Forest officials pull Mitkof timber sale

KETCHIKAN — The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn findings that the proposed timber sale on Mitkof Island near Petersburg has no significant environmental impact.The federal… Continue reading

Workers prepare to raise the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree with a crane on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Friday. The 74-foot Lutz Spruce tree is from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska.

Lutz spruce from Alaska arrives on Capitol lawn

ANCHORAGE— The Capitol Lawn is now home to a Lutz spruce from Alaska.This is the first Capitol Christmas tree to come from the country’s 49th… Continue reading

Workers prepare to raise the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree with a crane on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Friday. The 74-foot Lutz Spruce tree is from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska.

Hope for homeless in Homer

HOMER — It’s not easy to be homeless in Alaska in November. That was the verdict among approximately a dozen people who spent a night… Continue reading

This graphic shows Alaska's rankings in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of state government accountability and transparency conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity.

Alaska gets C grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation

On a sunny, warm August morning, a state senator and a legislative staffer sat in leather armchairs near a fireplace as an espresso machine hissed… Continue reading

This graphic shows Alaska's rankings in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of state government accountability and transparency conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity.

Plan proposed for sub shortage

The Juneau School District is reporting the highest rates of substitute shortages since 2012, a problem often resolved by teachers who double down and take… Continue reading

Seventh-grade student Isabella Hanna examines her dissected jack king salmon at Floyd Dryden Middle School on Friday.

Dissecting the effects of school budget cuts

On a Friday morning inside Floyd Dryden Middle School, a science teacher in room 94 is about to play a numbers game. The goal is… Continue reading

Seventh-grade student Isabella Hanna examines her dissected jack king salmon at Floyd Dryden Middle School on Friday.

Most GOP candidates flunk climate science

WASHINGTON — When it comes to climate science, two of the three Democratic presidential candidates are A students, while most of the Republican contenders are… Continue reading

Afghans seeking asylum buy fake Taliban threat letters

KABUL, Afghanistan — Threatening letters from the Taliban, once tantamount to a death sentence, are now being forged and sold to Afghans who want to… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2015
  • By HUMAYOON BABUR and LYNNE O'DONNELL
  • Nation-World
Two people cross a deserted street near the main train station in the center of Brussels on Sunday. Residents of the Belgian capital awoke to largely empty streets as the city entered its second day under the highest threat level and the city kept subways and underground trams closed.

Belgium police arrest 16, Paris fugitive still at large

BRUSSELS — Belgian prosecutors announced early Monday that police had detained 16 people in 22 raids but that Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam was not among… Continue reading

Two people cross a deserted street near the main train station in the center of Brussels on Sunday. Residents of the Belgian capital awoke to largely empty streets as the city entered its second day under the highest threat level and the city kept subways and underground trams closed.
In this Nov. 20 photo, a technician steadies a skiff at the "beach" end in an indoor wave pool and wind tunnel at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. The university's new 90-foot-long wind-wave basin is capable of simulating some of the worst conditions at sea at a 1:50 scale.

UMaine debuting ocean simulator

ORONO, Maine — Builders of everything from cruise ships and ports to oil rigs offshore wind turbines are tasked with the same question — will… Continue reading

In this Nov. 20 photo, a technician steadies a skiff at the "beach" end in an indoor wave pool and wind tunnel at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. The university's new 90-foot-long wind-wave basin is capable of simulating some of the worst conditions at sea at a 1:50 scale.

Police blotter for Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

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

Alaska high court drops fishing case against ex-state senator

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Supreme Court has dismissed charges of overharvesting salmon against a former state senator and two other fishermen.The justices in a decision… Continue reading

Court system closes for Thanksgiving

The Alaska Court System, including courthouses and probation offices, will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday.In previous years, courthouses were open the… Continue reading

Around town for Monday, Nov. 23

Digital World class, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry way. Course will include: Google - Calendar, Drive, Sites (for web pages), Chrome Social… Continue reading

In this photo taken Oct. 9, pad see ew cooks in the kitchen at Pho Vietnam on Fireweed Lane in Anchorage. Linda La is the founder of the Pho Vietnam restaurants in Anchorage, of which there are now five in the city.

The pho empress of Anchorage

ANCHORAGE — Behind any steaming bowl of pho soup or fried rice at Pho Vietnam 8, a new Fireweed Lane restaurant, is Linda La, the… Continue reading

In this photo taken Oct. 9, pad see ew cooks in the kitchen at Pho Vietnam on Fireweed Lane in Anchorage. Linda La is the founder of the Pho Vietnam restaurants in Anchorage, of which there are now five in the city.
Rayda Tegen, an addict who was recently sentenced for carrying in a record amount of methamphetamine and heroin into Juneau last year, talks about her addiction at Lemon Creek Correctional Center last week.

Addict-turned-convict: ‘We are the unwanted’

Rayda Tegen had a husband, five children and a $40,000 a year job in Tooele, Utah, for the nearly 20 years she was clean.It’s a… Continue reading

Rayda Tegen, an addict who was recently sentenced for carrying in a record amount of methamphetamine and heroin into Juneau last year, talks about her addiction at Lemon Creek Correctional Center last week.

Board approves nation’s first pot cafes

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is giving tourists a place to light up (or chow down) once cannabis sales begin next year.On Friday, the board… Continue reading

Around town for Sunday, Nov. 22

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

Police blotter for Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

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

State PTA seeks community input

Members of the Alaska Parent Teacher Association are asking community members for input on the state of education by way of a 2015 parent survey.Available… Continue reading