Thursday, October 25, 2007

Looking ahead after fluoride decision
Voters have voted. The die has been cast for the time being. Those who can will go back to their lives with pristine pure Juneau water that contains chlorine, potash and some by-products that you can read about in the city of Juneau Annual Water Report.

Juneau says no to fluoride
The people of Juneau were indeed smart to say "no to fluoridation."

Oil should provide for more jobs
These are my comments on Alaska Oil and Gas Association's Kara Moriarty's speech to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce touting "jobs not taxes." It has been well known for many years that many rural Alaskans did not get many of the jobs on building the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Disputing 'elevated' mercury guidelines
After reading about the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's "guidelines" about "elevated" mercury levels, I thought I would share information dispelling myths about mercury in fish.

Create an alternative minimum oil tax
The following is a simple yet possibly helpful suggestion for resolving various complex and somewhat conflicting objectives related to oil taxation in Alaska. Both the Petroleum Profits Tax (PPT) and the Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) plans are complex methods designed to increase investment in Alaska, but they are subject to various difficulties predicting costs. A gross per barrel tax avoids the need to project or control costs and sets a more reliable base income, though it is smaller in times of high oil prices, and does not provide the incentives for reinvestment of excess profits in good times.

Palin shows true colors in her wolf response
Gov. Sarah Palin flashed her true colors when responding to the aerial wolf shooting uproar in Anchorage last week. She didn't even wait for the KTUU "unscientific" poll to tell her what to say.

Around Town

Photo: Going low, not high
Runner-up limbo champion Brenden Winters, an eighth-grader at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, bends under a limbo stick Tuesday to kick off the school's Red Ribbon Week.

Officials prepare for winter traffic
The state, city and construction company Secon are preparing for winter travel through the Sunny Point Project construction area.

ACLU names Mertz Civil Libertarian of the Year
The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska named Juneau attorney Doug Mertz Civil Libertarian of the Year on Saturday.

Halibut catch limit in limbo
Halibut catch limits may drop considerably in the coming years as the International Pacific Halibut Commission decides whether to use a new way of accounting that cuts in half the estimated number of halibut in Southeast Alaska.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Ocean ranger program may cost $6 million, agency reports
The state would have to spend as much as $6 million to fully implement a voter mandate requiring ocean rangers on all cruise ships using Alaska waters, the agency charged with implementing the law reported Wednesday.

Vandals wreak inflatable woes
At 12:20 a.m. Saturday, Claude Roberts received that phone call from his daughter that all Halloween decorators dread.

Photo: Taking care of their highway
Juneau Rainbow Girls (Summer Christiansen, Megan Clough and Sorcha Hazelton) collect trash along their adopt-a-highway section for the fall.

Shaub and McCowan
Colleen Shaub and Nathan McCowan, both of Juneau, married on Sept. 9, 2007 at the Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Wash.

Williams to celebrate 90th birthday with open house
Lifelong Juneau resident Dean Williams will celebrate his 90th birthday at an open house from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Juneau Senior Center, 12th Street.

Trashin' Fashion
The 2nd Annual Trashin' Fashion show, held Oct. 13, challenged Juneau students to create haute couture with low materials: Only duct tape, plastic bags, and paper sacks could be used. The results, shown here, were anything but trashy.

SEARHC applauds city of Klawockclean air law
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium congratulates Klawock residents for passing the City of Klawock Smokefree Air Act of 2007 during the municipal election on Oct. 2.

Neighbors Digest
Local churches to hold reformation Sunday services on Oct. 28; ANB/ANS 95thAnnual Grand Camp Convention held; SEARHC to host employee wellness training Nov. 16; Ski patrol, ski club hold annual ski sale at Centennial Hall

Pets of the Week
We still have an awful lot of kittens up for adoption.

Ravens win for second straight year in Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge
For the second straight year, the Ravens moiety topped the Eagles in the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge in Juneau.

Neighbors Mailbox
Thanks from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

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Martin Ebona Jr.
Longtime Juneau resident Martin Ebona Jr. died Oct. 15, 2007, in Anchorage.

Marsha Ellen Ramsey
Longtime Juneau resident Marsha Ellen Ramsey died Oct. 13, 2007, in Juneau, after a long illness. She was 66.

Ellen Smith
Former Juneau resident Ellen Smith of Fort Smith, Ark., died Oct. 14, 2007, in Fort Smith. She was 66.

Marlene Krainson Webster Pratt
Former Southeast resident Marlene Krainson Webster Pratt died Oct. 21, 2007, from complications following a long battle with cancer. She was 71.

My Turn: Will Legislature beef up oil tax?
As work begins in earnest on the Petroleum Profits Tax revision, a few things have become painfully obvious. Denial is alive and well in certain segments of the Alaska Legislature.

