Monday, November 12, 2007

House reinstates hike in oil tax bill
The House approved a tax hike on oil companies net profits to 25 percent Sunday afternoon, just one day after the House Finance Committee voted to keep the current rate of 22.5 percent.

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.

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...

Employee morale a factor in state labor dispute
In my letter to the editor that appeared in the Oct. 9 Juneau Empire regarding recruitment and retention of state employees, I deliberately left out one major issue in the interest of keeping that letter somewhat short.

Low-income kids need to be able to participate in sports
I totally agree with what Next Generation is trying to do for sports in Juneau. The high cost of sports participation here in Juneau excludes many low-income kids, many of which are extremely talented athletes.

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.

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.

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.

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Police & Fire
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Photo: Honoring veterans past and present
Joe Satko, 83, salutes an American flag Sunday during the Veteran's Day ceremony at Centennial Hall. Satko served in World War II as a U.S. Army plane mechanic. Rear Adm. Arthur E. Brooks, commander of the 17th district of the U.S. Coast Guard, was the guest speaker.

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.

Juneau readies for statehood anniversary
Excitement is growing in the state capital over the 50th anniversary celebration of Alaska statehood.

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City wins award for wellness program
The city has been awarded one of five Alaska Community Awards of Excellence by the Alaska Municipal League for Juneau's Health Yourself Employee Wellness Program.

Photo: Cultural dedication
Atricia Makaily of the Woosh.ji.een Dance Group sings Sunday during the dedication ceremony of the Juneau Arts & Culture Center at the old National Guard Amory building.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Outside editorial: The general must go
Under pressure from President Bush, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced Thursday that he would hold elections for Parliament by Feb. 15.

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?

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: Don't let focus on dropouts hurt high achievers
While a friend from our former school anguishes over her 17-year-old son's college options in chemistry at either MIT, the University of Chicago or Stanford, we are clinging to the hope that our children will at least be given the opportunity to take enough advanced placement courses to adequately prepare for college at all.

My turn: Sculptor proposes good use for tailings
There is a qualified solution to the present directives regarding the disposal of mine tailings. In agreeing with the content of the following proposal, we can create a product of "environmental importance," and a new era of mineral waste disposal can commence.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

JDHS takes sixth at state
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Sports Digest
Juneau's Rhea scores 14 points in OSU debut; Egolf plays first game in Bradley loss

Veterans Day Run 8K Results

Family remains top priority for Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer
Utah Jazz forward and Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer knows all too well about family, both on and off the court.

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.

Juneau attracts Alaska's biggest, best for bodybuilding competition
Alaska's most muscular and athletic athletes showed their stuff Saturday at the 2007 NPC Alaska Ironman Championships at Centennial Hall.

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.

Blood and roses fill Roughhouse ring
"Crown Royal" Hudson exacts revenge in rematch with Eric Larsen while Wheat tops Gonzalez

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.

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.

House reinstates hike in oil tax bill
The House approved a tax hike on oil companies net profits to 25 percent Sunday afternoon, just one day after the House Finance Committee voted to keep the current rate of 22.5 percent.

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.

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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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.

Northwest Digest
Protesters attempt to block military gear; Coast Guard: Cargo ship's crew detained; Thrown rock helps nab escaped convict; Alaska license plates rank 13th most vain

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

Suspect in toddler's abuse noted in previous reports
A man accused of critically injuring a toddler was named in two previous reports of possible trouble, according to state child protection officials.

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.

Semi truck drags, kills Anchorage pedestrian
A semi pulling a belly dump trailer struck a pedestrian at a downtown corner and dragged him 10 blocks, killing him.

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.

Retailer urges more use of reusable bags
Fred Meyer stores are encouraging customers to be in the black when they enter.

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.

Palin reaches out to possible high school drop-outs
Gov. Sarah Palin is reaching out to any Alaska high school student thinking about dropping out. The governor wants those students to call her and talk about their options first.

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