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.

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.

Train to gain

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.

Give and take

No authorization of war
I decided to take Mr. Michael Heiman at his word when he stated that he wants to instigate rational discussion about the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

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

Mining mistatements
It is very difficult to stay silent while the Southeast Alaska Conservation Coalition and other environmental agencies make blanket misstatements of the facts. These agencies choose words that misguide the reader.

Marijuana is not a source of aggression
Thanks so much for covering the governor's renewed efforts to overturn the court decision to allow adults to possess marijuana for personal use.

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."

Strange advertising
I guess I have too much time to think about stuff. Is it just me or does anyone else wonder why Pike's Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks is "proudly" sponsoring ads for the "fair and balanced" Fox news network that GCI Cable is running on CNN?

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.

Assembly rejects mixing zone proposal
The Juneau Assembly on Monday unanimously voted to oppose the state's proposal to allow pollution mixing zones in fish spawning streams.

Survey explains why voters axed sales-tax plans
A $26 million aquatic center proposal had "too many bells and whistles," and a plan to renovate Juneau International Airport was too confusing to voters in October, according to a citywide survey.

City retools wish list for Legislature
The Juneau Assembly wants local transportation projects back on a list of state construction priorities.

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).

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

Overnight dumping creates thrift shop headaches
Not a dumping ground: Salvation Army Thrift Store Manager Henry James examines a mattress, couch and a child's bike Monday in front of the store on Willoughby Avenue.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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

Photo: Finals week at UAS
University of Alaska Southeast sophomore Rachel Rivera sits comfortably Monday as she works on her humanities term paper in the Egan Library.

Lazzette M. Ohman-Shearer
Juneau resident Lazzette M. Ohman-Shearer, 86, died Dec. 11, 2005, in her home.

Georgette T. Light
Former Juneau resident Georgette T. Light (Davis), 49, died Dec. 3, 2005, in Haines.

Helen S. Burns-Logan
Anchor Point resident, Helen S. Burns-Logan, 76, died Dec. 5, 2005, due to complications from a brain tumor at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer.

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.

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.

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

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

Sports in Juneau

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.

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

Regents OK center for cold climate construction
The new federal transportation bill provided more than just bridge and road money for Alaska.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

Anchorage man charged with murdering girlfriend
An Anchorage man has been charged with killing his girlfriend at their apartment and transporting the body to a remote beach on the Kenai Peninsula.

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.

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.

Alcohol likely had role in pedestrian accidents
Alcohol was suspected as a factor in half of the 31 fatal collisions over five years between motorists and walkers or bicyclists in Anchorage, according to a new state report.

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.

Alaska Digest
In anticipation of soldiers from the Juneau-based Army National Guard unit coming home from service in Iraq early next year, about 70 spouses attended special training last weekend in Anchorage to help make the return easier.

Alaska's sickly health rating deteriorates
Limited access to prenatal care, low immunization rates and a high prevalence of smoking caused Alaska to drop six spots in a ranking of the nation's healthiest states released Monday.

Images from another time: Hickel's first term, 1966
Former Gov. Walter Hickel works in his office in the Capitol circa 1966. Hickel was governor from 1966 to 1969 and 1990 to 1994.

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