Monday, November 20, 2006

Hire education
Currently, 16.4 percent of workers in the health information management field have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Boss bias
Which gender makes a better boss?

Beyond boundaries
Hiring employees with physical disabilities will probably help your company financially, disability advocates believe, but some workplace barriers might need to be overcome for people with disabilities to really thrive on the job.

The perfect mix
or years now, companies have been making a concerted effort to include a diverse group of workers as part of the team.

Find new ways to provide fluoride
Juneau residents should encourage the Assembly to stop fluoridating our city's water supply for several reasons. First of all, less than 1 percent of tap water is actually consumed, sending much more fluoride into our sewers, septic tanks and eventually waterways than necessary.

Smacking of a sweetheart deal
"Amen" to the letter by Kathleen Wiest in the Nov. 10 edition of the Empire regarding the proposed North Douglas sewer expansion schedule.

Disgraced in his final hours by road plan
Apparently Gov. Frank Murkowski plans on leaving a legacy of a shabby road from Juneau to a privately owned mine.

Echos of disaster
The master of Murk's cockamamy idea of a pioneer road to Slate Creek, as his version of progress, is in fact a regressive repeat of another unplanned disaster of a road, the Hickel Highway that disfigured the beautiful John River Valley in the heart of the Brooks Range.

Trot out the truth, for once
Isn't it amazing how bigots rationalize their prejudices with a constantly shifting series of arguments? First, they claimed to oppose same-sex benefits because of the "sanctity of marriage." Then, when it sank in that equal employment benefits for equal work have nothing to do with marriage, they claimed to be carrying out "the will of the people."

Senators form bipartisan alliance
State Sen. Lyda Green, R-Wasilla, has formed a coalition with eight Senate Democrats to become Senate president in the next Legislature. The coalition includes current Senate Majority Leader Gary Stevens of Kodiak and Minority Leader Johnny Ellis of Anchorage.

Photo: Art imitating life?
A snow duck appeared Friday in front of the Diamond Courthouse. Its proximity to the capitol suggests to some that it might be a lame duck.

Around Town

City receives mobile dispatch center
Although Christmas is more than a month away, the Homeland Security Department has been very good to Juneau this year - recently presenting the city with most of the funding for a $368,615 Mobile Incident Command Center.

Palin picks Fairbanks for swearing-in
In a break with tradition, Gov.-elect Sarah Palin has picked Fairbanks as the location for her swearing-in ceremony next month.

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

Doll wins Alaska's closest House race
Democrat Andrea Doll won election to the state House of Representatives on Friday, as state elections officials counted remaining questioned and absentee ballots.

Conservationists confront state over road plan
The state Department of Transportation could be violating federal law if it awards a contract for a pioneer road north of Juneau, environmental groups said Friday.

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

Photo: No business like snow business
A large city-owned plow hurls snow in all directions, including onto a passing pickup truck, as it clears Mendenhall Loop Road of several inches of powder on Sunday in Juneau.

Photo: We have liftoff
Grant Ainsworth launches into the air Sunday as he sleds over a pile of snow on a hill next to Floyd Dryden Middle School. Dozens of sled-riding children and their parents gathered at the hill to take advantage of the softer landings on fresh snowfall.

Senate OKs bills to stymie gay benefits
Members of the state Senate on Sunday followed through on what their counterparts in the House of Representatives did last week, continuing to advance two bills to fight employment benefits for partners of gay state employees.

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

James Welch
Juneau resident James Wesley Welch, 45, died Nov. 12, 2006, in Juneau.

Edward Hildebrand
Juneau resident Edward Stephen Hildebrand, 80, died Nov. 14, 2006, in Tacoma, Wash.

Duncan Robertson
Former Juneau resident Duncan Robertson, 90, died Oct. 12, 2006, at his residence in Bellevue, Wash. of stomach cancer.

Alice Kendall
Douglas resident Alice Kendall, 95, died Nov. 15, 2006, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Alvhild Lowell
Longtime Juneau resident Olvheld "Hildie" Lowell, 83, died Nov. 16, 2006, in Lacey, Wash.

