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The Michael J. Burns Building, whose tenants include the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., is being evaluated as a relocation site for some or all of the City and Borough of Juneau’s downtown offices, including the Assembly Chambers. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)

Moving city offices to ‘PFD building’ gets conceptual OK from Assembly members

Search for existing space to relocate follows failed ballot measures to fund new city hall.

The Michael J. Burns Building, whose tenants include the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., is being evaluated as a relocation site for some or all of the City and Borough of Juneau’s downtown offices, including the Assembly Chambers. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
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School district schedules three public comment meetings during next week to discuss budget deficit

First meeting is Wednesday at TMHS; meeting at JDHS next Tuesday and virtual meeting next Monday.

(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file photo)
Juneau School District Superintendent Frank Hauser, left, provides an update about the district’s financial situation to Juneau Assembly members and administrative leaders on Monday night at City Hall. A joint meeting of the Assembly and Juneau Board of Education to discuss possible solutions to the district’s financial crisis is scheduled Tuesday night. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Assembly gets first look at $8M school district deficit they are being asked to help solve

Follow-up meeting of Assembly and school board Tuesday to consider sharing costs, other options.

Juneau School District Superintendent Frank Hauser, left, provides an update about the district’s financial situation to Juneau Assembly members and administrative leaders on Monday night at City Hall. A joint meeting of the Assembly and Juneau Board of Education to discuss possible solutions to the district’s financial crisis is scheduled Tuesday night. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses state lawmakers and guests attending his State of the State speech on Jan. 23, 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file photo)

Gov. Dunleavy’s State of the State speech delayed until Tuesday due to weather

Flights carrying commissioners, guests for speech unable to arrive in Juneau in time

Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses state lawmakers and guests attending his State of the State speech on Jan. 23, 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file photo)
Above, a downtown Juneau street on Wednesday, Jan. 24, following two large snowstorms during the previous 10 days. Below, the same street at midday Monday after record-high temperatures and heavy rain dissolved most of the accumulated snow in many parts of town. (Above photo by Becky Bohrer / Associated Press; below photo by Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Heavy rain, record-high temperature causes snow from massive storms to virtually vanish

Juneau’s airport had 36 inches of snowpack last Wednesday, “down to a trace” on Monday morning.

Above, a downtown Juneau street on Wednesday, Jan. 24, following two large snowstorms during the previous 10 days. Below, the same street at midday Monday after record-high temperatures and heavy rain dissolved most of the accumulated snow in many parts of town. (Above photo by Becky Bohrer / Associated Press; below photo by Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
A landscape interpretation by Hollis Kitchin, whose work will be featured Friday at the Barnaby Brewing Company. (Photo courtesy of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council)

Here’s what’s happening for First Friday in February

A multitude of options for people looking to make or buy creative items for Valentine’s Day is among the other usual assortment of art exhibitions,… Continue reading

A landscape interpretation by Hollis Kitchin, whose work will be featured Friday at the Barnaby Brewing Company. (Photo courtesy of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council)
Cars drive aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Hubbard on June 25, 2023, in Haines. (Photo by James Brooks)

Proposal to put slot machines aboard Alaska ferries gets rough first reception

A Republican legislator from Wasilla has proposed legalizing some types of gambling aboard Alaska Marine Highway System ships as a way to raise operating revenue… Continue reading

Cars drive aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Hubbard on June 25, 2023, in Haines. (Photo by James Brooks)
Educational materials about human trafficking filled a table outside of a Capitol room where human rights advocates spoke to lawmakers about how human trafficking affects Alaska on Jan. 24. (Photo by Claire Stremple/Alaska Beacon)

Advocates say human trafficking is a growing problem in Alaska, as lawmakers push for solutions

Human trafficking, which affects an estimated 27.6 million people forced into labor or sex around the world, is happening in Alaska. Nearly 30% of homeless… Continue reading

Educational materials about human trafficking filled a table outside of a Capitol room where human rights advocates spoke to lawmakers about how human trafficking affects Alaska on Jan. 24. (Photo by Claire Stremple/Alaska Beacon)
An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 awaits inspection at the airline’s hangar at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Jan. 10, 2024, in SeaTac, Wash. Alaska Airlines has begun flying Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliners again for the first time Friday, Jan. 26, since they were grounded after a panel blew out of the side of one of the airline’s planes. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson, File)

Alaska Airlines has begun flying Boeing Max 9 jetliners again for the first time Friday

Alaska Airlines has begun flying Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliners again for the first time since they were grounded after a panel blew out of… Continue reading

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 awaits inspection at the airline’s hangar at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Jan. 10, 2024, in SeaTac, Wash. Alaska Airlines has begun flying Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliners again for the first time Friday, Jan. 26, since they were grounded after a panel blew out of the side of one of the airline’s planes. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson, File)
The statue of William Henry Seward in front of the Alaska State Capitol is seen covered in snow on Monday, Jan. 21. Juneau received almost six feet of snow in January. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

