Train to gain

Keep it clean: Strive to keep your work life germ-free
Dr. Charles Gerba, co-author of "The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu: Guerrilla Tactics to Keep Yourself Healthy at Home, at Work and in the World" (HCI, $11.95) advises workers to be prepared with germ-killing products this flu season.

Give and take

Sick daze
The message boards on are full of cold and flu remedies. From gargling with baking soda to doing yoga positions, flu sufferers feel compelled to pass their bits of cold-fighting wisdom on to anyone who will listen.

Yule be sorry: Don't wreck your work reputation at holiday soiree
The holidays are wrought with holiday parties and offsite work engagements that require employees to distinguish the vague line between what's appropriate for work and what's appropriate for a holiday party. While there is certainly no shortage of tales about Rick from marketing having one too many cocktails and dancing on the table, knowing the ins and outs of these engagements is a necessity.

Critics lack research
Facts may be presented with spins, especially when combined with politics and media. The spin of comparing Iraq to Vietnam is meant to foster attitudes of "America's failure."

Pollution rules critical
I am writing to express how thoroughly disappointed I am by the amount of coverage you have given to the possible changes to DEC regulations on mixing zones.

APOC disappoints
If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't have believed it. I attended the recent Metcalfe versus Stevens hearing as the Alaska Public Offices Commission board totally blew off the sworn testimony of Adak Fisheries owner Kjetil Solberg...

No ties between Iraq and al-Qaida lead to dubious war claims
It seems there may have been some improprieties in this Iraq business.

Hatchery sustainable
In response to Kathleen Menke's letter of Dec. 7 referring to Skagway's proposed hatchery, I find it discouraging that Ms. Menke would write such a letter without seemingly to have done her homework.

Sell-off is disaster for public lands
Bob Barbee's comments in his My Turn (Dec. 9) regarding selling off public lands were right on target.

Not enough hours in the day at rink
At midnight, hockey players finish the last game of the evening at Treadwell Arena.

Photo: Lively display
Glenn Mitchell greets viewers dressed as a Roman soldier at a live nativity display on Dec. 9 at the Christ Lutheran Church.

Juneau teacher to talk about China experiences
During her three trips to China in the last three years, Juneau teacher Bridget Smith has discovered a simple way to engage her hosts: make eye contact and simply say "Ni hao" (hello).

Dancing in honor
Miranda Worl, 8, a member of the Auke Bay and Mendenhall River Tlingit Dancers performs on Saturday during a ceremony to present two painted Tlingit panels that will be hung at the Auke Bay Shelter next summer.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Skaters in sync
Amber White, 8, skates with the Juneau Skating Club's Synchro Team during their performance Sunday at the Treadwell Arena.

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

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

Bonnie Lee Nelson
Longtime Juneau resident, Bonnie Lee (Hulse) Nelson, 74, died Dec. 8, 2005, in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Public offices commission does the job, but has its limits
It's not every week the Alaska Public Offices Commission fines the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president of the Senate in back-to-back meetings.

Empire editorial: Build unneeded wing later to make way for an auditorium
Some supporters of a second high school in the Mendenhall Valley are feeling betrayed. The auditorium that swung their votes in favor of the Dimond Park project now has an uncertain fate.

My turn: Marijuana bill is off the mark
I am writing in regards to the article "Governor set to push anti-marijuana legislation again" that was published Dec. 9. I would just like to comment on the ignorance established behind these ideas.

Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Snow report
As of Friday, there was 1 foot of snow at the base and three 3 feet at the top at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Beat the Cold
If enjoying the winter as well as surviving until spring is one of your wildly important goals for the next few months, success could depend on how you dress.

Outdoors Digest

Crimson Bears seek to end title drought
One look at the pennants adorning the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium speaks volumes about the winning tradition of Crimson Bears' boys basketball

Rough debut for the Bears
Loud sellout crowds greet Juneau-Douglas as Tri-Valley earns pair of victories

JDHS wrestlers advances to title round of tourney
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team advanced to the championship pool of the South Anchorage Duals Tournament on Saturday and took fourth.

Floyd Dryden captures Boys A championship
Floyd Dryden captured the Boys A title at the Fastbreak Club / Rebounders Club Tournament Saturday with a 63-41 win over Nome.

In Thursday's edition of the sports section, there was an error in the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey preview story.

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.

Wedding bells and fisticuffs at Marlintini's
Roughhouse Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge kicked off with wedding bells instead of fighters ringing each other's bell as Rooney Hasselquist and the former Jamiann Parduhn exchanged marital vows before the start of Friday's 10-bout card.

Class 1-2-3A State Wrestling results
from last weekend

Juneau-Douglas Wrestling Results

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 hockey box scores

As fishing fleet grays, newcomers find price of entry high
For what it's going to cost Justin Peeler to elbow his way into Southeast Alaska's fishing fleet, he could have gone to Harvard Medical School. Twice.

The Legislature's quiet guy: Kookesh
In a new legislative session that could turn into a bloodbath of politics and money, it could be interesting to watch Albert Kookesh.

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

Alaska welcomes soldiers home
In the corner of a building as large as an aircraft hangar, Maria Dudley waited for her husband to return from a yearlong deployment in Iraq.

Broadcast Pioneer
At a time in his life when many men relax in a rocking chair, communications pioneer Augie Hiebert has become a Pied Piper of the future of broadcast education in public schools.

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

Fisheries council rejects quotas for charter boats
A federal fisheries council voted 8-3 Friday night to rescind its controversial plan to regulate Alaska's halibut charter fleet in the same fashion as commercial halibut longliners - with individual fishing quotas.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Alaska Digest
Energy giant plans to spend $800 million on Alaska projects

Photo: Teddy bear cleanup
University of Alaska Fairbanks Student Athletic Advisory Committee members Jenna Jones, left, and Lexi Black pick up a teddy bear from the ice of the Carlson Center on Saturday in Fairbanks.

Gov. Murkowski's re-election chances difficult to predict
The governor's race is less than a year away and pollsters say November approval ratings for Gov. Frank Murkowski are second-lowest in the country. But Murkowski, who has yet to say if he'll seek re-election, said he's confident that if he decides to run, he'll win.

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