My turn: Frank Murkowski deserves praise for his support of democracy
I had just sat down for what would be a wide-ranging one hour conversation with Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan's leader from 1988-2000.

My turn: The oil industry: our golden goose
As this letter is being typed, I am reminded of the story about the goose that laid the golden egg. The basic moral that story teaches is greed will destroy the source of good. In other terms it might mean, keep the goose healthy, happy and producing golden eggs, and you will have a daily addition to your wealth.

Empire editorial: Kudos to Crimson Bears football and many more
To the Juneau-Douglas High School football team for bringing home the state championship on Saturday and completing a perfect 11-0 season. Way to go, Crimson Bears.

Outside editorial: On nuclear negligence
Sexual assault and torture grab headlines, especially when U.S. military officers are the accused perpetrators. But when it comes to protecting the American homeland - and the rest of the planet - failure to maintain control over U.S. nuclear weapons is the ultimate dereliction of duty.

Outside editorial: The rise of sovereign wealth funds is fine - if operated openly
There was relatively little alarm in Washington last month when a government-owned corporation from Dubai bought almost 20 percent of Nasdaq, the New York-based stock exchange.

Photo: Ready to rumble
The Hurricanes' Spencer Miller leads his team during warm-ups before Saturday's Juneau Youth Football League Senior Division championship game against Sitka at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field. Turn to Page B3 for a rundown of all the JYFL title games.

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.

Kings await JDHS volleyball team
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team's regular season concludes this weekend with a most familiar foe.

Hurricanes hold off Sitka for Senior Division title
The Hurricanes received two touchdowns from Randy Segelhorst to capture the Juneau Youth Football League Senior Division championship with a 22-16 victory over Sitka on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Photo: Native conference ends with a bang
Aaron Topkok, 9, performs Tuesday with the Pavva Inupiaq Dancers of Fairbanks at the end of the Alaska Federation of Natives Elders and Youth Conference, which was held at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

Stevens wants to close underage flying 'loophole'
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has called for an examination of the airline industry's underage flying policies after a Juneau girl was allowed to fly out of town without her parents' approval.

Exxon calls for rate reduction
Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company, trumped Gov. Sarah Palin's order to raise taxes with its own demand on Tuesday: Lower the existing rate.

Coast Guard plans to set up Arctic base
A Coast Guard reconnaissance team is heading to the far north this week to scope out a final frontier that is opening up to ship traffic in a warming Arctic climate.

Chairman: Ethics committee can't be blamed for scandal
Alaska's Legislative ethics committee works well for those legislators who want to keep on the right side of the ethical line, but shouldn't be relied on to stop intentional wrongdoing, said the committee's chairman.

Alaska Digest
Man arrested onillegal hunt charges; Astronauts to visit Alaska next week; Rail link plan stirs interest in Mat-Su; Oil subsidiary fined $500,000 for spill; Linehan's sister jailed after not testifying

Tyonek trains youth to run corporation
About a decade ago, the board of directors of the Tyonek Native Corp. were dismayed to see that young people weren't getting involved in tribal government.

CEO makes pitch for Pebble Mine
The chief executive of Anglo American PLC, the world's second-largest mining company, has crisscrossed Alaska during the past two days, meeting key politicians and business leaders in her pitch for transforming lands in western Alaska into one of world's largest mines.

Attorneys spar in opening of former lawmaker's trial
The attorney for a former Alaska legislator on trial for corruption charges used his opening statement to attack a key government witness, questioning his motive for aiding the government's case.

Alaska Digest
Hearing set in Kenai election lawsuit; Body dismembered, placed in freezer; Man pleads guilty to federal drug charge; Officials: Spill should be cleaned up soon; Air National Guard commander starts job

Committee finds two violations
The Select Committee on Legislative Ethics has found that two people, one a legislator and the other a legislative staff member, violated rules regarding personal and political activity.

Photo: Angoon's new magistrate sworn in
Elaine Kookesh-Jack, center, is formally sworn in as the city's new part-time magistrate on Oct. 16 at Angoon District Court.

Legislature hears public views on tax
Alaska companies and workers in the oil industry cautioned the Legislature on Tuesday evening to not be hasty in abandoning the Petroleum Profits Tax on the oil industry - though a few speakers also called for higher taxes.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Angoon asks state to help decide city election results
Three Angoon City Council candidates have asked the state Divisions of Elections to help determine the outcome of an Oct. 2 city election.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Legislators may try to dilute tax proposal
Some legislators didn't want to come to Juneau and didn't want to revisit the controversial Petroleum Profits Tax.

Jurors hear recordings in Kohring bribe case
Jurors in the corruption trial of former Alaska state Rep. Vic Kohring on Wednesday heard their first reference to money passing to the veteran lawmaker.

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