Monday, October 23, 2006

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.

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.

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.

Dress rehearsal

Airport should follow Fairbanks example
Congratulations to the Fairbanks International airport on winning a $500,000 U.S. Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development Act Grant this year. These grant dollars are awarded to small communities who submit applications and can justify a need to pursue additional airline service.

Ballot Measure 2 is a bad idea, period
When we have all three candidates for governor telling us something's a bad idea, why does anyone still think it is a good idea?

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.

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

Young enables Bush; vote for Benson
George Bush flies around continually, whipping up fear and attending party fundraisers.

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.

Passing 300 million mark is a big deal
Thank you for the front-page story in the Oct. 15 Juneau Empire announcing America's population reaching 300 million.

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?

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.

Going with Knowles for governor
I am a registered nonpartisan because I believe in voting for the best candidate regardless of party affiliation.

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.

Where is Young in the Foley scandal
I understand the statement "Congressman Don Young is now the fourth most powerful 'Congressman in America'" is featured prominently on a glossy mailer sent to fellow Republicans by Young.

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.

Elton seems to have forgotten term limits
I've been reflecting on my tenure on the Juneau Assembly with Kim Elton and want to remind Juneauites of his strong conviction for term limits for elected politicians.

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.

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

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.

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

Yakutat man charged with sexual abuse
A Yakutat man is in police custody after being charged with multiple counts of molesting children, officials said Friday.

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.

Photo: An ear for a bargain
udy Bowler laughs with a shopper on Sunday while she displays beaded earrings during a craft fair in the Mendenhall Mall.

Photo: A song for Sonneman
Joe Sonneman, center, flanked by Carole Chambers, right, and Lee Harris, joined nearly 100 well-wishers in singing the Alaska state song Sunday evening at the VFW hall.

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.

ANB Hall to ban smoking in '07
It's common for many who play bingo at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Saturday nights to have an ink dauber in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Beginning in 2007, they will have to play with just the dauber.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

My Turn: Pack Creek bear hunts pose many problems
Last year, the Alaska Board of Game declared open season on wildlife viewing when it voted to allow bear hunting alongside the world-famous McNeil River State Wildlife Sanctuary.

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.

Toe Toon

Alaska editorial: Who will take top jobs with the new governor?
Alaskans will elect a new governor in less than three weeks, and he or she will take office just four weeks later. Election day is Nov. 7.

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.

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

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

Out & About

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 players receive honors
The football season may be over, but the postseason awards continue to flow in for Juneau-Douglas High School.

ASAA Large School All-Tournament Team

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.

Alaska Digest
Juneau woman shocked to win car, North Pole ready for new challenges, Thousands of Natives to attend convention & Volunteers will build Ketchikan building

Ice contest indicates climate change
Geophysicists are now betting on the Nenana Ice Classic; not for $2.50 a ticket, but as an indicator of climate change in Alaska.

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

Officials aim to cut rural fuel prices
A statewide survey confirms that rural Alaskans are paying high prices for fuel, but the good news is that officials will use the survey to find ways to lower those costs.

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

Oprah show taps Alaska mother
It was a fluke - an Internet accident that got Kotzebue resident Mary Swisher a trip to Chicago, a ride in a limo and a stay at the Omni Hotel.

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.

Agrium to close for winter
One of the largest users of Cook Inlet natural gas will close for the winter, but none of the employees will be laid off.

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.

Missing ring shows up after two years
Elaine and Jim Canary of Juneau thought for sure they would never again see her diamond wedding ring, lost on a business trip to Petersburg.

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.

Villages modeled for tsunami project
A new project of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration intended to more accurately assess the tsunami risk of the country's coasts has carefully examined two Aleutian communities - Dutch Harbor and Sand Point.

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.

Woman caught in effort to title little no-name lake
One day last spring, a Soldotna middle school teacher got tired of giving people directions to her house on "little no-name lake" and decided to give it a name.

Study: Melting permafrost leads to shrinking ponds
Global warming is causing permafrost to melt, allowing thousands of ponds to shrink across Alaska, according to a new study.

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

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