Book 'em: Career-themed tomes make great gifts for those looking for a job-related jolt
Whether you're searching for a last-minute gift for a career-challenged friend or looking for some post-holiday reading to get you prepared for your all-out assault on the job market in 2006, here are 20 books that should act as a catalyst toward landing a new job.

Arts not forgotten by students
Sometimes in the process of educating children or leaving no child behind, the arts are forgotten. Recently I attended a memorial service for a retired teacher.

Even Start needs full funding
I am writing in regards to the full funding of the Even Start Program. This program educates the community.

Stevens should listen to Americans
We all know that Sen.Ted Stevens badly wants to pass legislation to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Go south if you want bridges
Sen. Ted Stevens,R-Alaska, threatens the U.S. Senate and American citizens if the proposed bridge projects didn't get funded, he would resign.

Life jackets also saved duck hunterss
Wearing a life jacket (PFD) before their boat capsized was the smartest move our young duck hunters made in assuring their safety and yet this was not mentioned in your article of Dec. 16.

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

Troubled Birds
A small bird that swims and feeds like a penguin in the icy water around glaciers is taking a dangerous nosedive in coastal Alaska.

Christmas tree lights up downtown wharf area
Downtown has a new Christmas focal point this year.

Internet fraud schemes grow
There's at least one important reason people still get e-mails promising financial reward for help in getting money out of Africa.

Photo: Afternoon of a duck
A male specimen of Bucephala clangula, or goldeneye, swims through reflected afternoon sunlight Sunday along the Douglas waterfront.

Photographer to cut back Web site
Juneau photographer Pat Costello has run since 1997, posting a Southeast Alaska photo every other day and drawing more than 1.5 million hits a month.

A Christmas kind of smile
Kolbe Rinehart, 2, shows he is not shy in front of a camera while his older brother, Devin, 5, demurs as they have their pictures taken at the DNA LifePrint Child Safety Program on Saturday at Honda Hut Team Toyota.

Photo: A Christmas harvest
Brian Fairchild and Alida Bus pull a cut tree out of a meadow Sunday along the Eaglecrest Road.

Girl Scouts kick off toy drive for teens
A group of Juneau girls is proving that anyone can make a difference with a little bit of work.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Legislators plan to delve into road, bridge spending
Two House Republicans don't plan to waste any time before diving into debate over the state's two controversial bridge projects.

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

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

Rita (Jerue) Ihitcaga
Juneau resident Rita (Jerue) Ihitcaga died Dec. 13, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital following complications froJuneau resident Rita (Jerue) Ihitcaga died Dec. 13, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital following complications from heart disease.m heart disease.

Alaska editorial: Don't wait until more disasters happen
Enough dithering. It has been a year since the Selendang Ayu ran aground in the Aleutians and showed Alaskans the hazards posed by heavy shipping traffic in the region.

My Turn: Cascade Point ferries deserve a serious look
A few months back Robin Taylor floated the idea that our northern ferry terminus should be moved to Cascade Point, just past Echo Cove. His idea was to run two conventional ferries on shuttle service between Cascade Point and Haines and Skagway. These ferries would run on regular daily schedules, and the northerly terminal location would make maximum use of our existing road system. Such a system would substantially reduce marine highway operating costs, result in quick, more predictable service and provide much greater vehicle and freight capacity than fast ferry service.

My Turn: Do not take yet another benefit from older Alaskans
It has recently been reported that there are local officials with influence that would like to see the senior citizen sales tax exemption eliminated.

Empire Editorial: Charter IFQs need to be renegotiated
A nyone who hangs around a Southeast Alaska harbor for long sees them coming and going constantly in summer, the giddy visitors who plunked down enough cash for a real Alaska experience and a nice, big charter-caught halibut to take home.

Alaska editorial: Give people math on the proposed gas line
Just a few years ago, state production tax and royalty revenues from the proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline were estimated at $400 million a year.

time flies in the winter for some anglers
Winter days provide ample time for anglers to relive their summer glory and daydream about the bounties of spring.

Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Some special events in Juneau natural history
Surrounded as we are by a variety of habitats and wildlife, it is easy for a curious naturalist to get distracted. There are, however, some special events in our local natural history that warrant particular attention.

Outdoors Digest
Staff and Wire reports

There was an error in Friday's story about the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team.

JDHS 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.

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 stifles Lathrop in title contest
Strong defense led to a championship victory in the 26th Annual Cougar Tip-Off Tournament for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team on Saturday.

Skol! Juneau Reign to play in Norway Cup
This summer, soccer teams from 32 countries will descend on Germany to participate in the world's most popular sporting event - the World Cup.

Curry, Moulton win Eaglecrest scholarships
The Eaglecrest Ski Area Board of Directors announced Friday that Marcus Moulton and Chelsea Curry won the Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarships for the 2005-2006 season.

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

Historic theater could be torn down
Fears are being raised that the historic 4th Avenue Theatre could be demolished or gutted now that the building has a prospective new owner.

Photo: Explorer passes the century mark
Legendary musher and Antarctic explorer Norman Vaughan, left, laughs with family Saturday in South Carolina during his 100th birthday celebration.

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

Stevens defends tactics for opening up ANWR
Sen. Ted Stevens said he has no reservations about adding a provision for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to a spending bill for overseas troops and hurricane victims.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports

UA gender gap ranks second in the country
The University of Alaska's gender gap ranks second in the nation, according to findings prepared by a Fairbanks professor and presented to UA Regents.

Bridge would benefit Young in-law
A proposed $229 million bridge across Knik Arm near Anchorage could significantly increase the value of adjacent land owned in part by a son-in-law of U.S. Rep. Don Young, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Pipeline talks suspended until January
The state's team of negotiators will suspend talks with three oil companies regarding construction of a natural gas pipeline until January for a holiday break, said Gov. Frank Murkowski from his Anchorage office on Friday.

Alaskans mark solstice as turning point to spring
Lloyd Leavitt shrugs off the subzero freeze that blankets the Arctic town of Barrow each winter. It's the weeks of endless night that get to him, filling him with insatiable cravings for carbohydrates and sleep and natural light.

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