Sunday, March 13, 2011

Oil tax cut has too many impacts
I believe that Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposal to decrease the income Alaskans receive from Alaskan oil producers by an estimated $2 billion every year through a petroleum tax reduction is misguided. Recent business decisions by three major producers help us to understand how things stand.

New halibut limits start Monday
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service announced Friday it will be implementing the new halibut regulatory recommendations by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) starting Monday. NOAA states this decision is due to concerns over declining halibut stocks.

Citizens become naturalized
With reasons as different as the countries they came from, and some reasons that were the same, 13 Alaskans became United States citizens on Friday in a naturalization ceremony administered by United States Magistrate Judge Leslie Longenbaugh in U.S. District Court at the Juneau Federal Courthouse.

New class of Village Public Safety Officers graduates
The largest class of Village Public Safety Officers in recent history graduated from the Public Safety Academy in Sitka on Friday in a ceremony at the Sheet’Ka Kwaan Na’Kaa Hidi Building.

Adventurous author visits elementary schools
Adventurer and children’s author Shelley Gill told wild stories to students in the district this week in an effort to promote literacy.

Dzantik'i Heeni principal candidates interviewed
Four candidates for principal of Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School were interviewed Friday, with a community meet-and-greet Thursday.

Photo: Growing pile of snow
With one pile of snow, the Mendenhall Glacier, retreating in the background, a city employee grows another pile at the snow dump near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Friday.

Police & Fire
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New agreement between local tribes, Washington for federal child support
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes has entered an agreement with the state of Washington to provide federal tax offset services for child support orders by Tlingit and Haida Central Council’s tribal court. This Indian Nation Program Agreement for the Tribal Child Support Unit (TCSU) program is the first time the program has entered an agreement with a state to receive such federal offsets.

Writings of Juneau past
The towns of Juneau and Douglas contain a treasure of interesting history.

Adventures in babysitting
I got a chance to babysit this weekend, after a long time. It felt funny to carry the baby around on my hip — almost like toting a sack of flour. Wait, it really was a sack of flour! My sixth-grader had asked me to babysit her flour baby while she was in dance class. It brought back memories...

Warner, Godinez to wed
Sara Mae Warner of Waterford, Mich., and Alex Godinez of Port Hueneme, Calif., will marry at 11 a.m. on June 10, 2011. The ceremony will take place at The Little Chapel in Hell in Hell, Mich., followed by a reception at the Portage Yacht Club in Pickney, Mich.

Ethos and pathos
I have been living, growing and working in Douglas since July — a cheechako. My work has me living and growing with the Douglas Community United Methodist Church. This community has, as all communities have, a pathos (deep feeling of how to treat each other) and an ethos (how our behavior reflects the spiritual beings that we have become in our experience of the world). It is the foundation of a faith community.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week
Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Blowin' in the Taku Winds
Most Juneau residents spent the last weekend in February trying to avoid the hurricane-force winds blowing through town. Ryan Cortes Perez figured it would be a good time to put up his new art installation on Sandy Beach.

Senior menu
Barbecue chicken

FYI
• On March 5, 2011, a son, Haydn Bugg Hunter, weighing 7 lbs., to Heather Smith and Matt Hunter of Haines.

Wildlife Wednesday lecture to feature Emily Wall
The Alaska Wildlife Alliance-Southeast Chapter (AWA-SE) will present its March Wildlife Wednesday lecture 7 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Alaska Southeast Glacier View Room.

Planetarium to host free yoga class
A free “Yoga Under the Stars” class lead by Cynthia Pring-Ham will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Marie Drake Planetarium.

Chili fundraiser to be held by Rotaract
Rotaract’s second annual Chili Cook-off will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Red Dog Saloon. Chilis will be judged by a panel of Juneau celebrity judges, including Mayor Bruce Botelho.

Neighbors Mailbox: March 13, 2011
Thanks for the tour

BrickHouse Band heads to Juneau to heat up Shriners Ball
The Juneau-Douglas Shrine Club invites all Southeast Alaskans to show off their best dance moves and disco attire Saturday, all while raising money to help children facing serious medical issues.

Empire editorial: JSD board shouldn't kick the can of cuts down the road
The Juneau School Board will review a proposed budget Tuesday for fiscal year 2012 which takes a $4.1 million ax to the numbers in an attempt to bring expenditure projections in line with revenue expectations.

Defending marriage
Last week I was in Anchorage for a meeting and a friend of mine was the keynote speaker. He is from Baltimore and we worked together in Washington, D.C. During the course of our catching up on the details of life, we turned to the current state of affairs within our work and environment. He informed me that the Maryland State Senate had voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage and that the legislation was going before the House.

What justifies $2B a year in tax breaks?
Gov. Sean Parnell likes to cast himself as a fiscal conservative noting, “controlling spending, living within our means, and saving for the future continue to be key components of our fiscal policy”. If this is what he really believes then why is he intent on walking away from potentially $2 BILLON A YEAR in state revenues? Is it because cutting taxes is now part of the popular lexicon of fiscal conservatism? To answer this question, we must explore the reasons being touted as to why the oil companies should receive such a generous tax break.

Governor signs first bill of legislative session
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has signed the first bill of the legislative session. It allows members of the armed forces to choose which family members will act as next of kin should they die in the line of duty.

Stickup nets robbers PlayStation, pistol, money
FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers say two armed robbers held up a Fairbanks resident, taking a PlayStation 3, a .45-caliber pistol and money from a Fairbanks resident.

ADF&G announces brown bear hunt in GMU4
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced brown bear hunting season opens March 15 in Game Management Unit 4 (GMU4) with two registration hunts, RB088 and RB089. GMU 4 includes Sitka, Pelican, Elfin Cove, Hoonah, Tenakee Springs and Admiralty Island.

Forest Service to host forums on national management plans
The U.S. Forest Service is holding two separate public forums in Juneau to explain the details and intent of the recently proposed Planning Rule that will serve as a national blueprint for how all individual forest and grassland plans will chart national forest management in the coming years.

Alaska cracks down on wood boilers near school
FAIRBANKS — Alaska state officials have cited the owner of two outdoor wood boilers installed in 2008 across the street from a Fairbanks elementary school.

Man injured after jump from moving truck
A jump from a pickup truck Saturday morning injured a Juneau man, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

Tongass, Chugach forests announce IYF events
The Tongass and Chugach National Forests have announced the start of a year’s worth of events and the release of a collectible poster series to commemorate the International Year of Forests (IYF), a United Nations designation.

Juneau's employment picture brightens
Juneau’s unemployment rate remained one of the lowest in the state in January, while Alaska’s rate continued its more than two year stay below the national average, according to the Alaska Department of Labor.

Parnell, legislators point fingers on spending
Gov. Sean Parnell is predicting lawmakers will expand the budget he sent them, while House leaders who passed a $5.7 billion general fund budget last week are claiming they “tamped down” the governor’s spending plans.

Baker maintains near 2-hour lead
ANCHORAGE — Veteran John Baker seized the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on the Yukon River and extended it Saturday on the 70-mile stretch from Eagle Island to Kaltag.

Brown bears added to Alaska bait-snare program
ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Board of Game has added brown bears to a controversial snaring program designed to boost the moose population on the other side of Cook Inlet from Anchorage.

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