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.

Around town for Thursday, Nov. 12

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.Tai Chi class, 10… Continue reading

Fish and Game advisory committee to meet

The Upper Lynn Canal Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet Nov. 20 to discuss a proposal to build artifical log jams in rivers along… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Thursday, Nov. 12, 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

US troops didn’t have eyes on Afghan hospital before attack

WASHINGTON — Immediately after the U.S. killed at least 30 people in a devastating airstrike on a charity hospital, Afghanistan’s national security adviser told a… Continue reading

Protesters march through the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday carrying the coffins of seven ethnic Hazaras who were allegedly killed by the Taliban and calling for a new government that can ensure security in the country.

Thousands of Afghans march, demand justice for slain Shiites

KABUL, Afghanistan — Anger and frustration over the brutal killings of seven members of Afghanistan’s minority Hazaras spilled into the streets of Kabul on Wednesday,… Continue reading

  • Nov 12, 2015
  • By LYNNE O'DONNELL and HUMAYOON BABUR
  • Nation-World
Protesters march through the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday carrying the coffins of seven ethnic Hazaras who were allegedly killed by the Taliban and calling for a new government that can ensure security in the country.
In this Tuesday photo, forestry officials ride on the back of an elephant as they patrol an area affected by forest fire in Siak, Riau province, Indonesia.

Indonesia uses trained elephants to control forest fires

SIAK, Indonesia — Forest fires difficult to control? Call in the pachyderm patrol.Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants outfitted with water pumps and hoses… Continue reading

In this Tuesday photo, forestry officials ride on the back of an elephant as they patrol an area affected by forest fire in Siak, Riau province, Indonesia.
Korean Vietnam War veterans prepare to march in the annual Veteran's Day parade in New York Wednesday.

Veterans Day around the United States

Ninety-seven years ago, an armistice ended World War I, which was then the greatest conflict the world had ever seen. Armistice Day became Veterans Day… Continue reading

Korean Vietnam War veterans prepare to march in the annual Veteran's Day parade in New York Wednesday.

Online threats against blacks net arrest at Missouri campus

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A white college student suspected of posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty at the University of Missouri was charged… Continue reading

Young women live with M & D like it’s 1940

Young women are living with their parents or relatives at a rate not seen since 1940 as more millennial women put off marriage, attend college… Continue reading

Push for end to Syria war seen as most serious yet

BEIRUT — The international community is mounting its most serious effort yet to end the nearly 5-year-old Syrian war, rallying around a second round of… Continue reading