Chum salmon pool up before entering the fish ladder at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. The fish return after four or five years at sea and are averaging between eight to nine pounds.

At Seattle expo, Alaskans see long-term threat from engineered salmon

It wasn’t on the agenda, but the FDA’s announcement about genetically engineered salmon rapidly became the talk of the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle.The expo,… Continue reading

Chum salmon pool up before entering the fish ladder at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. The fish return after four or five years at sea and are averaging between eight to nine pounds.

Police blotter for Friday, Nov. 20, 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

Selawik officer faces charges after 16-year-old girl dies

ANCHORAGE — A substitute village police officer in an Inupiat Eskimo village in northwest Alaska is facing charges that he provided alcohol to two minors,… Continue reading

Tlingit weaver and teacher Lily Hope guides Auke Bay Elementary School second graders through the cultural exhibit in the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. The event is part of the Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program, which was founded by the Kennedy Center to create full access to arts education programs and resources for K-8 students. The Kennedy Center works with 18 sites in the country and Juneau is one of them. Starting in November, all second-grade students in the Juneau School District will go on annual arts excursions to the Walter Soboleff Building to learn about the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.

Photo: Cultural education

Tlingit weaver and teacher Lily Hope guides Auke Bay Elementary School second graders through the cultural exhibit in the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. The… Continue reading

Tlingit weaver and teacher Lily Hope guides Auke Bay Elementary School second graders through the cultural exhibit in the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. The event is part of the Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program, which was founded by the Kennedy Center to create full access to arts education programs and resources for K-8 students. The Kennedy Center works with 18 sites in the country and Juneau is one of them. Starting in November, all second-grade students in the Juneau School District will go on annual arts excursions to the Walter Soboleff Building to learn about the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.
Downtown FNB building on the market

Downtown FNB building on the market

On the eve of its 100th birthday, the Hellenthal Building — more commonly known as the First National Bank Building on Front street — is… Continue reading

Downtown FNB building on the market
The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Malaspina travels through Tracy Arm Fjord in 2013.

Ferry system to hold community meetings

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is inviting Alaskans to offer their suggestions on how to help the state’s ferry system cope with… Continue reading

The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Malaspina travels through Tracy Arm Fjord in 2013.

Oil and gas bids net $10 million for state

The state of Alaska earned just shy of $10 million Wednesday as oil and gas producers bid on leases in the North Slope.Bidders offered $9.5… Continue reading

FILE - This image made from an AP video posted on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 shows a volunteer adjusting a students gas mask and protective suit during a session on reacting to a chemical weapons attack, in Aleppo, Syria. The Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials. (AP Photo via AP video, File)

Officials: IS determined to produce chemical weapons

BAGHDAD — The Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2015
  • By HAMZA HENDAWI, QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and KEN DILANIAN
  • Nation-World
FILE - This image made from an AP video posted on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 shows a volunteer adjusting a students gas mask and protective suit during a session on reacting to a chemical weapons attack, in Aleppo, Syria. The Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials. (AP Photo via AP video, File)

Syrian refugees put through years of screenings

DETROIT — Over and over, Nedal Al-Hayk and his wife traveled up to three hours by bus from their temporary home in Jordan to an… Continue reading

U.S. Army veteran Jim Purcell, of Burrillville, R.I., front left, displays a placard as U.S. Navy veteran Robert Martinez, right, displays a folded American flag during a rally Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I., held to demonstrate against allowing Syrian refugees to enter Rhode Island following the terror attacks in Paris. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

House members snub veto threat, vote to curb Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON — Responding swiftly to the terror in Paris, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to erect high hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees coming… Continue reading

U.S. Army veteran Jim Purcell, of Burrillville, R.I., front left, displays a placard as U.S. Navy veteran Robert Martinez, right, displays a folded American flag during a rally Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I., held to demonstrate against allowing Syrian refugees to enter Rhode Island following the terror attacks in Paris. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Delegation critical of FDA on genetically modified salmon

JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she’s “livid” at the federal Food and Drug Administration’s approval of genetically modified salmon for human consumption.Murkowski and… Continue reading

ConocoPhillips approves $900 million Arctic reserve project

ANCHORAGE — ConocoPhillips has approved funding for a $900 million drilling project on Alaska’s North Slope.When production begins in 2018 at the filed in the… Continue reading

1 person killed in Parks Highway head-on collision

ANCHORAGE — One person has been killed and another injured in an apparent head-on collision on the Parks Highway in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.Alaska State Troopers… Continue reading

Genetically engineered salmon OK’d

WASHINGTON — What’s for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the… Continue reading

Judge quashes Pebble subpoenas for 2 groups

JUNEAU — A federal judge has quashed subpoenas against two groups that have been critical of the proposed Pebble Mine.The group behind the mine project,… Continue reading

David McCaslind, right, and Michael Blume take advantage of the fresh snow to skin up Eaglecrest on Monday.

Photo: Skiing at Eaglecrest

David McCaslind, right, and Michael Blume take advantage of the fresh snow to skin up Eaglecrest on Monday.… Continue reading

David McCaslind, right, and Michael Blume take advantage of the fresh snow to skin up Eaglecrest on Monday.

Harden scores 45 as Rockets top Blazers in OT

HOUSTON — James Harden scored 45 points, including all nine for Houston in overtime, and the Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-103 on Wednesday… Continue reading

  • Nov 19, 2015

Blackhawks beat Oilers, win third straight

EDMONTON, Alberta — Marian Hossa scored 1:08 into overtime, Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers… Continue reading

  • Nov 19, 2015

McHale fired by Rockets after 4-7 start

HOUSTON — Six months ago, Kevin McHale coached the Houston Rockets to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years.There are high… Continue reading

  • Nov 19, 2015
  • By KRISTIE RIEKEN

Playoff contenders scoreboard watching Pac-12

A couple of Pac-12 teams that have already combined for six losses can still have an impact on the College Football Playoff race.No. 22 Southern… Continue reading

  • Nov 19, 2015
  • By RALPH D. RUSSO