In this Sept. 21 photo, seventh-grade student Shania Sommer of Palmer announces that nearly every Alaskan will receive $2,072 from 2015's oil dividend check during a news conference in Anchorage.

Sacred oil checks eyed amid budget deficit

JUNEAU — Alaska is facing multibillion-dollar deficits amid chronically low oil prices and relying on savings to help balance the budget.That’s not sustainable, and is… Continue reading

In this Sept. 21 photo, seventh-grade student Shania Sommer of Palmer announces that nearly every Alaskan will receive $2,072 from 2015's oil dividend check during a news conference in Anchorage.

Havemeister out as agriculture director

Gov. Bill Walker announced last week that Franci Havemeister will leave her role as director of the Alaska Division of Agriculture on Dec. 4.The Palmer… Continue reading

Grants available to study seafood canneries

The Alaska Historical Society is making up to $1,000 available for projects studying the history of Alaska’s seafood canneries.The project is part of the Alaska… Continue reading

Three JPD officers graduate from academy today

Three Juneau Police Department officers will graduate from the Alaska Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka today.The three are part of a class of 17,… Continue reading

Around town for Friday, Nov. 13

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

Health insurance marketplace navigation

The Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace’s open enrollment will be from Nov. 1, 2015, to Jan. 31, 2016. Both SEARHC and the Internal Revenue… Continue reading

Police blotter for Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

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

Company plans ATV tours in Haines

Alaska Mountain Guides Adventures Inc. has requested permission from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to operate ATV tours in Haines starting next summer.According to… Continue reading

Haines forestry office closes for season

The Alaska Division of Forestry is closing its Haines office for the winter on Nov. 21.The office had been kept open year-round until budget cuts… Continue reading

Drawing permit applications open

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has opened the application process for 2016 big game drawing hunts.Hunters have until 5 p.m. Dec. 15 to… Continue reading

Video captures skier’s 1,600-foot fall down Alaska mountain

ANCHORAGE — A professional skier who walked away after falling 1,600 feet down an Alaska mountain says the experience was “gnarly.”Video of Canadian skier Ian… Continue reading

2 University of Alaska officials step down

FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska is looking to fill positions on the president’s executive team following the abrupt resignation of two officials.The Fairbanks Daily… Continue reading

US Capitol Christmas tree rolls through South Dakota

MITCHELL, S.D. — A 74-foot-tall Christmas tree bound for the U.S. Capitol is passing through South Dakota.The semitrailer hauling the tree made a short stop… Continue reading

Walker downsizes state’s Washington office

ANCHORAGE — There will be fewer people staffing the state of Alaska office in Washington, D.C.The Alaska Dispatch News reported the lobbying office for the… Continue reading

Marvin Roberts flashes four fingers in a sign of solidarity of for the Fairbanks Four following his address at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage on  Oct. 17.

‘Fairbanks Four’ trial ends, judge won’t rush

FAIRBANKS — Four men who claim they were wrongly found guilty of killing a Fairbanks teenager in 1997 will have to wait learn the outcome… Continue reading

Marvin Roberts flashes four fingers in a sign of solidarity of for the Fairbanks Four following his address at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage on  Oct. 17.
Veterans were invited to participate in a special men's dance at a Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 in Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.

‘We’re here because we remember’

Although traditionally a day set aside to thank veterans for their service, this Veterans Day one individual gave them something more — a mission.A program… Continue reading

Veterans were invited to participate in a special men's dance at a Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 in Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.

ADF&G says to expect 34M pinks in ’16

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting a 2016 pink salmon run about the same size as the one that greeted fishermen this… Continue reading

Planning commission hears big plans

The future look of Juneau may well be shaped by two plans that were presented to the city Planning Commission on Tuesday.The commission reviewed the… Continue reading

Nonprofit works to replace Kodiak’s Madsen Bear statue

KODIAK — A Kodiak nonprofit is working to gather support for a new project that would replace the city’s life-size fiberglass statue of a Kodiak… Continue reading

One of two totem poles in front of the Gajaa Hit building in the Willoughby District is seen in front of a snow-covered Mount Juneau on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. A trace of snow was recorded overnight at Juneau International Airport, 0.4 inches in the Mendenhall Valley and 3.6 inches at the base of Eaglecrest Ski Area, but no snow was recorded in downtown Juneau. Alaska's capital city has yet to record measurable snow at the airport, its official measuring site.

Photo: Winter in sight

One of two totem poles in front of the Gajaa Hit building in the Willoughby District is seen in front of a snow-covered Mount Juneau… Continue reading

One of two totem poles in front of the Gajaa Hit building in the Willoughby District is seen in front of a snow-covered Mount Juneau on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. A trace of snow was recorded overnight at Juneau International Airport, 0.4 inches in the Mendenhall Valley and 3.6 inches at the base of Eaglecrest Ski Area, but no snow was recorded in downtown Juneau. Alaska's capital city has yet to record measurable snow at the airport, its official measuring site.