Experts address housing issues at summit

ANCHORAGE — Experts from around Alaska were participating in a daylong summit Wednesday to address housing challenges in the vast state that’s facing a growing… Continue reading

Around town for Thursday, Jan. 7

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel.Open lab computer training, 9 a.m.-11 a.m, The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way.Storytime, 11 a.m., Douglas… Continue reading

Police blotter for Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

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

Anchorage detain youth in double homicide

ANCHORAGE — A 15-year-old boy has been detained after a woman and her teenage daughter were fatally shot in a South Anchorage home.Police in a… Continue reading

Analysis: Calculated risk behind N. Korean H-bomb test claim

TOKYO — When North Korea hinted it had a hydrogen bomb last month — twice — it was largely brushed off as bluster. Now that… Continue reading

North Koreans watch a news broadcast outside Pyongyang Railway Station on Wednesday.

North Korea says it tested H-bomb to widespread skepticism

SEOUL, South Korea — Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test — a self-proclaimed… Continue reading

North Koreans watch a news broadcast outside Pyongyang Railway Station on Wednesday.

Miller: I’m not mulling Senate run

JUNEAU — Joe Miller said he is not seriously considering an election challenge to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski this year but has not completely dismissed… Continue reading

Alaska analyzes response to 2015 Chiniak blaze

KODIAK — The response to Alaska’s Twin Creeks Fire last summer was swift, said a state report, but could use improvement.Local and state emergency personnel… Continue reading

Gov. Walker removes head of Alaska regulatory agency

ANCHORAGE — Gov. Bill Walker has decided to replace the head of the agency that sets rates for public utilities and pipeline carriers in Alaska.Chairman… Continue reading

Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum carries his rifle after standing guard all night at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, near Burns, Ore. With the takeover entering its fourth day Wednesday, authorities had not removed the group of roughly 20 people from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon's high desert country. But members of the group, some from as far away as Arizona and Michigan, were growing increasingly tense, saying they feared a federal raid. (AP photo/Rick Bowmer)

Oregon tribe: Armed group ‘desecrating’ their land

BURNS, Ore. — A leader of the Oregon Indian tribe whose ancestral property is being occupied by an armed group opposed to federal land policy… Continue reading

Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum carries his rifle after standing guard all night at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, near Burns, Ore. With the takeover entering its fourth day Wednesday, authorities had not removed the group of roughly 20 people from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon's high desert country. But members of the group, some from as far away as Arizona and Michigan, were growing increasingly tense, saying they feared a federal raid. (AP photo/Rick Bowmer)

Trying to right itself, a criminal investigation at Chipotle

NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle reported a sales plunge of 30 percent for December after a series of food scares at its restaurants and disclosed… Continue reading

Gun buyer in San Bernardino attack pleads not guilty

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The man who bought the rifles used in the San Bernardino attack pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a federal… Continue reading

Haines police officer accidently shoots self

Haines’ newest police officer accidently shot himself in the arm Tuesday afternoon, the Haines Police Department has announced.According to a brief press release, officer Brayton… Continue reading

Cheryl Jebe, right, turns her paperwork to apply for the District 1 Assembly seat with Deputy Clerk Beth McEwen at City Hall just in time for the 4:30 deadline on Tuesday.

Applicants file before D1-seat deadline

By the close of business Tuesday, the number of applicants vying for the vacant D1 seat on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly had… Continue reading

Cheryl Jebe, right, turns her paperwork to apply for the District 1 Assembly seat with Deputy Clerk Beth McEwen at City Hall just in time for the 4:30 deadline on Tuesday.

First digital geologic map of Alaska published

The U.S.Geological Survey released the first digital geologic map of Alaska on Tuesday, providing land users, managers and scientists geologic information for the evaluation of… Continue reading

Man gets 10 years for trafficking meth into Ketchikan

A former Ketchikan resident was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of… Continue reading

The sun is seen rising over Aurora Harbor on Tuesday.

Photos: Sunrise over Aurora Harbor

The sun is seen rising over Aurora Harbor on Tuesday.… Continue reading

The sun is seen rising over Aurora Harbor on Tuesday.
The sun is seen rising over the Douglas Bridge on Tuesday.

Photo: Sunrise over Douglas Bridge

The sun is seen rising over the Douglas Bridge on Tuesday.… Continue reading

The sun is seen rising over the Douglas Bridge on Tuesday.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announces hiring and travel restrictions during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska. The prohibitions came the same day an agency lowered Alaska's credit rating because of continued low oil prices. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Low oil prices prompt hiring limits

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker announced hiring and travel restrictions for state workers on Tuesday, the same day an agency lowered Alaska’s credit rating because… Continue reading

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announces hiring and travel restrictions during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska. The prohibitions came the same day an agency lowered Alaska's credit rating because of continued low oil prices. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council has outlined new, slimmer plans for an arts complex in the Willoughby District, seen here on Jan. 4, 2016. The plans call for an $18.8 million renovation and expansion of the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (center left). If followed, the plans call for the building to be expanded toward Centennial Hall (bottom left).

Assembly gets look at slimmer arts complex

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly got its first look at a pared-down plan for an arts complex in downtown Juneau on Monday night.The… Continue reading

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council has outlined new, slimmer plans for an arts complex in the Willoughby District, seen here on Jan. 4, 2016. The plans call for an $18.8 million renovation and expansion of the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (center left). If followed, the plans call for the building to be expanded toward Centennial Hall (bottom left).