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Public invited to put their imprint on city’s downtown plans

The City and Borough of Juneau has big plans for downtown. They’re just not yet fully formed and need public input. A kickoff event for… Continue reading

  • Aug 25, 2018
  • JUNEAU EMPIRE
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This July 10, 2008 photo made with a fisheye lens shows ice floes in Baffin Bay above the Arctic Circle, seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker. (Associated Press | Louis S. St-Laurent)

NOAA to work on Arctic at Juneau panel

Meetings this week in Juneau will help shape the future of marine navigation in the Arctic and around Alaska. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s… Continue reading

This July 10, 2008 photo made with a fisheye lens shows ice floes in Baffin Bay above the Arctic Circle, seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker. (Associated Press | Louis S. St-Laurent)
Fishing gear downs seagull

Fishing gear downs seagull

A local bird rescue center is asking fishermen to be careful with their fishing gear after a seagull ingested a treble hook and died earlier… Continue reading

Fishing gear downs seagull
Mike Dunleavy for governor and Jerry Nankervis for state house election signs are seen on Egan Drive at 17 Mile on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Alaska statute states signs on private or commercial property cannot be located within 660 feet of a state-maintained road or “with the purpose of their message being read from the main traveled way.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Signs of trouble: ACLU and pro-Dunleavy campaign launch lawsuit against state

They’re the signs of the times, and they’re causing problems. On Thursday, the Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union joined the group Dunleavy… Continue reading

Mike Dunleavy for governor and Jerry Nankervis for state house election signs are seen on Egan Drive at 17 Mile on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Alaska statute states signs on private or commercial property cannot be located within 660 feet of a state-maintained road or “with the purpose of their message being read from the main traveled way.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Jeremy Bauer, left, and Jason Clifton, right, of Frenchie’s Floral Studio, talk with inmate Patrick Sweeney about a flower-growing collaboration at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Gardening project results in nostalgia, inspiration for inmates

As a drizzling rain fell Friday afternoon, Patrick Sweeney stood in the courtyard at Lemon Creek Correctional Center and talked about the flower beds he… Continue reading

Jeremy Bauer, left, and Jason Clifton, right, of Frenchie’s Floral Studio, talk with inmate Patrick Sweeney about a flower-growing collaboration at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sitka Police Chief Jeff Ankerfelt (right) was named to the Alaska Marijuana Control Board on May 24. Ankerfelt is the subject of a lawsuit filed this week against the department by current officer Ryan Silva. (Courtesy Photo | Sitka Police Department)

Sitka officer files lawsuit alleging police department punished him for speaking out

A Sitka police officer filed a lawsuit against the City of Sitka and the Sitka Police Department this week, making a variety of claims that… Continue reading

Sitka Police Chief Jeff Ankerfelt (right) was named to the Alaska Marijuana Control Board on May 24. Ankerfelt is the subject of a lawsuit filed this week against the department by current officer Ryan Silva. (Courtesy Photo | Sitka Police Department)
Analysis: Primary results indicate willingness to re-fight old battles

Analysis: Primary results indicate willingness to re-fight old battles

On Tuesday, workers at the Alaska Division of Elections will begin counting absentee and question ballots from across the state. Those votes may tilt the… Continue reading

Analysis: Primary results indicate willingness to re-fight old battles
Ballot Measure 1 forum set for Monday

Ballot Measure 1 forum set for Monday

A lot of questions remain for voters ahead of the Nov. 6 general election. None may be more pressing than what effect Ballot Measure 1,… Continue reading

Ballot Measure 1 forum set for Monday
Chef Berkeley Scott, of the buoy tender Hickory, prepares two burgers to be judged on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Coast Guard chefs compete to see who can make the best burger

Culinary Specialist-3 Berkeley Scott crouched down like a golfer reading a green, his eyes just inches away from the sizzling burger. Scott, a cook aboard… Continue reading

Chef Berkeley Scott, of the buoy tender Hickory, prepares two burgers to be judged on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Green Elephant Gardens gardener Scott Jones cares for a marijuana plant on Green Elephant’s first day of operation in June 2017. Jennifer Canfield, co-owner of the marijuana retailer, says proposed on-site consumption rules could reduce the public’s exposure to marijuana smoke. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire file)

Alaska marijuana board opens comment on café-style rules

The Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office has begun taking public comments on a proposal that could allow Amsterdam-style marijuana cafés in Alaska. In a public… Continue reading

