On the rise
When it comes to cities with the highest rates of job growth, commercial powerhouses such as New York or Los Angeles may come to mind.

Upon further review
further review

From voodoo to booze, office gift-giving never a snooze
Some may debate whether it's better to give or to receive when it comes to holiday gifts among colleagues.

Chill out
With more and more demands being placed on today's employees, it's no wonder that workers are more stressed out than ever before.

Bush puts the rich and powerful first
A democratic president should put his people and his country's opinion, future, and life before his own.

Descendants eligible for scholarships
I want to thank Reginald Marvin for sharing his opinion on the Sealaska Corp.'s descendent resolution (Dec. 15, Juneau Empire).

Palin deserves a round of applause
Congratulations and thanks to the new Palin administration. Several of our nation's newspapers including the New York Times and Houston Chronicle (Dec. 15) featured an article titled, "Alaska's governor keeps promise; dumps predecessor's jet."

Cut-off date doesn't cut out Native blood
I am an original Sealaska shareholder, and I own 100 shares and another 100 shares from my brother when he passed on. Like everyone else, I will be giving them to my family in my will when I die.

Anti-war group is needed for balance
Andy Swanston's letter in Thursday's Juneau Empire, "Anti-war group's methods shameful," takes a superficial look at the group Veterans for Peace.

Veterans for Peace shows need for military
Two things will happen without young men and women volunteering to serve in the military: To ensure domestic tranquility and provide for the common defense, Congress would eventually require a certain age group to serve a military term...

Ferry system should be made a priority
Gov. Sarah Palin needs to make improving the Alaska Marine Highway System a priority and keep Berners Bay from being a dumping ground.

Geldhof's background needed to be reported
For some time, the Juneau Empire has been running stories about Juneau access and the Lynn Canal Highway.

Is Colberg right for attorney general?
I fell off the couch when I read about Sarah Palin's choice for attorney general. What is she thinking? Seriously?

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

Marathoner promotes health for the long run
At 69, pediatrician George Brown believes in good health for life; and not just his own health, but that of others.

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

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

The date of the holiday brass ensemble concert sponsored by the Sitka Fine Arts Camp was listed under the wrong date in Sunday's Around Town.

Young students join in the band
The music teacher tells the children to turn to the song "Hard Rock Blues."

Photo: Deck the halls
Asha Falcon, an employee at Annie Kail's, hangs ornaments Monday on a tree at the store. There are only six more shopping days until Christmas.

Lawman from Arizona to be new assistant police chief
The Juneau Police Department has hired a new assistant police chief from Arizona.

Photo: A frosty memorial
A snowman takes up residence Sunday at Evergreen Cemetery.

Hanukkah brings families together
A small pile of foil-wrapped chocolate coins sit on a table between a group of boys. One of the boys, a 15-year-old, picks up a wooden top called a dradle and sends it spinning across the table.

Photo: Balancing the holiday workload
Teresa Walden, left, is helped Monday by Christy Baseden at the U.S. Postal Service office in downtown Juneau.

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

Wilna 'Billie' Scott
Juneau resident Wilna "Billie" Scott, 91, died Dec. 16, 2006, in Juneau. A full obituary will follow at a later date.

Loraine McGregory
Former Juneau resident Loraine Hall McGregory, 88, died Nov. 19, 2006, at Sue's Sourdough Assisted Living Home in Anchorage due to heart failure.

Alaska editorial: Alaskans deserve an identity theft bill
Laws will go on the books this month in five additional states to help protect consumers from identity theft.

Alaska editorial: Jobs need workers
Anyone who has scanned the help-wanted ads in recent years knows that nurses and other health care workers are in high demand. There's good money to be made, but the jobs aren't for everyone.

My turn: No shortage of halibut, only parity
Both Alaska halibut and Alaska oil are public resources. Alaska halibut, like Alaska oil, is owned by the people of Alaska.

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.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League standings
Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League

Hinkley, Bausler inducted into JDHS hall of fame
Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Chris Hinkley and Kanaan Bausler were inducted into the Crimson Bears' athletic hall of fame last week at the team's annual banquet.

Crimson Bears' JV roar past Homer at home
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball junior varsity team made an impressive home debut with a pair of routs over visiting Homer.

Bill aims to raise school drop-out age by two years
The age at which a student is allowed to drop out of school would be pushed back by two years under a bill spearheaded by an Anchorage lawmaker and the school district.

Russian imports cut crab prices
The Costco king-crab legs are thick and meaty. But the real lure is the price: At $10.99 per pound, they are a quick sell to holiday-season shoppers.

Northwest Digest
UAF receives grant for fisheries school, Fairbanks man pleads no contest to rape & Funeral planned for Alaska-based soldier

Former governor takes post with Canadian firm
Former Alaska Gov. Steve Cowper has a new job with a Canadian energy services and engineering firm.

Theater saved from destruction
The historic 4th Avenue Theatre in Anchorage is facing a brighter future instead of the wrecking ball.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Police seek suspect in sexual assault, Parks committee announces vacancy, Vessel safety training offered to fishermen, SEARHC expects pharmacy delays & Christian college wins back federal dollars

Fairbanks faced with particulate problem
Alaska's second largest city is facing an air quality problem, again.

Alaska prepares for pandemic flu
The state has covered a lot of ground but still has a long way to go before Alaska's more than 320 communities are fully prepared to handle an outbreak of pandemic flu, say public health officials.

University of Alaska one of dozens hit by hackers
Universities have become attractive targets for hackers who are taking advantage of the openness of the schools' networks, their decentralized security and the personal information they keep on millions of young adults.

At some Alaska stores, Rudolph is the present
Bob Hicks is taking a uniquely Alaskan gift to a Christmas party in New York City: hot and mild sausages made with reindeer meat.

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