Police & fire for Wednesday, May 11, 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

This surveillance camera image, provided by the Juneau Police Department, shows a man who robbed the Northrim Bank branch in the Mendenhall Valley on April 17, 2015. The Juneau Police Department later identified him as Larry Randolph Powell of Bay Minette, Alabama.

Bank robber sentenced, alleged PFD swindler indicted

A Juneau judge sentenced a man who robbed Northrim Bank last year to serve three years in prison for carrying out a crime in an… Continue reading

This surveillance camera image, provided by the Juneau Police Department, shows a man who robbed the Northrim Bank branch in the Mendenhall Valley on April 17, 2015. The Juneau Police Department later identified him as Larry Randolph Powell of Bay Minette, Alabama.

A wild tune: Moose harmonizes with home’s wind chimes

ANCHORAGE — Forget “Uptown Funk.” The Alaska wild is grooving to the smooth “moose-ic” of wind chimes.Britta Schroeder shot video of a moose playing one-part… Continue reading

Slope producers rebuff state demand for gas sale info

ANCHORAGE — The major North Slope producers and state regulators have considerable differences of opinion regarding what information the state can demand in oilfield development… Continue reading

Battle Creek, home to a population of coho salmon, flows into Kachemak Bay without passing through Bradley Lake. The proposed amendment to Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Plant would divert a portion of Battle Creek's water into the lake so it can produce energy for the Kenai Peninsula before going into the bay.

New Bradley Lake project crawls toward federal OK

HOMER — The Bradley Lake hydroelectric power plant is one step closer to approval for an amendment to the Bradley Lake hydroelectric power plant that… Continue reading

Battle Creek, home to a population of coho salmon, flows into Kachemak Bay without passing through Bradley Lake. The proposed amendment to Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Plant would divert a portion of Battle Creek's water into the lake so it can produce energy for the Kenai Peninsula before going into the bay.

It’s not just Alberta: Warming fueled fires are increasing

WASHINGTON — Alberta’s unusually early and large fire is just the latest of many gargantuan fires on an Earth that’s grown hotter with more extreme… Continue reading

Trial begins for Tanana man accused of killing 2 troopers

FAIRBANKS — The trial for a Tanana man charged with murder in the fatal shootings of two Alaska State Troopers is underway.Opening arguments began Monday… Continue reading

$100,000 grant to bring Native art classes to Juneau prisoners

Sealaska Heritage Institute has sponsored art classes in the Juneau prison as funding allows, including two multi-day art workshops with formline design artist David A.… Continue reading

Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, chair of the House Rules Committee, meets with other committee members to consider HB 247 at the Bill Ray Center on Tuesday. The bill contains cuts to oil and gas subsidies to industry. Seen with Rep. Johnson are: Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, right, Rep. Bob Herron, D-Bethel, center, and House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage.

New version of oil tax bill gets hearing but little applause

The Alaska Legislature is considering a new plan to cut the state’s subsidy of oil and gas drilling, but opponents of previous versions say the… Continue reading

Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, chair of the House Rules Committee, meets with other committee members to consider HB 247 at the Bill Ray Center on Tuesday. The bill contains cuts to oil and gas subsidies to industry. Seen with Rep. Johnson are: Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, right, Rep. Bob Herron, D-Bethel, center, and House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage.

Thursday Valley Library talk to focus on transgender children

“Transgender Children in Today’s Society: A Conversation” is a community dialogue open to everyone, said Juneau Public Libraries community outreach librarian Andi Hirsh.One goal of… Continue reading

In this April 21 photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Indiana Republican Party Spring Dinner in Indianapolis.

