A live marijuana plant being grown for personal use in Juneau.

Ketchikan rejects marijuana business ban

The City of Ketchikan will not prohibit retail marijuana businesses within city limits.The Ketchikan City Council, by a 3-2 count at its meeting Thursday night,… Continue reading

A live marijuana plant being grown for personal use in Juneau.

Former Sitka park chief files discrimination suit

Mary Miller, former superintendent of Sitka National Historical Park, filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court, alleging gender and race discrimination in the… Continue reading

Bill to update Alaska Military Code of Justice advances

JUNEAU — A bill that would update Alaska’s Military Code of Justice and strengthen penalties for certain violations has advanced from the House Judiciary Committee.The… Continue reading

This photo taken Jan. 7, shows dead common murres on a rocky beach in Whittier.

Federal agency calls for research into seabird deaths

ANCHORAGE — A federal laboratory that assesses disease in wildlife is calling for more research into the deaths of thousands of common murres and other… Continue reading

This photo taken Jan. 7, shows dead common murres on a rocky beach in Whittier.

Anchorage School District plans to cut teacher jobs

ANCHORAGE — The Anchorage School District is looking to close a projected $10.9 million budget gap by cutting 53 teachers next year and increasing class… Continue reading

‘Our Voices Will Be Heard’ events scheduled

Perseverance Theater is hosting a variety of events around its production “Our Voices Will Be Heard” this week, a play about a mother’s and daughter’s… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker shakes hands with Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, after his annual State of the State address to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Thursday. First Lady Donna Walker, right, receives a hug by Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage.

Photo: Government chuckles

Gov. Bill Walker shakes hands with Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, after his annual State of the State address to a Joint Session… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker shakes hands with Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, after his annual State of the State address to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Thursday. First Lady Donna Walker, right, receives a hug by Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage.

Around Town

Open trap shooting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Trap Club, 1 Mile Montana Creek Road. The Juneau Trap Club is open to members and public trap… Continue reading

Highway officials monitor overflow near Dalton Highway

ANCHORAGE — State highway officials are watching overflow that has emerged near a northern section of the Dalton Highway.The Alaska Department of Transportation says overflow… Continue reading

Body found on Sterling trail; man may have died of exposure

STERLING — Alaska State Troopers say a 47-year-old Kenai Peninsula man was found dead on a trail near the community of Sterling.The body of Leroy… Continue reading

US rig count down 13 this week to 637

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 13… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Sunday, Jan. 24, 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

Boy shot, wounded by teenager handling gun at Wasilla home

ANCHORAGE — A teenager at a Wasilla home was shot and wounded Thursday by a second teenager handling a gun.Alaska State Troopers took a call… Continue reading

Dates set for State of Judiciary, US senator speeches

JUNEAU — The dates have been set for the annual addresses by Alaska’s two U.S. senators to the state Legislature.U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is scheduled… Continue reading

Alaska burglary suspect identified after locking keys in car

ANCHORAGE — A man suspected of burglarizing two Alaska businesses was delayed in his get-away by locking his keys in his car. A call to… Continue reading

Around Town for Jan. 22

Senior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: Diane, 463-6176. Storytime, 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Details: 586-5267. Organ concert, noon, State Office Building.… Continue reading

CBJ to tackle empty Assembly seat Monday

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will hold a special meeting Monday at 5 p.m. to discuss filling the District 2 seat left vacant… Continue reading

Secretary of Commerce adopts halibut bycatch cuts

The Secretary of Commerce adopted Amendment 111 to the Magnuson-Stevens Act on Wednesday, which cuts halibut bycatch limits for groundfish trawlers.The amendment aims to reduce… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 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

Susan FitzGerald, a real estate broker for Best Rate Realty, talks about Juneau's real estate market at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon at the Juneau International Airport on Thursday.

Lunch and real estate

Southeast Board of Realtors President Susan FitzGerald started by asking the audience at the Chamber of Commerce’s weekly Thursday luncheon to participate in a text-message… Continue reading

Susan FitzGerald, a real estate broker for Best Rate Realty, talks about Juneau's real estate market at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon at the Juneau International Airport on Thursday.