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Monday, September 25, 2006

Deck the malls
With due respect to Halloween, the holiday shopping season is nearly upon us.

Selling out
Not all seasonal jobs revolve around selling books, clothes and DVDs.

Information booth
One of the best ways to get your foot in the door with a company you like is by scheduling an informational interview. "Find someone who works in the field you want to break into," says Jeff Hardison of McClenahan Bruer Communications in Portland, Ore. "Somehow get a hold of them and tell them you're researching their industry and heard they're an expert in the field. Request 15 minutes of their time to hear about their experiences getting started in the field. Talk a little about yourself, but focus mainly on asking the person questions."

Women in charge
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was named the second most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.com, followed by another political powerhouse, Vice Premier of China Wu Yi.

Newspaper should be ashamed of headline
The Juneau Empire should be ashamed of the headline it placed over its reprint of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial, "Bomb-threat suspect should be behind bars," published in its Thursday edition.

Don't add fluoride to drinking water
I not only agree with Mr. Buzzell ("Fluoride is all around us; why add more?" in Tuesday's Empire), but I have invested in a water system that removes the added fluoride from my drinking water and shower.

Tone of veterans article was inappropriate
"Paralyzed veterans take part in specialized moose hunt" on Sept. 18 broke half the rules about writing news stories involving persons with disabilities.

Clearing up 'fuzzy' math about the road
I've got to respond to Greg Fisk's letter to the editor of Sept. 13. It is really boring when individuals continually exaggerate and try to make the case demonstrating the economic disadvantages of a hard link to the mainland.

Government needs to lead search for alternative fuels
It was encouraging to read that the mayors' conference on global warming was told that the challenge of finding alternatives to fossil fuels included great opportunities for profitable ventures.

Can't road, ferry people just get along?
I hate to hear all the complaints about the road versus the ferry system. I think that all Alaskans should have both ways to travel.

The last thing we need is another Republican
Tony Knowles wants to restore the Longevity Bonus Program.

Pope cartoon was blatantly racist
I was surprised and disgusted at your Wednesday printing of one of the most blatantly racist political cartoons I have seen in years (regarding the pope's recent comments on Islam).

Photo: Getting into the story
Irene Duvernay reads to her daughter, Noelle, 4, as they spend Sunday afternoon at the Juneau Public Library.

Candidates vie for seat on School Board
Juneau School Board President Phyllis Carlson said she supports appealing the controversial "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case to the U.S. Supreme Court because the district needs additional clarity when it comes to enforcing school policies.

Candidates vie for seat on School Board
Mark Choate believes the community is facing a major crisis.

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

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

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

Drivers fume even as fuel prices drop
Gasoline prices in Juneau dropped 10 cents a gallon this week, but local drivers still fume at paying more than other Alaskans.

Photo: Charity 'kneads the dough'
Mary Anderson, left, and Barb Sharp serve cinnamon rolls Saturday at Marine Park during a fundraiser for The Glory Hole. Anderson said they prepared 560 rolls tht sold for $2.50 each.

Photo: Making waves
Nick Pudmire takes advantage of high flow in Gold Creek on Sunday to "creek surf" the urban channel in downtown Juneau.

Panel: Juneau already in midst of climate change
Melting glacial ice, rising shorelines, warmer winters -those who showed up Saturday to hear what the mayor's panel on climate change had to say about global warming weren't in for any surprises.

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

Minister from Gaza sees reason to remain
Hanna Massad has never been to prison, "But I live in one," the Palestinian Baptist minister and Gaza resident said Friday while visiting Juneau.

Toe Toon

My Turn: C-student Bush gets a big fat F in my book
I believe that President George W. Bush has failed us both at home and abroad. His reckless policies and egomaniacal leadership do not make the United States safer, nor does it make the United States a better place to live.

Alaska editorial: Keep public radio's AK show on the air
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting got something worthwhile going when it first funded the public radio magazine show AK.

My Turn: University of Alaska, Big Oil a weird mix
Without credibility, a university has nothing. Unfortunately, we must assign a failing grade to the very person who should be upholding the University of Alaska's integrity.

