Coogan Construction employees work on a new building in the Island Hills Apartments complex located in West Juneau on Cordova Street on Friday. The complex will hold a total of 72 two-bedroom units when completed in June 2017.

Analysis: Fewer Juneau homes built in 2015

Just off of Mendenhall Loop Road — nestled between the Juneau School District Parking bus storage lot, Auke Bay Elementary School and the Squires Rest… Continue reading

Coogan Construction employees work on a new building in the Island Hills Apartments complex located in West Juneau on Cordova Street on Friday. The complex will hold a total of 72 two-bedroom units when completed in June 2017.

Person dies in single-vehicle Anchorage traffic crash

ANCHORAGE — A fatal car crash early Friday morning closed a busy Anchorage intersection.Police took a call on the single-vehicle crash at 3:30 a.m. and… Continue reading

Report: Police acted properly in incident with autistic man

KODIAK — An independent investigation into a physical encounter between Kodiak police officers and an autistic man has determined that the three officers responded professionally.The… Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards and John Skidmore, director of the Law Department criminal division, speak at a news conference announcing the state will pursue prosecution of Anchorage businessman Bill Allen on Friday in Anchorage. Allen was a key witness in the trial of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens. Richards says revised federal law requires the U.S. Department of Justice, if requested, to either allow state prosecution of Allen on allegations of sexual abuse or reveal a reason why it can't, such as a plea deal made with federal prosecutors.

State moves to prosecute witness in Stevens trial

ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s attorney general is again seeking an explanation from the U.S. Department of Justice on why it did not file child exploitation charges… Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards and John Skidmore, director of the Law Department criminal division, speak at a news conference announcing the state will pursue prosecution of Anchorage businessman Bill Allen on Friday in Anchorage. Allen was a key witness in the trial of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens. Richards says revised federal law requires the U.S. Department of Justice, if requested, to either allow state prosecution of Allen on allegations of sexual abuse or reveal a reason why it can't, such as a plea deal made with federal prosecutors.

Troopers: No plans to intervene in village dispute

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers said they don’t know who the rightful tribal leaders are in a western Alaska village involved in a power struggle,… Continue reading

Hanley: No ‘sour grapes’ over resigning as education chief

JUNEAU — Outgoing state education commissioner Mike Hanley said Friday that he had some professional disagreements with the state board of education. But he said… Continue reading

The ConocoPhillips building is shown Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, reflecting off a mirrored building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, as seen from the third floor of the Dena'ina Convention Center. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

ConocoPhillips absorbs $4.4B loss in 2015

ConocoPhillips’ fiscal situation looks a lot like the state of Alaska’s after the company posted a 2015 net loss of $4.4 billion in its year-end… Continue reading

The ConocoPhillips building is shown Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, reflecting off a mirrored building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, as seen from the third floor of the Dena'ina Convention Center. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Around Town

Juneau Skating Club 11th annual Basic Skills Competition, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Treadwell Ice Arena. Figure skaters and skaters will compete in a variety of ice… Continue reading

SUV strikes parked patrol car; trooper suffers leg injury

PALMER — An Alaska State Trooper responding to a vehicle in a ditch in Palmer was injured when a sport utility vehicle crashed into his… Continue reading

Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, center, speaks during a press conference at the Capitol on Friday by House Majority members as they announce an Idea Line that the public can call to leave a message with ideas to solve the state's budget problem.

House majority opens anonymous phone tip line

The Alaska House Majority has unveiled a new way for Alaskans to offer their advice to the Legislature. On Friday, members of the House’s Republican-led… Continue reading

Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, center, speaks during a press conference at the Capitol on Friday by House Majority members as they announce an Idea Line that the public can call to leave a message with ideas to solve the state's budget problem.
Members of the Girl Scouts of Alaska's Juneau Service Unit Honor Guard carry the colors into the House chambers on the first day of the 29th Legislature at the Capitol in Juneau on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

Legislature works by the numbers

In the three weeks since the 29th Alaska Legislature convened its second session, lawmakers haven’t just been working on the budget.In the 19 days since… Continue reading

Members of the Girl Scouts of Alaska's Juneau Service Unit Honor Guard carry the colors into the House chambers on the first day of the 29th Legislature at the Capitol in Juneau on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

Alaska judge hears arguments in Medicaid expansion suit

JUNEAU — A state court judge in Anchorage heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to expand Medicaid without legislative… Continue reading

Senate State Affairs Committee members John Coghill, R-North Pole, left, Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, and Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, listen to UAA Professor Emeritus in Economics, Scott Goldsmith about possible budget solutions during a hearing for SB 128 at the Capitol on Thursday.

For lawmakers, 3 options to tap Fund earnings

If there’s one thing Alaska’s lawmakers agree on, it’s this: No single trick or approach will solve the state’s annual deficit, now approaching $4 billion.Most… Continue reading

Senate State Affairs Committee members John Coghill, R-North Pole, left, Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, and Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, listen to UAA Professor Emeritus in Economics, Scott Goldsmith about possible budget solutions during a hearing for SB 128 at the Capitol on Thursday.
Steve Davis, center, volunteers with Bing Carrillo, left, and Joe Carlson on Thursday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center to build creative lighting for the Wearable Art Extravaganza to be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14. Saturday's show is sold out and as of Thursday 130 tickets remain for Sunday's show. According to Nancy DeCherney, executive director for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, volunteers are still needed.

Photo: Falling Lights

Steve Davis, center, volunteers with Bing Carrillo, left, and Joe Carlson on Thursday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center to build creative lighting for… Continue reading

Steve Davis, center, volunteers with Bing Carrillo, left, and Joe Carlson on Thursday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center to build creative lighting for the Wearable Art Extravaganza to be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14. Saturday's show is sold out and as of Thursday 130 tickets remain for Sunday's show. According to Nancy DeCherney, executive director for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, volunteers are still needed.
City Engineering Director Rorie Watt is one of two finalists for the Juneau city manager position.

Finalists named in city manager search

In mid August, City Manager Kim Kiefer announced that she planned to retire, sending city officials into an urgent search to find her replacement. Almost… Continue reading

City Engineering Director Rorie Watt is one of two finalists for the Juneau city manager position.

Bystanders come to woman’s aid during assault

Two people early Thursday morning near Telephone Hill Park heard a loud argument and then found a man on top of a woman, striking her… Continue reading

Moving forward with the arts

Government, education and art leaders in the community came together Thursday to answer one question about arts in the schools: What’s next for Juneau?Alaska’s capital… Continue reading

Mining tax increase gets first hearing in Legislature

The state of Alaska has never changed its mining taxes.To find the last time Alaskan miners had to open their tax books, you have to… Continue reading

Settlement up for approval in campaign violations case

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Public Offices Commission will consider a settlement in a campaign disclosure violations case involving two independent political groups once linked to… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Friday, Feb. 5, 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