Phillip Dawes
Longtime Juneau resident Phillip Dawes, 83, died Nov. 16, 2006, in Billings, Mont.

Alaska editorial: Beware of the silent disease
The good news might be that we are losing weight; the bad news is that it might not be because thinking about exercise has had the effect we hoped. It doesn't work that way; thinking isn't doing, and without exercising, thinking is not enough reason for weight loss.

Time to get hot about global warming
Enough is enough. There are more important issues that needed to be stated than if the Hooligan should be inserted in the Juneau Empire.

Time to dissolve the city of Fairbanks?
There's no escaping it. The outcome of the Oct. 3 Fairbanks city election that upended the comparatively harmonious conducting of city finances has got some people wondering whether the city shouldn't just go the way of springtime ice on the Chena River.

Toe Toon

Alaska needs new bumper sticker
Remember the bumper sticker: "Alaska, Where Men are Men and Women Win the Iditarod?"

Outside editorial: Ending hunger - by renaming it, that is
The Agriculture Department has taken what you might call the Scarlett O'Hara approach to Americans without enough to eat: It will never call them hungry again. Rumbling stomachs? Malnourishment? That's not hunger, the department says. It's experiencing "very low food security."

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

Outsiders: Brady Ingledue
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Outdoors Digest

Christmas comes early at Eaglecrest
Things are going downhill fast, and it's all happening much earlier than expected.

Poison can be nutritious, at least for deer
This summer, I watched a Sitka black-tailed deer browsing in the alpine. The young buck with velvety spike antlers bent to nip the heart-shaped leaves off a low-growing lily, then ambled over to a poisonous plant called false hellebore and ate the spike of white flowers off the top.

Alaska trappers learn to respect their targets
It's no secret that many Alaskans pride themselves for their rugged individualism, and part of this independence comes from the ability to be self-sufficient by hunting, fishing and living off the land.

Pilot Invitational results

JDHS takes 2nd at home tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team faced its toughest competition of the season Friday and Saturday en route to the Brandon Pilot Invitational at home.

Crimson Bears even record with two wins
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team won both its contests with Kenny Lake before it even stepped on the ice.

Charles Boozer signs with Iowa State
Charles Boozer, brother of Utah Jazz forward and Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer, singed a National Letter of Intent on Thursday to play basketball for Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

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.

Boozer in bloom
Whenever former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball standout-turned-NBA star, Carlos Boozer, takes the court, it seems like every Alaskan within 100 miles is there.

House votes to challenge courts on state benefits
The state House essentially thumbed its nose at a court order to provide state employment benefits for gay couples and adjourned a special session Friday.

Alaska Digest
The M/V Taku will add a stop in Hoonah when it departs from Juneau on Saturday night for its regularly scheduled southern run to Ketchikan and Prince Rupert, the state Transportation Department announced.

Ninilchik given fishing priority
Ninilchik residents have traditional fishing rights on the upper Kenai River and surrounding waters, the Federal Subsistence Board has determined - a decision that could curtail opportunities for sport anglers in the state's most popular fisheries.

Alaska Republicans defend earmark use
Alaska's two senior Republicans are steadfast in defending their use of earmarks, where lawmakers insert funding for pet projects into legislation, despite some polls showing it was a major issue for voters in midterm elections that put congressional Republicans in the minority.

For Natives, Thanksgiving a celebration of bounty
David Smith was newly arrived to the North Slope village of Nuiqsut when the former upstate New Yorker cooked up a couple of turkeys and vat of chili for the Eskimo community's annual Thanksgiving dinner.

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

Homer Electric sets deal on Healy coal plant
Homer Electric Association said it has reached an agreement with the state to restart the Healy Clean Coal Project.

Northwest Digest
Circle man sentenced in friend's death, Sex offenders to take lie detector tests, Dillingham cab driver charged with murder & A warmer Washington could become rainier

Snowmachines legal on Bethel streets
A new ordinance allowing snowmachines and four-wheelers on city streets has police and health workers worried that vehicle crashes will become more deadly this winter.

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

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