Senate panels close out university, health budgets

JUNEAU — University of Alaska system president Jim Johnsen says a Senate panel’s recommendations for system funding are a major improvement over what a House… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Sunday, March 6, 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

Group promoting tourism as great investment for state

JUNEAU — An Alaska travel association is running a TV ad touting tourism as a great investment for the state as lawmakers mull cuts to… Continue reading

Rep. Gruenberg’s widow seeks control of legislative records

JUNEAU — The wife of late state Rep. Max Gruenberg wants her husband’s legislative records to help his work continue but officials say she can’t… Continue reading

Anchorage man in state prison custody dies at hospital

ANCHORAGE — A man in state custody has died at an Anchorage hospital.Alaska State Troopers say 26-year-old Mavaega Tautua had been housed at the Spring… Continue reading

Turkish-Russian tensions not felt in village near border

AL-ISSAWIYAH, Syria (AP) — In this Syrian mountain village perched above the Mediterranean, residents say they have enjoyed a measure of peace, even though they… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump autographs for supporters during a rally at Wexford County Civic Center, Friday, March 4, 2016, in Cadillac, Mich. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Trump’s GOP rivals attack his ‘flexibility’ on policies

WARREN, Mich. — With an eye on the general election — and suddenly “flexible” on immigration — Donald Trump has backed off from some of… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump autographs for supporters during a rally at Wexford County Civic Center, Friday, March 4, 2016, in Cadillac, Mich. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Think Trump was crude? Founding Fathers were, too

NEW YORK — You could say politics has reached a new low with the “small hands” remarks from the Republican debate.But the exchange over the… Continue reading

Police question Brazil’s ex-president in corruption probe

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police hauled former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from his home and questioned him for about four hours… Continue reading

  • Mar 6, 2016
  • By MAURICIO SAVARESE and JENNY BARCHFIELD
  • Nation-World

JPD: Attacker targets same woman twice with gun

A 32-year-old Juneau woman told police that a masked man held her at gunpoint as she tried to get into her car Wednesday evening -… Continue reading

This photo provided to the Empire by Kaye Peters shows Tlingit paddles in action during the Glacier Valley Elementary School's 2008 production of "Tides and the Tempest." The paddles and other artwork were reported missing from the school's library Jan. 17 and police announced Friday they have been recovered.

Police recover school’s stolen artwork

More than a month after Native artwork went missing from an elementary school library, some pieces are finding their way back home.Juneau Police Department officers… Continue reading

This photo provided to the Empire by Kaye Peters shows Tlingit paddles in action during the Glacier Valley Elementary School's 2008 production of "Tides and the Tempest." The paddles and other artwork were reported missing from the school's library Jan. 17 and police announced Friday they have been recovered.

Legislature appears headed for another end-of-session conflict

Forty-five days through its 90-day session, the Alaska Legislature appears to be in much the same position it was last year, when lawmakers deadlocked and… Continue reading

Mayoral candidates Ken Koelsch, left, and Karen Crane speak at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon at the Juneau International Airport on Thursday.

Mayoral candidates meet in final forum

At the Juneau Chamber of Commerce’s mayoral candidate forum Thursday afternoon, the greatest difference between candidates Karen Crane and Ken Koelsch was their take on… Continue reading

Mayoral candidates Ken Koelsch, left, and Karen Crane speak at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon at the Juneau International Airport on Thursday.
Rep. Benjamin Nageak, D-Barrow, speaks about the fatal police shooting that killed his nephew, Vincent Nageak III, in Barrow earlier this year during a House Majority Caucas press conference at the Capitol on Thursday. Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, left, listens.

Investigation continues into police shooting of Barrow Fire Chief

One month after Barrow Fire Chief Vincent Nageak III was shot and killed by a North Slope Borough police officer, Barrow residents and the family… Continue reading

Rep. Benjamin Nageak, D-Barrow, speaks about the fatal police shooting that killed his nephew, Vincent Nageak III, in Barrow earlier this year during a House Majority Caucas press conference at the Capitol on Thursday. Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, left, listens.
Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, co-chair of the House Finance Committee, said he sees the House passing a state budget as early as the end of next week during a House Majority Caucus press conference at the Capitol on Thursday.

Committee applies some creativity to state budget

JUNEAU — Legislators are applying some creativity to the House version of the state operating budget as they grapple with a multibillion-dollar state deficit exacerbated… Continue reading

Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, co-chair of the House Finance Committee, said he sees the House passing a state budget as early as the end of next week during a House Majority Caucus press conference at the Capitol on Thursday.

US seeks end to Yellowstone grizzly protections

BILLINGS, Mont. — The federal government is proposing to lift threatened-species protections for hundreds of Yellowstone-area grizzlies, opening the door to future hunts for the… 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

Bill to block Planned Parenthood in schools raises questions

JUNEAU — Lawmakers will consider a bill that a legislative attorney says could violate provisions of the state and U.S. constitutions.Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy’s SB… Continue reading

Police calls for Friday, March 4, 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

Icy Strait Point completes new dock, adventure center and restaurant

This summer, the Alaska Native-owned cruise destination Icy Strait Point will welcome 160,000 passengers with a newly built floating dock.Located near Hoonah and 35 miles… Continue reading