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Petersburg assembly continues sales tax ballot question discussion

Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:14

Local residents Monday, July 21st. can weigh in on sales tax changes that could be on this fall’s borough ballot.

Petersburg’s borough assembly is meeting and they’ll be voting on the second reading of ordinances to put six tax changes up for a public vote in October. Five of those would change or remove exemptions to sales tax. The proposals would sunset the senior citizens tax exemption after 2019, eliminate the non-resident senior exemption, limit the senior exemption to food and heating fuel only and increase the tax cap from 12-hundred to 2000 dollars. A fifth ordinance outlines a residency requirement for the senior exemption. Those will all go on the ballot this October if the assembly approves and again in third reading next month. The July 21st meeting is also the public hearing for those ballot questions.

Another proposed tax change would create a new excise tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products brought into Petersburg for sale locally. That tax would be two dollars for every pack of cigarettes and 45 percent of the wholesale cost for other tobacco products. That change also needs voter approval and would take effect in 2015 if approved.

Also on the agenda is a proposed increase for local electrical rates. Rate hikes vary depending on how much power a customer buys and they would be phased in over two years. Some customers would see rates stay the same or even decrease under the proposal, depending on how much electricity they buy. The rate hikes require three approvals by the assembly before taking effect.

The assembly tonight also has a closed-door executive session planned on contract terms with the Petersburg Municipal Employees Association, which represents most borough employees. The assembly may vote on ratifying a contract with the employees after that executive session.

Assembly members may also vote on transfer of operations at the Tyee Lake hydro-electric plant to the Southeast Alaska Power Agency.

The assembly will also consider a lease of land at the Scow Bay turnaround. They also will vote on an ordinance continuing the community’s historic preservation commission.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. it will be broadcast live on KFSK.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Friend Convicted For Impeding Bombing Inquiry

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:04

Azamat Tazhayakov has been found guilty on some obstruction of justice charges, and not guilty of others. He was accused of removing evidence from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room.

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Could The Conflict In Ukraine Turn Into A Regional War?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 09:53

Nearly 300 people died after a Malaysian Airlines plane crashed near the Russian-Ukrainian border. European security expert F. Stephen Larrabee explains what this might mean for the volatile region.

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Understanding The Basics Of the Conflict In Gaza

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 09:53

Fighting between Israel and Hamas escalated over the weekend as Israeli forces shelled the town of Shejaia in Gaza. Host Michel Martin learns the latest from Zack Beauchamp of Vox.

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From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 09:51

A French law requires restaurants that sell homemade food to display a label on their menu to distinguish them from places that use frozen or vacuum-packed food. But critics say the law is too vague.

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AK Beat: 1 dead, 1 hurt in Wasilla home

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Mon, 2014-07-21 09:32
AK Beat: 1 dead, 1 hurt in Wasilla home Alaska State Troopers say they found one man dead and another seriously injured early Monday morning in a residence on Pioneer Peak Drive in Wasilla.July 21, 2014

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Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-07-21 09:25

Raindrops sparkle on some leaves in this photo by Margaret Roth, taken along the Minerva Mountain Trail.

Local photographers, professional and amateur: Here is an opportunity to showcase your pictures, and maybe win a bag of Raven’s Brew coffee! To submit recent photos of local scenery, people or events, email them to news@krbd.org. Please include the photographer’s full name, where and when the photo was taken.

KRBD prefers photos that have not been submitted to other local news organizations.

Each week, the photo with the most “likes” on KRBD’s Facebook page will win a bag of Raven’s Brew coffee.

Planning for fall bulbs / fertilizer facts

Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-07-21 08:14

A call-in show with Lee Skidmore giving tips on preparing for fall bulb planting, and some myths and cautions about fertilizers.  BulbsFertilizer

Afghan Veteran Who Held Off Taliban Attack On His Own Receives Medal Of Honor

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 08:06

Army Sgt. Ryan Pitts is credited with holding off a brutal Taliban attack back in 2008. He was the only one left alive at an observation post in Afghanistan, and continued to attack despite injuries.

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Job Service Report

Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-07-21 08:00

The latest Job Service Report from the Ketchikan Job Center. Jobs072114

Photos: Thai restaurants in Fairbanks

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Mon, 2014-07-21 06:41
Photos: Thai restaurants in Fairbanks

Many Thai restaurants have opened in Fairbanks, creating a competitive market for the cuisine. 

July 21, 2014

Thai restaurants flourish in Fairbanks

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Mon, 2014-07-21 06:41
Thai restaurants flourish in Fairbanks The Interior community of Fairbanks is home to more than a dozen Thai restaurants and drive-thrus, some competing for business within blocks of each other. Despite their ever-increasing numbers, restaurants say demand for Thai food keeps business steady.July 21, 2014

Laine Welch: All eyes on sockeye prices

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Mon, 2014-07-21 05:59
Laine Welch: All eyes on sockeye prices Demand for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon is strong among both foreign and U.S. buyers, but there’s a downward press on prices stemming from lots of competing red salmon rivals in the works this year.July 21, 2014

Reports: Texas Gov. Perry To Deploy 1,000 National Guardsmen To Border

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 05:55

During an Iowa visit, Rick Perry said if the federal government did not act to curb the influx of immigrants along the southern U.S. border, he would take matters into his own hands.

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Dozens Killed As Libyan Militias Battle For Tripoli's Airport

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 05:44

The fighting in the North African country is some of the worst since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

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Straightening Sisay's Spine: A Twist Of Fate Saves A Boy's Life

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 05:38

Thousands of children in Ethiopia suffer from scoliosis so severe that humps grow from their backs. After two spinal surgeries, one little boy now hopes he'll be able to play soccer with his friends.

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Putin: Tragedies Like MH17 Should 'Bring People Together'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:18

In a statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin said this tragedy wouldn't have happened if Ukraine had not restarted operations along its eastern border.

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Readers write: Letters to the editor, July 21

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Mon, 2014-07-21 04:00
Readers write: Letters to the editor, July 21 LETTERS: Readers thank rescuers following a Fourth of July mishap, defend the revised oil tax structure under SB 21, and weigh in on immigration on the state and local levels.July 21, 2014

In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire, Kerry Heads To Egypt

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:00

The fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has left more than 500 people dead. The State Department said it was deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation.

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Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 01:15

A judge ruled that maps for two congressional districts were drawn in a way that violates the state constitution. But can maps be redrawn in time for the midterm election three months away?

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