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Kulongoski to pursue mileage tax

A year ago, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced it had demonstrated that a new way to pay for roads — via a mileage tax and satellite technology — could work.

Now Gov. Ted Kulongoski says he’d like the legislature to take the next step.

As part of a transportation-related bill he has filed for the 2009 legislative session, the governor says he plans to recommend “a path to transition away from the gas tax as the central funding source for transportation.”

What that means is explained on the governor’s website:

“As Oregonians drive less and demand more fuel-efficient vehicles, it is increasingly important that the state find a new way, other than the gas tax, to finance our transportation system.”  More HERE

Big brother is watching and taxing you…  Truckers have been paying taxes based on miles driven through states for years, it was only a matter of time before some tax-hungry politician tried to figure out a way to tax four-wheelers, too.   

December 30, 2008 Posted by | economy, Technology, trucking | , , , | Leave a comment

Santa and CTU

The seventh season of 24 begins Sunday, January 11, 2009.

Mark your calendars and don’t miss a minute!  I can’t wait to see what adventure await Jack and the team this year!

December 29, 2008 Posted by | 24, trucking | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Actor David Spade helps Phoenix police buy rifles

David Spade (remember “Joe Dirt”?) donated $100,000 to the Phoenix police department to help purchase much needed rifles for their officers.

God bless you, David Spade!!

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Homeland Security, Video | , , , , , | 1 Comment

So this is Christmas

We here at ATAW have enjoyed our Christmas break and are gearing up for the new year. 

I got this video today from “Catfish” – my sister in Missouri.  They made it to Celine Dion’s version of So This is Christmas for their church Christmas play.  Great photos from World War Two and thought you would all enjoy!

Hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and a great New Year!

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas from ATAW


December 24, 2008 Posted by | trucking | , , | 1 Comment

Norad Tracks Santa

Christmas Eve is upon us and all the good boys and girls across the globe are anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival.

The wonderful men and women at NORAD have been tracking Santa for many years.  Check for updates into the night at NORAD Tracks Santa.  I wonder if they pulled Col. O’Neal off assignment with SG-1 to assist……

To our deer hunters out there, remember – if it flies, it’s probably one of Santa’s….  Don’t shoot! 🙂

December 24, 2008 Posted by | trucking | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Police: Dallas shooting suspect had troubled past

DALLAS (AP) – Authorities in Texas and Utah say a former Utah state trooper suspected in a series of rush-hour shootings near Dallas had an addiction to painkillers, and he was wanted in connection with a recent robbery.

Dallas police think 37-year-old Brian Smith was responsible for at least one shooting death. They won’t talk about a similar killing in nearby Garland, which is out of their jurisdiction. Police say Smith fits the description of the man they were looking for.

Smith is on life support at a Dallas hospital after authorities say he shot himself in the head following a brief stand-off early yesterday.  Full story HERE

December 24, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Christmas Countdown – Jimmy Stewart and Lucille Ball

December 23, 2008 Posted by | trucking, Video | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Oil Firm, Flying J, Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The Ogden-based oil company Flying J Inc. and two of its subsidiaries on Monday filed petitions for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware.

In a news release, the privately owned company cited a drop in oil prices and the lack of available financing due to the disruption in credit markets as factors in the decision.  More HERE

December 23, 2008 Posted by | economy, trucking | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Search continues for gunman who killed 2 in evening rush hour

Authorities continued their search today for a gunman in a pickup who fatally shot two drivers and injured a third on roads in northeast Dallas and Garland.

Police were investigating four incidents Monday after the first fatal shooting was reported about 5:40 p.m. in Garland just north of LBJ Freeway.   More Here

December 23, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , , , | Leave a comment