James Brooks

Governor Walker signs House Bill 333 at Bowman Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 in Anchorage. (Brice Habeger photo | Office of the Governor)

Walker signs bill allowing cities to ban cellphone use in school zones

Alaskans are already forbidden from texting while driving, and on Wednesday, Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation that could keep them from driving and talking on… Continue reading

Governor Walker signs House Bill 333 at Bowman Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 in Anchorage. (Brice Habeger photo | Office of the Governor)

At Dunleavy town hall, Juneau residents share stories of crime

There were stories about stolen cars, stolen property, assault and death. In a town-hall meeting Wednesday evening at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library, Republican gubernatorial… Continue reading

Alaskans worried by prospect of deep-sea fish farms

In a Centennial Hall listening session, Alaskans raised concerns about federal plans to boost open-ocean fish farms under a new strategic plan for the U.S.… Continue reading

Fish fight fills forum

The question in November is about Ballot Measure 1, but the question in the room was something different: Who’s more Alaskan? In front of a… Continue reading

This storefront at 159 S. Franklin Street, seen Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, has been approved by the Alaska Marijuana Control Board as the site of the city’s newest retail marijuana shop. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Two new pot shops approved for Juneau

Two new marijuana shops are coming to Juneau, courtesy of the Alaska Marijuana Control Board. In its three-day Fairbanks meeting this week, the board approved… Continue reading

This storefront at 159 S. Franklin Street, seen Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, has been approved by the Alaska Marijuana Control Board as the site of the city’s newest retail marijuana shop. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Alaska marijuana sales staying high

Alaska’s marijuana industry is still riding high, according to new figures from the Alaska Department of Revenue. According to tax data collected by the department,… Continue reading

Summer finishes as third-warmest in Juneau

Juneau’s summer was the third-warmest on record, according to figures compiled by the National Weather Service here. Temperatures at Juneau International Airport, the city’s official… Continue reading

Laraine Derr, of the Regional Accu-Vote Board, center, waits for her machine to print out a tally as she, David Clover, left, and Mary Foster count questioned and absentee ballots at the State of Alaska election office at the Mendenhall Mall on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New vote tallies aid challenged Alaska legislative incumbents

Incumbent Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux has taken a significant lead in a Republican primary race marred by possible voter fraud. On Tuesday, the Alaska Division of… Continue reading

Laraine Derr, of the Regional Accu-Vote Board, center, waits for her machine to print out a tally as she, David Clover, left, and Mary Foster count questioned and absentee ballots at the State of Alaska election office at the Mendenhall Mall on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
New Hoonah Police Chief Rick Groshong is seen in an undated photo he provided to the Empire. (Courtesy photo)

Hoonah hires Wrangell policeman as new chief

Hoonah’s small police department has a new leader. On Aug. 23, Rick Groshong of Wrangell became the new chief of the Hoonah Police Department after… Continue reading

New Hoonah Police Chief Rick Groshong is seen in an undated photo he provided to the Empire. (Courtesy photo)

Dead Alaskans attempt to vote in Anchorage

The Alaska Division of Elections is investigating why seven dead people requested absentee ballots for the close-fought primary election in Anchorage’s House District 15. The… Continue reading

Mike Dunleavy for governor and Jerry Nankervis for state house election signs are seen on Egan Drive at 17 Mile on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Alaska statute states signs on private or commercial property cannot be located within 660 feet of a state-maintained road or “with the purpose of their message being read from the main traveled way.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Signs of trouble: ACLU and pro-Dunleavy campaign launch lawsuit against state

They’re the signs of the times, and they’re causing problems. On Thursday, the Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union joined the group Dunleavy… Continue reading

Mike Dunleavy for governor and Jerry Nankervis for state house election signs are seen on Egan Drive at 17 Mile on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Alaska statute states signs on private or commercial property cannot be located within 660 feet of a state-maintained road or “with the purpose of their message being read from the main traveled way.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Analysis: Primary results indicate willingness to re-fight old battles

On Tuesday, workers at the Alaska Division of Elections will begin counting absentee and question ballots from across the state. Those votes may tilt the… Continue reading

Green Elephant Gardens gardener Scott Jones cares for a marijuana plant on Green Elephant’s first day of operation in June 2017. Jennifer Canfield, co-owner of the marijuana retailer, says proposed on-site consumption rules could reduce the public’s exposure to marijuana smoke. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire file)

Alaska marijuana board opens comment on café-style rules

The Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office has begun taking public comments on a proposal that could allow Amsterdam-style marijuana cafés in Alaska. In a public… Continue reading

Green Elephant Gardens gardener Scott Jones cares for a marijuana plant on Green Elephant’s first day of operation in June 2017. Jennifer Canfield, co-owner of the marijuana retailer, says proposed on-site consumption rules could reduce the public’s exposure to marijuana smoke. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire file)
Duff Mitchell gives an update to electric vehicles usage in Juneau to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during their weekly luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau commission urges changes in electric car charging, parking

There was no altar or pulpit, and the Juneau Moose Lodge is hardly a church, but Duff Mitchell did his best to preach the gospel… Continue reading

Duff Mitchell gives an update to electric vehicles usage in Juneau to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during their weekly luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Feds will test nationwide cellphone alert system

Cellphones across Alaska will sound a strident alarm on Sept. 20 as the federal government conducts the first nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system.

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska. (File photo)

Rep. Don Young leads in campaign cash

Newly released reports from the Federal Election Commission show big financial support for incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, ahead of the Aug. 21 statewide primary election.

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska. (File photo)
Jerry Nankervis, Republican candidate for House District 34, puts on his “I Voted” sticker after casting his ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 in Alaska’s statewide primary election. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Voter turnout up from 2016, but still third-lowest

Alaskans came to the polls in earnest on Election Day, and according to figures from the Alaska Division of Elections, turnout has already beaten 2016… Continue reading

Jerry Nankervis, Republican candidate for House District 34, puts on his “I Voted” sticker after casting his ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 in Alaska’s statewide primary election. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)
Retired preschool teacher Katy Harman, left, is the first person to vote Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, 2018 at the Douglas Public Library during the 2018 Alaska Primary Election. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

The Latest: Alaska Primary Election 2018 live blog

News and results from the primary election in Juneau.

Retired preschool teacher Katy Harman, left, is the first person to vote Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, 2018 at the Douglas Public Library during the 2018 Alaska Primary Election. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)
House District 34 candidates Andi Story, left, and Rob Edwardson, center, wave campaign signs with Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, at Egan Drive and Glacier Highway on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Story, Hannan win Democratic nominations for Juneau House seats

The Democratic Party’s “Year of the Woman” arrived in Juneau on Tuesday. According to preliminary tallies by the Alaska Division of Elections, Sara Hannan has… Continue reading

House District 34 candidates Andi Story, left, and Rob Edwardson, center, wave campaign signs with Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, at Egan Drive and Glacier Highway on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Story, Hannan win Democratic nominations for Juneau House seats

The Democratic Party’s “Year of the Woman” arrived in Juneau on Tuesday. According to preliminary tallies by the Alaska Division of Elections, Sara Hannan has… Continue reading