This Day in Juneau History: July 11, 2016

On July 11, 1986, Alaska’s oil revenue continued to drop along with the price of a barrel of oil. The state faced gaining another $500… Continue reading

Juneau cost of living falls closer to American average

Juneau is an expensive place to live, but according to new figures from the Council for Community and Economic Research, the difference between Juneau’s cost… Continue reading

Torben Higgins, 7, right, throws a ball at the dunk tank lever as Julie Jackson, left, aquatics manager for the City and Borough of Juneau, awaits a dunk at the 6th Annual Rotary Day at the Pool at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon. The pool held three free swims, with over 100 attendees at each swim.

Photos: Rotary Day at the Pool

Jasz Garrett, 15, exits the water slide at the 6th Annual Rotary Day at the Pool at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon.… Continue reading

Torben Higgins, 7, right, throws a ball at the dunk tank lever as Julie Jackson, left, aquatics manager for the City and Borough of Juneau, awaits a dunk at the 6th Annual Rotary Day at the Pool at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon. The pool held three free swims, with over 100 attendees at each swim.
Foundation work is underway on the Housing First project on Allen Court.

Cobbling together funding for Housing First

As construction of the Juneau Housing First project moves steadily along, its board of directors is still waiting for funding to come through.The project broke… Continue reading

Foundation work is underway on the Housing First project on Allen Court.
A rare view inside the mouth of a humpback whale. The pale brown baleen fringe is visible alongside the roof of the mouth (in pink). The muscular, black tongue is at the bottom of the photo.

Necropsy finds Southeast’s eldest whale was sick, not rammed

The National Park Service has released the results of an examination conducted on a humpback whale found dead in Glacier Bay National Park.According to a… Continue reading

A rare view inside the mouth of a humpback whale. The pale brown baleen fringe is visible alongside the roof of the mouth (in pink). The muscular, black tongue is at the bottom of the photo.
Kristi Asplund,a volunteer firefighter at the Douglas Station, lives at the station in exchange for maintaining ready status of equipment and driving the engine to fires.

Night or day, willing to face the flames

On a summer evening, Kristi Asplund ascends closer to the overcast sky above her while climbing a 100-foot ladder that sways with every move she… Continue reading

Kristi Asplund,a volunteer firefighter at the Douglas Station, lives at the station in exchange for maintaining ready status of equipment and driving the engine to fires.

This Day in Juneau History: July 10, 1986

On July 10, 1986, top officials of the Alaska Public Employees Association, the largest state employee union in Alaska, were accused of being reimbursed with… Continue reading

Forest service closes Neva Lake Bridge

Tongass National Forest supervisor Earl Stewart recently ordered Neva Lake Bridge, which runs over South Creek near Excursion Inlet, be closed to all vehicle traffic,… Continue reading

Around Town

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

Kensington gold production rises

Coeur Mining, owner of Kensington Gold Mine, has reported increased gold production at its Juneau-area prospect.On Thursday, the company released second-quarter figures showing the Kensington… Continue reading

Police and fire for Sunday, July 10, 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

Fireweed Factory gets state marijuana license approval

Fireweed Factory LLC has become the second Juneau marijuana business to receive the state’s blessing.On Friday afternoon, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board voted unanimously in… Continue reading

Earlene "Memaw" Branson, 83, mother to Alaskan Bush People star Ami Brown, talks of her journey from Texas to Alaska in hopes of reuniting with her daughter during an interview in Juneau on Wednesday. Her great nephew, Chuck Gilbert, helped her travel to Hoonah for the visit.

Mother of ‘Alaskan Bush People’ star tries to reconnect with estranged daughter

In 37 years, Earlene Branson has seen her daughter in only one place: Reality TV.Branson is the 83-year-old mother of Amora “Ami” Brown, star of… Continue reading

Earlene "Memaw" Branson, 83, mother to Alaskan Bush People star Ami Brown, talks of her journey from Texas to Alaska in hopes of reuniting with her daughter during an interview in Juneau on Wednesday. Her great nephew, Chuck Gilbert, helped her travel to Hoonah for the visit.

Police & fire for Friday, July 8, 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 Day in Juneau History: July 8, 1986

On July 8, 1986, the Juneau Police Department retired their animal chasing duties to the Gastineau Humane Society after the change was approved by the… Continue reading

Around Town

Storytime, 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Details: 586-5267. Organ concert, noon, State Office Building. T.J. Duffy to play a variety of music. Senior Lunch, noon,… Continue reading

Juneau's Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl gives an update on the status of local marijuana businesses to the Chamber of Commerce at the Moose Lodge on Thursday.

What it takes to start a marijuana business in Juneau

With several Juneau marijuana businesses at various stages of the permitting process, the local marijuana retail industry could get underway fairly soon.“We’re at a point… Continue reading

Juneau's Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl gives an update on the status of local marijuana businesses to the Chamber of Commerce at the Moose Lodge on Thursday.

During evaluation, Juneau school board ‘pleased’ with superintendent

The Juneau School Board overall is happy with the superintendent’s performance. That’s what the body determined after meeting in executive session for three hours during… Continue reading

Juneau Jumper Garrett Klein, 12, left, shows Layne Cutnose, 12, some jumping pointers during a Wellness Wednesdays program at the Douglas Library on Wednesday.

Photos: Jumping for joy, and wellness

Juneau Jumper Garrett Klein, 12, left, shows Layne Cutnose, 12, some jumping pointers during a Wellness Wednesdays program at the Douglas Library on Wednesday.… Continue reading

Juneau Jumper Garrett Klein, 12, left, shows Layne Cutnose, 12, some jumping pointers during a Wellness Wednesdays program at the Douglas Library on Wednesday.

Fourth celebrations marred by multiple drunken drivers

The Fourth of July weekend wasn’t just fireworks and fun for everyone.A Juneau grand jury on Wednesday indicted Dale Ray Kubik Jr., 46, for allegedly… Continue reading