Green Elephant Gardens gardener Scott Jones cares for a marijuana plant on Green Elephant’s first day of operation in June 2017. Jennifer Canfield, co-owner of the marijuana retailer, says proposed on-site consumption rules could reduce the public’s exposure to marijuana smoke. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire file)
Joshua Midgett. (Courtesy Photo | Perseverance Theatre)

Perseverance Theatre hires new managing director to right financial ship

Joshua Midgett, 32, fills long-vacant position as the latest hire in management rebuild

Joshua Midgett. (Courtesy Photo | Perseverance Theatre)
Duff Mitchell gives an update to electric vehicles usage in Juneau to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during their weekly luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau commission urges changes in electric car charging, parking

There was no altar or pulpit, and the Juneau Moose Lodge is hardly a church, but Duff Mitchell did his best to preach the gospel… Continue reading

Duff Mitchell gives an update to electric vehicles usage in Juneau to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during their weekly luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Feds will test nationwide cellphone alert system

Feds will test nationwide cellphone alert system

Cellphones across Alaska will sound a strident alarm on Sept. 20 as the federal government conducts the first nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system.

Feds will test nationwide cellphone alert system
James McKnight holds a coho salmon he caught on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at the Golden North Salmon Derby. The fish, weighed at 17.7 pounds, was the largest one caught at the derby. (Courtesy Photo | Derby Committee)

Salmon Derby winner finds good luck, victory ‘shocking’

When James McKnight pulled a coho salmon out of the water Saturday morning, he knew it was big. He didn’t realize quite how big, though.… Continue reading

James McKnight holds a coho salmon he caught on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at the Golden North Salmon Derby. The fish, weighed at 17.7 pounds, was the largest one caught at the derby. (Courtesy Photo | Derby Committee)
U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska. (File photo)

Rep. Don Young leads in campaign cash

Newly released reports from the Federal Election Commission show big financial support for incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, ahead of the Aug. 21 statewide primary election.

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska. (File photo)
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Man attempts to escape from Troopers van after arrest for multiple burglaries

Two days after he was arrested as a suspect in three burglaries, a Juneau man attempted to escape while being transported from court to prison.

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Retired preschool teacher Katy Harman, left, is the first person to vote Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, 2018 at the Douglas Public Library during the 2018 Alaska Primary Election. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

The Latest: Alaska Primary Election 2018 live blog

News and results from the primary election in Juneau.

Retired preschool teacher Katy Harman, left, is the first person to vote Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, 2018 at the Douglas Public Library during the 2018 Alaska Primary Election. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)
The Nation Magazine Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel, left, speaks during a panel on climate change issues facing Alaska. Seated from left are John Nichols, a national correspondent for The Nation, Doug Woodby, co-chair of climate action group @350 Juneau, Gretchen Keiser, a member of @350 Juneau’s steering committee, and Michael T. Klare, defense correspondent for The Nation. (Kevin Gulllufsen | Juneau Empire)

Cruisers come to see ‘front lines’ of climate change

Seeing the effects of climate change on Alaska first hand — its melting glaciers and receding shorelines — can serve as a visceral reminder for… Continue reading

The Nation Magazine Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel, left, speaks during a panel on climate change issues facing Alaska. Seated from left are John Nichols, a national correspondent for The Nation, Doug Woodby, co-chair of climate action group @350 Juneau, Gretchen Keiser, a member of @350 Juneau’s steering committee, and Michael T. Klare, defense correspondent for The Nation. (Kevin Gulllufsen | Juneau Empire)
House District 34 candidates Andi Story, left, and Rob Edwardson, center, wave campaign signs with Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, at Egan Drive and Glacier Highway on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Story, Hannan win Democratic nominations for Juneau House seats

The Democratic Party’s “Year of the Woman” arrived in Juneau on Tuesday. According to preliminary tallies by the Alaska Division of Elections, Sara Hannan has… Continue reading

House District 34 candidates Andi Story, left, and Rob Edwardson, center, wave campaign signs with Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, at Egan Drive and Glacier Highway on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Story, Hannan win Democratic nominations for Juneau House seats

Story, Hannan win Democratic nominations for Juneau House seats

The Democratic Party’s “Year of the Woman” arrived in Juneau on Tuesday. According to preliminary tallies by the Alaska Division of Elections, Sara Hannan has… Continue reading

Story, Hannan win Democratic nominations for Juneau House seats