Monday, July 30, 2007

Indictments may be downfall of tax
House Democrats led by Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, would like the opportunity to do what they were unable to do last year: Adopt a system that taxes oil on gross revenues, instead of a net tax on profits alone.

Are Gravina bridge backers willing to use general fund money?
When sane public officials do the math, there's a greater probability monkeys will fly across Tongass Narrows before Ketchikan residents can drive across it. If Alaskans want to update the price tag on the Gravina Island Bridge, they need look no further than the newly opened Tacoma Narrows Bridge. I

Argument against road out of Juneau doesn't hold water
Erik Lie-Nielsen's argument in his Letter to the Editor ("Tune would be different if proponents realized they had to pay for road," July 24) doesn't hold water. He, along with everyone else, is already paying for bridges, airports and highways all around the United States that many of us will never use or even see. That's the way our country is set up.

Disgusted by housing prices, 14-year resident bids goodbye to Juneau
To the Juneau I deeply love and never thought I'd leave - after 14 years of making you home - goodbye.

How about showing 'liberal' tolerance, and respect others' views?
A 30-year Alaskan, I am presently living out of state but enjoying the Juneau Empire. Juneau has always been a "liberal" town, but some of the letters to the editor I read are outlandish.

Alaska's bridge and roads to nowhere a scam on taxpayers
The state of Alaska and Ketchikan are making the $215 million bridge to nowhere a top priority for funding and construction, defying the wishes of the American taxpayers and efforts in Congress to end earmark pet projects.

Anchorage session would be hidden from public view
I am very concerned about the special session on oil taxes planned for this fall.

Fluoride campaign should stick to facts instead of razing Kane
Recently, an Anchorage public relations firm has been calling Juneau residents with a survey about water fluoridation. The survey included questions not only about fluoridation but about people's opinions about the local alternative medical community, including a specific question about Dr. Emily Kane.

Community sounds off on ATV use at Echo Cove
Worries about all-terrain vehicle use and abuse at Echo Cove have been reverberating throughout the community in recent weeks. Trespassing, vandalism, destruction of property and littering have become so rampant on Goldbelt's property that it periodically has placed security guards on its land near Echo Cove, said Bob Martin, vice president of operations for Goldbelt, Juneau's urban Native corporation.

Police question two Juneau men in counterfeit case
Juneau police said they are preparing to press charges against two local men accused of involvement in a local counterfeit ring.

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

Indictments may be downfall of tax
House Democrats led by Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, would like the opportunity to do what they were unable to do last year: Adopt a system that taxes oil on gross revenues, instead of a net tax on profits alone.

Photo: Breaking ground
Joslyn Mckown, right, plays in the dirt with her toy bulldozers while other children, from left, Sayja Bradley, Claire Engstrom, Krishant Samtami and Sahil Bathija join her on the earth mound during a Saturday afternoon groundbreaking event on the site where the future Juneau Family and Birth Center will be built.

Photos: Fair days in Haines
Sunday was the last day for the annual Southeast Alaska State Fair held at the Haines Fairground.

Nonprofits see worker shortage
Several nonprofits providing services to people with disabilities in Juneau are beginning to feel an employee shortage. "It's the worst I've seen," said Kim Champney, support services program director for REACH.

Poet finds inspiration in adversity
This morning, while many Juneau residents are still waking up, Burn Thompson will begin writing.

Around Town

Around Town

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

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Jonathan Diebels
A service celebrating Jonathan William Diebels, who died July 9, 2007, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. A reception will follow in the Hall.

My turn: The facts against fluoride
Some have claimed there is no scientific basis for the anti-fluoridation campaign.

Who will defend Alaska's U.S. reps?
Isn't anyone going to defend Alaska and Alaskans? Maybe this writer is more sensitive than most because Ketchikan keeps getting hit with that "$200 million bridge to nowhere" tag.

Outside editorial: Needing a cure for Walter Reed
It has been five months since an investigation by The Post exposed squalid conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and federal policy-makers now have no shortage of good advice on how to fix the bloat, inefficiency and indifference of the military health-care system.

Alaska Editorial: Last call for endless nights out in Mat-Su
There's a great story told of an old Mat-Su area musher who used to get well and truly drunk at some watering hole, then go outside, flop into his sled and tell his dogs to take him home before he passed out.

