Around town for Thursday, Oct. 23

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

Tlingit Tribe members from Klawock, Alaska Jonathan Rowan, left, and Lawrence Armour unveil a carved Alaskan storage box at the Honolulu Museum of Arts, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in Honolulu.   A totem pole, stolen by actor John Barrymore during a sailing trip to Alaska in 1931, was returned to the Tlingit Tribe by the Honolulu Museum of Arts today, where it was on display since the early 1980s.  The totem pole was carved by the ancestors of the Tlingit Tribe.  The box was a thank you gift for the return of their totem pole.  (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Alaska tribal members to get back totem pole taken by actor

HONOLULU — A stolen totem pole that went from the garden decor of two golden-age Hollywood actors to the basement of a Hawaii museum was… Continue reading

Tlingit Tribe members from Klawock, Alaska Jonathan Rowan, left, and Lawrence Armour unveil a carved Alaskan storage box at the Honolulu Museum of Arts, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in Honolulu.   A totem pole, stolen by actor John Barrymore during a sailing trip to Alaska in 1931, was returned to the Tlingit Tribe by the Honolulu Museum of Arts today, where it was on display since the early 1980s.  The totem pole was carved by the ancestors of the Tlingit Tribe.  The box was a thank you gift for the return of their totem pole.  (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Police & Fire for Friday, Oct. 23, 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

BLM OKs drilling permit in petroleum reserve

JUNEAU — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday that it had approved a drilling permit that would clear the way for the first… Continue reading

An employee of Dawson Construction works on a scaffold outside the House Finance Committee room on the fifth floor of the Capitol building on Wednesday. Workers have been getting the Capitol ready for the Special Session that starts on Saturday.

Photos: Capitol readies for special session

An employee of Dawson Construction works on a scaffold outside the House Finance Committee room on the fifth floor of the Capitol building on Wednesday.… Continue reading

An employee of Dawson Construction works on a scaffold outside the House Finance Committee room on the fifth floor of the Capitol building on Wednesday. Workers have been getting the Capitol ready for the Special Session that starts on Saturday.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to match polio run’s fundraising 2 to 1

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match the money raised by local Rotary clubs’ Saturday inaugural PolioPlus Fun Run two to one. Participants can… Continue reading

Teacher, student killed in stabbing attack on Swedish school

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A sword-wielding masked man who students thought was playing a Halloween prank stabbbed four people at a school with a large… Continue reading

Pentagon: American killed in raid to free Iraqis held by IS

IRBIL, Iraq — Acting on word of an “imminent mass execution” by Islamic State militants, dozens of U.S. special operations troops and Iraqi forces raided… Continue reading

Israeli man shot dead after being mistaken for attacker

JERUSALEM — A Jewish Israeli man was shot and killed in a scuffle with Israeli soldiers who suspected he was a Palestinian attacker, police said… Continue reading

Russia shows military might in Syria, also pushes diplomacy

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — As Russia unleashed waves of warplanes Thursday from this air base in western Syria to pound militant targets, President… Continue reading

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of retention ponds built to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals from the Gold King mine chemical accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo. A temporary treatment plant, not pictured, has begun cleaning up polluted water flowing from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado after an accident sent millions of gallons of waste into rivers in three states. The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 that the $1.8 million plant is processing up to 800 gallons per minute, including water flowing from the mine and water stored in ponds. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

Probe finds EPA error caused mine spill

BILLINGS, Mont. — Government investigators squarely blamed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for a 3 million-gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine,… Continue reading

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of retention ponds built to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals from the Gold King mine chemical accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo. A temporary treatment plant, not pictured, has begun cleaning up polluted water flowing from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado after an accident sent millions of gallons of waste into rivers in three states. The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 that the $1.8 million plant is processing up to 800 gallons per minute, including water flowing from the mine and water stored in ponds. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

APNewsBreak: Former Subway pitchman’s victims get $1 million

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ten victims of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle have received a total of $1 million in restitution since he agreed to plead… Continue reading

Fatal shooting of 4-year-old began with traffic lane dispute

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Alan Garcia had just picked up his two children from school when it happened. He was trying to get off a… Continue reading

  • Oct 23, 2015
  • By MARY HUDETZ and RUSSELL CONTRERAS
  • Nation-World

Major drug tunnel found on US-Mexico border in California

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people after discovering one of the longest cross-border tunnels ever dug between… Continue reading

Christopher D. Strawn , 32, appears in Juneau District Court Thursday for first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Brandon C. Cook. Bail was set at $1 million.

Prosecutor: Victim shot ‘execution style’

A prosecutor on Thursday said a 30-year-old man who was fatally shot inside a Juneau trailer park Tuesday night was murdered “execution style” by a… Continue reading

Christopher D. Strawn , 32, appears in Juneau District Court Thursday for first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Brandon C. Cook. Bail was set at $1 million.
Juneau Police Department detectives prepare to enter unit 35 in the Glacierview Trailer Park on Wednesday where a 32-year-old suspect involved in the shooting death of a 30-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night.

Murder in the valley

From outside Trailer C16, a light grey single trailer with dark blue trim on C Street in Kodzoff Acres Mobile Home Park, it sounded like… Continue reading

Juneau Police Department detectives prepare to enter unit 35 in the Glacierview Trailer Park on Wednesday where a 32-year-old suspect involved in the shooting death of a 30-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night.

Marine debris waiting on permit in Seattle

KODIAK — Organizers of a cleanup along coastlines in Alaska and British Columbia are waiting for authorization to be able to sort through a pile… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker speaks to the media about his appointments to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation's Board of Directors and detailed his plans to upsize the volume of the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project in February.

Big Oil given extra time to pledge gas

The state of Alaska is negotiating up to the last minute on proposals that would guarantee major oil producers’ participation in the state’s liquefied natural… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker speaks to the media about his appointments to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation's Board of Directors and detailed his plans to upsize the volume of the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project in February.

Walker lifts another megaproject halt

Gov. Bill Walker has given approval for a fourth Alaska megaproject to move forward after blocking it in December.On Wednesday, the governor’s office announced that… Continue reading

Forest Service seeks to give cash for wood products

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking proposals for its 2016 Wood Innovations grant program.On Tuesday, the USFS said it will award approximately $5 million to… Continue reading