Tribal organization’s president resigns from long-held post

BETHEL — The president of the Association of Village Council Presidents has resigned months after several village tribal leaders called for an investigation into his… Continue reading

Police & fire for Friday, May 13, 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

Anchorage homeless man charged in death of girlfriend

ANCHORAGE — A 37-year-old homeless Anchorage man is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend.Anchorage police said Jeffrey McCracken… Continue reading

Amid deadline, a look at budget proposals

JUNEAU — Approval of state spending bills and plans to pay for them are among the unresolved issues as the constitutional deadline looms for the… Continue reading

State could face $28M suit over Anchorage LIO

ANCHORAGE — The state has been threatened with a lawsuit by a bank handling a $28.6 million loan to finance renovations of a legislative office… Continue reading

Committee approves LIO money, none for lawsuit-required school

The Alaska Senate Finance Committee has approved a state construction budget with funding for a controversial Legislative office building in Anchorage and without funding for… Continue reading

New portal syncs up agencies’ beluga research

KENAI — There’s a lot of research happening on Cook Inlet beluga whales at any given time. Unfortunately, a lot of the data has stayed… Continue reading

Juneau teens head to Anchorage to participate in the Democratic Party State Convention

Hearing about politics in her house was normal growing up, 18-year-old Adrienne Audet said. She used to overhear conversations between her parents.“I remember actually, when… Continue reading

A city worker walks along a site that will soon host a life-sized whale sculpture and bridge park project along the Gastineau Channel in Juneau. The city is being sued by a industry representative for 12 cruise lines which alleges that the city is misspending funds from a per-passenger tax on the whale project and others which do not directly benefit cruise passengers.

Proposal would halt distribution of cruise ship head tax

JUNEAU — The state would not distribute cruise ship passenger taxes during the coming budget year to communities where ships stop under a proposal approved… Continue reading

A city worker walks along a site that will soon host a life-sized whale sculpture and bridge park project along the Gastineau Channel in Juneau. The city is being sued by a industry representative for 12 cruise lines which alleges that the city is misspending funds from a per-passenger tax on the whale project and others which do not directly benefit cruise passengers.

Both sides rest case in murder trial for death of 2 troopers

FAIRBANKS — The defense rested its case Wednesday in the trial of a Tanana man charged with fatally shooting two Alaska State Troopers in 2014… Continue reading

Juneau sees warmest pair of May days in 74 years, but no record

It wasn’t a record, but only just. According National Weather Service measurements taken at Juneau International Airport, Juneau’s thermometer reached 73 degrees at 5 p.m.… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker and Susan Carney talk to the press after making the announcement Thursday.

Carney named to replace Fabe on Alaska Supreme Court

ANCHORAGE — The law degree was impressive, but it was what Susan Carney did with it that helped get her a seat on the Alaska… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker and Susan Carney talk to the press after making the announcement Thursday.
Brian Hogan, 33, speaks to his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland, during his arraignment in Juneau District Court in July 2015.

Judge: No more ‘breaks’ for man who set woman on fire

An Oregon man who set a Juneau woman on fire last July will serve three years in prison.“A person only gets so many breaks in… Continue reading

Brian Hogan, 33, speaks to his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland, during his arraignment in Juneau District Court in July 2015.
A Seattle-based construction company is seeking a permit to build an asphalt plant at the Alaska Marine Lines Yard, seen here Wednesday.

Rocky road: Commission tables asphalt talk, again

A proposed asphalt plant at the Rock Dump hit another pothole in the permitting process during Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting.“This is our third meeting… Continue reading

A Seattle-based construction company is seeking a permit to build an asphalt plant at the Alaska Marine Lines Yard, seen here Wednesday.

Assembly makes Planning Commission appointment

For the first time since the end of February, the city’s Planning Commission is whole.At a special meeting Wednesday evening, the Juneau Assembly appointed Kirsten… Continue reading

Temperatures near 74-year-old record; warmth to continue through Saturday

It wasn’t a record, but only just.According National Weather Service measurements taken at Juneau International Airport, Juneau’s thermometer reached 73 degrees at 5 p.m. Wednesday.The… Continue reading

Alaska, JetBlue top annual survey of North American airlines

Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways still rank highest in the annual J.D. Power survey of passengers on the nine largest North American airlines, and the… Continue reading

Brent Murphy, vice president of environment with Seabridge Gold, gives a presentation on the KSM project at the Southeast Conference Office on Wednesday. Seabridge Gold are the owners of the KSM Project, a copper, gold and silver mine that would be located in northwestern British Columbia.

Controversial KSM mine isn’t expected anytime soon

In a few weeks, survey crews will again be working on British Columbia mountainsides that could one day be home to one of the world’s… Continue reading

Brent Murphy, vice president of environment with Seabridge Gold, gives a presentation on the KSM project at the Southeast Conference Office on Wednesday. Seabridge Gold are the owners of the KSM Project, a copper, gold and silver mine that would be located in northwestern British Columbia.
J.D. Hudson, left, wrestles with teammate Taylor Sutak during the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling practice at the Marie Drake gymnasium.

School Board: Plan is not to merge all high school activities

The Juneau School District’s goal is not to merge all activities between the two high schools, said Board of Education Vice President Andi Story at… Continue reading

J.D. Hudson, left, wrestles with teammate Taylor Sutak during the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling practice at the Marie Drake gymnasium.