Wednesday, December 20, 2006

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.

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.

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.

Upon further review
further review

Consider Sealaska committee proposal
Recently, the Sealaska Corp. held a meeting to inform shareholders of the upcoming annual meeting where we will vote on three resolutions.

Empire should be ashamed of article
I have known John MacKinnon for 40 years. I am proud to be able to call him a friend and colleague.

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."

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).

Be careful about unfounded accusations
I am sorry that Mr. Swanston has seen recruitment literature defaced and destroyed (Dec. 14, Juneau Empire).

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...

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.

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?

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

Photo: Waiting for a White Christmas
Pedestrians walk Tuesday across the rain-soaked Front Street in downtown Juneau.

Avalanche Dog to the Rescue
Milo barked and jumped. The border collie was frantic about something.

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

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

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.

Longtime hospital CEO Bob Valliant dies at 64
Robert "Bob" Valliant, longtime chief executive officer of Bartlett Regional Hospital, died early Tuesday after a battle with cancer, the hospital announced. He was 64.

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

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

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

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

Photos: 'The Old Woman of the Tides'
Primary students of Mendenhall River Community School performed the Tlingit legend "The Old Woman of the Tides" Dec. 13 in the Mendenhall River Community School gym.

Prescription drug coverage enrollment ends Dec. 31
Senior citizens over 65 have until Dec. 31 to enroll in the Medicare Prescription Drug Program without penalty - the coverage would begin Jan. 1.

Would you rather be right or be happy?
I was in the stores this weekend-lots of people wandering around trying to find gifts, many as bemused and overwhelmed (and probably frustrated) as I was.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for supporting our performances & Former weather crewman remembers Don Drew

Pets of the week
Optimistic pets available at the Humane Society

Photo: Kitka wins lifetime achievment award
Roberta Kitka, of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka, was honored with the Theda New Breast Lifetime Achievement Award during White Bison's sixth annual Wellbriety Conference, held Oct. 27-29 in Denver.

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

Rebecca Morris
Juneau resident Rebecca Chidlaw Morris died the first week in December 2006 in Juneau. She was 54.

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.

Jenny Elizabeth Jack
Former Juneau resident Jenny "JB" Elizabeth Jack died Dec. 16, 2006, in Angoon. She was 31.

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Holding or hooking?
DocWater's Pub player John Caouette's stick is underneath the arm of Play It Again Sports' Thomas Sciaccotta during a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A game at Treadwell Arena on Sunday.

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.

Yakutat opens season with win
The Yakutat boys basketball team opened its season over the weekend by winning the Mount St. Elias Tournament at home.

Court enforces benefits deadline
The Alaska Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state to offer benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees by the Jan. 1 deadline it had earlier set, refusing to delay the implementation of benefits any further.

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

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.

Anderson swaps lawyers
State Rep. Tom Anderson, who faces seven federal felony charges, has hired a new lawyer.

This Day in History
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Former Ketchikan publisher dies at 95
Paul S. "Bud" Charles, former owner and publisher of the Ketchikan Daily News, has died. He was 95.

Alaska Digest
Gasline lawsuits to be dismissed, Anchorage mayor touts wireless city & Report: Coast Guard regs for Cook Inlet inadequate

Sen. McGuire joins bipartisan coalition
State Sen. Lyda Green, R-Wasilla, who is in line to be Senate president as head of a bipartisan coalition, has announced that Sen.-elect Lisel McGuire, R-Anchorage, has joined the majority coalition.

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.

Federal funds may cut seine fleet
Federal money could reduce the commercial fishing fleet in Southeast Alaska next year.

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

Photo: One last homecoming
Maj. Mark Collins, right, bends down to eye level to talk with his 2-year-old son Zachary, left, as he joins his wife, Genny, and 4-year-old son, John, after collecting his bag Tuesday morning as the final flight of soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry returns to Fort Wainwright.

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

Retiree data stolen
Aetna health-care benefits company, which has managed accounts for 68,000 State of Alaska retirees, has notified 660 of them that their personal data has been stolen.

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