‘Chuck-e-Cheese legislation’ passes Senate

The Alaska Senate voted unanimously, 20-0 on Wednesday, to approve a measure that clarifies the state’s gambling laws with respect to businesses like Chuck-e-Cheese and… Continue reading

Hunt for city manager drags on

The half-year hunt for Juneau’s next city manager is nearing its end, but not as quickly as some people, Assembly members included, had hoped. After… Continue reading

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speaks at the Native Issues Forum sponsored by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday.

Photo: Native Issues Forum

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speaks at the Native Issues Forum sponsored by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at… Continue reading

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speaks at the Native Issues Forum sponsored by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday.

Report: Trees in Kodiak borough parcel likely to die

KODIAK — A recent report predicts a mass tree die-off on Kodiak Island Borough land that was scorched by a wildfire last summer.The borough hired… Continue reading

Ahtna announces purchase of sand, gravel, asphalt company

ANCHORAGE — An Alaska Native regional corporation says it has acquired a sand and gravel company in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.Ahtna Inc. says it has purchased… Continue reading

Hollis man charged with driving through ferry security gate

HOLLIS — A 35-year-old southeast Alaska man suspected of driving a van through a security gate at a ferry terminal was arrested Tuesday.Alaska State Troopers… Continue reading

AMHS gets OK to power Matanuska with Rolls Royce

The federal government has granted the Alaska Marine Highway System permission to install a Rolls Royce propeller, shafts and gearing aboard the ferry Matanuska.Federal permission… Continue reading

University of Alaska to talk realignment next week

The University of Alaska Board of Regents will meet on Thursday and Friday next week to consider its “Strategic Pathways” program radically realigning the programs… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in… Continue reading

Yup’ik singer Byron Nicholai to perform Friday and Saturday

Yup’ik singer Byron Nicholai who gained national attention through his Facebook page “I Sing. You Dance” will perform in Shuká Hít (the clan house) at… Continue reading

Around Town

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel.Open lab computer training, 9 a.m.-11 a.m, The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Storytime, 11 a.m.,… Continue reading

White House: Scrap drilling revenue sharing with Gulf states

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking… Continue reading

Sen. Donald Olson, D-Golovin, center, sits between Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, right, and Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, left, and Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, foreground, to watch the State of the Judiciary speech at the Capitol on Wednesday. Sen. Olson announced his move to the Republican-controlled Senate majority caucus Wednesday.

Dem joins GOP-led majority in Senate

JUNEAU - The Republican-led Senate majority has added another member: Democratic Sen. Donny Olson of Golovin.The move leaves four Democrats in the minority.In a release,… Continue reading

Sen. Donald Olson, D-Golovin, center, sits between Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, right, and Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, left, and Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, foreground, to watch the State of the Judiciary speech at the Capitol on Wednesday. Sen. Olson announced his move to the Republican-controlled Senate majority caucus Wednesday.

Man killed in police shooting was lawmaker’s nephew

ANCHORAGE — A volunteer fire official who died in an officer-involved shooting in a northern Alaska community was the nephew of a state lawmaker.Vincent Nageak… Continue reading

Ex-SS guard on trial in late push to punish Nazi crimes

DETMOLD, Germany — A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial this week on 170,000 counts of accessory to… Continue reading

In this photo taken Feb. 4, Joy Sakari, a 400-meter runner, left, and Francisca Koki Manunga, a hurdler, right, who were both banned for doping at the 2015 world championships, speak exclusively to The Associated Press in the town of Embu, Kenya.

Kenya athletes allege bribery in doping crackdown

EMBU, Kenya — Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country’s… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2016
  • By JOHN LEICESTER
In this photo taken Feb. 4, Joy Sakari, a 400-meter runner, left, and Francisca Koki Manunga, a hurdler, right, who were both banned for doping at the 2015 world championships, speak exclusively to The Associated Press in the town of Embu, Kenya.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, raises a fist as he arrives for a breakfast meeting with Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Christie drops out of race; Trump faces fresh test in S.C.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Now officially a winner after clinching New Hampshire, Donald Trump faces a fresh test for his once-improbable campaign as the Republican presidential… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2016
  • By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY and KATHLEEN RONAYNE
  • Nation-World
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, raises a fist as he arrives for a breakfast meeting with Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy’s growth and slow the… Continue reading

Senate passes bill to hit N. Korea with harsher sanctions

WASHINGTON — The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that aims to derail North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons by hitting Pyongyang with more stringent sanctions.Republicans… Continue reading

A telephone wire for 700 Juneau phone lines is sprawled across the left turn lane on Vintage Drive Wednesday after an Arrow Refuse truck's garbage lift hooked on the line, bringing it down and traffic to a stop.

Disconnected: Truck driver takes out 700 phone lines

An Arrow Refuse driver brought down a telephone line while making a right turn onto Riverside Drive Wednesday morning, potentially interrupting several phone calls in… Continue reading

A telephone wire for 700 Juneau phone lines is sprawled across the left turn lane on Vintage Drive Wednesday after an Arrow Refuse truck's garbage lift hooked on the line, bringing it down and traffic to a stop.