Hope Chapel members pray before the congregation's first service since the death of one of their elders, Garrett Swasey, in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday. Swasey, a 44-year-old police officer at the University of Colorado, was killed during Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Planned Parenthood: Long a lightning rod in US culture wars

NEW YORK — As a leading defender of abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, Planned Parenthood deals daily with some of America’s most contentious issues,… Continue reading

Hope Chapel members pray before the congregation's first service since the death of one of their elders, Garrett Swasey, in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday. Swasey, a 44-year-old police officer at the University of Colorado, was killed during Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
In this photo taken Nov. 3, Taylor Haines watches from the side of a studio as the Dance Contempo group rehearses a piece in Anchorage.

East High student dances past her differences

ANCHORAGE — When she was in eighth grade, Taylor Haines had the moxie to try out for the East Anchorage High School dance company. That… Continue reading

In this photo taken Nov. 3, Taylor Haines watches from the side of a studio as the Dance Contempo group rehearses a piece in Anchorage.

Locals weigh in on online shopping

The day after Thanksgiving people will fight food comas in winter weather to be some of the first to enter stores for Black Friday sales.… Continue reading

Digital atlas boosts Alaska Native place names

ANCHORAGE — During a recent walk along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Dena’ina historian Aaron Leggett pointed to an area that was devastated during the… Continue reading

Norwegian artifacts found in Petersburg

PETERSBURG — Artifacts left behind by Norwegian settlers are on display at one of Petersburg’s oldest buildings.Carpenters working on the 103-year-old Sons of Norway hall… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker and his wife, Donna, watch as Kyle Avis, left, Sherrilyn Stein, Cheryl Griffiths and Ken Carrillo, right, make lemon crinkle cookies at the Breeze In kitchen in Lemon Creek on Wednesday. The bakery is making 22,000 cookies in 11 flavors plus fresh donut holes for the Governor's Open House to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Photo: Lemon crinkle holidays

Gov. Bill Walker and his wife, Donna, watch as Kyle Avis, left, Sherrilyn Stein, Cheryl Griffiths and Ken Carrillo, right, make lemon crinkle cookies at… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker and his wife, Donna, watch as Kyle Avis, left, Sherrilyn Stein, Cheryl Griffiths and Ken Carrillo, right, make lemon crinkle cookies at the Breeze In kitchen in Lemon Creek on Wednesday. The bakery is making 22,000 cookies in 11 flavors plus fresh donut holes for the Governor's Open House to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Anchorage’s only fire investigator to get long-needed help

ANCHORAGE — One of the most recent graduates from the Anchorage Police Department academy will soon bring long-needed help to Anchorage’s only fire investigator and… Continue reading

In this Nov. 13 photo, third grade students in Krista Etzwiler's class at West Homer Elementary School act out an interpretive dance to the sound of artist Eddie Wood's storytelling and percussion in Homer. The performances marked the end of Wood's two week long artist residency at the school.

Homer students explore dance, storytelling

HOMER — Long-time Homer artist Eddie Wood’s November residency at West Homer Elementary School culminated with a goofy, imaginative performance in the school gym.From Nov.… Continue reading

In this Nov. 13 photo, third grade students in Krista Etzwiler's class at West Homer Elementary School act out an interpretive dance to the sound of artist Eddie Wood's storytelling and percussion in Homer. The performances marked the end of Wood's two week long artist residency at the school.

Police blotter for Nov. 30, 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

Around town for Monday, Nov. 30

Digital World class, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry way. Course will include: Google - Calendar, Drive, Sites (for web pages), Chrome Social… Continue reading

Around town for Sunday, Nov. 29

Open trap shooting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Trap Club, 1 Mile Montana Creek Road. The Juneau Trap Club is open to members and public trap… Continue reading

Official: Gunman made ‘no more baby parts’ comment

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The man who police say staged a deadly shooting attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic that offers abortion services said “no… Continue reading

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will be repaving Egan Drive next summer.

DOT prepares for major repairs to Egan Drive

Early next year, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will launch a $20 million to $30 million renovation of Egan Drive between 10th… Continue reading

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will be repaving Egan Drive next summer.

FAA techs briefly stranded on isolated island

A pair of FAA technicians found themselves on the wrong end of an aerial accident earlier this month, as a crash stranded them 80 miles… Continue reading

DOT plans millions in ferry terminal improvements next summer

In addition to the road projects it’s planning for next summer, the Alaska Department of Transportation is preparing some improvements to the Marine Highway as… Continue reading

If you fill it, they will come

The minds behind Juneau Makerspace, a self-described “community operated workshop” in the works, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the shop. In less… Continue reading

Police blotter for Sunday, Nov. 29, 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

Greens Creek permit up for renewal

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is preparing to renew the air quality control permit for the Greens Creek silver and gold mine on Admiralty… Continue reading

Permanent Fund seeks financial experts

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. is seeking a financial expert to fill a vacancy on its three-person Investment Advisory Group.The group advises the corporation’s board… Continue reading

Artists plan to rebuild damaged display

ANCHORAGE — Creators of a public art installation damaged by tides and high winds at an Anchorage beach plan to rebuild the statue-filled exhibit by… Continue reading