Obama to raise human rights during historic trip to Cuba

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday he’ll raise human rights issues and other U.S. concerns with Cuban President Raul Castro during a history-making visit… Continue reading

Flanked by Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and first lady Angelica Rivera, Pope Francis is embraced by children on his way to a staging area, for a farewell ceremony, before his departure, at the Abraham Gonzalez International Airport in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Francis returned to Italy after a five-day visit in Mexico. His plane took off from the border city of Ciudad Juarez after night fell Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre)

Pope vs. Trump: ‘Not Christian’ to only build border walls

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Thrusting himself into the heated American presidential campaign, Pope Francis declared Thursday that Donald Trump is “not Christian” if he… Continue reading

Flanked by Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and first lady Angelica Rivera, Pope Francis is embraced by children on his way to a staging area, for a farewell ceremony, before his departure, at the Abraham Gonzalez International Airport in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Francis returned to Italy after a five-day visit in Mexico. His plane took off from the border city of Ciudad Juarez after night fell Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre)

Colorado debates organic labels for marijuana

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana has attracted many labels in its time. On Friday, Colorado lawmakers debate whether the state should give the drug one more… Continue reading

Joshua Madrid hugs his dog, Cheese, as Loki lies next to them in Madrid's bus, parked in a temporary city-approved area for people living in their vehicles in Seattle on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Seattle has the third-highest number of homeless people in the U.S. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle experiments with new solutions to ease homelessness

SEATTLE — As homeless deaths mounted last fall in Seattle, elected officials declared an emergency, resorting to a tool often reserved for natural disasters to… Continue reading

Joshua Madrid hugs his dog, Cheese, as Loki lies next to them in Madrid's bus, parked in a temporary city-approved area for people living in their vehicles in Seattle on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Seattle has the third-highest number of homeless people in the U.S. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Investigation continues into walrus deaths on Alaska shore

ANCHORAGE — Five months after 25 Pacific walrus were found dead on a remote northwest Alaska beach, including some that were missing heads and tusks,… Continue reading

Alaskans honored with Governors Awards

Eight Alaskans were honored with Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities Thursday evening at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, including three Juneau residents.Hosted… Continue reading

Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks to members of the Alaska media at the Capitol on Wednesday.

In capital stop, Murkowski speaks on Juneau, national issues

Sen. Lisa Murkowski has had a busy week. On Monday, she was leading a field hearing of the U.S. Senate’s energy committee in Bethel. After… Continue reading

Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks to members of the Alaska media at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Joshua Lehauli, 28, is shown in Juneau District Court on Thursday for his arraignment on charges of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery for reportedly assaulting another man with a baseball bat and holding him at gunpoint on Sunday. Lehauli was also wanted for a $5,000 arrest warrant connected to two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Man arrested in connection to home invasion attack

First, the suspect entered an apartment demanding someone open a safe. Then, after his demands were ignored, he used a metal baseball bat and a… Continue reading

Joshua Lehauli, 28, is shown in Juneau District Court on Thursday for his arraignment on charges of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery for reportedly assaulting another man with a baseball bat and holding him at gunpoint on Sunday. Lehauli was also wanted for a $5,000 arrest warrant connected to two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Study: Ferry system has $52 million impact

Inter-Island Ferry Authority, which operates out of Hollis, has a $52.2 million economic impact on Prince of Wales Island and in Ketchikan, a new report… Continue reading

Woman stabs man with steak knife during argument

An officer responding to a 911 call earlier this month found a man with puncture wounds in his upper body and blood stains on the… Continue reading

Dignitaries celebrate a ribbon cutting during the grand opening of the Terraces at Lawson Creek housing facility on Douglas Island on Wednesday. Phase one, with 40 units, was recently completed with one, two and three-bedroom units with an on-site community center. Groundbreaking for phase two is expected this spring for another 35 units.The project is run by Volunteers of America Alaska and received additional funding from the Alaska Housing Fnance Corporation and the Rasmuson Foundation. From left: Robin Keller, of Volunteer of Amercia Inc., Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Diane Kaplan, CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, Mayor Mary Becker, Elaine Dahlgren, President/CEO of Volunteers of American Alaska, Debbie Boiney, of the Rasmuson Foundation, and Bryan Butcher, CEO of the AHFC.

