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Police calls for Monday, Feb. 5, 2024

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Letter: Governor should ‘Choose Respect’ and take down pro-life flag from official residence

Please take down the anti-choice flag displayed at the governor’s mansion. I have lived in Alaska for 24 years. That flag does not represent my… Continue reading

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The Alaska State Capitol is seen on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska governor bans big new contracts with companies that boycott Israel

Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a far-reaching administrative order on Monday that calls for public agencies to stop doing business with companies that support an economic… Continue reading

The Alaska State Capitol is seen on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
A sign noting the acceptance of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards that are used by state welfare departments to issue benefits is displayed at a grocery store on Dec. 4, 2019, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Alaska must face food stamp litigation after a year of stays, court says

A sign noting the acceptance of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards that are used by state welfare departments to issue benefits is displayed at a… Continue reading

A sign noting the acceptance of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards that are used by state welfare departments to issue benefits is displayed at a grocery store on Dec. 4, 2019, in Oakland, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
This screenshot from a court filing by the Alaska Department of Law shows two identical pairs of wool booties taken from a tourist shop near Denali National Park. One pair bears the label “made in Nepal,” while the other says that it was made in Alaska. (Screenshot)

Mythical ‘Yakutat alpaca’ items costs Denali-area clothing shop $53,000 in fines

No such creature exists, despite claims of store officials say re-branded foreign products.

This screenshot from a court filing by the Alaska Department of Law shows two identical pairs of wool booties taken from a tourist shop near Denali National Park. One pair bears the label “made in Nepal,” while the other says that it was made in Alaska. (Screenshot)
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Police calls for Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024

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Redpolls have come to Juneau in large numbers this year. (Photo by Mark Schwan)

On the Trails: Snow flies and other wintery things

January brought us two massive snowfalls, piling up about six feet deep, and pretty much shutting down the whole city for a couple of days.… Continue reading

Redpolls have come to Juneau in large numbers this year. (Photo by Mark Schwan)
Students depart Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)

My Turn: Consolidating into one modestly sized high school is best for Juneau’s students

It has been known for years that the Juneau School District student population (which is where funding begins) has been dropping and will continue to… Continue reading

Students depart Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
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Aurora forecast for the week of Feb. 5

These forecasts are courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute and available online, along with more data, at www.gi.alaska.edu/monitors/aurora-forecast. The listings below will… Continue reading

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The Red Devil Mine, which produced mercury on and off from the 1930s to 1971, is seen from the air in 1960 in this archival photo from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s collection. The Bureau of Land Management has approved a plan to clean up what is considered the last remaining source of contamination: tailings spread over the property. (Photo by Don Grybeck/University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library archives and special collections)

Federal regulators approve long-term plan for cleaning site of Alaska mercury mine

Nearly a century after a Western Alaska mine began producing mercury, cleanup of the site is entering a final but long-term phase. The U.S. Bureau… Continue reading

The Red Devil Mine, which produced mercury on and off from the 1930s to 1971, is seen from the air in 1960 in this archival photo from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s collection. The Bureau of Land Management has approved a plan to clean up what is considered the last remaining source of contamination: tailings spread over the property. (Photo by Don Grybeck/University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library archives and special collections)
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Police calls for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024

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A long line of people wait their turn during the Southeast Alaska Food Bank’s weekly food pantry on Dec. 7, 2023. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)

My Turn: We need to make food security a priority in Alaska’s 2024 legislative session

As Alaskans we understand the value of harvesting, fishing and foraging as a fundamental part of our lives. But even though these lands and waters… Continue reading

A long line of people wait their turn during the Southeast Alaska Food Bank’s weekly food pantry on Dec. 7, 2023. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
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Letter: Make good choices about school district’s future

As the Assembly once again plans to bail out mismanagement, please make good choices. Note: that’s a lesson taught early in our local elementary schools.… Continue reading

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Thunder Mountain High School senior Thomas Baxter (30) shown in action against Kodiak on Thursday, scored 30 points to lead the Falcons over the Ketchikan Kings at Kayhi on Saturday. (Klas Stolpe/For the Juneau Empire)

Thunder Mountain boys split series at Ketchikan

Baxter raises Falcons from 54-45 Friday fall to 61-43 win Saturday

Thunder Mountain High School senior Thomas Baxter (30) shown in action against Kodiak on Thursday, scored 30 points to lead the Falcons over the Ketchikan Kings at Kayhi on Saturday. (Klas Stolpe/For the Juneau Empire)
John Martin’s painting “Fallen Angels in Hell,” circa 1841. (Public domain via The Yorck Project)

Living and Growing: Rethinking Hell?

Does a merciful God really torture unbelievers, forever? Now, more than ever, more people reject God. One reason could be the idea of an “eternal,… Continue reading

John Martin’s painting “Fallen Angels in Hell,” circa 1841. (Public domain via The Yorck Project)
Thunder Mountain High School senior Kara Strong, Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé junior Nadia Wilson (12), TMHS junior Kerra Baxter (22) and JDHS freshman Layla Tokuoka (14) battle for a rebound during the Falcons 42-28 win over the Crimson Bears on Saturday at the George Houston Gymnasium. (Klas Stolpe/For the Juneau Empire)

Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain girls split local road games

Crimson Bears win 42-40 at Falcons’ Thunderdome, Falcons win 42-28 at George Houston Gymnasium.

Thunder Mountain High School senior Kara Strong, Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé junior Nadia Wilson (12), TMHS junior Kerra Baxter (22) and JDHS freshman Layla Tokuoka (14) battle for a rebound during the Falcons 42-28 win over the Crimson Bears on Saturday at the George Houston Gymnasium. (Klas Stolpe/For the Juneau Empire)
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Letter: State bears much of the blame for school district’s deficit

Although mistakes were made in calculating the Juneau School District’s budget this year, I believe much of the anger is misplaced. Rebecca Braun wrote in… Continue reading

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Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé junior Gavin Gerrin (1) scores from past the arc over Kodiak junior Mac Abellera (00) during the Crimson Bears 75-50 win over the Bears on Saturday at the George Houston Gymnasium. (Klas Stolpe/For the Juneau Empire)

Juneau-Douglas boys sweep visiting Kodiak

Crimson Bears defend home den against northern island Bears

Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé junior Gavin Gerrin (1) scores from past the arc over Kodiak junior Mac Abellera (00) during the Crimson Bears 75-50 win over the Bears on Saturday at the George Houston Gymnasium. (Klas Stolpe/For the Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2023, in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Opinion: Dunleavy’s immigration duplicity

“People will go where they believe they have a future. That should be obvious” Gov. Mike Dunleavy said in his State of the State speech… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2023, in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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Police calls for Friday, Feb. 2, 2024

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