Budget cuts could cost Alaska State Troopers a helicopter

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers have already grounded one of their two search and rescue helicopters due to budget cuts, and officials say if changes… Continue reading

Around town for Friday, Oct. 2

GED orientation class, 9 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. GED orientation is designed to improve the success rate of those taking the tests.… Continue reading

Riding a swell

The ships are out and the numbers are in. During the 2015 cruise ship season, more than 977,000 passengers visited Juneau, an increase of roughly… Continue reading

Felicitas Wehnes takes pictures of the dynamic rain showers over Douglas Island on Thursday. The National Weather Service calls for sunny on Friday with patchy fog in the morning. Highs around 51.

Photo: Dynamic weather

Felicitas Wehnes takes pictures of the dynamic rain showers over Douglas Island on Thursday. The National Weather Service calls for sunny on Friday with patchy… Continue reading

Felicitas Wehnes takes pictures of the dynamic rain showers over Douglas Island on Thursday. The National Weather Service calls for sunny on Friday with patchy fog in the morning. Highs around 51.

Amid cuts, UAS moves focus to enrollment

At the University of Alaska Southeast, it’s the same tune heard around the state — an uncomfortably tight budget countered by expanding program needs. UAS… Continue reading

Senate panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

WASHINGTON — The Senate Banking Committee endorsed a bill Thursday to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, the latest sign of congressional support… Continue reading

Authorities carry a shooting victim away from the scene after a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College on Thursday in Roseburg, Oregon.

Gunman kills 9 at Oregon college

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A gunman opened fire inside a classroom at a rural Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least nine people before dying in… Continue reading

Authorities carry a shooting victim away from the scene after a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College on Thursday in Roseburg, Oregon.

Police blotter for Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in… Continue reading

First National Bank Alaska demonstrated its commitment to the future of Alaska and to the Southeast region at its ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Juneau Regional Branch today. At the ceremony, Regional Vice President Luke Fanning (l) and Senior Vice President Charlie Weimer, presented $15,000 to Chancellor Rick Caulfield and Vice Chancellor Joe Nelson for the university's "Getting Ready for College" program.

Photos: First National Bank ribbon cutting

First National Bank Alaska leaders cut the ceremonial ribbon today at the bank’s new Juneau Regional Branch to kick off a month-long grand opening celebration.… Continue reading

First National Bank Alaska demonstrated its commitment to the future of Alaska and to the Southeast region at its ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Juneau Regional Branch today. At the ceremony, Regional Vice President Luke Fanning (l) and Senior Vice President Charlie Weimer, presented $15,000 to Chancellor Rick Caulfield and Vice Chancellor Joe Nelson for the university's "Getting Ready for College" program.
Juliano Hamana, 24, samples the aroma of one of the offerings at Shango Premium Cannabis on Thursday in Portland, Oregon.

Recreational pot users score bud at Oregon shops

PORTLAND — Excited shoppers looking to score some of the first recreational marijuana sold legally in Oregon bought up baggies of bud early Thursday, taking… Continue reading

Juliano Hamana, 24, samples the aroma of one of the offerings at Shango Premium Cannabis on Thursday in Portland, Oregon.

Ketchikan hospital’s parent company wins $3.66 million grant

KETCHIKAN — The operator of the Ketchikan Medical Center has been awarded a $3.66 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to… Continue reading

High court to hear appeal of National Park Service authority

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether the National Park Service has authority to enforce federal regulations on state-owned lands and rivers in national… Continue reading

Anchorage mayor says police recruitment a priority

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is making good on a campaign promise to improve public safety, partially through police recruitment.Berkowitz said Wednesday that he… Continue reading

Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college, killing 13

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 20, authorities said.The shooting happened… Continue reading

Construction, property tax proposal offered for gas project

JUNEAU — A tentative agreement has been reached between the state and North Slope’s three major producers over payments for impacts on communities during the… Continue reading

Permit holders able to park in Marine Park Plaza

From Oct. 1-April 15, the Marine Park Plaza will be open for seasonal parking to all Marine Parking Garage permit holders.In order to park in… Continue reading

Local employees volunteer for Day of Caring

United Way of Southeast Alaska is holding their annual Day of Caring this Thursday, Oct. 1. Local nonprofit agencies are matched up with local businesses… Continue reading

UAS students call for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The United Students of the University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau released a resolution calling for the recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the… Continue reading

Around town for Thursday, Oct. 1

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel.Storytime, 11 a.m., Douglas Library. Details: 586-5267.Applied Math II Problem Solving, 11 a.m., The Learning Connection.Juneau… Continue reading

Electrical wiring was damaged by a vehicle at Evergreen Cemetery Monday evening. The vehicle went into the cemetery after hitting the pole.

A ‘grave’ detour: Car drives through Evergreen Cemetery

At about 8 p.m. Monday evening, three people watched a vehicle driving on Seater Street crash into a light pole.As they watched, two people jumped… Continue reading

Electrical wiring was damaged by a vehicle at Evergreen Cemetery Monday evening. The vehicle went into the cemetery after hitting the pole.