Greg Fitch is starting a nonprofit to help advocate for those with mental health issues.

Juneau man wants to start a mental health revolution through new nonprofit

Greg Fitch is starting a nonprofit that strives to give people experiencing mental illness “a voice in change.”The 46-year-old Juneau resident wants to help mental… Continue reading

Greg Fitch is starting a nonprofit to help advocate for those with mental health issues.

Seward resident charged with firing shots at man

SEWARD — A 38-year-old Seward man has been charged with attempted murder following a shooting Saturday morning at a remote site 60 miles north of… Continue reading

Chrystal Rose Phillips, 28

Juneau woman escapes police custody while in hospital

After claiming to have swallowed drugs during an arrest, a Juneau woman evaded custody by escaping the hospital when police weren’t looking. Now, the police… Continue reading

Chrystal Rose Phillips, 28

Police & Fire for Monday, May 23, 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, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who… Continue reading

Coast Guard observes National Safe Boating Week in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard’s National Safe Boating Week campaign is a public outreach effort held annually during the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend… Continue reading

Hospital culinary manager balances tastes, nutrition

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks Memorial Hospital’s senior culinary manager gets to be creative with the menu.Ray Flores, 51, likes to make new recipes. Recently, he’s been… Continue reading

Juneau teen crashes car, arrested for drunken driving

A Juneau teen was arrested for drunken driving Saturday morning after he crashed and totaled his car near 19-mile Glacier Highway.Daniel Justin Stevens, 18, was… Continue reading

Nancy Nash performs "Inusksuit," written by John Luther Adams and put on by local musicians as part of Juneau Jazz & Classics, on Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Photos: Jazz & Classics at UAS

Juneau musicians put on a once-only performance of “Inuksuit” by John Luther Adams on Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast as part of Juneau… Continue reading

Nancy Nash performs "Inusksuit," written by John Luther Adams and put on by local musicians as part of Juneau Jazz & Classics, on Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Sitka Hospital expects bottom line to improve in 2017

SITKA — Budget projections have Sitka Community Hospital with a positive bottom line in 2017.Assembly members unanimously approved a $25.5 million hospital budget last week… Continue reading

Analyze that: Kenai students puzzle over vexing global issues

KENAI — While some students worry about math tests or an upcoming sporting competition, a handful at Aurora Borealis Charter School and Kenai Central High… Continue reading

City celebrates new dock completion

Big scissors be damned. Instead of cutting a ribbon, city officials decided to celebrate the completion of the new Panamax cruise ship dock by hosting… Continue reading

First-graders Sammie Jo Quintal, left, and Bailey Deems eat breakfest before school starts at Glacier Valley Elementary on Wednesday. The Juneau Community Foundation and United Way of Southeast Alaska donated $18,104 to help the Juneau School District offer free breakfast for all students next year at most elementary schools and grab and go foods where a breakfast cannot be offered.

School district expands free breakfast program

Beginning this August, every elementary student will be offered a free breakfast to start their day off right.The Juneau School District originally piloted the national… Continue reading

First-graders Sammie Jo Quintal, left, and Bailey Deems eat breakfest before school starts at Glacier Valley Elementary on Wednesday. The Juneau Community Foundation and United Way of Southeast Alaska donated $18,104 to help the Juneau School District offer free breakfast for all students next year at most elementary schools and grab and go foods where a breakfast cannot be offered.

Observatory lowers threat level for Alaska volcano

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Volcano Observatory has lowered the threat level for a remote volcano near the Aleutian Islands.The observatory said eruptions and minor ash… Continue reading

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hold steady

JUNEAU — The state Department of Labor says Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.6 percent in April.That’s the same rate as March… Continue reading

Ketchikan High School sophomore Max Collins (21) and a Thunder Mountain defender run after the ball Friday, May 20, 2016, during the Kings' 5-0 win against the Falcons at Esther Shea Field.
Ketchikan High School sophomore Max Collins (21) and a Thunder Mountain defender run after the ball Friday, May 20, 2016, during the Kings' 5-0 win against the Falcons at Esther Shea Field.

Sullivan: Doping allegations undermine Olympic confidence

JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan says allegations of doping by Russian athletes undermine the confidence in the competitive process of the Olympics and a… Continue reading

Ketchikan superintendent: Schools funding cut ‘cowardice’

A last-minute move made by the Alaska House-Senate Conference Committee on the state budget that could decrease Ketchikan School District funding by $237,000 has Ketchikan… Continue reading

A recent land-swap will allow the city to develop a subdivision behind the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church northwest of the Brotherhood Bridge.

Conflict boils over Pederson Hill development plans

Juneau’s Lands and Resources Division has an ambitious plan to fight the high cost of housing. But where city officials see a solution, several developers… Continue reading

A recent land-swap will allow the city to develop a subdivision behind the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church northwest of the Brotherhood Bridge.

Police and Fire for Sunday, May 22, 2016

Assault• At 2:15 a.m. Thursday, Phillip Drummer, 52, was arrested for assault in the 100 block of Franklin Street, and he was taken to Lemon… Continue reading