WHO: Global emergency over Zika virus spread

GENEVA — The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects… Continue reading

Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, right, speaks during a House Majority press conference at the Capitol on Thursday. Also attending are Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, Rep. Bob Herron, D-Bethel, and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage.

At Valley Library, budget comments based on history

In the main meeting room of the Mendenhall Valley Public Library, the ideas being shared sounded like a page from an Alaska history book: school… Continue reading

Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, right, speaks during a House Majority press conference at the Capitol on Thursday. Also attending are Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, Rep. Bob Herron, D-Bethel, and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage.

Around Town

Intermediate Microsoft Excel, 9-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Learn to use Excel spreadsheets and other intermediate level skills. Free. Details: 586-5718. Writing… Continue reading

Bright college teens held in death of ‘awesome little girl’

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Two Virginia Tech students who had bright futures appeared before a judge Monday in the death of a seventh-grade girl who was… Continue reading

Amtrak engineer recalls opening throttle before fatal crash

WASHINGTON — The last thing Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian remembers before last May’s fatal crash in Philadelphia is pushing the throttle forward to pick up… Continue reading

Sheriff: Fugitives had outside aid, kidnapped cab driver

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three inmates who pulled off an intricate getaway from a California jail had outside help from a man who slipped… Continue reading

Police say Chicago homicides climbed dramatically in January

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago saw a dramatic spike in the number of homicides and shootings in January — the bloodiest start to a year in… Continue reading

Anchorage police increase efforts to diversify mostly white department

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police Chief Chris Tolley says the department is increasing its recruitment efforts to ensure it more accurately represents the city’s racial diversity.“It’s… Continue reading

Reeling Suns fire coach Jeff Hornacek

PHOENIX — Jeff Hornacek was fired Monday as coach of the Phoenix Suns, who are mired in one of the worst stretches in franchise history.The… Continue reading

  • Feb 2, 2016
  • By BOB BAUM

Survey: Concussions not most players’ primary concern

During a 15-year NFL career that sent him pinballing over the middle of the field too many times to count, absorbing hits as wicked as… Continue reading

  • Feb 2, 2016
  • By EDDIE PELLS and HOWARD FENDRICH

Bill would protect animals in domestic violence situations

JUNEAU — A state House committee plans to hear legislation spelling out protections for animals in domestic violence situations.The bill, which was heard later afternoon,… Continue reading

State construction spending expected to drop 18 percent

ANCHORAGE — A newly released report from the University of Alaska projects a significant drop in state spending this year on the construction industry.The annual… Continue reading

Carlton Smith reads a few words to those to those who attended NCADD's Candlelight Vigil Saturday night at Marine Park.

Shedding light on heroin in Juneau

Juneau resident Reagan Eidsness lost two brothers to heroin overdoses. It’s not an easy thing for her to talk about, but it’s a conversation she’s… Continue reading

Carlton Smith reads a few words to those to those who attended NCADD's Candlelight Vigil Saturday night at Marine Park.
Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, speaks with Pat Pitney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, before a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Capitol on Monday. Pitney was continuing her budget overview to the committee showing the reduction of state positions.

Report: Juneau suffers biggest drop in state employment

Juneau has lost more state jobs over the past two years than any other place in Alaska, the director of the state office of management… Continue reading

Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, speaks with Pat Pitney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, before a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Capitol on Monday. Pitney was continuing her budget overview to the committee showing the reduction of state positions.
Dean Williams speaks to reporters after Gov. Bill Walker appointed him to be the new commissioner of the Alaska Department of Corrections on Thursday. Walker is shown behind Williams' shoulder.

Corrections union unhappy with new commissioner

The members of the Alaska Correctional Officers Association say they’re unhappy with the governor’s choice of Dean Williams to run the state’s prisons, and that… Continue reading

Dean Williams speaks to reporters after Gov. Bill Walker appointed him to be the new commissioner of the Alaska Department of Corrections on Thursday. Walker is shown behind Williams' shoulder.
Little snow and recent rains have left minimal snow coverage on the lower part of the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Monday.

Juneau finishes January with least snow since 1942

For the first time since 1942, the National Weather Service measured no sea-level snow in Juneau.According to measurements collected at Juneau International Airport, only a… Continue reading

Little snow and recent rains have left minimal snow coverage on the lower part of the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Monday.

Around Town

Intermediate Microsoft Excel, 9-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Learn to use Excel spreadsheets and other intermediate level skills. Free. Details: 586-5718. Writing… Continue reading

Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School student Greisha Aviles, 9, correctly spells the word "udon" to win the school's spelling bee Tuesday Jan. 26, 2016,  in the multi-purpose room, as moderator Jacki Digennaro, at left, listens. James Helem, at right, finished second in the bee. Greisha will travel to Anchorage to compete in the state spelling bee. Eighth-grader Romy Bekeris won the Middle School spelling bee earlier this month, and will also compete at the state level. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Photo: Sitka spelling bee

Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School student Greisha Aviles, 9, correctly spells the word “udon” to win the school’s spelling bee on Jan. 26 as moderator… Continue reading

Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School student Greisha Aviles, 9, correctly spells the word "udon" to win the school's spelling bee Tuesday Jan. 26, 2016,  in the multi-purpose room, as moderator Jacki Digennaro, at left, listens. James Helem, at right, finished second in the bee. Greisha will travel to Anchorage to compete in the state spelling bee. Eighth-grader Romy Bekeris won the Middle School spelling bee earlier this month, and will also compete at the state level. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Police calls for Monday, Feb. 1, 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

Business group projects 1,600 job loss in Anchorage in 2016

ANCHORAGE — A 2016 economic forecast prepared for the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. projects a loss of 1,600 jobs in Alaska’s largest city, including 600… Continue reading