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Liz Snyder, candidate for House District 27, is seen in a May photo from her campaign. (Courtesy photo)

Ruling may allow more professors to campaign for office

The Alaska Public Offices Commission may approve a legal opinion today that could encourage University of Alaska professors to run for state office. In March,… Continue reading

Liz Snyder, candidate for House District 27, is seen in a May photo from her campaign. (Courtesy photo)
Gov. Bill Walker speaks to members of the media in April 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file photo)

Despite pending lawsuit, Gov. Bill Walker signs oil and gas borrowing bill

Despite a pending lawsuit, Gov. Bill Walker on Wednesday signed legislation allowing the state of Alaska to borrow up to $1 billion in order to… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker speaks to members of the media in April 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file photo)
Cori Metzgar, Director of Sports Performance at Western Oregon University and host of the Juneau Football and Sports Performance Camp, speaks to athletes at the Dimond Park Field House last July. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Football, strength camps returning to Juneau

Two sports camps are returning to the capital city next month. The Juneau Football Skills Camp and Juneau Sports Performance Camp will run for the… Continue reading

Cori Metzgar, Director of Sports Performance at Western Oregon University and host of the Juneau Football and Sports Performance Camp, speaks to athletes at the Dimond Park Field House last July. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
President Donald Trump signs an executive order to keep families together at the border, but says that the ‘zero-tolerance’ prosecution policy will continue, during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Standing behind Trump are Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, and Vice President Mike Pence. (Martinez Monsivais | The Associated Press)

In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to keep families together at the border, but says that the ‘zero-tolerance’ prosecution policy will continue, during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Standing behind Trump are Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, and Vice President Mike Pence. (Martinez Monsivais | The Associated Press)
Learn from our history, don’t repeat it

Learn from our history, don’t repeat it

The Department of Homeland Security removed more than 2,000 children from their families in a matter of weeks. As mothers and grandmothers who have dedicated… Continue reading

Learn from our history, don’t repeat it
Zach Fansler

Former Alaska legislator Zach Fansler withdraws from Democratic primary

Former Alaska legislator Zach Fansler has officially dropped out of the race for Democratic primary for House District 38. Fansler sent a letter to Division… Continue reading

Zach Fansler
In this June 11, 2009 file photo, an Alaska Airlines airliner is pushed away from a gate at SeaTac Airport in SeaTac, Wash. (Associated Press file)

Alaska Airlines denounces child separation policy

Alaska Airlines joined several other national air carriers Wednesday by asking the Trump administration to not use their flights to carry migrant children who have been separated from their parents by immigration authorities.

In this June 11, 2009 file photo, an Alaska Airlines airliner is pushed away from a gate at SeaTac Airport in SeaTac, Wash. (Associated Press file)
The State of Alaska has applied to take control of the land under the Taku River. The lands the state is asking for are pictured in blue. (Map courtesy Bureau of Land Management)

Alaska applies for control of Taku River, a federal waterway

The land under the Taku River may soon have a new owner: the State of Alaska. The state has applied with the Bureau of Land… Continue reading

The State of Alaska has applied to take control of the land under the Taku River. The lands the state is asking for are pictured in blue. (Map courtesy Bureau of Land Management)
Good Samaritan vessels assist three adults and three children after their 27-foot cabin cruiser began taking on water near Long Island in Sitka Sound, Alaska, June 19, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard | Courtesy Photo)

Good Samaritans, Coast Guard rescues boat taking on water

Three adults and three children are safe after their boat began taking on water near Long Island in Sitka Sound, according to a Coast Guard… Continue reading

Good Samaritan vessels assist three adults and three children after their 27-foot cabin cruiser began taking on water near Long Island in Sitka Sound, Alaska, June 19, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard | Courtesy Photo)
Christopher Strawn appears in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, for sentencing in the 2015 murder of Brandon Cook. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Convicted murderer gets 90-year prison sentence

Christopher D. Strawn was found guilty of the 2015 murder of Brandon Cook.

Christopher Strawn appears in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, for sentencing in the 2015 murder of Brandon Cook. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, talks during the announcement of a new northern internet fiber-optic link while in Whitehorse on June 20, 2018. (Crystal Schick | Yukon News)

Yukon rejects Alaska fiber link

The Yukon government will not build a cross-border fiber-optic link connecting Alaska over land, it announced Wednesday.

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, talks during the announcement of a new northern internet fiber-optic link while in Whitehorse on June 20, 2018. (Crystal Schick | Yukon News)
What’s Happening the week of June 20-26

What’s Happening the week of June 20-26

Discussion on mental health and substance use treatment, Wednesday, June 20, 6-7:30 p.m., Northern Light United Church. A community discussion about behavioral health services for… Continue reading

What’s Happening the week of June 20-26
Writers’ Weir: Jigging for Halibut

Writers’ Weir: Jigging for Halibut

This is a work of fiction. The Capital City Weekly accepts submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. To submit a piece for consideration, email us… Continue reading

Writers’ Weir: Jigging for Halibut
Travis takes one last picture of Jamie while waiting for their plane. Tara Neilson | For the Capital City Weekly

Alaska for Real: Casting the Panhandle

When my brother Jamie Neilson pulled up to the dock in Meyers Chuck I stepped out to shake hands with two strangers. First was Travis,… Continue reading

Travis takes one last picture of Jamie while waiting for their plane. Tara Neilson | For the Capital City Weekly
Some days you’re a lingcod, some days a quillback. Best keep that in mind. Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly

Being local, and local-ish

I used to get a little territorial when it came to non-locals descending on Prince of Wales. Ironic, of course, because I had this attitude… Continue reading

Some days you’re a lingcod, some days a quillback. Best keep that in mind. Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly
Art of Marian Call by Libby Stringer.

Real Music: A decade of songwriting

If you want to be a professional musician, 90 percent of what you will do will not be music, said Juneau resident Marian Call, a… Continue reading

Art of Marian Call by Libby Stringer.
Emily Lockie dances with her husband, Scott, and their children, Eava and Annalise, during the Block Party at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Friday, June 15, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Summer Block Parties create a fun, family-friendly space

Big band music filled the summer evening on June 15, calling pedestrians through the double loading dock doors of the Juneau Arts and Culture Center… Continue reading

Emily Lockie dances with her husband, Scott, and their children, Eava and Annalise, during the Block Party at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Friday, June 15, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Stan Lujan became the new president of the Juneau Symphony in early June. Michael Penn | For the Capital City Weekly

Meet the new Juneau Symphony president

The Juneau Symphony’s president Sarah McNair-Grove stepped down on June 5, and board member Stan Lujan was elected to take her place on June 7.… Continue reading

Stan Lujan became the new president of the Juneau Symphony in early June. Michael Penn | For the Capital City Weekly

Border family separations open old wounds

I want to express my appreciation to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for opposing the separation of families at the U.S. border and demanding… Continue reading

A fishermen shows Coast Guard inspectors the life jackets on his power troller in 2015. (Juneau Empire file)

Vessel safety checks are free this weekend

Coast Guard inspecting recreation and fishing boats for free this weekend.

A fishermen shows Coast Guard inspectors the life jackets on his power troller in 2015. (Juneau Empire file)