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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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.

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

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Tour passengers enjoy the sights but hate weather
Cruise ship passengers last summer overwhelmingly said they enjoyed their trips to Juneau but were less satisfied with the weather and the friendliness of its people, according to a McDowell Group study.

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

Photo: Winter wherry
Bethany Bereman rows her wherry Monday into Aurora Basin Boat Harbor.

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

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

Photo: Santa's helper
Mendenhall post office employee Liza Lowry scans mail Monday at the customer service counter at the post office.

Photo: Snowzilla entertains
A giant snowman dwarfs its maker, Billy Powers, center, as well as passing cars last week in Anchorage.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Community grants helping Juneau charities to expand
Community grants are bringing two local charities closer to launching projects several years in the making.

Now showing - movies in towns
"Jaws," released in 1975, was the last picture show Wrangell residents saw in a theater in town.

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.

Pavia Wald
Former Juneau resident Pavia Wald died Dec. 9, 2005, at her home in California. She was afflicted with the debilitating disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

My Turn: Alaska's judiciary system rooted in merit, not politics
Fifty years ago this month, the delegates to Alaska's Constitutional Convention in Fairbanks began debate on one of the first proposals considered for the new constitution: the Judiciary article.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Snowshoe tryouts for AWG take place Wednesday
The 2006 Arctic Winter Games are quickly approaching, and Juneau will be holding tryouts Wednesday for one of the signature events.

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.

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

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.

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.

House paves the way for ANWR drilling
House lawmakers opened the way for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and approved $29 billion for hurricane relief during an all-night session Monday bringing their legislative year to a close.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Video purportedly shows killing of U.S. hostage
A video posted by an extremist group on a Web site Monday showed a man it said was an American hostage being shot in the back of the head and claimed the victim was U.S. contractor Ronald Allen Schulz.

How much oil? Nobody really knows
President Bush calls it the most promising source of untapped oil in America and the key to greater energy independence. But how much oil is there in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

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.

Court allows prosecution for crimes on state ferries
Alaska courts can prosecute alleged crimes on the Alaska Marine Highway even when the crimes alleged are off the coast of Canada, the state Supreme Court ruled last week.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Former legislatorBinkley to run for governor
Fairbanks businessman John Binkley announced Monday he wants to be Alaska's next governor.

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

Antitrust suit filed against BP, Exxon
An antitrust lawsuit filed Monday against Exxon Mobil and BP claims the two oil giants are restricting the nation's supply of natural gas and keeping prices at record highs.

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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