Alaska Editorial: Nation needs an energy plan
People have been complaining often and loudly about energy prices for quite some time now, and with good reason. Prices of heating fuel and gasoline have shot up in the past couple of years, but quantifying the effect on the pocketbook hasn't always been spelled out clearly.

My turn: There's a better way to get rid of waste
I am frustrated with the court's recent decision to allow Kensington Mine to dump toxic waste into Lower Slate Lake.

White water windfall
When whitewater rafting guide Greg Howard prepares people for a trip down Sixmile Creek, the first thing he teaches them is how not to drown. Sealed into drysuits and snapped into helmets, rafters are called, like lemmings, to jump into the icy cold waters of Sixmile Creek.

TWO WILD PARTIES
When they're not running for office, both candidates for governor like running around outdoors.

Plenty of fun to be had under Thunder
A nearly level trail "Under Thunder" runs from a trailhead behind Glacier Valley Elementary School along the base of Thunder Mountain and the upper reaches of Jordan Creek, almost to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Outsiders: Owen Bartholow
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

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

Juneau girls enjoy one perfect day
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls cross country team left no doubt as to which team is Southeast Alaska's best Saturday.

Wolfpack score stunning upset of Crimson Bears in Railbelt Conference tilt
If West Valley voted again tonight, Amy Wineland would be named the homecoming queen in a landslide.

Legendary Alaska high school football coach Nystrom dies
Buck Nystrom, the winningest football coach in Alaska high school history, died late Thursday night in Anchorage of complications from heart surgery earlier this week.

Friday's JDHS Box score

Class 4A SE Cross Country results

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

JDHS Invitational swimming and diving results

Bears' boys take the crown
By running in packs and not letting anyone get in between them, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross country team won the Southeast Region championship Saturday in Savikko Park.

Juneau-Douglas Invitational Swim Meet Results
Results

Standouts abound for Crimson Bears
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams put on an entertaining show this weekend in their first home meets of the year.

Federal grand jury indicts two on ivory sale charges
A Pilot Point man and a Juneau guide have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of illegally collecting and selling walrus ivory.

Election to be decided by coin toss
It may be a first in Alaska history: A state election decided by a coin toss.

Palin, Knowles campaigns spar over funding sources
A sparring match this week between camps vying for control of the governor's office centered on sources of campaign funding for Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Tony Knowles.

Northwest Digest
Abandoned barge arrives in Kodiak, New hospital nearly ready for U.S. Army & Canadians walk after warned of traveler

Interior agrees to temporarily abandon North Slope lease sale
The Interior Department is willing to temporarily abandon the sale of oil leases in an environmentally sensitive area surrounding Lake Teshekpuk on Alaska's North Slope.

State mulls suit against consultants
State attorneys have not yet decided whether to sue the actuarial company whose mistakes contributed to Alaska's $6.9 billion pension shortfall.

Alaska Digest
The New Stuyahok Village Tribe, a 500-person federally recognized tribe in southwest Alaska, has joined environmental groups and lawmakers in protesting the Kensington Mine plan to dump tailings into a subalpine lake.

Glaciers melting faster than predicted
Less than 10 minutes after lifting off from the airport, the helicopter entered the frozen world suspended above Alaska's capital.

Two Jesuits named in sexual abuse suit
Two sexual abuse civil suits involving deceased Jesuits were filed this week in Alaska Superior Courts in Fairbanks and Bethel.

University students create bike 'library'
A student bike club at the University of Alaska Anchorage has launched a bicycle lending program.

Mystery shrouds divers' deaths
Five hundred miles north of Alaska, a group of shipmates from the Coast Guard cutter Healy tossed a football on the blue-and-white, diamond-hard Arctic ice.

Congressional bill secures additional missile defense funds
An additional $200 million for the national missile defense system has been placed in a congressional bill and would be spent, in part, on more missile interceptors like those based at Fort Greely.

Crash rescuers battle perilous conditions
The wind off Shelikof Strait was blowing rain at up to 40 mph when rescuers Thursday afternoon found the survivors of a wrecked deHavilland Beaver huddled behind one of the floats detached from the crippled plane, a member of the Alaska Air National Guard rescue team said Friday.

Governor reiterates pipeline proposal
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Friday called on the Alaska House to reconsider its refusal to take up his proposed natural gas pipeline contract this fall.

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