Earn it
Looking to change your schedule to spend more time with your family?

Open negotiations
If you are being downsized out of a job or if you've heard rumors of an impending layoff, tell your human resource representative that you'd like some help finding your next job.

Moving target
Moving to a new city for a job can be both stressful and exciting, and considering the current corporate consolidations and climate of mergers, acquisitions and buy-outs, more people than ever are relocating based on their employment.

Road will damage Berners Bay ecosystem
Well, we just heard that bids submitted to build a "pioneer road" to Slate Cove are in the neighborhood of twice what state engineers estimated. It begs the question of what the eventual costs of building the entire road to a new ferry terminal at Katzehin would be.

Snow removers were real champions
The real champions during this past snow time were the people who provided incredible services and were on the streets with the shovels and trucks and scoops. It really was rather awesome to observe these wonderful workers at all hours of the day and night.

State wastes money by building the road
It is very disappointing that our lame-duck governor wants to throw another $30 million of our money into the bottomless pit called the East Lynn Canal Road. That money could be better used to fund ferry service between Juneau, Haines and Skagway perpetually.

There's no such thing as humane trapping
Just as there is no such thing as humane slaughter, there also is no such thing as humane trapping. This is a barbaric practice that ends in suffering and torture of many animals. True, respect for any animal would be to let it live and respect its right to live.

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

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

Photo: Light up the night
The Douglas Community Christmas tree was lit Friday by Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho. The 40-foot spruce tree next to the Douglas Community United Methodist Church was decorated by the Douglas 4th of July Committee.

Photo: A caroling we will go
Opera To Go members sing Christmas carols Saturday at Centennial Hall during the 24th annual Public Market. More than 170 vendors are attending the event. The market runs through today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Snow machine riders happy to have snowmobiling governor
The past few weeks have been great for Juneau snow machine riders. First the snow started, then one of their own got elected governor.

Photo: All together now
Girls Scout Troop 36 leader, Mary Noreen, far left and Troop 24 leader Sondra Meredith far right lead their girl scouts in singing Christmas Carols during the Douglas Community United Methodist Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.

Second bids considered for pioneer road
Southeast Road Builders trimmed $47.3 million off its initial bid for the Upper Lynn Canal Highway pioneer road, making the Haines-based contractor low bidder in the competition for a state contract.

Millions earmarked for Alaska stalled in Congress
Congress appears unlikely to pass any more spending bills in the current session, leaving millions of dollars of earmarks written by Alaska's Republicans to be judged in negotiations controlled by Democrats next year.

Empire editorial: Poorly planned road not a legacy worth leaving
State road planners swallowed an ugly dose of reality earlier this week when bids for a Juneau access pioneer road came in at double the state's estimate.

Toe Toon

Alaska editorial: Praise to the Native Medical Center for its smoking ban
Smoking is unhealthy. It makes people sick. It kills people. So it makes sense that the Alaska Native Medical Center would ban smoking anywhere in its buildings, on its grounds and in its parking lots. The Tudor Road complex went completely smoke-free last week.

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

Outsiders: Deb and Brian Spicer
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Outdoors section.

Juneau is back in the race
Juneau resident Deborah Bicknell sold her dog team two years ago and planned on retiring from mushing after 47 years in the sport.

Biological odd couples: Plants are more social than they look
We all learn in high school biology that land plants draw nutrients and water from the soil, and their green pigments use the carbon from carbon dioxide in the air to build carbohydrates in a process known as photosynthesis.

Five from Juneau are ready for greatness
Today the selection committee of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame will convene and discuss who should be in its inaugural class.

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.

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

Pastor to PETA: we're people, not animals
The pastor at Anchorage First Free Methodist Church was mystified.

Alaska Digest
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has set a Dec. 8 deadline for submitting proposals to be considered at upcoming Board of Game and Joint Board of Fisheries and Game meetings.

Mail changes lead to grumbles in North Slope
Mike Shults pushed an empty grocery cart down a chilly aisle at the largest grocery store in town.

Fears sparked over oil road
Deadhorse and Barrow will be linked for the first time this winter thanks to a 240-mile snow-packed road being constructed by ConocoPhillips.

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