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Firefighter Emily Lockie sprays down the crowd at the annual Make & Break hose race in Douglas on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Annual hose race douses spectators, honors tradition

About 100 feet from where Firefighter Emily Lockie stood prior to the start of Wednesday’s annual Make & Break hose race, a memento of the… Continue reading

Firefighter Emily Lockie sprays down the crowd at the annual Make & Break hose race in Douglas on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Aaron Hull, 9, races in the Soapbox Challenge down St. Ann’s Avenue on Wednesday. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Soapbox Challenge thrill for youth

For 9-year-old Aaron Hull, racing in the Soapbox Challenge is by-and-large a good time. “It’s a little bit scary,” Hull said of starting down a… Continue reading

Aaron Hull, 9, races in the Soapbox Challenge down St. Ann’s Avenue on Wednesday. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Mod Carousel from left to right: Moscato Extatique, Trojan Original, Paris Original and Luminous Pariah. (Courtesy photo | Mod Carousel)

More than a strip tease: Boylesque troupe returns to Juneau with fresh material

Returning to Juneau for the ninth time, boylesque troupe Mod Carousel is bringing two new shows to Juneau this Saturday titled “Pop!” Mod Carousel has… Continue reading

Mod Carousel from left to right: Moscato Extatique, Trojan Original, Paris Original and Luminous Pariah. (Courtesy photo | Mod Carousel)
A car window is pictured July 4, 2018. This is not the car in which a dog died of heat stroke Tuesday. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Dog dies after suffering heat stroke in hot car

A young Great Dane died of heat stroke after being left in a car Tuesday afternoon, Gastineau Humane Society Animal Control Officer and Director of… Continue reading

A car window is pictured July 4, 2018. This is not the car in which a dog died of heat stroke Tuesday. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Zach Bursell sprints to the finish line of the Glenn Frick Memorial Mile, which took place just before the start of the Juneau Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday morning. Bursell placed first overall and set a new course record in the mile. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Records fall at the Frick Mile

Zach Bursell and Beth Gollin finished their Fourth of July $100 richer. The duo set new race records in the Glenn Frick Memorial Mile, which… Continue reading

Zach Bursell sprints to the finish line of the Glenn Frick Memorial Mile, which took place just before the start of the Juneau Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday morning. Bursell placed first overall and set a new course record in the mile. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
A 13-year-old girl and her aunt and uncle are taken back to a cabin on Kruzof Island, Alaska, July 3, 2018, in an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The girl was reported missing in a kayak in Shelikof Bay, last seen wearing a purple, blue and black life jacket, and was later found by the Jayhawk crew in good condition. (U.S. Coast Guard | Courtesy Photo)

With help from aunt, Coast Guard finds missing girl near Sitka

A 13-year-old girl briefly went missing on Kruzof Island near Sitka on Tuesday afternoon, according to a Coast Guard release, as she paddled in the… Continue reading

A 13-year-old girl and her aunt and uncle are taken back to a cabin on Kruzof Island, Alaska, July 3, 2018, in an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The girl was reported missing in a kayak in Shelikof Bay, last seen wearing a purple, blue and black life jacket, and was later found by the Jayhawk crew in good condition. (U.S. Coast Guard | Courtesy Photo)
Ellie Knapp and Adelie McMillan dance together at the annual pre-fireworks “Barn Dance” at St. Ann’s Parish Hall Tueday, July 3. (Gregory Philson | Juneau Empire)

‘Dance the night away’: Annual pre-fireworks dance a hit for everyone

Odette Edgar has a good reason to always enjoy the annual July 3 “Barn Dance.” She met her husband, Doug, there 15 years ago. “He… Continue reading

Ellie Knapp and Adelie McMillan dance together at the annual pre-fireworks “Barn Dance” at St. Ann’s Parish Hall Tueday, July 3. (Gregory Philson | Juneau Empire)
‘My job is to make people smile’: Comic strip creator discusses his career

‘My job is to make people smile’: Comic strip creator discusses his career

A paper route and a flashlight. That was how Jerry Scott, co-creator of “Zits” and Baby Blues” comic strips, found his passion for newspapers at… Continue reading

‘My job is to make people smile’: Comic strip creator discusses his career
Gastineau Channel Little League shortstop Kaia Smith tags out Ketchikan Little League’s Charlie King on Tuesday during Game 2 of a best-of-five series in the Alaska Little League District 2 Junior Softball Tournament at Dudley Field in Ketchikan. (Dustin Safranek | Ketchikan Daily News)

Walk-offs plague junior all-stars

After two walk-off losses, the Gastineau Channel Little League all-stars find themselves on the brink of elimination in the Alaska District 2 Junior Softball Tournament.… Continue reading