My turn: 'Clean elections' a bad idea
Proponents of so-called "clean elections" in Alaska are trying to sell fool's gold to voters. Supporters know their proposal looks valuable at first glance, so they are hoping to enact the measure without a close inspection. But a closer inspection reveals that what they are peddling is a sham.

Toe Toon

Alaska editorial: Irwin's outreach helps state develop, conserve
Alaska's commissioner of natural resources has had it, and who can blame him?

Outside Editorial: Bush aides need to testify
It's been said that a vice is often nothing more than a virtue taken too far, and that is certainly true of the Bush administration's use of executive privilege. Faced with a congressional inquiry into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, the president has refused to let key aides answer questions about the deliberations that led to the dismissals.

Chilkoot Trail More than a nature hike
Editor's note: Earlier this month, Juneau Empire reporter Greg Skinner hiked the 33-mile-long Chilkoot Trail from Dyea to Lake Bennett in British Columbia. The following is part two of a two-part series describing his trip to and from Chilkoot Summit. This part describes the Canadian leg of his adventure.

Chilkoot Timeline
1874: George Holt is considered the first white person to have crossed the Chilkoot Trail.

Photo: 205-pound catch
From left: Matt Turley, 14, of Pauslbo, Wash., AJ Edwards, Sarah Edwards and Zach Turley pose by a 73-inch-long, 205-pound halibut that Turley caught last Sunday near Southern Lynn Canal. It took all four to subdue the fish and get it in the boat.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Allison Point offers easy access
This is where laid-back lawn-chair urban fishing butts up against some of the best that Alaska wilderness angling has to offer.

Sports Digest
Bursell places 6th at Tour of Anchorage, Seattle's Ichiro becomes 3rd-fastest player to reach 1,500 base hits, San Francisco 49ers sign top pick Willis, Bears land DT Walker in trade with Bills, Street Sense kicks off summer season with Jim Dandy win, San Jose tops Columbus 55-33 in ArenaBowl

Juneau West falls in final
The Juneau West All Stars from the Gastineau Channel Little League came up short in their quest for a state title Sunday in Petersburg.

Juneau Jambaars win one of three games in warm-up for Alaska State Cup
The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars Under-15 boys team won one of three games at the Nike Crossfire Challenge in Redmond, Wash., on Friday and Saturday.

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.

Midsummer Night 10K and 1-mile Run results

Dual winners at 25th annual mountain run
For Keith Larsen and Geoff Roes, the first shall be first and the last shall also be first.

Juneau breaks out the bats to win state championship
After winning Thursday's opening game of the best-of-three Alaska State Little League Junior Softball Tournament, the Juneau All Stars had two shots to seal the title.

Juneau West has one shot left
The Alaska State Little League Major Baseball Tournament will come down to one final game for the championship.

Mount Roberts Tram Run Results

Family of fallen soldier receives Silver Star
The family of an Alaska-based soldier who was killed by insurgents in Iraq received the Silver Star on his behalf Saturday.

BP cites progress one year after oil pipeline shutdown
It sits, still unused, on supports about 7 feet high and it lies 4 miles long.

Jury begins deliberations in Fairbanks murder trial
A Fairbanks jury began deliberations Friday in the trial of a man accused of killing a convenience store clerk.

This Day in History
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Northwest Digest
Juneau Police found a late model Chevrolet truck submerged below an embankment in Aurora Harbor early Saturday morning.

Northwest Digest
Hawaii's Sen. Akaka cancels Alaska visit, U.S. Coast Guard has ears on static world, Alaska stores sell cans despite recall, Critics: Study may dodge disease issue

State reissues 3,000 Nelchina hunt permits
The state has reissued about 3,000 subsistence hunting permits for Nelchina caribou and moose, with almost 1,300 of them going to hunters who did not originally win permits.

Photo: Serving seniors at Governor's Picnic
Gov. Sarah Palin, left, serves a hamburger to Ahmed Amer, 84, on Saturday during the annual Governor's Picnic in Anchorage. Palin signed the senior benefits program into law during the picnic.

Director named for Anchorage Museum
After a nine-month national search, James Pepper Henry has been chosen as the new director of the Anchorage Museum.

Court rules against Exxon in pipeline case
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an effort by Exxon Mobil Corp. to overturn rules governing access to a potential multibillion-dollar pipeline that would transport natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 states.

Webcam captures clear peek into lives of bears
It's 7:09 a.m. and the McNeil River bears are loitering at the water's edge, waiting for silver salmon to show. Fishing season is here, and the bears are hungry.

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