Administration looking at how to proceed on cruise bill

JUNEAU — A deputy state Revenue commissioner says members of Gov. Bill Walker’s administration are discussing how to proceed with Walker’s cruise ship passenger tax… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Friday, March 16, 2016

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

Around Town

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

Saxman man drags officer behind vehicle

ANCHORAGE — Authorities say a man in a small Alaska village tried to bribe a public safety officer and then dragged the officer behind his… Continue reading

Fairbanks pot business one step closer to opening

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks North Star Borough officials have voted to approve the borough’s first conditional use permit for a marijuana business, paving the way for… Continue reading

In this Jan. 7 photo, dead common murres are on a rocky beach in Whittier. The massive die-off of a widely distributed North Pacific seabird continues to surprise federal scientists. The latest twist was the discovery of thousands of carcasses of common murres along a freshwater lake.

Seabird die-off takes twist at Lake Iliamna

ANCHORAGE — Lake Iliamna in Alaska is North America’s eighth-largest lake, but nobody would mistake it for the Pacific Ocean. Not even a seabird.So when… Continue reading

In this Jan. 7 photo, dead common murres are on a rocky beach in Whittier. The massive die-off of a widely distributed North Pacific seabird continues to surprise federal scientists. The latest twist was the discovery of thousands of carcasses of common murres along a freshwater lake.

Police continue to investigate Eagle River murder

The Anchorage Police Department has released the name of the man who was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Wood River Park… Continue reading

Don Quixote (Myron Welling) faces the Inquisitor (Kim Andree) as the Padre (Jay Query) and sidekick Sancho (Odin Brudie) look on.

Man of La Mancha’s final ride in town this weekend

This weekend, one man will joust with windmills on the stage of Juneau-Douglas High School during Juneau Lyric Opera’s production of “Man of La Mancha,”… Continue reading

Don Quixote (Myron Welling) faces the Inquisitor (Kim Andree) as the Padre (Jay Query) and sidekick Sancho (Odin Brudie) look on.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, right, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee walks with Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday.

Cranking up pressure, Garland ready for first Senate visits

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court commenced courtesy calls with senators Thursday as Democrats began the next phase of their drive… Continue reading

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, right, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee walks with Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday.

Pup found 5 weeks after falling overboard

SAN DIEGO — It sounds like a pitch for a far-fetched movie: “Cast Away,” but with a dog instead of Tom Hanks. Only this sea… Continue reading

Trump faces obstacles in bid to shake up corporate America

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s railing about what’s wrong in corporate America goes further than the typical political populism: He vows to rewrite trade deals,… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2016
  • By BERNARD CONDON and MICHAEL LIEDTKE
  • Nation-World

Kurds declare de-facto federal region in north Syria

BEIRUT — Syria’s Kurds on Thursday declared a de-facto federal region in Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria, drawing sharp condemnation from both the Damascus government… Continue reading

Beyond record hot, February was ‘astronomical’ and ‘strange’

WASHINGTON — Earth got so hot last month that federal scientists struggled to find words, describing temperatures as “astronomical,” “staggering” and “strange.” They warned that… Continue reading

Gunmen kill colleague of slain Honduran environmentalist

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Unidentified gunmen killed a colleague of environmentalist leader Berta Caceres, who was slain almost two weeks ago in similar circumstances, Honduran authorities… Continue reading

Haze hangs over Mexico City on Wednesday.

Mexico City bans cars in first smog alert in 11 years

MEXICO CITY — Authorities in greater Mexico City extended an air pollution alert for a fourth day, as smog levels improved slightly but pollution remained… Continue reading

Haze hangs over Mexico City on Wednesday.
A screenshot of JPD's Facebook page Thursday afternoon, quelling rumors on social media that armed gunmen were at Switzer Village Mobile Park.

Social media spreads false alarm

Reports of armed gunmen in Switzer Village Mobile Park spread quickly on social media Thursday afternoon. The alleged gunmen were actually detectives with the Juneau… Continue reading

A screenshot of JPD's Facebook page Thursday afternoon, quelling rumors on social media that armed gunmen were at Switzer Village Mobile Park.
Randy Hoffbeck, Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, speaks the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about Gov. Bill Walker's fiscal plan at the Hangar Ballroom on Thursday.

Revenue boss doubts income tax this year

On Thursday, Alaska Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck delivered to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce the same address he’s given more than 90 times to community… Continue reading

Randy Hoffbeck, Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, speaks the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about Gov. Bill Walker's fiscal plan at the Hangar Ballroom on Thursday.

Rubio’s withdrawal means Trump ties Cruz in Alaska

The withdrawal of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, from the Republican presidential race means Donald Trump will now have as large a share of Alaska’s Republican… Continue reading

Healy man dies in tree-cutting accident

HEALY — An autopsy has been ordered for a 66-year-old Healy man who died as he was cutting down a tree.Alaska State Troopers say Beryl… Continue reading

Senate votes to relax penalty for texting while driving

The Alaska Senate voted unanimously, 20-0 on Wednesday, to relax the penalty for texting while driving. Senate Bill 123, brought by Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage… Continue reading