Monday, October 10, 2005

Early learning
Bonnie Doran, vice president of corporate business development at Daniel Gale Real Estate in Long Island, N.Y., says agents should take a cue from the basic principles they learned in kindergarten - stop (talking), look (to your expert colleagues) and listen (to the client).

Restless @ work
In today's work environment, employees are perpetually in multi-tasking mode and have little time for vacation.

Boost your boss
Sure, it sounds like common sense. But, surprisingly few employees understand what really bothers their boss, and even fewer come right out and ask.

Cash flow
Money matters rank high on the list of stressors for most people. but if financial issues are creating concentration problems for you at work, consider taking a new approach to getting organized.

Alternate garbage and recycling
I wonder if curbside recycling pickup might work on an alternating schedule with garbage pickup. One week have garbage pickup, and the next week have recycle pickup.

A disappointing mine subsidy
I was disappointed, but not surprised, to learn the state will be picking up the bill for upgrading Coeur Alaska's road from Slate Creek Cove to their Kensington Mine.

A very sad electorate
I wish someone could give me a reasonable explanation as to the lack of civic duty by almost 71 percent of the voting population of Juneau.

Not all shareholders are Native
In regards to Mr. Shane Wirtz letter on Oct. 4, I am an Alaska Native and have been a shareholder of Sealaska for 35 years.

The real environmental extremists
Bertrand Adams Sr. of Yakutat has expressed concern that Gov. Murkowski recently branded the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe as extremists (letter of Sept. 9).

Fight for your rights
In response to Shane Wirtz's recent letter, I agree 100 percent. I have been saying for many years this is the only state where open discrimination is allowed.

Ignorance of cultural relations
Shane Wirtz's Oct. 4 letter and some of the recent replies have reminded me of much hopelessness surrounding the way people view Alaska Native issues.

Save it for Rush Limbaugh
Before Mr. Wirtz (letters to the editor, Oct. 4) levels across-the-board racism accusations against Sealaska or anyone else, perhaps he ought to research his subject.

Seat belts are working, state says
The statistics that cross Don Smith's desk in a corner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities headquarters on Channel Drive might seem abstract, but a box filled with twisted metal and chunks of plastic he keeps nearby keep them in perspective.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Local volunteers join Day of Caring project to care about Juneau
Local volunteers were generous enough to spend two days this week to show how much they care about the community.

Photo: Practically airborne
Chelsea Tigner races down a hill Saturday in Petersburg during the 14th annual Humpy 500 Go-Cart races.

Environmentalists, firm agree to mediate over Kensington Mine
Three environmental groups and the developers of the Kensington Mine have agreed to enter mediation over their legal battle about tailings disposal at the gold mine, northwest of Juneau, according to Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho.

Election saw business both win and lose
Some in Juneau's business community are pleased that voters approved use of the city's optional 1 percent sales tax to extend city sewers and build a downtown parking garage - two projects that members of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce have championed.

Learning to skate
Shawn Knoedler and his wife, Chandra Travers, help their daughter, Nova, to skate along the flume trail on Saturday.

Juneau: A bingo kinda town
The ambient sound in the Tlingit and Haida Community Council hall Friday night was comparable to that of a busy public library - except numbers were being called out over a loudspeaker in a slow and steady cadence as the anticipation began to grow in the crowd of slightly less than a hundred.

No change after absentee review
An examination of almost 2,000 questioned and absentee ballots Friday didn't change the Juneau municipal election results.

Bringing back the Alaskan
With 40 gallons an hour pumping through its twin GMC diesel engines, Ron Maas' 54-foot boat, the Alaskan, was clocked at a sizzling 22.65 miles an hour during its trial run in June 1968 on New Orleans' Lake Pontchartrain.

Heating oil price takes a big jump
Juneau residents are bracing for an expensive winter as heating oil prices are already higher than last year and expected to rise a bit more.

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

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

Spirit-bracelet sales help fund school activities
Juneau-Douglas High School has a new way to help fund school activities that is cheap, fashionable and trendy.

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

Gladys June Paul (Dailey) Burkhart
Gladys "Laddie" June Burkhart, 77, died Oct. 1, 2005, in Wasilla from a long illness.

Genevieve Igtanloc-Goldbach
Former Juneau resident Genevieve "Jane" Igtanloc-Goldbach, 66, died Sept. 24, 2005, at her home in Anchorage.

Enough on the bridge, let's move on to ANWR
Some criticize Alaska for building "bridges to nowhere." Some members of Congress advocate taking bridge money from Alaska's share of the highway trust fund and dedicating it to hurricane relief.

My Turn: Build a valley pool, not a new recreation center
My "no" vote on the sales tax proposition for the Mendenhall Valley pool was to send a message that we need a pool, not an amusement park.

Editorial: It's time for more modest proposals
City leaders can easily learn from the message voters sent in last week's election: They're not willing to buy into capital-improvement projects unless city leaders do a better job of selling them on actual need.

A case for restoring Medicaid funding
Alaska is one of 29 states facing a steep loss in federal money as Uncle Sam slashes the share of expenses it pays for Medicaid, the health care program for low-income residents.

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

Downtown Geology Lesson
One doesn't need to travel to the Juneau Icefield or Kuiu Island to learn about the geology of Southeast Alaska. A walk around downtown Juneau offers plenty of information to the attentive.

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.

Bears hold court at the JIVE tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team has a history of playing close matches with the Colony Knights, but coming up on the short end of the score.

JDHS box score

Juneau-Douglas High School Invitational results
from Saturday

Juneau-Douglas advances to semifinals
Juneau-Douglas High School dazzled the home crowd with a stunning air show Saturday en route to a 39-7 win over North Pole in the state football quarterfinals.

Defense sparks Juneau
Sometimes all it takes is one play to completely change the tenor of an entire football game.

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. It

Sophomores lead the way for JDHS
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls swim team just missed out on winning a state championship last year with a freshman-dominated squad, losing by one point to Service.

PFD - Alaska Permanent Fund grows in value
The 2005 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks will be $845.76 when they're released later this week, which is the lowest they've been since 1988.

PFD - Fighting PFD fraud
Early last month, Paul E. Kent pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud when he obtained more than $17,000 in Alaska Permanent Fund dividends for himself and his three children.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Pit bull mix survives shooting by cop
An Anchorage woman is accusing a police officer of unnecessarily shooting her pit bull mix.

PFD - Trips, art and saving accounts
The Alaska Permanent Fund dividends won't be directly deposited into Alaska bank accounts until Wednesday, but many Alaskans already have plans on how to spend them.

State's pipeline plan brings privacy, conflict concerns
Alaska wants to go into the pipeline business with three private-sector energy titans, and they couldn't be happier to have the state - their landlord, taxman and regulator - on board.

PFD - Fund is Jay Hammond's legacy to the state
When the first 2005 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks are distributed on Wednesday, Alaska residents should take a minute to thank former Gov. Jay Hammond for his legacy to the state.

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

Homer utility eyes Healy plant
A Homer electric cooperative is eyeing the closed Healy Clean Coal Plant as a future source of power.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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