Tuesday, November 13, 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.

Americans have a misconception of a high tea
I note in the Nov. 7 Juneau Empire, that Epsilon Sigma Alpha is hosting a "high tea" for the benefit of Hospice and Home Care. A few years ago, Juneau Opera to Go! hosted a "high tea" at the Baranof.

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.

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.

AEL&P shouldn't supply Greens Creek with excess power
I am in receipt of my household electric bill for October. It contains a riff on the subject of lake water levels at Snettisham, the need to conserve electricity and the inevitable need to start up the diesel generation backup system.

Around Town

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

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.

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

Tourist numbers rise steadily
The number of tourists grew steadily in Juneau and throughout Alaska in the summer of 2007, and those visitors spent nearly $2 billion, according to the travel industry.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and and state police reported

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.

Around Town

Photo: Rising to the occasion
David Ottoson, owner of Rainbow Foods, climbs a tree in front of his store Monday to put up Christmas lights. After testing the lights, he said he will try to resist the temptation to turn them on before Thanksgiving.

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.

Charities still seek holiday donations
The number of needy people is up at the Glory Hole homeless shelter and Thanksgiving donations are down at St. Vincent de Paul.

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David Knuth
Juneau resident David Knuth died Nov. 10, 2007, at home.

Melvin Allen Gamble
Former Juneau resident Melvin Allen Gamble died Oct. 30, 2007, at his home in Wasilla. He was 59.

Robert Jennings Simi
Former Juneau resident Robert Jennings Simi died Nov. 8, 2007, at his home in Salmon, Idaho.

Outside editorial: Good news in Iraq*
The Bush administration and the U.S. military, after four years of unrelenting bad news from Iraq, hardly could be blamed for crowing when the news gets better.

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: 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.

My Turn: Promote sustainability by making state fluoride-free
When it comes to water quality, the people of Juneau are among the most informed in the state. Residents of the capital recently voted to ban fluoride from their water.

My Turn: A tribe is landless in Ketchikan
The Sealaska Corp. newsletter sent in October featured a story called "Southeast Lands Bill: Fulfillment of a Promise to Alaska Natives: Good for the Economies, Good for the Environment."

Veterans Day Run 8K Results

Sports Digest
Juneau-Douglas' Melissa Bogert off to Washington State; Online voting for Alaska Sports Hall of Fame under way; Juneau's Kramp takes bronze at karate tournament; Janes wins three medals at Huntsman World Senior Games

Wild final period leads to an Orange victory in Women's B
The Orange edged the Green 3-2 on Sunday in a thriller as the team's combined to score four goals in the final period at Treadwell Arena in Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's B action.

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.

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.

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

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

Anderson to report to prison on Dec. 3
A former Alaska lawmaker convicted of seven counts of conspiracy and bribery will begin his five-year federal prison sentence next month.

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.

House speaker tightens ethics rules
Just before the Alaska House of Representatives began debate on Gov. Sarah Palin's oil tax bill Sunday evening, House Speaker John Harris, R-Valdez, laid down some new rules:

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

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.

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.

'Recyclers' decry proposed ban on Dumpster diving in Fairbanks
Meet Jay Hill, recycler of other people's waste.

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

Senate mulls oil tax bill
Gov. Sarah Palin has the support from the Alaska House of Representatives to boost the net profits oil tax from 22.5 percent to 25 percent, but will she get the same backing from the Senate?

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.

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

Oil tax standard deduction plan, defeated once, makes a comeback
Trying to lower the risk that skyrocketing oil field costs will limit the state's tax revenues, the Alaska House of Representatives has amended the state's Petroleum Profits Tax to include a new standard deduction amount for operating expenses.

Northwest Digest
Two cars set on fire next to burned house; Margaret Sullivan dead at age 82; Cruise ship tourists infected with virus

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