Thursday, November 1, 2007

Tourist shops carry big part of tax load
I have followed with interest all the letters about the tourist stores in downtown Juneau and have yet to see anyone realize that these stores pay big property taxes for very little use of the city services that taxes cover.

Production of 'Yeast' rises to the occasion
We went to see "Yeast Nation" at Perseverance Theatre last Friday. Word about town had it an offbeat, strange, but highly entertaining play. We found it to be this and more, much more.

Passage of lands bill would be a disaster
It is surprising how a newsworthy item sometimes slips by with little or no notice.

Don't shortchange state with oil tax
Alaskans own the oil and are selling it to the oil companies, regardless of what we call the fees we get. We charge a price for our oil, just like a business. So why are we calling our price a "tax?"

Comparisons nothing short of ludicrous
This is in response to Joe Sonneman's My Turn on Oct. 22.

It's time to get over water fluoridation vote
Carolyn Brown's Oct. 24th letter to the editor on fluoridation contained a threat that fluoridation advocates will rise again and try to force the issue with the voters yet again. What do I think about that? "Icky."

Let administration know you're serious
To my fellow state of Alaska General Government Unit employees, last spring you were sent a letter asking you if you were dissatisfied with your current union representation, and if so, did you know a capable individual that could help organize a new union?

Historian delves into tragic month
As Juneau enters another gloomy, rain-swept November, it's almost as if a twinge of foreboding hangs in the early-darkening skies.

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

City seeks comments on public transit plan
The city is looking for community input on future public transportation use in Alaska's capital.

Court denies Kensington appeals
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied requests to rehear a case involving disposal of tailings at the Kensington gold mine.

Goldbelt approves $544,400 payout to shareholders
Goldbelt's board of directors approved a $2-per-share dividend last week, based on record revenues from the urban Native corporation's Mount Roberts Tramway and Goldbelt Hotel Juneau operations, and the success of its federal contracting companies.

Photo: Classic aircraft, 1960
A Pan Am DC-6 named Clipper Pocahontas sits on the tarmac in 1960 at the Juneau airport. Pan America World Airways was one of several airlines to serve Juneau during that time.

Around Town

Business Digest
Winter operator takes over at Paradise Cafe; Alaska Pacific Bank hires new executive; Training explores fluctuating economy

Photos: Set for a night of spooks
About 25 children attended the party, which was sponsored by The Learning Connection and Juneau Arts and Humanities.

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

AroundTown

Correction
A story on the Juneau access road in Tuesday's edition of the Juneau Empire misstated the sources of financing for the project. Overall, the project will require $18.7 million per year over 12 years from the state's federal highway aid program, which includes 9 percent state and 91 percent federal dollars.

Recognitions

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Hospice welcomes new leadership
Kim Poole, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau chaplain since 2005, was named the new program director for HHCJ.

Pets of the week
Kittens, cats and bunnies seek homes. Come visit these adorable animals from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Halloween at the glacier
Ghouls and goblins alike gathered for the annual Halloween celebration on Saturday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Neighbors Digest
Gastineau Elementary students trick-or-treat for Unicef tonight; Eaglecrest Snowsports School shows Warren Miller's "Playgroud'; Lifeguard training classes offered in November, December; The Learning Connection annouces November school schedule; Ladies of Light host ladies-only party,'It's Gettin' Dark' ...

Special Olympics sponsors raffle
Special Olympics Juneau Chapter is sponsoring a fundraising raffle for a hand-crafted quilt, donated by the Juneau Quilters Guild. The quilt is displayed at Heritage Coffee on South Frankline Street downtown. The quilt was previously displayed by Changing Tides.

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Douglas Maki Jr.
Juneau resident Douglas William Maki Jr. died on Oct. 26, 2007. He was 17.

RoseMarie McLean
Longtime Douglas resident RoseMarie McLean died Oct. 23, 2007, in her home. She was 83.

Robert E. Simons
Former Juneau resident Robert E. Simons died Oct. 25, 2007, in Cottage Grove, Ore. He was 86.

Outside editorial: Suing subprime
The subprime mortgage crisis spirals on: Last week, Merrill Lynch admitted that it had lost $7.9 billion on mortgage-backed securities and structured credit products during the third quarter of 2007, a tide of red ink that swept chief executive E. Stanley O'Neal right out of his office.

Courage under fire
Americans' perceptions of Iraq are molded by scenes of horrendous violence; few get to see the bravery and humanity of Iraqis living under hellish conditions.

My Turn: What to do with dying villages?
Years ago, Mary Balcom published a small booklet entitled, "Ghost Towns of Alaska." Most of the places were gold-rush towns that died out. The fact is, there are many "ghost towns," or former settlements in Alaska.

Outside editorial: Who's really to blame for nominee Mukasey's evasions on torture?
It's a sad day in America when the nominee for attorney general cannot flatly declare that waterboarding is unconstitutional.

Democrats are waving carrots and sticks
If there were stock in carrots and sticks, I would direct my broker to immediately buy some because virtually all of the Democratic presidential candidates in Philadelphia on Tuesday night said these are their weapons of choice in confronting Iran's nuclear threat.

Paying attention to details
Just days before the Alaska School Activities Association State Swimming and Diving Championship in Anchorage, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls teams spent some time trying to shave that extra fraction of a second off their times.

JDHS ready for 3rd season
For the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team, preparation for their third season didn't start on ice, but on a softball diamond.

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.

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: Walking on water
A puddle reflects a crow Saturday in Kenai. Several of the birds took turns bathing in the standing water.

Cowdery excused from rest of special session
Sen. John Cowdery, who has been accused of taking oil industry bribes, has been formally excused from the remainder of the session.

Democrats court Anchorage mayor in race against Stevens
Top national Democratic leaders are aggressively pushing Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich to challenge the longest serving Republican in Senate history: Alaska's Ted Stevens, who is under federal investigation.

State should cover retirement losses, Sen. Elton says
Alaska state employees lost nearly $6 million from their retirement accounts last summer in a fund that was supposedly invested in conservative bonds.

Stevens, Young pledge to fight for Native corporations
The federal government is considering dropping contract privileges that benefit Native corporations.

Northwest Digest
Dems want Begich in race against Stevens; Voters head to polls in Fairbanks election; Drifter killed by train north of Baker City

Angoon calls for new election
Weeks behind schedule, the Angoon City Council met Tuesday to certify results from the Oct. 2 city election. Instead it nullified the election and called for a new one.

FBI investigating Ted Stevens' fishing bills
Federal authorities investigating U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens are trolling the Alaska fishing industry for evidence of whether the powerful Republican pushed seafood legislation that benefited his lobbyist son.

Astronaut visits Alaska schools
Fairbanks students got to talk space with an actual astronaut Monday.

Salmon feeds recipients of food aid programs
Wild Alaska pink salmon, purchased through federal food aid programs, now feeds hungry people in Cambodia and Guatemala, and pilot programs are in the works to provide salmon to those contracted with AIDS.

Lawmakers confused over oil tax numbers
Lawmakers this week said there is confusion in Juneau over the numbers behind an oil tax plan that's moving through the state House.

Alaska Digest
Ruby man dies in fire, youth escapes; 5.7 quake detected in Aleutian Islands; Man pleads guilty to crack cocaine charge; Fairbanks stargazers report comet sighting

Kohring declines to testify in defense
Former state Rep. Vic Kohring chose not to take the stand in his own defense Tuesday as testimony ended in his corruption trial.

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

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

Kohring corruption trial sent to jurors
Jurors began deliberations Wednesday afternoon in the corruption trial of former state Rep. Vic Kohring.

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