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

Interim commissioner appoints interim deputy

Interim Commissioner Susan McCauley appointed longtime Alaska educator Betty Walters as interim deputy commissioner Wednesday.Walters replaces Les Morse, who retired, according to a press release… Continue reading

Police & fire for Thursday, March 3, 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

This undated photo shows a Kodiak bear named Dodge at the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio.  Dodge arrived last fall at the zoo.

Alaska sends orphaned Kodiak bear to Ohio zoo in rare move

TOLEDO, Ohio — One of three Kodiak bears whose mother was killed by hunters has been relocated from Alaska to an Ohio zoo in a… Continue reading

This undated photo shows a Kodiak bear named Dodge at the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio.  Dodge arrived last fall at the zoo.

Walters appointed interim deputy education commissioner

JUNEAU — A retired state educator has been named interim deputy commissioner of the state education department.Interim Commissioner Susan McCauley appointed Betty Walters to the… Continue reading

Teens say burning of ex’s love letter led to school fire

ANCHORAGE — A case of burning love caused thousands of dollars in damage at a school playground in Alaska.Anchorage police say a fire from lit… Continue reading

A Juneau resident reads while enjoying Tuesday's afternoon sunshine at the State Office Building.

Photo: Sun at last

A Juneau resident reads while enjoying Tuesday’s afternoon sunshine at the State Office Building.… Continue reading

A Juneau resident reads while enjoying Tuesday's afternoon sunshine at the State Office Building.

Alaska Airlines applies for Havana flights

Alaska’s state airline has applied for two of a handful of flights authorized by a new diplomatic agreement between the United States and Cuba.Signed last… Continue reading

World considers a Trump presidency, many shudder

BRUSSELS — Following Donald Trump’s breathtaking string of Super Tuesday victories, politicians, editorial writers and ordinary people worldwide were coming to grips Wednesday with the… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on Super Tuesday primary election night at the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens in the background. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Stopping The Donald: GOP looks for a way

MIAMI — Gripped by chaos and dismay, Republican leaders searched on Wednesday for a last-chance option to derail Donald Trump’s momentum fueled by seven commanding… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on Super Tuesday primary election night at the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens in the background. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Christie’s shell-shocked look stirs mockery, befuddlement

TRENTON, N.J. — Was that really Chris Christie, the brusque, take-a-back-seat-to-nobody governor of New Jersey?Christie’s seemingly shell-shocked gaze as he stood behind Donald Trump on… Continue reading

Callie Conerton, vice chair for the Coalition of Student Leaders of the University of Alaska system, rallies a crowd of more than 50 supporters at noon on Tuesday in front of the Capitol to encourage greater education funding. The House Finance Subcommittee moved forward approximately $50 million in cuts from the budget proposed by the UA Board of Regents putting research funding at a "bare minimum," according to supporters.  Speakers at the rally included Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, Rep. Adam Wool, a Fairbanks Democrat whose district includes UAF, and current UA system students from across the state.

Photos: University rally

Callie Conerton, vice chair for the Coalition of Student Leaders of the University of Alaska system, rallies a crowd of more than 50 supporters at… Continue reading

Callie Conerton, vice chair for the Coalition of Student Leaders of the University of Alaska system, rallies a crowd of more than 50 supporters at noon on Tuesday in front of the Capitol to encourage greater education funding. The House Finance Subcommittee moved forward approximately $50 million in cuts from the budget proposed by the UA Board of Regents putting research funding at a "bare minimum," according to supporters.  Speakers at the rally included Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, Rep. Adam Wool, a Fairbanks Democrat whose district includes UAF, and current UA system students from across the state.

Senate approves bill protecting children from identity theft

The Alaska Senate has given unanimous approval to a bill that allows parents to request a credit freeze on their child’s behalf. The bill was… Continue reading

US Marshals warn of law enforcement telephone scam

A fraudulent caller is contacting members of the public and telling them they have federal arrest warrants with fines that require collecting, according to the… Continue reading

DEC to Angoon: High metal levels in food not linked to mine

The state says the ecosystem in Hawk Inlet is healthy, eating traditional foods from there doesn’t pose an increased health risk and indications of high… Continue reading

Republican voters line up outside a polling place Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Republicans are poised to decide which of the remaining GOP presidential candidates will get their support. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)

Clinton and Trump claim big victories

Editor’s Note: Complete Super Tuesday results were not available by press time. For a full recap, visit juneauempire.com today or read the Juneau Empire Thursday.WASHINGTON… Continue reading

Republican voters line up outside a polling place Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Republicans are poised to decide which of the remaining GOP presidential candidates will get their support. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)

Judge tosses challenge to Medicaid expansion

JUNEAU — A state court judge in Alaska on Tuesday upheld Gov. Bill Walker’s decision to expand Medicaid without legislative approval, finding that the federal… Continue reading

Officials to review wild sheep proposal

ANCHORAGE — State officials will consider a proposal that would require goat and sheep owners to get permits in an effort to prevent the spread… Continue reading

Village awarded grant for river turbine design

ANCHORAGE — A quest by a southwest Alaska village to use clean energy to replace power generated by expensive diesel fuel will get a boost… Continue reading

February is second-warmest on record

Juneau’s warm trend continued into the second month of the year as the capital city recorded its second-warmest February since accurate recordkeeping began.According to measurements… Continue reading