Alaska experiences record high spring temperatures

ANCHORAGE — No one calls springtime in Alaska balmy but the state this year saw record high spring temperatures.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says… Continue reading

ATV crashes, rolls, seriously injuring Pitka’s Point man

PITKA’S POINT — A southwest Alaska man was seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash.Alaska State Troopers said 26-year-old Gabriel Wasky was driving down a… Continue reading

Anchorage company wins contract to repair Ketchikan dock

KETCHIKAN — An Anchorage company has been selected to repair a Ketchikan dock damaged last week by a cruise ship.Turnagain Marine Construction was awarded the… Continue reading

Celebration calendar for Wednesday, June 8

Here's today's Celebration festivities. For the full schedule over the entire four days, click here, or for the full dance group performance schedule over four… Continue reading

Police continue search for stolen tools

The Juneau Police Department is searching for $900 worth of tools that were reported stolen from a vehicle in downtown Juneau two months ago.The vehicle… Continue reading

Doug Chilton yells out a command during a Coming Ashore Ceremony at Douglas Harbor on Wednesday.

Celebration: Keeping culture alive with canoes

The thump of rawhide drums and the voices — chanting and singing — of those beating them carried over the embankment separating the Douglas Harbor… Continue reading

Doug Chilton yells out a command during a Coming Ashore Ceremony at Douglas Harbor on Wednesday.

Celebration to cause street closures, traffic delays

Juneau residents should prepare for downtown street closures, traffic delays and other changes to city operations Wednesday through Saturday for Celebration 2016.Savikko Park (Sandy Beach)… Continue reading

Tim Saffle, left, regional representative of the International Organization of Masters and Alaskan Mariners, and Alan Cote, right, national president of the Inlandboatmen's Union, speak at a press conference on Tuesday in Anchorage. The unions have launched a media campaign urging Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. to retain Crowley Maritime Services for tanker escort and spill response services for oil tankers leaving Valdez.

Unions protest change in Alaska oil tanker escort contract

ANCHORAGE — Two maritime unions with 250 Alaska jobs at stake have begun a campaign to stop the operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline from switching… Continue reading

Tim Saffle, left, regional representative of the International Organization of Masters and Alaskan Mariners, and Alan Cote, right, national president of the Inlandboatmen's Union, speak at a press conference on Tuesday in Anchorage. The unions have launched a media campaign urging Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. to retain Crowley Maritime Services for tanker escort and spill response services for oil tankers leaving Valdez.
William Horton picks salmonberries along Thane Road on Tuesday. Horton said he makes wine from the eight to 10 gallons of berries he picks yearly. Horton said he has been picking berries in the same area since 1955.

Photo: A yearly tradition

William Horton picks salmonberries along Thane Road on Tuesday. Horton said he makes wine from the eight to 10 gallons of berries he picks yearly.… Continue reading

William Horton picks salmonberries along Thane Road on Tuesday. Horton said he makes wine from the eight to 10 gallons of berries he picks yearly. Horton said he has been picking berries in the same area since 1955.
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