Around Town

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

Southeast communities strike it big thanks to Gold Rush Historical Park

More than 900,000 people visited the Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park in Skagway and spent about $180 million in nearby communities last year, according to… Continue reading

Fairbanks woman named state’s top secondary school principal

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks principal has been named Alaska’s secondary school principal of the year.The award for West Valley High School Principal Shaun Kraska was… Continue reading

Police & fire for Sunday, May 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

Correction

An article in Friday’s Juneau Empire incorrectly stated that approximately 11,000 births in Alaska were midwife-assisted. According to the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics, there… Continue reading

Temsco helicopter crash in Skagway claims life of pilot

A Temsco helicopter crashed on a glacier in Skagway Friday night, claiming the life of the pilot who was dropping off supplies at a sled… Continue reading

NOAA’s Auke Bay Station up for surplus

The Auke Bay Marine Station, owned by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is up for surplus, and at least two organizations in town are interested… Continue reading

Schools can decide on transgender athletes

ANCHORAGE - Alaska’s governing body for high school activities says it is leaving it up to schools to decide what teams transgender students can compete… Continue reading

Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, listens to debate on the crime bill during the House's floor session in the Terry Miller Building on Thursday.

House OKs crime bill

In a 28-11 vote, the Alaska House has approved Senate Bill 91, a sweeping reform of Alaska’s criminal justice system that ends the War on… Continue reading

Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, listens to debate on the crime bill during the House's floor session in the Terry Miller Building on Thursday.

Walker attends first meeting of new tribal advisory council

ANCHORAGE — Gov. Bill Walker has attended the first meeting of the new Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council, a panel of Alaska Native leaders established by… Continue reading

Rorie Watt, city manager for the City & Borough of Juneau, speakers to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its luncheon at the Hangar Ballroom on Thursday.

New city manager stresses open government

Juneau’s new city manager is excited about climate change, and he plans to do everything he can to speed it along. He wasn’t talking about… Continue reading

Rorie Watt, city manager for the City & Borough of Juneau, speakers to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its luncheon at the Hangar Ballroom on Thursday.
This May 3, 2016 photo shows the sign of the First City Homeless Services in Ketchikan, Alaska.  Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit's board members. (Nick Bowman/Ketchikan Daily News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Tourists use homeless shelter to grab free grub

KETCHIKAN — Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at a Southeast Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but… Continue reading

This May 3, 2016 photo shows the sign of the First City Homeless Services in Ketchikan, Alaska.  Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit's board members. (Nick Bowman/Ketchikan Daily News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Alaska Highway closed in BC by wildfire

Four kilometers of the Alaska Highway in northeast British Columbia has been closed by a wildfire, the government of British Columbia has reported.In a post… Continue reading

Anchorage detox center to resume admitting opiate patients

After a one-week pause, Anchorage’s inpatient detox center will begin admitting opiate patients today.“Friday is our day to get those protocols in place,” said Rebecca… Continue reading

Police & fire for Friday, May 6, 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

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

Slain Alaska officers remembered this month

The Capital City Chapter of Alaska Peace Officers will host a service to remember Alaska law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.The… Continue reading

Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards, left, and Gov. Bill Walker have assembled many of their former colleagues from the Alaska Gasline Port Authority into state jobs including Walker's chief of staff, members of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board of directors and now former legal consultant Mark Cotham as a contractor with the Department of Law.

AG hires lawyer who advised threatening gas leases

A former Alaska Gasline Port Authority legal consultant with historically hard line views on producers’ obligations under state oil and gas leases is now working… Continue reading

Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards, left, and Gov. Bill Walker have assembled many of their former colleagues from the Alaska Gasline Port Authority into state jobs including Walker's chief of staff, members of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board of directors and now former legal consultant Mark Cotham as a contractor with the Department of Law.

Once thought fragile, Redskins TE Reed gets 5-year extension

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jordan Reed’s route-running and pass-catching skills have never been in doubt — just his durability.Figuring the tight end’s talent outweighs any lingering… Continue reading

  • May 6, 2016
  • By HOWARD FENDRICH

For bill seeking to restrict sex ed, it was try, try, try and try again ─ then succeed

The fourth time was the charm for a bill that places restrictions on the teaching of sexual education in Alaska schools.In a 21-18 vote, the… Continue reading