Cruz wants to keep delegates won in Alaska

JUNEAU — Ted Cruz has suspended his presidential campaign, but he wants to keep the delegates he won in the Alaska presidential preference poll.In a… Continue reading

In this April 21 photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Indiana Republican Party Spring Dinner in Indianapolis.
In this April 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Washington, aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific. Royal Dutch Shell PLC confirmed Tuesday it will relinquish all but one of its federal offshore leases in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

Shell relinquishes offshore leases in Chukchi Sea

ANCHORAGE — The only company to drill an exploratory oil well in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea following a 2008 federal lease sale confirmed Tuesday it has… Continue reading

In this April 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Washington, aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific. Royal Dutch Shell PLC confirmed Tuesday it will relinquish all but one of its federal offshore leases in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

Photo: New dock in use

The Holland America Line’s Westerdam ties up at the new cruise ship terminal dock on Monday. The dock is the first of two new docks… Continue reading

In this Thursday, May 5 photo, a motorcade of motorcycles, led by the Illinois State Police, make their way down Capitol Avenue during the 31st annual Police Officer Memorial Day at the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

Anchorage police investigate road rage incident

ANCHORAGE — Motorcycle Awareness Month in Alaska is getting off to a high-profile start.Anchorage police are investigating a weekend road-rage incident in which a pickup… Continue reading

In this Thursday, May 5 photo, a motorcade of motorcycles, led by the Illinois State Police, make their way down Capitol Avenue during the 31st annual Police Officer Memorial Day at the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
A screengrab from the official website of the Nenana Ice Classic, showing the Tanana River ice and the tripod 100 feet downstream, which stopped the clock at 3:39 p.m. April 23.

Alaska’s favorite ice guessing game has 44 winning tickets

NENANA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s favorite guessing game didn’t appear to be too hard to predict this year.There were a whopping 44 winners of the… Continue reading

A screengrab from the official website of the Nenana Ice Classic, showing the Tanana River ice and the tripod 100 feet downstream, which stopped the clock at 3:39 p.m. April 23.

In public-health win, number of Alaska teen births hits record low

The number of Alaska teens giving birth has reached a record low, according to a new analysis from the Alaska Division of Public Health.In a… Continue reading

A screengrab from the US National Weather Service Alaska Facebook page

Smile: Sunshine is coming

It’s going to be sunny and warm in Juneau.Temperatures in the latter half of this week could top 70 degrees in Juneau for the first… Continue reading

A screengrab from the US National Weather Service Alaska Facebook page
A football that was presented to Alaska Gov. Bill Walker from Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner during an event for youth at Covenant House in Anchorage. During roughly his first year and a half in office, Walker has receives gifts ranging from alcohol to sea otter mittens to a framed photo from the King of Norway, presented by King Harald V himself.

Alaska governor reports array of swag: mittens, crab, pins

JUNEAU — When you’re governor, you get swag — gifts that are protocol from other government officials or pleasantries from people you meet as part… Continue reading

A football that was presented to Alaska Gov. Bill Walker from Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner during an event for youth at Covenant House in Anchorage. During roughly his first year and a half in office, Walker has receives gifts ranging from alcohol to sea otter mittens to a framed photo from the King of Norway, presented by King Harald V himself.

School district, teachers union reach tentative 3-year contract agreement

The Juneau School District and the teachers union reached a tentative agreement on a new contract Saturday.The Juneau Education Association is the district’s largest employee… Continue reading

Glacier Valley Elementary School kindergarten teacher Joann Steininger, right, and parent Kayla Tripp help students Aubrey Ridle, left, Alexander Tripp, center, and Parker Henderson learn about what lives in the intertidal zone during Monday's low tide at Auke Recreation Beach.

Photos: Fun at low tide

Elin Antaya, a sixth grader at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, examines a small crab while investigating the intertidal zone at Point Louisa on Monday. Monday's… Continue reading

Glacier Valley Elementary School kindergarten teacher Joann Steininger, right, and parent Kayla Tripp help students Aubrey Ridle, left, Alexander Tripp, center, and Parker Henderson learn about what lives in the intertidal zone during Monday's low tide at Auke Recreation Beach.