Woman indicted for having drugs on school grounds

A Juneau grand jury indicted a woman whom police saw “shooting up” narcotics at a high school parking lot, according to prosecutors.Chelsea M. Massin, 35,… Continue reading

Jeffery Sheakley of Sitka works on a silver bracelet at the Northwest Coast Art Market at Sealaska Plaza during Celebration 2016 on Thursday.

Native art market huge hit at Celebration

It’s difficult to walk through downtown Juneau right now without running into somebody toting bags filled with recently purchased furs, jewelry, beads, drums, blankets or… Continue reading

Jeffery Sheakley of Sitka works on a silver bracelet at the Northwest Coast Art Market at Sealaska Plaza during Celebration 2016 on Thursday.
The Celebration 2016 Soapberry Contest had three contestants - Doris McLean, Charlene Baker and Francis Neumann, all of Whitehorse.

Whip it! Bitter berries transform into whipped dessert at Celebration

Francis Neumann used to whip soapberries into a light, airy meringue with a wooden stick. Now, she uses a handheld mixer.She made the shift “when… Continue reading

The Celebration 2016 Soapberry Contest had three contestants - Doris McLean, Charlene Baker and Francis Neumann, all of Whitehorse.

Alaska veep: Virgin America merger not cause for concern

Correction: In an earlier version of this article, the Empire erroneously stated that once the merger with Virgin America is complete that the Virgin insignia… Continue reading

A second humpback has been swimming alongside the entangled humpback since at least June 4, when this photo was taken. The second whale may also be entangled in the anchor line, complicating the entanglement situation.

Entangled whale ditches tracking device, last spotted near Kake

A tracking device on an entangled whale in Southeast Alaska waters has fallen off and NOAA is once again asking the public to help them… Continue reading

A second humpback has been swimming alongside the entangled humpback since at least June 4, when this photo was taken. The second whale may also be entangled in the anchor line, complicating the entanglement situation.

Celebration: No border between us

When the U.S.-Canada border was drawn through Southeast Alaska in 1903, it left Tlingit, Haida and Tshimshian peoples on both sides. But though that line… Continue reading

Git-Hoan dancers at Celebration 2012

Celebration’s lead dance group has some surprises up its sleeve

The Git-Hoan Dancers, the Tsimshian dance group started 20 years ago by master carver and culture bearer David A. Boxley, have some surprises for those… Continue reading

Git-Hoan dancers at Celebration 2012

Historic moment: State awards first commercial marijuana licenses

There were cheers, hoots and completely sober discussion Thursday as the state of Alaska approved the first licenses ever awarded for a commercial marijuana business… Continue reading

Celebration calendar for Friday, June 10

Today, June 10Dance performances, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Centennial Hall, Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian groups dressed in traditional regalia share their ancient songs… Continue reading

Building bridges for Native LGBTQ: ‘You’re not alone’

In any community, finding someone you trust and can say “I’m gay” to can be difficult. In a remote village seemingly disconnected from the world,… Continue reading

Tourists from New York, France rescued on West Glacier Trail

A search team on Wednesday evening rescued two tourists who got lost on the West Glacier Trail.Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch that… Continue reading

Body believed to be missing airman found in Alaska lake

ANCHORAGE — Authorities say a body believed to be that of a missing Air Force airman from Texas has been found in an Alaska lake… 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

Police & fire calls for Friday, June 10, 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

This Day in Juneau History: June 10, 1986

On June 10, 1986, Gov. Bill Sheffield vetoed multiple state and local projects, cutting an overall $45.2 million from the state’s budget. To keep cuts… Continue reading

Walrus hunters in boats trapped by ice rescued

ANCHORAGE — Six walrus hunters whose boats were trapped by Chukchi Sea ice were lifted to safety Wednesday by the Coast Guard.The agency said the… Continue reading

Bear fatally shot near possible mauling area

ANCHORAGE — Responders in Alaska’s largest city shot and killed a bear Thursday that was wandering in the vicinity where a man might have been… Continue reading

Groups sue over inaction on Fairbanks air pollution

ANCHORAGE — Three Alaska groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to force a decision on cleaning up chronic air pollution in Fairbanks, the… Continue reading

Farmer using sewage as fertilizer loses permit

FAIRBANKS — A Moose Creek farmer has lost a permit to fertilize his land with human waste after Fairbanks North Star Borough officials found his… Continue reading

After Alaska successes, FAA weather cam program expands

What started as a small program to help Alaska pilots who fly some of the most dangerous routes in the state is ready for the… Continue reading