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Donald Habeger, community coordinator for the Juneau Reentry Coalition, opens a community meeting addressing the barriers to housing that post-incarcerated people in Juneau face. The meeting took place at Centennial Hall on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (Richard McGrail | Juneau Empire File)

Habeger declares run for Assembly

Don Habeger has lived in Juneau for nearly 40 years, and though he’s worked in politics, he’s never run for a spot on the Assembly.… Continue reading

Donald Habeger, community coordinator for the Juneau Reentry Coalition, opens a community meeting addressing the barriers to housing that post-incarcerated people in Juneau face. The meeting took place at Centennial Hall on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (Richard McGrail | Juneau Empire File)
Seafood byproducts are processed into cat food in this 2015 file photo in Juneau. Tariffs could have a significant impact on Alaska seafood being shipped to secondary processing plants in China. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute prepares to protest Trump’s seafood tariffs

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute will push back against a steep seafood tariff suggested by the Trump Administration. In a board meeting Thursday morning, ASMI… Continue reading

Seafood byproducts are processed into cat food in this 2015 file photo in Juneau. Tariffs could have a significant impact on Alaska seafood being shipped to secondary processing plants in China. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters work to secure a former Waste Management recycling building that caught fire on Aug. 9, 2018. The building was already being demolished when the fire happened, CCFR officials said (Courtesy Photo | Capital City Fire/Rescue)

Demolition efforts spark fire at former recycling building

A building that was being demolished caught fire early Thursday morning, Capital City Fire/Rescue officials said. Just after 5 a.m. Thursday, a Waste Management employee… Continue reading

Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters work to secure a former Waste Management recycling building that caught fire on Aug. 9, 2018. The building was already being demolished when the fire happened, CCFR officials said (Courtesy Photo | Capital City Fire/Rescue)
Lilah Gaguine, 4, laughs as her mother Becca holds her near Project Playground on the first day of the community build, Aug. 8, 2018. Lilah saved up her allowance for a year to donate to the rebuild, and was invited as an honorary volunteer. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

As community playground build begins, volunteers honor young girl for donation

Volunteers arrived at Project Playground on Wednesday for the first day of the community rebuild, wielding saws, hammers, tape measures and electric sanders.

Lilah Gaguine, 4, laughs as her mother Becca holds her near Project Playground on the first day of the community build, Aug. 8, 2018. Lilah saved up her allowance for a year to donate to the rebuild, and was invited as an honorary volunteer. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Sara Hannan is running for Alaska House District 33. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sara Hannan is running for Alaska House District 33. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Capital City Fire/Rescue Chief Rich Etheridge (left) and Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove look over a spreadsheet that lays out staffing costs for the fire department at a meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

City open to spending more in staffing fire department

Capital City Fire/Rescue might get more money for staffing increases than previously thought. That staffing will only be guaranteed through next year, though. At Wednesday’s… Continue reading

Capital City Fire/Rescue Chief Rich Etheridge (left) and Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove look over a spreadsheet that lays out staffing costs for the fire department at a meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
A sign at the start of Nugget Falls Trail, near the Mendenhall Glacier, warns visitors of flooding on the popular pathway. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)

Batten down the hatches: flood expected Thursday

A sign on Nugget Falls Trail warns trail users of effects from a flood this week, brought by a storm which has dropped 1-3 inches… Continue reading

A sign at the start of Nugget Falls Trail, near the Mendenhall Glacier, warns visitors of flooding on the popular pathway. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)
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Woman admits to collecting unemployment payments while employed

A Juneau resident will be doing community service and paying restitution after pleading guilty to fraudulently collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

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A spawning chum salmon looks to return to the waters of Salmon Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Supreme Court approves Stand for Salmon ballot initiative

The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday approved the Stand for Salmon ballot initiative for this fall’s elections, but not before deleting some provisions that violate the Alaska Constitution.

A spawning chum salmon looks to return to the waters of Salmon Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Andi Story is running for Alaska House District 34. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Election 2018: Andi Story seeks Democratic nomination for House seat from the Mendenhall Valley

Andi Story was tired of spending time in the Capitol, so she decided to do something that may have her spending much more time there.… Continue reading

Andi Story is running for Alaska House District 34. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
James Hart is seen in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy James Hart)

Election 2018: James Hart drops out of House race on eve of early voting

One of four candidates in the Democratic primary for House District 33 is dropping out of the race. James Hart of Haines told the Empire… Continue reading

James Hart is seen in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy James Hart)
Steve Handy is running for Alaska House District 33. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Election 2018: House candidate Steve Handy seeks new mountaintop to climb

Correction: Handy was one of several team leaders with Juneau Mountain Rescue, not the organization’s sole leader. Steve Handy used to climb mountains for a… Continue reading

Steve Handy is running for Alaska House District 33. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Chicken Yard Park is pictured on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Long-ignored city code violation putting future of downtown park at risk

City officials and the residents of Starr Hill are at odds about the future of Juneau’s oldest park, but both agree that a change should… Continue reading

Chicken Yard Park is pictured on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Dan Elstad. (Courtesy Photo)

REACH hires new executive director

Disability services provider REACH Inc. selected a new executive director Monday. The 250-employee agency offered the job to local man Dan Elstad, a 30-year veteran… Continue reading

Dan Elstad. (Courtesy Photo)
Wooden boards cover up damage made by a drunk driver at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. The crash occurred July 31, police say. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Drunk driver smashes into middle school

The usual back-to-school preparations were going on at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School on Tuesday afternoon, as maintenance employees were cleaning the building and the front… Continue reading

Wooden boards cover up damage made by a drunk driver at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. The crash occurred July 31, police say. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Early voting underway for statewide primary

Early voting is underway in the 2018 statewide primary election. Any registered voter can cast an early vote for any reason; waiting for the Aug.… Continue reading

The Norwegian Joy during a sea trial. (Courtesy Photo | Norwegian Cruise Line)

Alaska to see second megaship next year

A second megaship will bring cruise ship passangers to Alaska starting next spring. The 3,883-passenger, 1,094-foot Norwegian Joy will reposition from China to Seattle for… Continue reading

The Norwegian Joy during a sea trial. (Courtesy Photo | Norwegian Cruise Line)
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen, left, listens to Dr. Steve Atwater, Executive Dean of the university’s new Alaska College of Education, during an interview at the University of Alaska Southeast on Friday, August 3, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New UA College of Education ready for first year

The University of Alaska Southeast starts classes on Aug. 27, and this will be the first year of a new Alaska College of Education. For… Continue reading

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen, left, listens to Dr. Steve Atwater, Executive Dean of the university’s new Alaska College of Education, during an interview at the University of Alaska Southeast on Friday, August 3, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Tourists take shelter at Marine Park during a heavy rain shower on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sunshine gives way to a soggy (and potentially record-breaking) week

Après soleil, le déluge. According to the National Weather Service, July’s sunshine is giving way to a potentially record-breaking deluge and a flood watch for… Continue reading

Tourists take shelter at Marine Park during a heavy rain shower on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau School District Director of Student Services Bridget Weiss, right, and Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller talk on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Weiss selected as interim superintendent

For at least this school year, the Juneau School District has its new superintendent.

Juneau School District Director of Student Services Bridget Weiss, right, and Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller talk on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)