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Monday, November 21, 2005

Wage age

Healthy eating
Potato chips, candy bars and caffeinated sodas are, without a doubt, primary staples in most workplace vending machines.

Weighty celebrations
The average American will consume more than 4,500 calories in one meal this holiday season, according to the Atlanta-based Calorie Control Council.

Plan ahead

Why must we sacrifice a lake?
If the tailings aren't toxic, like Mr. DeWitt states in his recent My Turn (Empire, Nov. 15), then why does Kensington insist on dumping them in the lake?

Little stewardship from Sealaska
The article on the timber situation at Sealaska in the Tuesday edition of the Empire makes it clear the corporation has practiced little in the way of sustainable harvest, value-added processing or true stewardship of the land. Sounds to me like they've reaped exactly what they've sown. Why would the Forest Service, Congress or the general public have any interest in promoting this short-sightedness by granting Sealaska higher-value allotments or control over the management of Tongass timber?

Let Iraqis sort it out
As a veteran (Army medic '70-73), I am sickened by the continued willingness of our congressional delegation to support the immoral war in Iraq.

Trashed trailheads
Over the years I have tried to pick up litter at the numerous trailheads around Juneau. The Windfall Lake trailhead was a disaster; so I ventured out to clean it up, and it turned out to be a major undertaking.

Bank closure a stake in Hoonah's heart
I recently saw a copy of an article from the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Nov. 6, entitled "Alaska Pacific Bank branch closures shock Hoonah, Yakutat."

50 years of Marlboro
On Nov. 5, the Phillip Morris USA Inc. celebrated its Marlboro's 50th year in existence. To wrap up this year's promotion, they planned to hallmark this occasion by hiring famous bands to play in 49 major cities.

Careful with the BB gun
A new kid fad in Juneau is a product called an "Airsoft Gun." It fires a plastic BB at a supposedly safe velocity.

Here are more dividend glitches
While filing for my dividend in March 2004, I also filed for my children's dividend. They were all done at the same time, all online.

Not really so-called exemption abuses
The article titled "Seniors fear loss of city tax breaks" (Empire, Nov. 18) was so typical of today's government, whether it be here in Haines, there in Juneau or nationwide.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

To live and fly in L.A.
The Los Angeles Clippers are 8-2 in the National Basketball Association's Pacific Division, and off to the best start in franchise history thanks to a flashy backcourt and a quiet, superstar power forward.

Torrential rains break city record
Record rainfall at the end of the workweek left some city and state employees working overtime this weekend.

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

Stoked on saunas
Some can still remember a time when all the world's problems could be solved in a sweltering room on a Saturday night, when visiting the Douglas sauna was a highlight of their week.

Prices for halibut hit new heights
If there was ever any doubt that Lower 48 consumers are willing to pay a premium for Alaskan halibut, it was shattered in Juneau this year.

Images from another time: The prospect of oil wealth, 1973
Governor William Egan examines Alaska newspapers in his Capitol office after calling a special legislature session in October 1973.

Photo: Honoring the fallen
Blaine Smith, a maintenance worker at the Capitol, raises an Alaska flag above the building Friday in honor of Staff Sgt. Stephan J. Sutherland, killed Nov. 12 in Iraq.

Empire Editorial: Share the wealth
Southeast Alaska Native leaders who gathered for a Juneau summit last week raised a good question: Why shouldn't the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. share the wealth if and when oil starts flowing from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

Alaska Editorial: A new vision for our forests and our future
Forest resources are vital to the future of Alaska and all its people. In Southeast Alaska, after fishing, forests provide the most private jobs.

We must reject call to elect judges
When Alaska courts issue a controversial decision, some who disagree with the ruling almost inevitably complain that it wouldn't have happened if the state's judges were elected.

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

Leaving no trace
One of the things Harry Tullis loves about living in Southeast Alaska is the nearby wilderness, he said last week before leaving for a deer hunting trip on Admiralty Island.

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 wrestlers delight the home crowd
Victories are always nice for the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team

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.

Pilot Tournament results
from this weekend...

JDHS takes the Pilot Tournament
Juneau-Douglas High School captured the Brandon Pilot Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

Mushing champ ponders future with one less finger
Some have identified Cohoe musher Lance Mackey as having the team to beat this winter, but a recent amputation could point to an uncertain future.

Gravel-laying is 1st step in long-discussed road
A long-proposed northern route into Denali National Park and Preserve will take shape as soon as this spring when the Department of Transportation plans to lay gravel for the road's first five miles.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Proposal to reopen boarding schools prompts rural debate
Boarding schools in Alaska date to the 19th century and were mostly phased out 30 years ago.

Alaska's dental health aides face opposition in Washington
For Wynita Lee, an Inupiaq Eskimo in the small village of Shungnak, a trip to the dentist for her children and grandchildren was anything but easy.

UA puts land next to refuge up for sale
The University of Alaska may sell 200 acres next to Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge after being approached by a potential buyer who wants to use the property for wetlands mitigation.

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

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

State's turnover rate at 12 percent
A study by the Alaska Division of Personnel shows the turnover rate for state employees was 12 percent between January and June.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Domestic market for black cod is up
Commercial fishermen from Alaska to California used to rely on the Japanese market to buy up tons of black cod, but sales to Japan are down 40 percent this season as that country's economy has lagged.

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