Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, introduces a bill to the Senate State Affairs Committee at the Capitol in February. McGuire authored SB 128.

Senate votes to halve dividend, spend Permanent Fund earnings on state operations

The Alaska Senate voted late Monday to spend almost $1.8 billion per year from the Alaska Permanent Fund on the operations of state government.If approved… Continue reading

Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, introduces a bill to the Senate State Affairs Committee at the Capitol in February. McGuire authored SB 128.
Wayne Price of Haines reaches for the dock at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive as he skippers one of two canoes arriving from Hoonah Tuesday for Celebration 2016. The canoes will take part in a Coming Ashore Ceremony sponsored by the One Peoples Canoe Society at Sandy Beach on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A dozen canoes, each carrying 10 people, will be arriving from Kake, Ketchikan, Sitka, Angoon, Hoonah and Yakutat.

Canoes to arrive today for Celebration kick-off

Celebration, a biennial festival of Alaska Native culture, officially starts today. But for a handful of paddlers from multiple Southeast communities it started about a… Continue reading

Wayne Price of Haines reaches for the dock at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive as he skippers one of two canoes arriving from Hoonah Tuesday for Celebration 2016. The canoes will take part in a Coming Ashore Ceremony sponsored by the One Peoples Canoe Society at Sandy Beach on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A dozen canoes, each carrying 10 people, will be arriving from Kake, Ketchikan, Sitka, Angoon, Hoonah and Yakutat.

What not to miss at Celebration 2016

With 50 dance groups, 30 events and about a dozen different venues, Celebration 2016 may seem a little daunting. For first time attendees, here’s a… Continue reading

Police & fire for Wednesday, June 8, 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

Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who… Continue reading

Woman who died in fire was Indonesian national

ANCHORAGE — A woman who died in a fire at a remote Alaska fishing lodge was a 59-year-old Indonesian national, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.Three… Continue reading

Shellfish unsafe across Southeast

The Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins (SEATT) partnership has been collecting phytoplankton samples throughout southeast Alaska to monitor for plankton species that can produce toxins and… Continue reading

John Borbridge Jr. Courtesy of CCTHITA

Celebration: In Memoriam

In honor of Celebration, here is a look at a few people who left a big impact on the Alaska Native community before “walking into… Continue reading

John Borbridge Jr. Courtesy of CCTHITA

First Juneau Haida language gathering to be held

This year marks the 15th International Haida Language Gathering in Southeast Alaska, and the first to be held in Juneau. This event is open to… Continue reading

JPD dispatcher rescues abandoned ducklings on Juneau airport runway

After an eagle scared a mother duck away from her ducklings on the Juneau International Airport runway Sunday night, one woman made sure they wouldn’t… Continue reading

Walker’s 13-point deficit plan falters after four months in Legislature

After 137 days in regular and special session, the Alaska Legislature may be nearing an end to its work.“I know we’re not done yet, but… Continue reading

CCFR on scene at the fire Tuesday afternoon

Flames ruin downtown Douglas shed, boat

A scorched metal frame is all that remains of a downtown Douglas shed after it was engulfed by flames Tuesday afternoon.Homeowner Eleanor Laurent said the… Continue reading

CCFR on scene at the fire Tuesday afternoon
Juneau residents and visitors crowd into the Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum during the grand opening on Monday. See the full slideshow of pictures from the opening by clicking the link in the story, or by clicking the link on the Empire's homepage.

Grand SLAM: New state museum opens

After 12 years and about $140 million in development, Alaska has a new state museum.The Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum, affectionately known… Continue reading

Juneau residents and visitors crowd into the Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum during the grand opening on Monday. See the full slideshow of pictures from the opening by clicking the link in the story, or by clicking the link on the Empire's homepage.
Beth Weldon is pictured in August 2012 after retiring from a 20-plus year career from Capital City Fire/Rescue.

This ‘fourth generation Douglasite’ is running for an Assembly seat

The candidate-filing period for Juneau’s next municipal election won’t be open for another two months, but that hasn’t stopped one resident from announcing an Assembly… Continue reading

Beth Weldon is pictured in August 2012 after retiring from a 20-plus year career from Capital City Fire/Rescue.

Assembly considers making sales tax permanent, talks marijuana tax

Since 1983 Juneau voters have been approving a “temporary” sales tax to pay for city government operations with a ballot question every three years. City… Continue reading

Troopers release names of officers who shot, killed suspect

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two officers who fatally shot a man with a knife outside Palmer on Thursday night.Troopers… Continue reading

Troopers find 2 dead in burning home outside Wasilla

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers responding Sunday to reports of a shooting near Wasilla found a house on fire and two people dead.A third person… Continue reading

South Dakota teacher to spend summer in Alaska on NOAA mission

HOVEN, S.D. — A South Dakota science teacher is spending part of his summer break doing research in Alaska on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric… Continue reading

Auke Lake Boat Launch open

The City and Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation has opened the Auke Lake Boat Launch to the public after installing seasonal regulatory buoys.Boaters are… Continue reading

Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who… Continue reading