The number of legal conflicts between Alaska and the federal government is rising sharply

The number of legal conflicts between the state of Alaska and America’s federal government has risen significantly over the past decade, according to a review… Continue reading

The statue of William Henry Seward in front of the Alaska State Capitol is seen covered in snow on Monday, Jan. 21. Juneau received almost six feet of snow in January. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a campaign event on December 19, 2023 in Waterloo, Iowa. Iowa Republicans will be the first to select their party's nomination for the 2024 presidential race, when they go to caucus on January 15, 2024. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to bar Trump from Alaska election ballots

U.S. District Court Judge Joshua Kindred on Friday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from appearing on Alaska’s election… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a campaign event on December 19, 2023 in Waterloo, Iowa. Iowa Republicans will be the first to select their party's nomination for the 2024 presidential race, when they go to caucus on January 15, 2024. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Wade Bryson, a Juneau Assembly member who has hosted the radio show “Problem Corner” for the past 16 years, says the last show will be next Friday. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)

‘Problem Corner’ ending after about 70 years as new owners of local radio stations opt for switch to music

Final broadcast of longest-running radio program in Alaska’s history is next Friday, host says.

Wade Bryson, a Juneau Assembly member who has hosted the radio show “Problem Corner” for the past 16 years, says the last show will be next Friday. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy is seen in a screenshot of a news conference on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in Anchorage. (Screenshot)

Dunleavy backs Texas decision to ignore U.S. Supreme Court’s border ruling

Gov. Mike Dunleavy joined 24 other Republican governors Thursday in support of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to ignore a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is seen in a screenshot of a news conference on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in Anchorage. (Screenshot)
A city worker clears streets in downtown Juneau following this week’s snowstorm. (City and Borough of Juneau photo)

Arrival of heavy rain means risk for structures, boats and avalanches even higher after record snow

Up to two inches of precipitation a day forecast through Monday; Thane Road closing at 6 p.m. Friday

A city worker clears streets in downtown Juneau following this week’s snowstorm. (City and Borough of Juneau photo)
The Juneau Symphony rehearses for a concert in October of 2022. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)

Juneau Symphony cancels concerts for first time in known memory due to weather

Snow storm made rehearsing, access to instruments, arrival of guest artists doubtful, director says.

The Juneau Symphony rehearses for a concert in October of 2022. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Jared Yancy checks off games on an inventory list in preparation Thursday for the Platypus-Con Board and Card Game Extravaganza, scheduled Friday through Sunday at Centennial Hall. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Snowpocalypse no match for giant Platypus determined to spend long weekend gaming

Annual Platypus-Con digs 2,300+ games out of storage for event Friday-Sunday at Centennial Hall.

Jared Yancy checks off games on an inventory list in preparation Thursday for the Platypus-Con Board and Card Game Extravaganza, scheduled Friday through Sunday at Centennial Hall. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
A tiny tree bears a great weight along the Montana Creek Trail on Jan. 21. (Photo by Deana Barajas)

Wild Shots

To showcase our readers’ work to the widest possible audience, Wild Shots have been moved in front of the Juneau Empire’s paywall. Don’t have a… Continue reading

A tiny tree bears a great weight along the Montana Creek Trail on Jan. 21. (Photo by Deana Barajas)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to a joint meeting of the Juneau and Alaska chambers of commerce on Thursday. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

Dunleavy: Package solution needed for education in Alaska

Governor says he will veto a standalone education funding increase unless other items are included.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to a joint meeting of the Juneau and Alaska chambers of commerce on Thursday. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
Jamiann Hasselquist drums for participants in an autumn HTL-coordinated cold water dip. The process of submerging in cold water is a cultural tradition that dates back thousands of years within Southeast Alaska– promoting strength in body and mind. (Photo by Ḵaa Yahaayí Shkalneegi Muriel Reid)

Resilient Peoples and Place: Catalyzing Healing — A Q&A with S’eiltin Jamiann Hasselquist

For this story, Reid spends time with Jamiann Hasselquist to understand the new Healing Catalyst position within the Sustainable Southeast Partnership. Jamiann Hasselquist, Lingít name… Continue reading

Jamiann Hasselquist drums for participants in an autumn HTL-coordinated cold water dip. The process of submerging in cold water is a cultural tradition that dates back thousands of years within Southeast Alaska– promoting strength in body and mind. (Photo by Ḵaa Yahaayí Shkalneegi Muriel Reid)
The front page of the Juneau Empire on Jan. 25, 1984. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
The front page of the Juneau Empire on Jan. 25, 1984. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)