Agent confirms Lynch plans to retire

SEATTLE — When Marshawn Lynch was brought to Seattle early in the 2010 season, he was acquired because the Seahawks desperately needed a running back.What… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2016
  • By TIM BOOTH

Manning spoils his fans again, walks off with second title

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Everyone got spoiled.Over two decades of watching Peyton Manning play on the biggest stages, fans became numb to all he could… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2016
  • By EDDIE PELLS
Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, speaks with House Finance Co-Chairs Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, left, and Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, in the House of Representatives on Monday as they discuss changing their governing rules to focus on the budget crisis.

Nothing but the budget, House says

In an unprecedented action, the Alaska House of Representatives voted 38-1 Monday to suspend work on all bills not related to the state budget.House Concurrent… Continue reading

Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, speaks with House Finance Co-Chairs Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, left, and Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, in the House of Representatives on Monday as they discuss changing their governing rules to focus on the budget crisis.

Former tribal chief sentenced for embezzling over $100,000

ANCHORAGE — A former Healy Lake Tribe first chief and administrator will spend up to 90 days on house arrest as part of her sentence… Continue reading

Ken Koelsch is running for mayor.

Candidate profiles: Meet Juneau’s next mayor

On March 15, the City and Borough of Juneau will hold a special mayoral election to determine who will fill the rest of former Mayor… Continue reading

Ken Koelsch is running for mayor.

Anchorage LIO proposal offers savings, settlement to lawsuit

A proposal by the building owners to keep the Legislature in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building could save the state millions of dollars and… Continue reading

Madi Nolan-Grimes, clinical director of The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center, weighs newborn Johannes Ulyess Burnett during an in-home visit with new parents Lynn and Chad Burnett. The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center recently received a grant that funds a new program that will extend postpartum support to more mothers and their families.

More support for more moms

“How’s his eating been?” asked Madi Nolan-Grimes, the clinical director of The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center. “He’s a snacker, he doesn’t eat for… Continue reading

Madi Nolan-Grimes, clinical director of The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center, weighs newborn Johannes Ulyess Burnett during an in-home visit with new parents Lynn and Chad Burnett. The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center recently received a grant that funds a new program that will extend postpartum support to more mothers and their families.

Marijuana meeting, scholarship bill things to know about

JUNEAU — The board tasked with regulating Alaska’s legal pot industry is set to meet as the date to begin accepting marijuana business applications nears.… Continue reading

Fairbanks man convicted of 3 charges in murder-for-hire case

FAIRBANKS — A former Fairbanks chiropractor will be sentenced in May in a murder-for-hire case.Guy Christopher Mannino was found guilty by a federal jury Friday… Continue reading

Around Town

Intermediate Microsoft Excel, 9-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Learn to use Excel spreadsheets and other intermediate level skills. Free. Details: 586-5718. Writing… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Monday, Feb. 8, 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

In this Jan. 28 photo, Allison Bartlett, left, coach for the Far North Jumpers, practices a jump roping routine with Olivia Berg, 13, at North Pole Elementary School in North Pole.

Far North Jumpers strike a high profile in Interior Alaska

FAIRBANKS — Allison Bartlett is the woman who brought competitive jump roping back to Interior Alaska.She’s a 30-year-old part-time fourth grade teacher at North Pole… Continue reading

In this Jan. 28 photo, Allison Bartlett, left, coach for the Far North Jumpers, practices a jump roping routine with Olivia Berg, 13, at North Pole Elementary School in North Pole.

Health official: Alaskans at low risk for Zika virus

JUNEAU — An official with the state Division of Public Health says Alaskans are not likely to contract the Zika virus unless they have contact… Continue reading

US rig count drops 48 this week to 571; Texas down 19

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 48… Continue reading

Auke Bay Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Amy Jo Meiners records the floating time of a student's parachute during an class engineering project on Friday. Micah Brown, left, and Kelsey Barker take notes as the students learn the effects of canopy size, materials and suspension line length in making the best parachutes.

Photos: Parachutes away

Auke Bay Elementary School fifth-graders Alex Filkov, right, and Kean Buss take turns releasing their parachutes during an class engineering project on Friday. The students… Continue reading

Auke Bay Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Amy Jo Meiners records the floating time of a student's parachute during an class engineering project on Friday. Micah Brown, left, and Kelsey Barker take notes as the students learn the effects of canopy size, materials and suspension line length in making the best parachutes.
ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, FEB. 6, 2016 AT 8 A.M. EST AND THEREAFTER; THIS STORY MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST OR POSTED ONLINE BEFORE SATURDAY, FEB. 6, 2016 AT 8 A.M. EST - Hollie Ayers poses with a photograph of her late son, Michael, 2, at her home in Bedford, Pa., on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Michael, was shot and killed in front of her by her abusive ex-husband in 2013. Ayers was shot in the face and the leg, and her ex-husband killed himself after the rampage. More than a dozen states over the past two years have strengthened laws meant to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation's highly polarized debate over guns. (AP Photo/ John Beale)

Keeping guns out of abusers’ hands

IOWA CITY, Iowa — More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of… Continue reading

ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, FEB. 6, 2016 AT 8 A.M. EST AND THEREAFTER; THIS STORY MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST OR POSTED ONLINE BEFORE SATURDAY, FEB. 6, 2016 AT 8 A.M. EST - Hollie Ayers poses with a photograph of her late son, Michael, 2, at her home in Bedford, Pa., on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Michael, was shot and killed in front of her by her abusive ex-husband in 2013. Ayers was shot in the face and the leg, and her ex-husband killed himself after the rampage. More than a dozen states over the past two years have strengthened laws meant to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation's highly polarized debate over guns. (AP Photo/ John Beale)

Quieter, smaller Gitmo as debate rages on prison’s fate

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The… Continue reading

A couple kisses during the "Carmelitas" block party, during Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Top Brazilian Health officials said this Friday that the active Zika virus has been found in urine and saliva samples, cautioning that further study is needed to determine whether the mosquito-borne virus in those body fluids is capable of infecting people. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice… Continue reading

A couple kisses during the "Carmelitas" block party, during Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Top Brazilian Health officials said this Friday that the active Zika virus has been found in urine and saliva samples, cautioning that further study is needed to determine whether the mosquito-borne virus in those body fluids is capable of infecting people. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

During ‘fly-in’ season, group makes its message plane

This time of year, the Alaska Legislature receives plenty of guests on “fly-in” receptions. Groups like the Alaska Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Bay… Continue reading

Alaskans urge lawmakers to not sink the Permanent Fund

In the three and a half hours it took to hear all the Alaskans offering public comments to the Alaska Legislature Thursday night, you could… Continue reading