Alaska House approves $55 million bailout of health insurance market

The Alaska House has voted to bail out the state’s high-risk health insurance market to reduce the possibility of a collapse.Lawmakers on Monday approved House… Continue reading

In this file photo taken in November 2014, Juneau photographer Mark Kelley reads to students in teacher Kitty Eddy’s K-1 Tlingit Language and Culture Classroom from his recently released book titled “Once Upon Alaska: A Kids Photo Book” at Harborview Elementary School.

Teaching kids to read: Portland public schools reject usual reading approach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Public Schools, searching for a new way to teach young students to read and write after years of struggle, has… Continue reading

In this file photo taken in November 2014, Juneau photographer Mark Kelley reads to students in teacher Kitty Eddy’s K-1 Tlingit Language and Culture Classroom from his recently released book titled “Once Upon Alaska: A Kids Photo Book” at Harborview Elementary School.
This photo taken Sunday by Matt Faust shows a whale carcass on the bow of a cruise ship at a port in Seward. A veterinary pathologist worked Monday to determine what killed the juvenile fin whale.

Dead whale found on bow of cruise ship entering Alaska port

ANCHORAGE — A veterinary pathologist worked Monday to determine what killed a juvenile fin whale discovered on the bow of a cruise ship entering an… Continue reading

This photo taken Sunday by Matt Faust shows a whale carcass on the bow of a cruise ship at a port in Seward. A veterinary pathologist worked Monday to determine what killed the juvenile fin whale.

No criminal charges filed in North Slope police shooting

BARROW — The Alaska attorney general’s office will not file criminal charges against a police officer who fatally shot a Barrow man.The state has found… Continue reading

In this 2015 file photo, cars are shown lining the road at Denali National Park and Preserve as photographers take pictures of wild animals. Denali and Yellowstone plan to survey visitors about their experiences this summer, hoping the responses will provide insight on what limitations visitors might accept.

Park Service considers visitor caps, expects record crowds

HELENA, Mont. — As the National Park Service kicks off a centennial summer expected to draw record crowds, the agency is seriously considering caps on… Continue reading

In this 2015 file photo, cars are shown lining the road at Denali National Park and Preserve as photographers take pictures of wild animals. Denali and Yellowstone plan to survey visitors about their experiences this summer, hoping the responses will provide insight on what limitations visitors might accept.

Kenai seafood plant closes

KENAI — A former plant manager says the seafood processor Great Pacific Seafoods has shut down its Alaska operations.The Peninsula Clarion reported that representatives from… Continue reading

Police reports for Monday, May 30, 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

Around Town

Today, May 31Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:15 a.m., St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Parish Hall. A safe, fun environment to learn public speaking skills. Details: Jim, 789-3074.Women,… Continue reading

Anchorage police release identity of man found dead in creek

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police have released the identity of a man found dead May 18 on a mud island in Ship Creek.Police say the man… Continue reading

Motorcycle crash seriously injures Wasilla driver

WASILLA — A Wasilla motorcyclist remains in critical condition following a crash Thursday night on a rural road.Alaska State Troopers said 51-year-old Kenneth Barkley just… Continue reading

Downtown arts and carvings shop Artifact was open for business Friday following a burglary Thursday afternoon. Police say more than $6,000 in merchandise was stolen and there are no leads at this time.

Downtown businesses lose thousands from burglaries

Police say $14,000 in cash went missing from the Princess Cruise Line office in downtown Juneau on Thursday.Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Erann Kalwara said the… Continue reading

Downtown arts and carvings shop Artifact was open for business Friday following a burglary Thursday afternoon. Police say more than $6,000 in merchandise was stolen and there are no leads at this time.
Juneau resident Kevin Enloe talks about the obstacles and barriers he encountered leaving prison and reentering the community during a Juneau Reentry Coalition community dialogue on May 25, 2016.

Ex-inmate: After release, ‘Judgment everywhere I went’

For Christina Wigg, one of the hardest things about getting out of prison was other people judging her.“Judgment everywhere I went,” she said. “Judgment from… Continue reading

Juneau resident Kevin Enloe talks about the obstacles and barriers he encountered leaving prison and reentering the community during a Juneau Reentry Coalition community dialogue on May 25, 2016.

Kenai library vandalism costs thousands in damage

KENAI — Authorities are investigating after a vandal caused thousands of dollars in damage at a Kenai library, leaving staff unsure whether they’ll be able… Continue reading

2 Anchorage men arrested after 2 eastside shootings

ANCHORAGE — Two Anchorage men suspected of firing guns Thursday have been arrested.Police said 21-year-old Antonio Gray fired shots just before 11 a.m. from a… Continue reading

Fairbanks borough air pollution levels worst in US

FARIBANKS — Data show air pollution in the Fairbanks North Star Borough remains at the highest levels in the nation and has failed to show… Continue reading

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker addresses reporters during a news conference on the end of the extended regular session and the upcoming special legislative session on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Walker breaks up tax proposals after legislative pushback

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker broke his tax proposals apart again after legislators pushed back on his decision to bundle them together for the special… Continue reading

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker addresses reporters during a news conference on the end of the extended regular session and the upcoming special legislative session on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Woman dies in traffic crash on Prince of Wales Island

ANCHORAGE — A southeast Alaska woman died after her pickup crashed on Prince of Wales Island.Alaska State Troopers said 63-year-old Micki Decker of Craig was… Continue reading

Around Town

Southeast Alaska Spring Shoot, 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. shooting, Juneau Gun Club.Open trap shooting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club, 1 Mile Montana Creek… Continue reading

Troopers arrest man suspected in stabbing at campsite

WASILLA — A dispute over a gun led to a stabbing Friday at a campsite near Wasilla.Alaska State Troopers said 27-year-old Joseph Larocque is being… Continue reading

Police calls for Sunday, May 29, 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