Gastineau Channel Little League shortstop Kaia Smith tags out Ketchikan Little League’s Charlie King on Tuesday during Game 2 of a best-of-five series in the Alaska Little League District 2 Junior Softball Tournament at Dudley Field in Ketchikan. (Dustin Safranek | Ketchikan Daily News)
Police calls for Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Police calls for Wednesday, July 4, 2018

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement and public safety agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction… Continue reading

Police calls for Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Red Cross Mental Health Service Associate Annie Caulfield, a Juneau resident, holds a baby while deployed in Hawaii in May 2018. Caulfield and other volunteers were there in response to the Kilauea Volcano eruption that has displaced thousands of people. (American Red Cross | Courtesy Photo)

Juneau’s Red Cross volunteers help victims of Hawaii volcano

Annie Caulfield saw tears in the old man’s eyes. The man had lost his home to the flowing lava that came from the Kilauea volcano… Continue reading

Red Cross Mental Health Service Associate Annie Caulfield, a Juneau resident, holds a baby while deployed in Hawaii in May 2018. Caulfield and other volunteers were there in response to the Kilauea Volcano eruption that has displaced thousands of people. (American Red Cross | Courtesy Photo)
Kayakers begin the Chilkat Challenge Triathlon on Sunday in Mosquito Lake. (Courtesy Photo | Derek Poinsette)

Juneau duo, solo competitor victorious in Chilkat Challenge

Juneau was well-represented in the Chilkat Challenge Triathlon on Sunday in Haines. Juneau fielded five teams (two and three-person) and four solo competitors for the… Continue reading

Kayakers begin the Chilkat Challenge Triathlon on Sunday in Mosquito Lake. (Courtesy Photo | Derek Poinsette)
Alaska Electric Light & Power announced the Regulatory Commission of Alaska approved rate cuts for customers effective Aug. 1. (Empire File Photo)

Regulatory Commission approves AELP’s request to lower rates

Alaska Electric Light and Power customers will see their electric rates drop. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska approved AEL&P’s request to pass income tax savings… Continue reading

Alaska Electric Light & Power announced the Regulatory Commission of Alaska approved rate cuts for customers effective Aug. 1. (Empire File Photo)
A U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter is seen in this undated image. (The Weather Channel | Courtesy Photo)

Three on board rescued as boat sinks near Sitka

A Coast Guard helicopter and a good Samaritan fishing vessel helped rescue three people on a sinking vessel in Sitka Sound on Monday night, according… Continue reading

A U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter is seen in this undated image. (The Weather Channel | Courtesy Photo)
Juneau Police Department representatives march in the Juneau 4th of July parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

JPD will have increased presence in town during festivities

It’s become a Fourth of July tradition for the Juneau Police Department to have an increased number of officers working, and this year is no… Continue reading

Juneau Police Department representatives march in the Juneau 4th of July parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Pilings at Taku Harbor recently underwent repairs after ice expansion had forced them to come out of the ground. (Courtesy Photo | City and Borough of Juneau Docks & Harbors)

‘Unusual situation’ at Taku Harbor now fixed

When pilings keeping wooden docks properly floating are no longer straight, it can become a problem. Fortunately, the City and Borough of Juneau Docks &… Continue reading

Pilings at Taku Harbor recently underwent repairs after ice expansion had forced them to come out of the ground. (Courtesy Photo | City and Borough of Juneau Docks & Harbors)
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, right, shakes hands with owner Ray Keenan after touring Rollo Bay Holdings, which specializes in potato producing, marketing, shipping and exporting, in Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Friday, June 15, 2018. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Secretary of Agriculture to visit Southeast timber industry sites

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will visit Southeast Alaska on Thursday as part of a “Back to Our Roots” tour of Washington, Oregon, Idaho… Continue reading

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, right, shakes hands with owner Ray Keenan after touring Rollo Bay Holdings, which specializes in potato producing, marketing, shipping and exporting, in Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Friday, June 15, 2018. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)
Cyclists ride in the Eagle Beach Bike Relay Race on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo | Suzanne McGee)

Eagle Beach Relay Results

Three dozen cyclists competed in the Eagle Beach Bike Relay Race on Saturday.

Cyclists ride in the Eagle Beach Bike Relay Race on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo | Suzanne McGee)

Convicted drug dealer indicted for meth in prison

Other indictments include domestic violence, downtown assault.

Kate Troll

How much more bleeding for big oil must Alaskans withstand?

Soon, your PFD may ultimately need another kind of PFD, a Personal Flotation Device.

Kate Troll