Hundreds of swimmers race from the sea during the 24th annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Area on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.

Photos: Polar Bear Plunge

Hundreds of swimmers race from the sea during the 24th annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Area on Friday.… Continue reading

Hundreds of swimmers race from the sea during the 24th annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Area on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker speaks in an interview at the Juneau Empire on Dec. 23, 2015.

Walker: Alaska can ‘self-heal’

The following Q&A was conducted with Gov. Bill Walker on Dec. 23, 2015, at the Juneau Empire. This is part one of the interview. Part… Continue reading

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker speaks in an interview at the Juneau Empire on Dec. 23, 2015.

Juneau comes up just shy of precipitation record

JUNEAU — Alaska’s capital city came up just short of setting a new mark for wettest year on record.The National Weather Service says Juneau ended… Continue reading

Photo: Caption contest

A red station wagon is shown submerged in Gastineau Channel at Harris Harbor on Friday afternoon. The driver told an Empire staff member that he… Continue reading

Court releases records following incident with autistic man

KODIAK — The city of Kodiak said its officers acted professionally during a September incident in which an autistic man was restrained.On Thursday, the city… Continue reading

Yupik Bible gets modern writing style

BETHEL — The Holy Bible is now available in the modern Yupik writing style.The translation to Yupik — spoken by an estimated 18,000 Alaska Natives… Continue reading

2 injured in shooting at New Year’s Eve party

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police are investigating a shooting at a New Year’s Eve party that wounded two people, one critically.Witnesses say a house was packed… Continue reading

Avalanche work to slow traffic on Thane Road

Expect delays of up to 45 minutes on Thane Road today between noon and 4 p.m. as avalanche hazard reduction work is performed, said the… Continue reading

Klondike Highway still shut by avalanche danger

The Klondike Highway remained closed Thursday between Skagway and Whitehorse after severe weather prevented Canadian helicopter crews from blasting avalanches along the route.“I’m being told… Continue reading

TMHS dancers take part in London New Year’s Day Parade

Thunder Mountain High School Dance Team members Myrica Wildes and Jayce Wendling rang in the New Year nine hours ahead of everyone back home in… Continue reading

Around town for Friday, Jan. 1

Dads N’ Kiddos play group, 9-11 a.m., Northern Lights Church. For dads and their babies up to 3 years old. Details: Jim, 796-8463.Overeaters Anonymous meeting,… Continue reading

SHI, State Library to sponsor lecture on influential archaeologist

Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Alaska State Library Historical Collections will sponsor a lecture next week on a well-known anthropologist who did field work in… Continue reading

Police blotter for Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

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

Deadline for District 1 Assembly seat approaching

Individuals willing to serve on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly are requested to submit a declaration of candidacy form accompanied by a letter… Continue reading

Wilson Condon

Former AG, Revenue commissioner Condon dies

Wilson L. Condon, a former Alaska attorney general and Department of Revenue commissioner, died Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Anchorage Pioneer Home. He was 76.… Continue reading

Wilson Condon

Supreme Court tosses out setnet ban petition

A ballot measure to ban setnet fishing in Juneau and Cook Inlet violates the Alaska Constitution and will not appear before voters next year, the… Continue reading

Family members of Jordon J. Sharclane, 37, including his mother, Myrna Brown, center, and his wife, Jenny Sharclane, right, gather together at the Mountain View apartments on Dec. 3 after learning about Sharclane's death and his son, Michael, injuries. The father and son were stabbed at the Cedar Park apartment complex early Thursday morning. Juneau police on Thursday arrested 19-year-old Kevin Scott Nauska for first-degree murder in connection to Sharclane's death and attempted first-degree murder for stabbing Michael.

2015: Juneau’s year of gloom

It was a grim year for Juneau.The list of the Empire’s top 10 stories of the year includes the death of the capital city’s just-elected… Continue reading

Family members of Jordon J. Sharclane, 37, including his mother, Myrna Brown, center, and his wife, Jenny Sharclane, right, gather together at the Mountain View apartments on Dec. 3 after learning about Sharclane's death and his son, Michael, injuries. The father and son were stabbed at the Cedar Park apartment complex early Thursday morning. Juneau police on Thursday arrested 19-year-old Kevin Scott Nauska for first-degree murder in connection to Sharclane's death and attempted first-degree murder for stabbing Michael.

New year, new senior sales tax

Ringing in the New Year for senior citizens in Juneau might mean ringing up a few items separately at grocery stores.Starting today, an ordinance passed… Continue reading

In this Dec. 30photo, Clifton Gerald, a survivor of two instances of gun violence, stands on his front porch in Baltimore.

Nonfatal shootings leave scars on city

BALTIMORE — Clifton Gerald has seven bullets in his body. His kneecap, destroyed by a gunshot wound, is plastic and he’s lost feeling in his… Continue reading

In this Dec. 30photo, Clifton Gerald, a survivor of two instances of gun violence, stands on his front porch in Baltimore.

Despite fears and huge Dubai fire, New Year revelry rolls on

On a New Year’s Eve haunted by fears of terrorism, a spectacular fire in one of Dubai’s tall towers captured the world’s attention. With few… Continue reading

  • Jan 1, 2016
  • By SYLVIE CORBET, KRISTEN GELINEAU and JON GAMBRELL
  • Nation-World