In this Feb. 5 photo, Bernadette Wilson, daughter Penelope Grace Tuck and partner Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, in Tuck's office in Juneau.

Colleagues say House minority leader fits his role well

JUNEAU — Alaska House Democrats have regained prominence after years of limited influence, with their support expected to be critical in passing a budget this… Continue reading

In this Feb. 5 photo, Bernadette Wilson, daughter Penelope Grace Tuck and partner Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, in Tuck's office in Juneau.

Bethel fire chief: City needs more firefighters

BETHEL — The Bethel Fire Department is asking the city to fund two extra positions in response to a surge in alcohol-related calls.Fire Chief Bill… Continue reading

Sudden vacancy highlights stakes in presidential race

WASHINGTON — The presidential election just got real.The unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — and the immediate declaration from Republicans that the… Continue reading

Who Obama might nominate to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Republicans are near-unanimous in demanding that President Barack Obama leave it to his successor to nominate a candidate to fill the Supreme Court… Continue reading

A vistor to the Washington Monument walks past flags flying a half-staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on a wintry President's Day on Monday in Washington.

Results in key cases could change with Scalia’s death

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court abhors even numbers. But that’s just what the court will have to deal with, perhaps for many months, after the… Continue reading

A vistor to the Washington Monument walks past flags flying a half-staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on a wintry President's Day on Monday in Washington.

Into the mosh pit: Republican campaign talk gets nastier

WASHINGTON — In 2011, eyebrows shot up when former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used a salty acronym — WTF — to mock the policies… Continue reading

Pope denounces exploitation of Mexico’s indigenous people

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — Pope Francis denounced the centuries-old exploitation and exclusion of Mexico’s indigenous people Monday and prayed before the tomb… Continue reading

  • Feb 16, 2016
  • By NICOLE WINFIELD and SONIA PEREZ D.
  • Nation-World
Sundown Arasmith, 40, is shown here playing with his 2-year-old dog Mason. Alaska State Troopers found Arasmith's body Saturday along with his friend Arnold Jongsma, 60, after a kayaking accident. Family members are continuing to search for the dog and a kayak the men used for their trip to Shelter Island.

Two dead in kayak trip near Juneau

Family members are continuing the search for a loved one’s pet after two people were found dead Saturday.Sundown Arasmith, 40, and Arnold Jongsma, 60, left… Continue reading

Sundown Arasmith, 40, is shown here playing with his 2-year-old dog Mason. Alaska State Troopers found Arasmith's body Saturday along with his friend Arnold Jongsma, 60, after a kayaking accident. Family members are continuing to search for the dog and a kayak the men used for their trip to Shelter Island.

No injuries or damage reported after 4.2 Anchorage quake

ANCHORAGE — An earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 struck near Anchorage, Alaska Monday morning.Seismologist Natalia Ruppert from the Alaska Earthquake Information Center says… Continue reading

Tracing roots: Genealogy event held at Soldotna church

KENAI — In the mid-1800s, Albertine Joan Garner’s great-great-grandfather deserted from the French military, married a can-can dancer — Garner’s great-grandmother — and sailed to… Continue reading

Earthquake damage closes school library, gym

ANCHORAGE — Damage from magnitude-7.1 earthquake in January has closed an Anchorage school library and gym.The Romig Middle School gym was closed off after engineers… Continue reading

The rusted remains of a six-cylinder, 1928 Buick engine, sits on the beach in front of Ernest Gruening's cabin near Amalga Harbor. The engine powered the the Ark of Juneau, a boat built by the Satko family that brought them to Juneau in the summer of 1938.

Ark of Juneau ‘wasn’t some glorious odyssey’

Beached on the rocky shore by territorial Gov. Ernest Gruening’s cabin near Amalga harbor, the tides of Favorite Channel have washed away most of an… Continue reading

The rusted remains of a six-cylinder, 1928 Buick engine, sits on the beach in front of Ernest Gruening's cabin near Amalga Harbor. The engine powered the the Ark of Juneau, a boat built by the Satko family that brought them to Juneau in the summer of 1938.
In this Feb. 4 photo, Sheldon Jackson Museum curator of collections Jackie Fernandez, left, and Eagle River artist Drew Michael place one of Michael's giant masks on a a stand in the museum in Sitka. Michael has made a career for himself in the carving trade, showing and selling his work, giving talks at various venues, and teaching at schools around the state.

Sitka hosts mask exhibit featuring 10 common Alaska diseases

SITKA — Growing up in Eagle River, Drew Michael pursued art with a fervency that reached “nerd” levels.“I built a replica of my house using… Continue reading

In this Feb. 4 photo, Sheldon Jackson Museum curator of collections Jackie Fernandez, left, and Eagle River artist Drew Michael place one of Michael's giant masks on a a stand in the museum in Sitka. Michael has made a career for himself in the carving trade, showing and selling his work, giving talks at various venues, and teaching at schools around the state.

Crane to duck beneath bridge this week

Juneauites are expected to see an unusual sight on the waterfront this week as a large crane moves beneath the Juneau-Douglas Bridge to lift the… Continue reading

In this Oct. 15, 2006 photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the ACLU Membership Conference in Washington. On Saturday, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79.

Scalia, a life

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia kept your attention, whether you liked him or not.He was a big personality who rather enjoyed the spotlight,… Continue reading

In this Oct. 15, 2006 photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the ACLU Membership Conference in Washington. On Saturday, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79.

This week for the Legislature: Taxes, court case and Murkowski

JUNEAU — A Senate committee is set to take up several of Gov. Bill Walker’s tax bills during the coming week, including a proposal to… 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

Two rallies planned for Capitol

The Juneau Police Department has announced that Fourth Street will be closed between Main Street and Seward Street for about an hour on two days… Continue reading

Young adults swipe right on Tinder, but is it just a game?

NEW YORK — Online dating services are now hip with young adults, but not always for dating.Credit mobile dating apps such as Tinder, which incorporate… Continue reading

In this March 28, 1978 photo, William Shatner, center, who plays Capt. James Kirk, and Leonard Nimoy, left, who plays Spock, attend a Paramount Studio press conference about the new "Star Trek" movie in Los Angeles. Shatner's latest memoir, "Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man," is out Tuesday.

Q&A: Shatner talks Nimoy friendship in new book

LOS ANGELES — The walls and shelves inside William Shatner’s office are covered with the kinds of memorabilia you’d expect from someone who’s served for… Continue reading

In this March 28, 1978 photo, William Shatner, center, who plays Capt. James Kirk, and Leonard Nimoy, left, who plays Spock, attend a Paramount Studio press conference about the new "Star Trek" movie in Los Angeles. Shatner's latest memoir, "Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man," is out Tuesday.