Home

A black bear near Steep Creek on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Angelo Saggiomo | Juneau Empire File)

Trapper’s wolf snare kills second bear this summer

For the second time this summer, wolf snares set by a Juneau hunter killed a black bear.

A black bear near Steep Creek on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (Angelo Saggiomo | Juneau Empire File)
Recount confirms House District 29 winner

Recount confirms House District 29 winner

The Alaska Division of Elections has confirmed Benjamin Carpenter as the winner of the contested Republican primary election in House District 29. The bipartisan State… Continue reading

Recount confirms House District 29 winner
Correction for Sept. 9, 2018

Correction for Sept. 9, 2018

An article in Wednesday’s paper about candidates withdrawing from the November general election ballot incorrectly stated that Shawn Butler, an independent who won the Democratic… Continue reading

Correction for Sept. 9, 2018
Mark Begich refuses to withdraw, confirming three-way race for Alaska governor
Mark Begich refuses to withdraw, confirming three-way race for Alaska governor
Capital City Fire/Rescue workers return gear to an emergency vehicle in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday afternoon, March 8, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire File)

House fire in Valley is suspicious, CCFR says

Law enforcement agencies are investigating a suspicious house fire.

Capital City Fire/Rescue workers return gear to an emergency vehicle in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday afternoon, March 8, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire File)
Alaska agrees to allow small political signs while lawsuit proceeds

Alaska agrees to allow small political signs while lawsuit proceeds

The Alaska Department of Transportation and the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union appear to have reached partial agreement on the issue of campaign signs along state roads.

Alaska agrees to allow small political signs while lawsuit proceeds
Former state Senate Mike Dunleavy, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich shake hands after a debate at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Governor candidates meet in Juneau debate

Alaska’s three leading candidates for governor met on stage Thursday for the first time since the three-way race became official.

Former state Senate Mike Dunleavy, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich shake hands after a debate at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Dimond Courthouse at the corner of Main and 4th Streets in Juneau on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Man indicted for allegedly attacking grandmother in court

A Juneau man was indicted on an assault charge in August after allegedly attacking his grandmother during a court hearing.

The Dimond Courthouse at the corner of Main and 4th Streets in Juneau on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Metro Creative Connection stock image

Hatchet-wielding robbery suspect arrested Wednesday

Juneau Police Department officers arrested a man who allegedly swung a hatchet at Sportsman’s Warehouse employees when they tried to stop him from stealing.

Metro Creative Connection stock image
Police arrest man after girlfriend reported he pushed her out of moving car

Police arrest man after girlfriend reported he pushed her out of moving car

The Juneau Police Department arrested a man after his girlfriend reported he had pushed her out of a moving car Wednesday night.

Police arrest man after girlfriend reported he pushed her out of moving car
Juneau, state test scores rise from 2017

Juneau, state test scores rise from 2017

Alaska students improved in the state’s standardized testing program, but fewer than half are proficient in math, science and English. According to figures released Wednesday… Continue reading

Juneau, state test scores rise from 2017
Recount coming in Kenai state House race

Recount coming in Kenai state House race

A tightly contested Republican primary race for a Kenai Peninsula state House seat is headed to a state-paid recount. On Tuesday morning, Alaska Division of… Continue reading

Recount coming in Kenai state House race
Election Roundup: Dunleavy to campaign this week in Juneau

Election Roundup: Dunleavy to campaign this week in Juneau

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy will host a town hall discussion on crime and public safety from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday night at the Mendenhall Public… Continue reading

Election Roundup: Dunleavy to campaign this week in Juneau
Juneau Democrats divided over Begich campaign

Juneau Democrats divided over Begich campaign

Juneau is normally a Democratic stronghold, but when it comes to this year’s race for governor, it is a town divided. With days remaining until… Continue reading

Juneau Democrats divided over Begich campaign
Alaska State Employees Association Business Manager Jim Duncan leads union members in a chant during a rally at the State Office Building in 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Election roundup: Third major labor union backs Walker re-election

The Alaska State Employees Association has become the third major labor union to endorse the re-election of Gov. Bill Walker. In a statement issued Wednesday,… Continue reading

Alaska State Employees Association Business Manager Jim Duncan leads union members in a chant during a rally at the State Office Building in 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)
Governor Walker signs House Bill 333 at Bowman Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 in Anchorage. (Brice Habeger photo | Office of the Governor)

Walker signs bill allowing cities to ban cellphone use in school zones

Alaskans are already forbidden from texting while driving, and on Wednesday, Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation that could keep them from driving and talking on… Continue reading

Governor Walker signs House Bill 333 at Bowman Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 in Anchorage. (Brice Habeger photo | Office of the Governor)
At Dunleavy town hall, Juneau residents share stories of crime

At Dunleavy town hall, Juneau residents share stories of crime

There were stories about stolen cars, stolen property, assault and death. In a town-hall meeting Wednesday evening at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library, Republican gubernatorial… Continue reading

At Dunleavy town hall, Juneau residents share stories of crime
Flowers bloom at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum in July 2018. The Arboretum is closed until further notice due to excessive on-site bear activity. The closure is expected to last approximately two to three weeks. Visitor access will not be allowed during this time and no exceptions will be made. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Bears edge out humans at Arboretum

Ursine interest in the city’s botanical garden has made visits too dangerous

Flowers bloom at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum in July 2018. The Arboretum is closed until further notice due to excessive on-site bear activity. The closure is expected to last approximately two to three weeks. Visitor access will not be allowed during this time and no exceptions will be made. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A male pink salmon makes its way upstream to spawn in August of 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A male pink salmon makes its way upstream to spawn in August of 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Alaskans worried by prospect of deep-sea fish farms

Alaskans worried by prospect of deep-sea fish farms

In a Centennial Hall listening session, Alaskans raised concerns about federal plans to boost open-ocean fish farms under a new strategic plan for the U.S.… Continue reading

Alaskans worried by prospect of deep-sea fish farms