Alaska Gov. Bill Walker abandons election

Incumbent independent throws support behind Democratic candidate Mark Begich.

Former state Senate Mike Dunleavy, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich shake hands after a debate at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Republican governor candidate Mike Dunleavy, left, and Democratic governor candidate Mark Begich, right, faced each other in their first head-to-head debate just 90 minutes after incumbent independent Gov. Bill Walker announced he was suspending his campaign. (Composite image)

Begich, Dunleavy meet in first head-to-head debate

Begich praised Walker’s decision. Dunleavy didn’t say the incumbent’s name.

Walruses are pictured in this courtesy photo. (Courtesy Photo | USFWS National Digital Library)

Skagway man indicted for walrus ivory smuggling

The indictment alleged lying on paperwork, smuggling and the illegal sale of walrus ivory.

Chum salmon are processed at Taku Smokeries in June 2011. New figures show a continued decline in the number of jobs available in Alaska. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Alaska jobs numbers continue to fall

Alaska’s unemployment dipped from August to September, but the number of jobs in Alaska continues to fall, indicating the 49th… Continue reading

Author John Straley prepares to sign a book for author Heather Lende after the Alaska Literary Festival at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff building. They were both speakers at the event. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Alaska Day Literary Festival features local authors

They had many differences, but all of the authors gathered at the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum on Thursday… Continue reading

New Alaska Lt. Gov. Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson delivers the keynote address at the 2018 Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 in this still image taken from a video stream provided by AFN. (Screenshot)

New lieutenant governor opens Alaska Federation of Natives conference

There were no more hints as to former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s comments.

Alaska Women Speak President Carmen Davis stands with writers Mary Lou Spartz, Katie Bausler, Kate Boesser, Miriam Wagoner, Amy Pinney, Margo Waring and Dianne DeSloover at a poetry and prose reading at Hearthside Books in Nugget Mall. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Local writers share their work in statewide reading series

For the first time in 26 years, an Alaska Women Speak reading was held in Juneau. Alaska Women Speak is… Continue reading

Chris Dimond, running as an independent for state House District 33, talks about his campaign during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Dimond in the rough: District 33 candidate talks about triumph over alcohol addiction

Chris Dimond remembers the moment he realized he was an alcoholic.

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigned form office Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigns

Gov. Walker describes comments to AP an ‘inappropriate overture to a woman.’

The Eaglecrest Ski Area lodge, seen here in 2015, is the planned site of the Old Tower Bar, which would serve beer and wine during ski season. In a unanimous vote Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, the Alcohol Control Board rejected an alcohol license for the business. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Alcohol board puts a cork in plans for Eaglecrest bar

The state Alcohol Control Board has killed plans for a bar at Eaglecrest Ski Area this winter. In a Monday Continue reading...

Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters respond to a house fire on Douglas Highway on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. The owners were not home at the time, and were unharmed, but two dogs died in the blaze. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Juneau Capitals join ‘comp’ ranks

It doesn’t take long to get a sense of just how much twins Jaeger and Stein Dostal think about hockey.… Continue reading


Brundige bowls perfect game

Juneau bowling hobbyist Keith Brundige recalls being in an almost trance-like state. Routine distractions didn’t bother the Sunday Mixed League… Continue reading


Alaska Outdoors

On The Trails: Bears in autumn

What happens to bears in years when food sources are poor?

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If irrational anger follows viewing an image of the lone steelhead of a trip, one needs some perspective. (Jeff Lund | For the Juneau Empire)

I Went to the Woods: A little perspective

We live at a time and in a country when we have so much free time and so much money, we can spend $700 on a fly rod and go to rivers to catch and release fish.

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Watch: Candidates Forum Live

Tune in at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Unofficial results of Municipal Election

Unofficial results of the 2018 City and Borough of Juneau Municipal Election are in.

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Video: Juneau League of Women Voters Candidates Forum

Watch the municipal candidates talk about the issues ahead of the Oct. 2 election.

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Photos: Byron Mallott as Lt. Gov.

A slideshow of images of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott since 2010. Contact Continue reading...

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Best Photos of the Week

Best Photos of the Week for Oct. 8-15, 2018. Contact staff photographer Continue reading...

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Soaking in the warmth of the sunshine at the top. (Gabe Donohoe | For Juneau Empire)

Photos: Fall Colors on Mount McGinnis

Definitely a Gucci view.

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Photos: High school hockey begins

The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team launched its 2018-19 campaign on Wednesday Continue reading...


Former state Senate Mike Dunleavy, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich debate during a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Déjà vu all over again?

The Democratic mantra demonizing Republicans as racist misogynists doesn’t bring us closer — it only divides us further.

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Juneau Empire file.

Opinion: I stand for salmon

Alaska is the last bastion for Pacific salmon.

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