Izzy Luna (far left) explains to a fellow eight-grader the struggles impoverished women face to meet feminine hygiene needs during a fair at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Luna and her project partners - Ava Brown and Chloe McAdams (from left to right) took the issue on for a language arts class project. The girls are collecting tampons, panty liners and pads at school and at Safeway to give to Juneau women in need.

Juneau middle schoolers tackle real world issues

Heroin use, suicide, gender equality — these topics saturate conversations in Juneau and around the nation, but another unlikely place they’re showing up is an… Continue reading

Izzy Luna (far left) explains to a fellow eight-grader the struggles impoverished women face to meet feminine hygiene needs during a fair at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Luna and her project partners - Ava Brown and Chloe McAdams (from left to right) took the issue on for a language arts class project. The girls are collecting tampons, panty liners and pads at school and at Safeway to give to Juneau women in need.

Photo: Donation to Friends of the Flags

Members of the Capital City Celebrations Committee provide a check from the Juneau Community Foundation's Capital City Celebration Fund for $2,608 to the volunteer organization… Continue reading

Around Town

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

Police & fire for Friday, April 15, 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

Preliminary report for fatal Admiralty plane crash indicates weather issues

The pilot of the plane that crashed on southern Admiralty Island last Friday had said he was going to take an alternate route due to… Continue reading

Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay in July 2015 as visitors wait to board whale watching vessels and fishing boats are double and triple parked along the floats. Juneau's Docks and Harbors Board is working to revise a portion of city code pertaining to a commercial fishing moorage discount.

Docks and Harbors Board debates discount

Juneau’s Docks and Harbors Board is working to revise a portion of city code pertaining to a commercial fishing moorage discount that some people have… Continue reading

Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay in July 2015 as visitors wait to board whale watching vessels and fishing boats are double and triple parked along the floats. Juneau's Docks and Harbors Board is working to revise a portion of city code pertaining to a commercial fishing moorage discount.

Volunteer greeters orient visitors to Juneau, one question at a time

Juneau resident Michelle Storer has been a volunteer greeter for the Juneau, Convention and Visitors Bureau for 33 years.“I think it’s a great way to… Continue reading

Copper thief pleads guilty

A man who was arrested last year for burglarizing the home of one of the most well known attorneys in Juneau and stealing several thousand… Continue reading

Bill to ban Planned Parenthood in schools dies in committee

In a 5-2 vote, a House committee put a stop to a bill Tuesday that would have banned abortion providers from teaching sexual education in… Continue reading

Around Town

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel.English as a Second Language, 9-10:15 a.m., Gruening Park Learning Connection, 1800 Northwood Dr. Free eight… Continue reading

Police calls for Thursday, April 14, 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

Parental rights bill stays alive, for now

While a bill that would have banned abortion providers in schools died in committee, the less controversial elements of the bill continue to live on.Almost… Continue reading

SLAM opening unaffected by dumpster fire

A dumpster fire outside the State Library, Archives, and Museum Tuesday night will not delay the building’s opening day, according to the SLAM deputy director.Bob… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker tells a story during Mudrooms at Northern Light United Church on Tuesday evening. Mudrooms is a monthly storytelling event that has seven community members tell a seven-minute story. The $7 entry fee for the audience goes to local nonprofit organizations. About $57,000 has been raised and given to Juneau charities over the past five years.

Video: Gov. Bill Walker at Mudrooms

Once just a teenager growing up in Valdez in the ‘60s, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker regaled a Juneau crowd at the monthly Mudrooms storytelling event… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker tells a story during Mudrooms at Northern Light United Church on Tuesday evening. Mudrooms is a monthly storytelling event that has seven community members tell a seven-minute story. The $7 entry fee for the audience goes to local nonprofit organizations. About $57,000 has been raised and given to Juneau charities over the past five years.
In this March 2016 photo, work begins on the new park near the Douglas Bridge that will become the home to the life-size bronze sculpture of a breaching humpback whale. Part of the project funding comes from head taxes. The Cruise Lines International Association and its Alaska affiliate filed a lawsuit against the city and borough of Juneau on Tuesday in federal court in Anchorage. They're challenging the legality of so-called head tax fees paid by cruise passengers who visit Alaska's picturesque capital.

Cruise ship group: Statue plans are misuse of fees

JUNEAU — A life-sized whale statue has Juneau in hot water after a cruise ship association alleged it’s a symbol of the Alaska city’s misuse… Continue reading

In this March 2016 photo, work begins on the new park near the Douglas Bridge that will become the home to the life-size bronze sculpture of a breaching humpback whale. Part of the project funding comes from head taxes. The Cruise Lines International Association and its Alaska affiliate filed a lawsuit against the city and borough of Juneau on Tuesday in federal court in Anchorage. They're challenging the legality of so-called head tax fees paid by cruise passengers who visit Alaska's picturesque capital.

Keeping Juneau clean for 100 years

In keeping with a tradition that now spans 100 years, Mayor Ken Koelsch on Monday proclaimed the month of April “Juneau Clean Sweep” and asked… Continue reading

Feds arrest Juneau man in child porn case

Police arrested a 39-year-old Juneau resident Monday for child pornography distribution after he evaded his warrant for nearly two months.Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt, who… Continue reading

Five former Juneau mayors, along with the city's current mayor, gather around City Manager Kim Kiefer during Monday night's Assembly meeting. Kiefer has worked in some capacity for the City and Borough of Juneau for 32 years and last night marked her last General Assembly meeting before retirement. The former mayors attended to surprise Kiefer with a few kind words and stories before her departure. From left to right: Ken Koelsch, Mary Becker, Sally Smith, Sen. Dennis Egan, Bruce Botelho and Merrill Sanford.

City bids adieu to city manager

She knew something was planned for her last regular Assembly meeting — it was in the meeting agenda after all — but Kim Kiefer had… Continue reading

Five former Juneau mayors, along with the city's current mayor, gather around City Manager Kim Kiefer during Monday night's Assembly meeting. Kiefer has worked in some capacity for the City and Borough of Juneau for 32 years and last night marked her last General Assembly meeting before retirement. The former mayors attended to surprise Kiefer with a few kind words and stories before her departure. From left to right: Ken Koelsch, Mary Becker, Sally Smith, Sen. Dennis Egan, Bruce Botelho and Merrill Sanford.

Civil case filed: Metlakatla election complaint

KETCHIKAN — Two Metlakatla residents who ran in that community’s 2015 general election are alleging that the Metlakatla Indian Community and multiple officials violated both… Continue reading

Additional work to delay Tustumena return

KETCHIKAN — The state ferry Tustumena’s return to service for the Alaska Marine Highway System has been delayed one week because of additional repairs at… Continue reading