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States weigh charging by the mile as fuel taxes plummet - fox29.com - state Virginia - state Oregon - state Hawaii - state Utah - state Colorado
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States weigh charging by the mile as fuel taxes plummet
Gas taxes have been used for more than a century for the purpose.The problem that has developed is those taxes are generating less each year due to inflation, fuel efficiency and the rise of electric cars. States are experimenting with various ideas that could eventually replace those taxes.One proposal that seems to be gaining in popularity would be to charge drivers by the mile instead of the gallon. Other ideas that have been presented include taxing electricity from public vehicle charging stations.Another is to tack charges onto door-to-door package deliveries. States are now weighing whether to start making the programs mandatory.In 2015, Oregon began a pilot program charging motorists by the distance their vehicle travels rather than the gas it guzzles.To participate, drivers plug a device into their vehicle and create an account to capture mileage data.The federal government is about to pilot its own program, funded by $125 million from President Biden's infrastructure measure that he signed in November 2021.So far, only three states, Oregon, Utah and Virginia are generating revenue from road usage charges.Hawaii will join them next.Last year, Colorado began adding a 27-cent tax to home deliveries from Amazon and other online retailers to help fund transportation projects.Other states have been testing electronic toll systems.Electric car sales in the U.S. rose from just 0.1% of total car sales in 2011 to 4.6% in 2021, according to the U.S.
Family's Alaska fishing trip becomes nightmare with 3 dead, search ends for 2 others - fox29.com - Usa - Los Angeles - state Alaska - state Hawaii
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Family's Alaska fishing trip becomes nightmare with 3 dead, search ends for 2 others
Fishing fleet Harbor marina Sitka Alaska Inside Passage Southeast Alaska USA. (Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) An Alaska fishing adventure became a nightmare for a family of eight when disaster struck one of the two boats they chartered over the Memorial Day weekend, leaving three people dead and two more missing despite a desperate search over hundreds of square miles of ocean.The tragedy tore the Tyau family apart: Two sisters and one of their husbands are dead, while the other’s partner and the boat captain remain missing off southeast Alaska four days after the boat was found partially submerged off an island.Authorities suspended a more than 20-hour search covering 825 square miles on Monday and have no plans to resume it.The women's parents, older brother and sister-in-law were on the other charter boat as part of a three-day trip to a destination fishery known for king salmon and groundfish.The sisters and their sister-in-law didn’t like fishing but joined the vacation to spend more time with a family that was usually split between Hawaii and Los Angeles."It was just supposed to be a simple family get-together for eight of us, since we haven’t been together in the same spot for so long," Michael Tyau, the older brother, told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Europe's top spring break destinations eclipse US beaches as travelers flock overseas - fox29.com - Usa - Italy - Britain - state California - state Florida - San Francisco - city London - county Hall - city Columbia, Britain - city Phoenix - state Hawaii - county Maui - city Rome, Italy
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Europe's top spring break destinations eclipse US beaches as travelers flock overseas
View of the Colosseum in 2011 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty Images) Spring break outings are often defined by parties and trips to beaches in California, Florida and Hawaii — however, new data shows a growing interest in international travel among Americans.Less conventional destinations, particularly in Europe, have replaced longstanding favorite locations such as Orlando, Phoenix and Maui atop many Americans' travel itineraries. Many report lower prices, fairer weather and loosening COVID-19 restrictions across the globe as driving factors in their shift toward the likes of London, Rome and British Columbia.10 SAFETY TIPS TO REMEMBER IF YOU'RE TRAVELING OUT OF THE COUNTRY FOR SPRING BREAKWhat is driving this change?After years of visiting national parks, wide-open nature retreats, and domestic tropical island getaways during the pandemic, Americans are showing renewed interest in travel this spring."Interest in international travel is increasing given the favorable exchange rate for Americans," Philip Ballard, the Florida-based chief communications officer of HotelPlanner, told the Associated Press. "For example, we're seeing about a 20% increase in U.K.-bound bookings because the U.S.
Hawaiian man nicknamed 'Dolphin Dave' accused of harassing humpback whale - fox29.com - county Bay - county Park - state Hawaii - Hawaiian
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Hawaiian man nicknamed 'Dolphin Dave' accused of harassing humpback whale
A 65-year-old man from Maui has been cited for harassing wildlife after videos emerged of him swimming close to a humpback whale and pursuing a pod of dolphins on March 5 and 6, (Credit: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources) A Hawaiian man known as "Dolphin Dave" is facing charges after he allegedly harassed wildlife in a state park.The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said 65-year-old David Jiménez of Maui was cited Monday morning at Kealakekua Bay on Hawai‘i Island.This comes after the department's Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement received numerous calls reporting alleged wildlife harassment. Kealakekua Whale & Dolphin Incidents, March 6, 2023.mov from Hawaii DLNR on Vimeo.Wildlife officials said Jiménez was allegedly actively pursuing an adolescent humpback whale and dolphins inside Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.A video recording of a man snorkeling close enough to the adolescent humpback whale to almost touch the whale’s fin was given to authorities Sunday. ‘DISTURBING’ AMOUNT OF PLASTICS, DEBRIS FOUND INSIDE DEAD WHALE IN HAWAIIWhen officers arrived at shore Monday, they recorded Jiménez "actively pursuing a pod of spinner dolphins." They say Jiménez was leading a group chasing the dolphins. Both whales and dolphins are protected by state and federal laws.According to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources,Jiménez refers to himself as "Dolphin Dave," on Facebook, and told their officers he’s not going to stop swimming with whales and dolphins, "because it’s magical and others do much worse things."Jiménez was cited with the harassing wildlife in a state park and performing prohibited acts in regard to endangered whale species.
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