Juneau Police Department Sgt. Chris Gifford collects a handgun found at the scene where a woman reportedly shot herself in front of the main entrance of the Dimond Courthouse on Monday.

Woman’s death outside courthouse jars downtown Juneau

A 34-year-old Juneau resident shot herself in front of the Dimond Courthouse on Monday morning, according to the Juneau Police Department.Police said Miranda Ellen Davison… Continue reading

Juneau Police Department Sgt. Chris Gifford collects a handgun found at the scene where a woman reportedly shot herself in front of the main entrance of the Dimond Courthouse on Monday.

USCG searches for 64-year-old missing boater near POW

The U.S. Coast Guard was still searching on Saturday for a 64-year-old man near Prince of Wales Island.Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a request for… Continue reading

Master gardeners to share hands-on knowledge

Learn tips and techniques from Alaska master gardeners during a March 12 class in Juneau.Through hands-on activities, experienced gardeners will share techniques for planning and… Continue reading

Coast Guard moves on to next phase of Challenger removal

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed the abatement process of the tugboat Challenger, and destruction is slated to begin this week.The abandoned tugboat was raised… Continue reading

Around Town

Writing Skills Class, 9:15-10:45 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Free. Details: 586-5718. Using iPads and other mobile device tips and tricks, 9-11 a.m.,… Continue reading

Police and Fire for Monday, March 7

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

Nominate someone for First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year awards

Alaska’s First Lady Donna Walker is still accepting applications for the annual First Lady Volunteer of the Year awards.Nominations for the awards, which honor Alaskans… Continue reading

In this Feb. 13 photo, Mary Castle, far right, straightens a quilt while Valerie Sandusky, left, and Kathy Tillotson fold another quilt during a bed turning at the "Quilting in the Rain" show at the Ted Ferry Civic Center in Ketchikan.

Ketchikan quilters guild celebrates 25th show

KETCHIKAN — Two dozen quilts add quite a bit of height to a bed, and 25 quilts make it hip-high. Rainy Day Quilters Guild member… Continue reading

In this Feb. 13 photo, Mary Castle, far right, straightens a quilt while Valerie Sandusky, left, and Kathy Tillotson fold another quilt during a bed turning at the "Quilting in the Rain" show at the Ted Ferry Civic Center in Ketchikan.

Medicaid, budget on the agenda for legislators

JUNEAU — State senators had a cool reaction to agency estimates on the fiscal impact of legislation intended to contain costs within the state Medicaid… Continue reading

New GE salmon labeling bill requires third party review

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced a bill on Thursday that would require all genetically engineered salmon to carry the words “genetically engineered” or “GE.”The… Continue reading

Aakash Bathija, Katrina Buchanan and Brian Holst get an opportunity to educate acting Mayor Mary E. Becker about their research into "The Effects of Salinity and Copper on the growth rate of Ulva lactuca."

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Aakash Bathija, Katrina Buchanan and Brian Holst get an opportunity to educate acting Mayor Mary E. Becker on their research into “The Effects of Salinity… Continue reading

Aakash Bathija, Katrina Buchanan and Brian Holst get an opportunity to educate acting Mayor Mary E. Becker about their research into "The Effects of Salinity and Copper on the growth rate of Ulva lactuca."
FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, carrying an image of Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli in a makeshift cat litter pan, AIDS activists and others are asked to leave the lobby during a protest highlighting pharmaceutical drug pricing. The same strategy that Shkreli used to get away with a 5,000-percent price increase on an old drug is used by many other drugmakers to maintain sky-high prices on billions of dollars' worth of medications. Shkreli, who resigned from Turing Pharmaceuticals in December 2015, was arrested and has pleaded not guilty to securities fraud and conspiracy charges. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Drug distribution becomes weapon to block competition

WASHINGTON — The same strategy that Martin Shkreli used to get away with a 5,000-percent price increase on an old drug is used by many… Continue reading

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, carrying an image of Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli in a makeshift cat litter pan, AIDS activists and others are asked to leave the lobby during a protest highlighting pharmaceutical drug pricing. The same strategy that Shkreli used to get away with a 5,000-percent price increase on an old drug is used by many other drugmakers to maintain sky-high prices on billions of dollars' worth of medications. Shkreli, who resigned from Turing Pharmaceuticals in December 2015, was arrested and has pleaded not guilty to securities fraud and conspiracy charges. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
Men carry tree branches for firewood at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, Friday, March 4, 2016. More than 10,000 mostly Syrian and Iraqi refugees were stuck at the country's Idomeni border as Greek officials said that nearly 32,000 migrants were stranded in the country after drastically reduce of number of transiting migrants.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

In field on edge of Greece, refugees’ desperation grows

IDOMENI, Greece — By the hundreds they come, trudging along the sides of highways and across fields, dragging tired toddlers and pushing the elderly and… Continue reading

Men carry tree branches for firewood at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, Friday, March 4, 2016. More than 10,000 mostly Syrian and Iraqi refugees were stuck at the country's Idomeni border as Greek officials said that nearly 32,000 migrants were stranded in the country after drastically reduce of number of transiting migrants.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Battling outbreak, Hawaii faces obstacles

CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii — On a farm in the heart of Hawaii’s ongoing dengue outbreak, coffee grows wild among the ferns, and vanilla vines climb… Continue reading

Man indicted for heroin possession

A Juneau grand jury indicted a Juneau man Friday for possessing heroin.Dwayne L. Clements, 47, faces a class C felony — fourth-degree misconduct involving a… Continue reading

Researchers plan further study of 1813 shipwreck near Sitka

SITKA — Archaeologists want to pay another visit this summer to a more than 200-year-old shipwreck near Sitka in a push to uncover more clues… Continue reading

Coast Guard Auxiliary class targets first-time boat captains

When a recreational boating accident happens, chances are that the operator was not paying enough attention or the lookout wasn’t doing his or her job.Operator… Continue reading

Thunder Mountain High School senior Deanna Hobbs speaks to students outside the Capitol before they attended a Senate Education Committee hearing at on SB 191 on Thursday. The bill mandates penalties on teachers, including termination or the loss of their teaching certificates, for using sex ed materials from an abortion care provider.

Juneau teens say banning Planned Parenthood is bad for students

When Planned Parenthood came into her freshman health class, Sage Zahnd was relieved to talk about consent.“It’s not something that a lot of teenagers get… Continue reading

Thunder Mountain High School senior Deanna Hobbs speaks to students outside the Capitol before they attended a Senate Education Committee hearing at on SB 191 on Thursday. The bill mandates penalties on teachers, including termination or the loss of their teaching certificates, for using sex ed materials from an abortion care provider.

Man found dead on Seward

A group of passersby found an unresponsive 73-year-old man at 6:08 p.m. Thursday on a sidewalk in the 200 block of Seward Street. Paramedics pronounced… Continue reading

Early, absentee voting now underway

Juneau residents who want to cast an absentee ballot for the Tuesday, March 15 special municipal election may now do so at City Hall or… Continue reading