Rep. Max Gruenberg, D-Anchorage, speaks in the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 26, 2014 in this Empire file photo. Gruenberg died at his Juneau home on Sunday. He was 72 years old.

Anchorage Rep. Gruenberg dies Sunday at age 72

The most senior member of the Alaska House of Representatives has died.Max Gruenberg, a Democrat representing an Anchorage district in the Alaska House of Representatives,… Continue reading

Rep. Max Gruenberg, D-Anchorage, speaks in the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 26, 2014 in this Empire file photo. Gruenberg died at his Juneau home on Sunday. He was 72 years old.
Dustin Stogner discovers a syringe near Dredge Lake Road Thursday afternoon as he walks around the area with his 2-year-old son. Stogner is just one of several Juneau residents to recently complain that syringes are popping up in public spaces.

A dangerous find: Used needles appear in public places

Dustin Stogner said when his fiance became pregnant with their first child, the couple decided to leave Louisville, Kentucky, for a place that was calmer;… Continue reading

Dustin Stogner discovers a syringe near Dredge Lake Road Thursday afternoon as he walks around the area with his 2-year-old son. Stogner is just one of several Juneau residents to recently complain that syringes are popping up in public spaces.

Ex-hunting TV show host sentenced in poaching case

ANCHORAGE — A former host of a cable TV hunting show has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for his role in a poaching… Continue reading

Juneau mayorial candidates Karen Crane and Ken Koelsch answer questions during a forum held by the Downtown Business Association in the Senate Building on Friday.

DBA screens mayoral candidates

What can you do for us? This age-old interview question was at the heart of the Downtown Business Association’s mayoral candidate forum Friday morning.The event… Continue reading

Juneau mayorial candidates Karen Crane and Ken Koelsch answer questions during a forum held by the Downtown Business Association in the Senate Building on Friday.
Gasoline prices have fallen under $3 in Juneau. The automatic pump at Fishermen's Bend in Auke Bay, pictured here Friday, have the lowest prices in town.

Pumped up: The concealed truth behind gas prices

At 11 a.m. every weekday, Wade Bryson sits in a small swivel chair, leans close to a microphone, and listens to problems.For the past eight… Continue reading

Gasoline prices have fallen under $3 in Juneau. The automatic pump at Fishermen's Bend in Auke Bay, pictured here Friday, have the lowest prices in town.

Senator introduces bill to ban late-term abortion

JUNEAU — A North Pole senator introduced a bill Friday that would require Alaska doctors to determine whether a fetus could survive outside of the… Continue reading

After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics

LAS VEGAS — Right fight; wrong strategy.That’s what many ranchers and sympathizers opposing federal control of public lands in the West concluded after the armed… Continue reading

Fairbanks debates federal proposal on predator hunts

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks residents have shown support for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal that would ban some bear, wolf and coyote hunts on… Continue reading

GCI works to repair damaged undersea fibers in Sitka, Angoon

GCI customers should expect service interruptions today due to recent damage to the undersea fiber optic cable that serves the Sitka and Angoon areas.Permanent repairs… Continue reading

Police calls for Sunday, Feb. 14, 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

Around Town

Open trap shooting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Trap Club, 1 Mile Montana Creek Road. The Juneau Trap Club is open to members and public trap… Continue reading

Police: Official killed in police shooting pointed shotgun

ANCHORAGE— North Slope Borough police say the officer involved in a fire official’s fatal shooting in Barrow acted after the man pointed a shotgun at… Continue reading

Sitka settles with man hit by stun gun in jail

SITKA — The city of Sitka has agreed to pay $350,000 to resolve a complaint threatening a lawsuit over the 2014 arrest of a man… Continue reading

US rig count drops 30 this week to 541; Texas down 14

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 30… Continue reading

Troopers arrest man suspected in violent home eviction

ANCHORAGE — A Houston, Alaska, man has been arrested for taking part in a home eviction that Alaska State Troopers say turned violent.Troopers took a… Continue reading

AK LNG talks ‘unlikely’ to meet deadlines

ANCHORAGE — A lack of progress in negotiations between the state’s producer partners on major Alaska LNG Project agreements is likely to throw the project… Continue reading

The Chugach Mountains and the buildings of downtown Anchorage are reflected in the still waters of Cook Inlet on Friday.

Photo: Snow up above, but none down below

The Chugach Mountains and the buildings of downtown Anchorage are reflected in the still waters of Cook Inlet on Friday.… Continue reading

The Chugach Mountains and the buildings of downtown Anchorage are reflected in the still waters of Cook Inlet on Friday.

Sitka to act on recommendations in landslide study

SITKA — Sitka officials say they plan to make land development improvements following the release of a study on the August 2015 landslides.The geotechnical and… Continue reading

NOAA finds algal toxins in marine mammals

Algae toxins are creeping north, scientists say, and marine mammals could potentially pay the price. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a study Feb.… Continue reading

Carpeneti: Keep politics out of the courtroom

A little more than a year ago, Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks and chair of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced a Senate Joint Resolution that “is… Continue reading