Saturday, November 24, 2007

Unhappy with increase in electric rates
I am a new resident of Juneau. I started paying for electricity as of August. While I was pleased at the seemingly low rates in August and September, I was very surprised at my bill for October.

Make the tourism industry pay Juneau
We had good news and bad news on the front page of the Nov. 18 edition of the Empire.

Congratulations for getting fair share
We as Alaskans got what this Alaskan considers our fair share of oil revenues finally. The smell of corruption is somewhat gone out of the air. Now the oil companies will start to lay off people on the North Slope in hopes they will scare us into revisiting the tax issue yet again.

Juneau access road would bring benefits
As the permitting for the road gets closer and support for a road grows, there has been a sense of urgency in articles by those opposed to it.

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

Photo: Friends to be thankful for
Wayne Smallwood greets Judith Lindoff and Bob Duran while having a Thanksgiving Day meal at the Hangar on the Wharf. The dinner was sponsored by the Salvation Army, which was expecting to serve 400 meals.

Photo: Casting about
Walt Chapman, with his dog, Kola, throws out a line at Twin Lakes on Thursday.

Photo: Sitting on the deck of the bay
Joshua Semonis, 22, practices his guitar from his balcony Thursday at the Bay View Apartments overlooking Auke Bay.

Around Town

Student artist in the spotlight
Quanitta Chup

Let's give thanks before the blessing
"I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving. ... " These words sound as though they might be from Psalms, but they are not. They are the words of Jonah, (Jonah 2:9), uttered from the belly of the whale.

Thanksgiving: A time when everyone eats the same foods
Perhaps the most peculiar feature of Thanksgiving is that it is the one day in the year when virtually everyone in the country eats the same foods.

Where should the snow go?
Plowing and shoveling snow was a constant outdoor activity in Juneau last winter, thanks to our record-breaking snowfall. Word on the street is that certain Juneau 'old-timers' say there is going to be as much snow this winter as last year.

FYI

Outside editorial: Paying for the patch, fixes get expensive
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune: The alternative minimum tax was created nearly 40 years ago to make sure a few very rich taxpayers couldn't use loopholes to reduce their tax bills to zero.

My Turn: Positive things about the Lynn Canal Highway
If Alaska Airlines reduced its fares to Anchorage by 90 percent, it would have to quadruple its daily jet service in and out of Juneau to meet travel demand.

Hunters strike deal after getting stuck in the tundra
The owners of the two pickup trucks that got stuck in the tundra off the Dalton Highway while caribou-hunting last year have agreed to tell other military personnel not to do what they did as part of a settlement reached with the Bureau of Land Management.

Outside media eyes AK scandals
Alaska's Legislature is again making national news, courtesy of the bribery scandal that's been ongoing for more than a year.

Knik Arm bridge planners to call for bids
ANCHORAGE - bridge are preparing to issue a request for proposals for construction that they plan to send out by late January.

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

Kenai writer feeds soul with words
There's no shortage of aspiring writers on the Kenai Peninsula looking to get their work published, but one local woman has found her niche in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series of books.

Will B.C. port be boon to Southeast?
A two-year, $170 million expansion of Prince Rupert's port, and agreements with top names in shipping, has this small Canada town's officials talking about it becoming a rival for major ports on the West Coast.

Finish in sight for restoration of historic aviation workhorse
Slowly, rivet by painstaking rivet, a Grumman Goose with historic links to Ketchikan is being transformed from a tired aviation workhorse to a museum-ready icon of Southeast Alaska.

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