Sunday, October 22, 2006

Former bosses, co-workers should top reference list
When compiling your reference list, find out if your current or former company has a policy regarding references.

Bet on it
As football season rolls on, co-workers across the county make Monday-morning small talk about their fantasy teams a staple of time on the job.

Earning power
t may not come as much of a surprise to some that the CEO of a major Internet search company makes a higher salary than the Secretary of Defense.

People persons
For many job hunters, getting references together may be an afterthought. It should, however, be given as much weight as any other part of the job-search process.

Dress rehearsal

Would rape, incest victims get support?
I have one question for Republican candidate Sarah Palin: If you support a statewide abortion ban in Alaska, how would you, as governor, assure that the victims and unborn children of these rape or incest crimes receive the emotional and monetary support that will be required for them to live a "normal, healthy" life?

Legislature can't get job done in 120 days
Ballot Measure 1 on the Nov. 7 state ballot proposes to shorten annual Alaska legislative sessions from 120 days to 90 days. This measure should be based on the Legislature, in past years, being able to complete its yearly business in less than the 120-day regular session.

Promote health care, education programs
The incumbents give hollow sound bites about issues that really won't affect us.

Falcons doesn't quite cut it as mascot
Naming the new high school "Thunder Mountain High" sounds much better than "Capital High School." Thunder Mountain is majestic and looms over the valley in splendor. It's a good solid name. Nevertheless, to call them the "Falcons" does not sound very Alaskan.

State parks plan ready for comment
Do you have opinions about "user fees," value of public-use cabins, or need for maintenance on state parks trails? A draft strategic plan for Alaska's state parks is available for public comment through Nov. 3.

Palin is ducking the capital-move issue
I read with great interest the article on the governor candidates' stances on the capital-move issue. Sarah Palin has an interesting capital-move history. As mayor of Wasilla, when it was in her political best interest to support the capital move, she was all for it.

Sharing ideas on how to combat brain drain
I was born in Juneau. In fact, I'm a second-generation Juneauite, as my mother was born in Juneau, too.

Photo: Business leaders discuss disaster plans
Elizabeth Pierce, director of special projects with Alaska Communication Systems, speaks Saturday during a panel discussion at the "Disaster Preparedness for Business" conference at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Expert speaks on end-of-life issues
A nationally renowned expert on end-of-life issues told members of a Juneau crowd they can spare their families pain by letting them know what to do, and empower them to legally do so, if they become comatose.

Republican voters maintain firm lead
New voter registration numbers from the state Elections Division indicate Democrats will have an increasingly difficult time breaking the Republican grip on public offices.

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

Photos: Fashion is going to the dogs
Catherine Gitkov, above left, with Bee, a border terrier, and Laurie DeBolt, 9, with Aurora, a German shepherd, parade Sunday with 15 other competitors during the Pet Festival fashion show sponsored by the Gastineau Humane Society at the Nugget Mall.

Photo: Measuring up
Alferda Dore, 80, has her height taken by volunteer Andrea Stats during the Senior Health Fair held at the Juneau Senior Center on Saturday.

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

Tongass logging plan faces delays, $100,000 cost
In an effort to secure the future of the logging industry in Southeast Alaska, the Southeast Conference has requested Tongass National Forest officials consider opening more timberland to logging as part of the forest plan update.

Frank Samuel Dick
Former Juneau resident Frank Samuel Dick Jr., 72, died Oct. 12, 2006, at Alaska Native Hospital in Anchorage.

Larry Dean Fuchs
Former Juneau resident Larry Dean Fuchs, 53, died Oct. 14, 2006, in Tualitan, Ore., after a long and courageous battle with Lymphoma.

Toe Toon

My Turn: Outsiders in Alaska clothing
The opponents of Ballot Measure 2, the proposed initiative that would levy a tax on the underutilized gas near Prudhoe Bay and Point Thompson, have obviously not been paying attention to recent elections in Alaska.

Alaska Editorial: Campaign trail not the place for blame game
Politics and journalism have a relationship roughly akin to oil and water. This is, perhaps, never more pronounced than during an election season.

Spiny Dogfish
Spiny dogfish are named after the row of sharp spines found on each of their dorsal fins. Their name also comes from their unique schooling habits. It is not rare to see packs of hundreds to thousands.

Sharks of the Southeast
Shawn Hooten sighted a shark more than two years ago, but he still remembers the way the sun lit the water that day. At first, he mistook the fin for a duck.

Kenai beach rocks came from long ago, far away
Over the ages, the Kenai Peninsula has had one makeover after another as glaciers have waxed and waned over Southcentral Alaska like phases of the moon.

Photo: Fattening up for winter
A black bear pokes around for late-season salmon south of the Mendenhall Glacier visitors center.

Salmon Shark
The salmon shark is the closest living relative to the great white shark.

Out & About

Outsiders: Josh Adams
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Outdoors section.

Pacific Sleeper Shark
The sleeper shark is one of the few sharks found in polar waters year round.

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.

Crimson Bears take two from Wolves
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team received contributions from several players to pick up two key wins against host Sitka over the weekend.

Alaska Digest
Teamsters Local 959 elected Ken Coleman of Anchorage and Kenai this week as its secretary-treasurer in a landslide victory over two other candidates. Coleman won by more than a two-to-one margin, officials said.

Exxon proposes $20 million settlement
Exxon Mobil Corp. is proposing to pay the state $20 million and give up 20,000 acres to settle its unmet obligations to develop a vast North Slope natural gas field.

Bail reduced for woman charged in 1996 murder
A judge has reduced bail for a former exotic dancer charged in a scheme to murder her fiance 10 years ago, allowing her to return to Washington state until her January trial.

Fairbanks looks to recover tax revenue
City officials are looking at a mix of new taxes and fees to make up for a $10.3 million deficit in next year's budget after voters slashed property taxes.

Murkowski sets Ketchikan bridge plans in motion
The Bridge to Nowhere may be headed somewhere, with Alaska's outgoing governor planning to award a contract in his final days of office worth as much as $30 million.

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

Young makes himself scarce before election
Alaska's only congressman is minimizing his appearances before the Nov. 7 election.

City seeks $25,000 for cleaning up man's yard
City administrators in Fairbanks plan to bill a homeowner $25,000 for costs it incurred removing 75 tons of trash from his yard.

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