Kevin Scott Nauska, 19, appears in Juneau Superior Court in December for his arraignment on a single charge of manslaughter in connection to the stabbing death of Jordon J. Sharclane, 37. A Juneau grand jury chose not to indict him on more serious murder charges.

Bail reduced for defendant in manslaughter case

Despite a mother’s plea that more violence could await her family if the man accused of killing her son was not kept behind bars, a… Continue reading

Kevin Scott Nauska, 19, appears in Juneau Superior Court in December for his arraignment on a single charge of manslaughter in connection to the stabbing death of Jordon J. Sharclane, 37. A Juneau grand jury chose not to indict him on more serious murder charges.

Pot’s big day approaches, but consumption questions remain

With less than two weeks to go before the first entrepreneurs can apply for an Alaska marijuana license, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board on Thursday… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Friday, Feb. 12, 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

Laraine Derr, left, is presented with the American Association of Retired Persons' Andrus Community Service Award by First Lady Donna Walker during a luncheon at TK Maguire's on Wednesday. The award is the AARP's most prestigious state volunteer award for community service.

Photo: AARP award

Loraine Derr, left, is presented with the American Association of Retired Persons’ Andrus Community Service Award by First Lady Donna Walker during a luncheon at… Continue reading

Laraine Derr, left, is presented with the American Association of Retired Persons' Andrus Community Service Award by First Lady Donna Walker during a luncheon at TK Maguire's on Wednesday. The award is the AARP's most prestigious state volunteer award for community service.

Egan Drive access limited as signal pole replaced

Traffic control revisions will limit access to Egan Drive for motorist traveling from Riverside Drive today.Starting at 8 a.m., a road crew will cover the… Continue reading

Inmate suffers life-threatening injuries at Kenai prison

ANCHORAGE — An inmate at a prison in Kenai was transported to Anchorage after suffering life-threatening injuries in an assault.Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna just… Continue reading

Around Town

GED orientation class, 9 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. GED orientation is designed to improve the success rate of those taking the tests.… Continue reading

U.S.S. Juneau’s silver service to be unveiled Sunday at reception

The U.S.S. Juneau (CL-52)’s silver service will be unveiled this Valentine’s Day, the 74th anniversary of its christening of the Juneau which tragically sank during… Continue reading

Clinton says Sanders making promises that ‘cannot be kept’

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled over the price tag and practicality of his plans for expanded government programs in Thursday night’s Democratic… Continue reading

Fargo police say officer shot during standoff won’t survive

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota police officer was near death Thursday after being hit by a gunshot while responding to a domestic disturbance,… Continue reading

CDC ships Zika test for pregnant women; Puerto Rico at risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is shipping Zika virus tests for pregnant women to health departments around the country, but warning there could be temporary… Continue reading

Cruz app data collection helps campaign read voters’ minds

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters, even as he campaigns to protect law-abiding citizens… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2016
  • By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JULIE BYKOWICZ
  • Nation-World
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Co-Founder Kip Thorne speaks next to a visual of gravitational waves from two converging black holes, right, during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, to announce that scientists they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. The announcement has electrified the world of astronomy, and some have likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Music to one’s ears

WASHINGTON — In an announcement that electrified the world of physics, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the… Continue reading

Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Co-Founder Kip Thorne speaks next to a visual of gravitational waves from two converging black holes, right, during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, to announce that scientists they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. The announcement has electrified the world of astronomy, and some have likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Last occupiers of Oregon wildlife refuge surrender to FBI

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve surrendered Thursday, and a leader… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2016
  • By REBECCA BOONE and MARTHA BELLISLE
  • Nation-World
An exile Tibetan holds multi color prayer flags called wind horse or 'lungta' to be tied on tall posts on the third day of the Tibetan New Year on Thursday in Dharmsala, India. Tibetans believe that the Buddhist prayers printed on these flags whose colors represent the five elements, earth, fire, sky, water and air, are spread on wind.

Photos: Tibetan prayers for the new year

An exiled Tibetan holds prayer flags called “lungta,” or wind horse, to be tied on tall posts on the third day of the Tibetan New… Continue reading

An exile Tibetan holds multi color prayer flags called wind horse or 'lungta' to be tied on tall posts on the third day of the Tibetan New Year on Thursday in Dharmsala, India. Tibetans believe that the Buddhist prayers printed on these flags whose colors represent the five elements, earth, fire, sky, water and air, are spread on wind.

A look at what’s next for the major players in Syria’s war

The U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other countries met Thursday in Munich to discuss halting the fighting in Syria, while forces of President… Continue reading

Alaska adopts new rules for dispersant use in oil spills

ANCHORAGE — Alaska oil spill responders have adopted new rules for the rapid use of chemical dispersant but say dispersant will continue to be considered… Continue reading

Season opens without its stars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon will be in the booth and Tony Stewart in a bed when the NASCAR season begins.Neither NASCAR star will… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2016
  • By JENNA FRYER
Jamie Bursell

Assembly fills vacant D2 seat

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly is whole again. Mayor Mary Becker announced today at the Business Roundtable Luncheon that the Assembly has chosen… Continue reading

Jamie Bursell

Kenai Peninsula remains top location for affordable housing

KENAI — While the price for homes is cheaper in Fairbanks, purchasing a home in the Kenai Peninsula Borough may be the most affordable option… Continue reading