Sunday, November 11, 2007

House panel OKs 22.5% oil tax rate
The House Finance Committee voted 6-5 Saturday night to lower the state's proposed oil tax rate from 25 percent to 22.5 percent.

Tax debate takes on a different tone
The debate over Gov. Sarah Palin's oil tax bill is no longer just about money. Now, it's also become a matter of accountability.

Killing isn't answer to beaver problem
Leave the beavers at Dredge Lake alone or relocate them. Trapping is a horrible thing to do to any animal.

Something's wrong with this picture
Let me get this straight. We are going to kill beavers in their natural habitat for doing what they naturally do - so we can wear tennis shoes without getting our feet wet in the rain forest.

Comments on union were immature
In regards to Donn Liston's letter about the ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 in the Juneau Empire on Nov. 7: We may have a rocky path ahead of us, and we may have our ups and downs within our own union...

Axle weight limit in effect on Basin Road Trestle
Vehicles weighing more than 8 tons per axle will no longer be allowed to cross the Basin Road Trestle, Deputy City Manager Kim Kiefer announced.

Snake may yield record-making offspring
The nest box is ready and the incubator is purring. The 4-foot-long, pregnant green tree python is roaming about her cage, looking for a dark space to coil.

New veterans not joining the old
Army National Guard Spc. Brent Clancy recently returned as a newly minted veteran of war from a yearlong deployment to Kuwait. The last thing on his mind, however, is joining a veterans organization, even the most prestigious: the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Photo: Holiday music
Dale Wygant fills the Juneau Yacht Club with the sound of his accordion Saturday during the Sons of Norway's holiday bazaar.

Around Town
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Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Susan Byrne Glocke
Juneau resident Susan Byrne Glocke died peacefully - surrounded by her family and friends - Nov. 8, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a brief unexpected illness. She was 77.

Nancy Ann Glass
Longtime Alaska resident Nancy Ann Glass died Oct. 29, 2007, at the Denali Center in Fairbanks after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. She was 54.

Outside editorial: House inches toward civil rights watershed
The United States took a step closer last week to fulfilling its promise of equal opportunity for all when the House passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act...

My Turn: Why you, your kids are paying for the credit crisis
Why do those who cannot afford their mortgages have the potential to bring down the entire economy?

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

My Turn: Veterans face a silent enemy: ALS
This Veterans Day you will read about the heroes who fought for our country in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. You will hear about those who defended freedom during the Cold War and those who served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

DZ students survey Douglas deer population
If the students from the Shooting Start House at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School are correct, deer hunters hoping to fill tags on Douglas Island are going to have trouble doing so this season.

In the auklet world, 'sexy' is tick-repelling powers
The mating ritual was hard to miss. It would begin with a soft choking call, progress to vigorous rubbing of bills over plumage, and end with an intertwining of necks.

Heavy rain, horse traffic along Anchorage-area trail breeds mess
Pieces of pressure-treated two-by-six that once served to plank boardwalks across wetlands here now litter the big mudholes dotting this popular trail south of Anchorage. Most of the bridges across little creeks, meanwhile, are in shambles.

Skill and a little luck could win prizes at 'turkey shoot'
It's called a turkey shoot, but no turkeys will be shot.

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

Turning the Tides: It's easy to see the dangers of letting plastics into the ocean
"Didn't you see it coming? What did you do?"I began plaguing my grandmother with those two questions when I first learned about Hitler and the Third Reich.

A skiing 'pagan' prays for snow
A few weeks ago in the middle of my wedding Mass, I managed to slip in a request for a winter with lots of snow.

JDHS takes sixth at state
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Francis scores region win in Idaho
While she was quick to note that winning this race wasn't as big as the Alaska state cross country championships, Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Leah Francis proved again she's more than capable of hanging with the nation's best.

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: Ironmen in Juneau
Fairbanks' Jack Phipps, right; Juneau's Keith Oney, center; and Fairbanks' Troy Burns pose during mandatory posing portion of the men's masters competition in the 2007 NPC Alaska Ironman Championships on Saturday.

JDHS knocks off Nikiski
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team may have a new coach and new uniforms, but one thing remained the same as the team opened its third season on Friday and Saturday at Treadwell Arena.

Sports Digest
Juneau's Rhea scores 14 points in OSU debut; Egolf plays first game in Bradley loss

Road cost unclear despite state's latest figures
The Alaska Department of Transportation does not know how much the Juneau access road will actually cost because the technical information on the route's geology is incomplete, a department representative confirmed this week.

Seven-time Iron Dog champion to retire
Eight former winners of the world's longest, toughest snowmachine race - including defending champion Todd Palin, husband of Gov. Sarah Palin - have signed up to run the 2008 Tesoro Iron Dog, but arguably the best known Iron Dog racer of all is out.

House panel OKs 22.5% oil tax rate
The House Finance Committee voted 6-5 Saturday night to lower the state's proposed oil tax rate from 25 percent to 22.5 percent.

Alaska Digest
Greens Creek owner rejects buyout; Coast Guard holds blanket, coat, toy drive; Perseverance Trail to be closed until Nov. 30; No charges filed in fatal dock accident; Utility shelves plans for coal-fired plant; Companies cooperate on Southwest mine; Woman in courton assault charges

Pipeline corrosion deduction issue a holdover from May
As the Alaska Legislature spends its last week of a special session wrangling over a tax hike to oil companies' net profits, there still is the matter of a certain $130 million tax break to resolve.

Juneau road's advocates, critics remain intransigent after state revises costs
Advocates and critics of the Juneau access road have not wavered in their stances since news last week that the road will cost $100 million more than expected in 2005, or about $374 million.

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Tax debate takes on a different tone
The debate over Gov. Sarah Palin's oil tax bill is no longer just about money. Now, it's also become a matter of accountability.

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