian and Brandon Andrews are immeasurably important to them, and have been extremely helpful to our family since Brian and Brandon went missing on Aug. 9. An enormous thank you goes out to everyone who has supported us throughout our search efforts.

Have a happy song in your heart
M y children and I were playing a game the other night, or at least part of a game. Had I taken time to read the instructions, we might have used some of the more obscure pieces that came in the box. But as it was, we were having too much fun to bother with rules.

'Sin or Swim' and other vessels
Trying to uncover the mysteries of the party scene in Juneau calls for a new direction. I don't mean another visit to Jack Tripp's Viking Lounge or Betty Adams' Alaskan Bar at midnight, as reported in the Hooligan each Thursday.

Color moves across the land
C olor steals across the land, settling down from the heights as if carried by gravity.

Goodbye summer, hello future
F or Echo Ranch Bible Camp, summer is officially over. On Friday, Aug. 15, the last campers walked around Echo Cove. Soon all of the summer staff will be gone and not long after, Echo Ranch will be closed for the year. The time to say goodbye has come. I don't know about you, but I have never really liked goodbyes. Like a dropped phone call or the power going out, so it is with goodbyes. A connection has been made between people, between groups of people, and suddenly the line is lost. Every week of the summer we send our farewell with young people of all ages. But it is this end of summer farewell that is the hardest.

FYI
Births

My Turn: Vote no on Ballot Measure 2
All of the best hunters I know are keen year-round observers of wildlife but do not begrudge other Alaskans who simply prefer watching wildlife. The same cannot be said for a minority of wildlife activists who do not hunt and do not want anyone else to hunt, either.

My Turn: Measure 3 would harm Alaska
If public funding of campaigns is such a great idea, why did Barack Obama refuse to take public funds for his presidential campaign?

Empire editorial: Yes on Measure 4 for aquatic gold
As Alaskans consider Ballot Measure 4 on Tuesday, they must look to the future and think about gold.

2 sentenced for selling subsistence fish
ANCHORAGE - Two Sitka residents have been sentenced for illegally selling subsistence halibut in 2004.

GOP accuses Mayor Begich of breaking campaign promise
JUNEAU - So far, Ted Stevens and Mark Begich have kept the gloves on in this U.S. Senate race.

Bear cleared in bicyclist's attack
ANCHORAGE - A sow grizzly killed this week has been cleared of the most severe attack in Anchorage parks this summer.

Guard takes over Interior rescue calls
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Air National Guard is picking up rescue calls in Interior Alaska after the military could no longer provide the service before of war duty.

Peninsula food tax initiative on ballot
KENAI - Voters in the Kenai Peninsula Borough are being asked to decide whether to exempt certain foods from the borough sales tax for part of each year.

Sides disagree on purpose of mining measure
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans in the primary election will vote on Ballot Measure 4, an initiative that opponents say will kill large-scale mining in Alaska but supporters say will save Bristol Bay's wild salmon streams from a toxic spill at the Pebble Mine.

State cleared in election complaint over Measure 2
ANCHORAGE - The state's political watchdog agency dismissed a complaint accusing Alaska state officials of trying to unfairly influence the outcome of a ballot measure aimed at curtailing its predator control program.

Governor to speak at the Republican convention
Four years ago, Gov. Sarah Palin went to the Republican National Convention as a wide-eyed delegate awed by the fast-paced environs in New York City.

Pumps dry after refinery slowdown
FAIRBANKS - At least one Fairbanks area gasoline station was shut down this week after an operations slowdown at Flint Hills Resources' North Pole refinery.

Nine polar bears spotted in open ocean
ANCHORAGE - Federal wildlife monitors spotted nine polar bears in one day swimming in open ocean off Alaska's northwest coast, and environmental groups say the event is a strong signal that diminished sea ice brought on by warming has put U.S. bears at risk of drowning or dying from effects of fatigue.

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