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Chicken Yard Park doesn’t need change

Chicken Yard Park in Starr Hill is nearly 100 years old. My grandfather played in it. It was the neighborhood itself that put in the… Continue reading

A Capital Transit bus is pictured in this October 2016 file photo. (Juneau Empire File)

Bus stops close because of downtown construction

Construction on North Franklin Street is affecting more than just concrete and asphalt. As a result of the construction, which began Wednesday, Capital Transit bus… Continue reading

A Capital Transit bus is pictured in this October 2016 file photo. (Juneau Empire File)

Walker, Mallott have proven commitment to education

As I head into my 30th year as a teacher in the Juneau School District, I have high hopes that Gov. Bill Walker and Lt.… Continue reading

Gov. Walker supports killing bear mothers and cubs in dens

The killing of a mother black bear and her “shrieking” cubs at their snow-covered den in Prince William Sound in April by an Alaska “hunter,”… Continue reading

Empty piggy banks can’t pay dividends

Don’t blame Gov. Bill Walker for cutting the dividend; blame Mike Dunleavy and State Senate Majority who let the piggy bank run dry. They’ve been… Continue reading

Police calls for Wednesday, Aug. 15, 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

Team Juneau, a newly formed Native Youth Olympics team, recently talked about their journey to the Native Youth Olympics Games and World Eskimo Indian Olympics and showcased some games in which they competed during a lunch hosted by Sealaska Heritage Institute on Friday. The team, coached by Kaytlynne Lewis and Kyle Worl, was the first to represent Juneau at the NYO Games in nearly 30 years. (Left to right): Coach Kyle Worl, Josh Sheakley, Bryan Johnson, Sara Steeves, Skylar Tuckwood, Joe Dundore, Derrick Roberts. (Courtesy Photo | Sealaska Heritage Institute via Lyndsey Brollini)

Native Youth Olympics team shares season highlights

Sealaska Heritage Institute held a celebratory lunch for Juneau’s Native Youth Olympics team on Friday at the SHI offices. SHI was one of the co-sponsors… Continue reading

Team Juneau, a newly formed Native Youth Olympics team, recently talked about their journey to the Native Youth Olympics Games and World Eskimo Indian Olympics and showcased some games in which they competed during a lunch hosted by Sealaska Heritage Institute on Friday. The team, coached by Kaytlynne Lewis and Kyle Worl, was the first to represent Juneau at the NYO Games in nearly 30 years. (Left to right): Coach Kyle Worl, Josh Sheakley, Bryan Johnson, Sara Steeves, Skylar Tuckwood, Joe Dundore, Derrick Roberts. (Courtesy Photo | Sealaska Heritage Institute via Lyndsey Brollini)
Police calls for Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

Police calls for Tuesday, Aug. 14, 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 Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
Alaska Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at Sea-Tac International Airport Friday evening, Aug. 10, 2018, in SeaTac, Washington. An airline mechanic stole an Alaska Airlines plane without any passengers and took off from Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington state on Friday night before crashing near Ketron Island, officials said. (Elaine Thompson | The Associated Press)

Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn’t a licensed pilot.

Alaska Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at Sea-Tac International Airport Friday evening, Aug. 10, 2018, in SeaTac, Washington. An airline mechanic stole an Alaska Airlines plane without any passengers and took off from Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington state on Friday night before crashing near Ketron Island, officials said. (Elaine Thompson | The Associated Press)
Police and fire for Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

Police and fire for Monday, Aug. 13, 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 and fire for Monday, Aug. 13, 2018
Mariyan Aleksiev, of Earthmovers, cuts into the pavement at the intersection of Franklin and Front Streets on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A section of Front Street will be closed as remodeling work to replace utilities, pavement, sidewalk and lighting fixtures take place over the next few months. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Next phase of downtown construction to start

This Wednesday, the fall phase of work on the City and Borough of Juneau’s Downtown Street Improvements Project will begin. The phase in the multi-year… Continue reading

Mariyan Aleksiev, of Earthmovers, cuts into the pavement at the intersection of Franklin and Front Streets on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A section of Front Street will be closed as remodeling work to replace utilities, pavement, sidewalk and lighting fixtures take place over the next few months. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
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Crime rates can’t be linked to SB 91

On July 31, the Juneau Empire posted an opinion piece by Dan Carothers criticizing Alaska’s justice reforms. First off, I want to thank Mr. Carothers… Continue reading

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The Alaska State Capitol. (Juneau Empire File)

The Democratic primary is still a party affair

This month’s Democratic Party primary was supposed to lay out a welcome mat for “independent thinkers.” That’s how Casey Steinau, the state chairperson, described the… Continue reading

The Alaska State Capitol. (Juneau Empire File)
Former Alaska U.S. Senator Mark Begich greets and speaks to Juneau residents interested in his campaign for governor at the IBEW Local 1547 Union office on Thursday, June 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Building a better future for Alaska

It has been an exciting two months out on the campaign trail. Everywhere I go, I hear from Alaskans who have big dreams for a… Continue reading

Former Alaska U.S. Senator Mark Begich greets and speaks to Juneau residents interested in his campaign for governor at the IBEW Local 1547 Union office on Thursday, June 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Firefighters battle a fire at a mobile home at Switzer Village Mobile Home Park on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. (Capital City Fire/Rescue | Courtesy Photo)

Fire destroys trailer, kills dog

A Saturday morning blaze in Switzer Village resulted in the total loss of a double-wide trailer. The home didn’t have any humans inside during the… Continue reading

Firefighters battle a fire at a mobile home at Switzer Village Mobile Home Park on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. (Capital City Fire/Rescue | Courtesy Photo)

Alaska wild salmon: You’ve come a long way, baby

Editor’s note: This column was originally published in 2015. It has been tweaked with just a few updates, in honor of this year’s “Alaska Wild… Continue reading

Police calls for Sunday, Aug. 12, 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

Travel Juneau announces board election results

Travel Juneau has announced the results of its first board of directors elections since becoming a self-perpetuating board in November. Richard Burns of the Juneau… Continue reading

Thank you for helping with the Aukeman

The Aukeman Triathlon would like to thank all of the athletes who joined the 10th annual triathlon on Aug. 4, and a huge thanks to… Continue reading

Claressa Ullmayer is seen in a July photo. (Courtesy photo)

JDHS alumna graduates with master’s degree from Villanova

Claressa Ullmayer graduated with a Masters of Accountancy in Data Analytics degree from Villanova University School of Business in July. She is the daughter of… Continue reading

Claressa Ullmayer is seen in a July photo. (Courtesy photo)