Photo: Affordable housing

Dignitaries celebrate a ribbon cutting during the grand opening of the Terraces at Lawson Creek housing facility on Douglas Island on Wednesday. Phase one, with… Continue reading

Dignitaries celebrate a ribbon cutting during the grand opening of the Terraces at Lawson Creek housing facility on Douglas Island on Wednesday. Phase one, with 40 units, was recently completed with one, two and three-bedroom units with an on-site community center. Groundbreaking for phase two is expected this spring for another 35 units.The project is run by Volunteers of America Alaska and received additional funding from the Alaska Housing Fnance Corporation and the Rasmuson Foundation. From left: Robin Keller, of Volunteer of Amercia Inc., Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Diane Kaplan, CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, Mayor Mary Becker, Elaine Dahlgren, President/CEO of Volunteers of American Alaska, Debbie Boiney, of the Rasmuson Foundation, and Bryan Butcher, CEO of the AHFC.

Mallott rejects Democrats’ primary change

JUNEAU — Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott on Wednesday declined a request by Alaska Democrats to allow candidates not affiliated with a political party to run… Continue reading

In this Feb. 12 photo, performer Byron Nicholai signs his album for fans after a performance at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.

Alaska’s Bieber: Yup’ik Eskimo singer gains online following

JUNEAU — He could be considered the Justin Bieber of Alaska.Teen Internet sensation Byron Nicholai is a Yup’ik Eskimo from Toksook Bay, a tiny island… Continue reading

In this Feb. 12 photo, performer Byron Nicholai signs his album for fans after a performance at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.
This image shows a map worldwide temperatures for the month of January 2016. Earth's string of hottest months on record extends to nine straight with last month notching the hottest January. But NASA said January was even more unusual, breaking the record for having the most above normal temperature for any month.

The heat goes on: Earth sets 9th straight monthly record

WASHINGTON — The January figures are in, and Earth’s string of hottest-months-on-record has now reached nine in a row. But NASA said January stood out:… Continue reading

This image shows a map worldwide temperatures for the month of January 2016. Earth's string of hottest months on record extends to nine straight with last month notching the hottest January. But NASA said January was even more unusual, breaking the record for having the most above normal temperature for any month.
Women members of the 29th Alaska Legislature pose with Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski during her annual visit to the Capitol on Wednesday.

In address to Legislature, Murkowski stresses ‘certainty’

Alaska’s senior U.S. Senator didn’t offer her advice on solving the state’s fiscal problems. Speaking to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature, Sen. Lisa… Continue reading

Women members of the 29th Alaska Legislature pose with Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski during her annual visit to the Capitol on Wednesday.

Juneau woman indicted for misusing more than $20K

The owner of a Juneau realty group noticed unusual activity by some of his tenants last year: they were trying to make non-certified payments for… Continue reading

Marcy and Geoff Larson, co-founders of the Alaskan Brewing Company, speak in January about their company's 29 year history of making craft beers in Juneau.

Alaskan, other breweries speak against tax increase

The state’s largest and oldest active brewery doesn’t typically take political positions, but on Tuesday night, one of its co-founders told the Alaska Senate’s Labor… Continue reading

Marcy and Geoff Larson, co-founders of the Alaskan Brewing Company, speak in January about their company's 29 year history of making craft beers in Juneau.

City names chief housing officer

The city has filled its newly created chief housing officer position.Effective March 29, Scott Ciambor, a planner with the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory… Continue reading

Around Town

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel.Open lab computer training, 9-11 a.m, The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Storytime, 11 a.m., Douglas… Continue reading

AEL&P plans to sell diesel power to Greens Creek

Alaska Electric Light and Power is planning to offer diesel-fired electricity to Greens Creek mine if the mine’s backup generators can’t provide enough electricity and… Continue reading