Man gets weapon charge in shooting of officer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Terence Olridge was heading to his job as a police officer when he and a neighbor were involved in an argument that… Continue reading

This Oct. 10, 2014 photo shows Matthew Hamby, left, and his husband, Christopher Shelden, speaking during a news conference in Anchorage. The couple were among five that challenged Alaska's ban on same-sex marriages, which was struck down Oct. 12, 2014.

State: About 285 same-sex couples wed in past year

JUNEAU — About 285 same-sex couples have married in Alaska in the year since a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage… Continue reading

This Oct. 10, 2014 photo shows Matthew Hamby, left, and his husband, Christopher Shelden, speaking during a news conference in Anchorage. The couple were among five that challenged Alaska's ban on same-sex marriages, which was struck down Oct. 12, 2014.

4th suicide in 3 weeks hits village

ANCHORAGE — A fourth young adult has killed himself in less than three weeks in a remote Alaska Native village, the latest in a tragic… Continue reading

State school board approves tougher test standards

The Alaska School Board has approved tough new grading standards for the Alaska Measures of Progress standardized tests.The tests, issued to students in grades 3… Continue reading

Columbus Day renamed Indigenous Peoples Day

Gov. Bill Walker opened the first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage by renaming the second Monday in October from Columbus… Continue reading

Maple leaves fall on Seward Street as a pedistrian ducks Friday's rain in front of City Hall.

Photo: Rain of leaves

Maple leaves fall on Seward Street as a pedestrian ducks Friday’s rain in front of City Hall.… Continue reading

Maple leaves fall on Seward Street as a pedistrian ducks Friday's rain in front of City Hall.

Around town for Tuesday, Oct. 13

Computer Basics, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry way.Parks and Recreation Wednesday hike, 9:30 a.m., call for location. Details: 586-0428.Day of quilting, sewing… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Tuesday, Oct. 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

Richard Cole, a former employee of Wings of Alaska, is buying the Southeast Alaska commuter airline. He is also co-owner of Fjord Air.

Wings of Alaska sold

Come Saturday, Wings of Alaska will be operating under new ownership.SeaPort Airlines, the Portland-based commuter airline that currently owns of Wings of Alaska, has sold… Continue reading

Richard Cole, a former employee of Wings of Alaska, is buying the Southeast Alaska commuter airline. He is also co-owner of Fjord Air.

AMHS may explore selling Taku ferry

If the state’s budget outlook remains unchanged, the Alaska Marine Highway System will begin investigating whether to surplus the state ferry Taku in the next… Continue reading

Juneau Municipal Clerk Laurie Sica, right, looks over an "over counted" ballot during questioned and absentee vote counting in the Assembly chambers on Friday. An "over counted" ballot shows more than one candidate was voted for in a single race.

Not polling our weight

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series exploring Juneau’s low voter turnout. Part two will publish Monday, Oct. 12.When the polls closed… Continue reading

Juneau Municipal Clerk Laurie Sica, right, looks over an "over counted" ballot during questioned and absentee vote counting in the Assembly chambers on Friday. An "over counted" ballot shows more than one candidate was voted for in a single race.

Remains of child found in burned Tununak home

ANCHORAGE — Authorities say the remains of a small child have been recovered from a home that burned down in the western Alaska village of… Continue reading

Anchorage man shot after opening door to his home

ANCHORAGE — Authorities say a man was shot by a gunman after opening the door of his Anchorage home.The Alaska Dispatch News reported that police… Continue reading

Strong wind, heavy rain collapse village home on stilts

ANCHORAGE — High wind and heavy rain are blamed for the collapse of a home on stilts in southeast Alaska.A village public safety officer in… Continue reading

Gov’t recognizes river’s Native names

ANCHORAGE — The federal government will now recognize a major river system in Alaska by its two native names.The Interior Alaska river currently known as… Continue reading

AFN convention to kick off in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s largest gathering of indigenous people is scheduled to take place in Anchorage this week, giving participants a forum for discussing crucial issues,… Continue reading

In this undated photo, bergy bits cover the surface of College Fjord in Prince William Sound. Iceburgs that threaten tanker ships carrying oil from Valdez are predicted to get smaller and more numerous over the next two decades.

More, smaller icebergs could show up in Alaska tanker lanes

ANCHORAGE — Icebergs that threaten tankers carrying oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline are likely to be smaller but more numerous over the next two decades,… Continue reading

In this undated photo, bergy bits cover the surface of College Fjord in Prince William Sound. Iceburgs that threaten tanker ships carrying oil from Valdez are predicted to get smaller and more numerous over the next two decades.

Crisis team sent to village after trio of suicides

ANCHORAGE — A Native village on Alaska’s western coast is reeling from back-to-back suicides of three young adults — with each subsequent death influenced by… Continue reading

Information from the City and Borough of Juneau.

Low turnout ‘a matter of education’

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series exploring Juneau’s low voter turnout. Part one published Sunday, Oct. 11, and can be found… Continue reading

Information from the City and Borough of Juneau.
Josephine "Josie" Bahnke started her new job as the director of the Division of Elections on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Bahnke, née Hardy, comes from Nome, where she served as city manager for seven years.

Meet the Nomeite in charge of Alaska’s elections

On the third floor of the court plaza building is Josephine Bahnke’s boat.For the new head of the Alaska Division of Elections, it’s one of… Continue reading

Josephine "Josie" Bahnke started her new job as the director of the Division of Elections on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Bahnke, née Hardy, comes from Nome, where she served as city manager for seven years.