A Seattle-based construction company is seeking a permit to build an asphalt plant at the Alaska Marine Lines Yard, seen here Wednesday.

Rocky road: Commission tables asphalt talk, again

A proposed asphalt plant at the Rock Dump hit another pothole in the permitting process during Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting.“This is our third meeting… Continue reading

A Seattle-based construction company is seeking a permit to build an asphalt plant at the Alaska Marine Lines Yard, seen here Wednesday.

Assembly makes Planning Commission appointment

For the first time since the end of February, the city’s Planning Commission is whole.At a special meeting Wednesday evening, the Juneau Assembly appointed Kirsten… Continue reading

Temperatures near 74-year-old record; warmth to continue through Saturday

It wasn’t a record, but only just.According National Weather Service measurements taken at Juneau International Airport, Juneau’s thermometer reached 73 degrees at 5 p.m. Wednesday.The… Continue reading

Brent Murphy, vice president of environment with Seabridge Gold, gives a presentation on the KSM project at the Southeast Conference Office on Wednesday. Seabridge Gold are the owners of the KSM Project, a copper, gold and silver mine that would be located in northwestern British Columbia.

Controversial KSM mine isn’t expected anytime soon

In a few weeks, survey crews will again be working on British Columbia mountainsides that could one day be home to one of the world’s… Continue reading

Brent Murphy, vice president of environment with Seabridge Gold, gives a presentation on the KSM project at the Southeast Conference Office on Wednesday. Seabridge Gold are the owners of the KSM Project, a copper, gold and silver mine that would be located in northwestern British Columbia.
J.D. Hudson, left, wrestles with teammate Taylor Sutak during the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling practice at the Marie Drake gymnasium.

School Board: Plan is not to merge all high school activities

The Juneau School District’s goal is not to merge all activities between the two high schools, said Board of Education Vice President Andi Story at… Continue reading

J.D. Hudson, left, wrestles with teammate Taylor Sutak during the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling practice at the Marie Drake gymnasium.

Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who… Continue reading

Police & fire for Thursday, May 12, 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

PSP: Researchers warn not to harvest clams near Outer Point

Researchers are warning the public not to harvest shellfish near Outer Point in Douglas after some butter clams were found to have elevated levels of… Continue reading

Coast Guard rescues man from Gastineau Channel

A 50-year-old man spotted in Gastineau Channel was rescued in downtown Juneau early Wednesday morning, an incident that prompted an emergency police, fire department and… Continue reading

Michael Coleman of the city's maintenance department, works on a bus shelter damaged by a vehicle on Mendenhall Loop Road in front of the Glacier Valley Baptist Church on Wednesday.

Driver rams into Valley bus stop early Tuesday, no injuries

A vehicle veered off road early Tuesday morning in the Mendenhall Valley and rammed into a bus stop, ripping its support beams from the ground… Continue reading

Michael Coleman of the city's maintenance department, works on a bus shelter damaged by a vehicle on Mendenhall Loop Road in front of the Glacier Valley Baptist Church on Wednesday.
Forest Wagner

UAS professor mauled by bear released from hospital

A Juneau assistant professor who was mauled by a bear earlier last month was released from the hospital Monday.Forest Wagner was leading a group of… Continue reading

Forest Wagner
Marcy and Geoff Larson, co-founders of the Alaskan Brewing Company, speak in January of this year about their company's 29 year history of making craft beers in Juneau.

Alaskan Brewing names new CEO, renews vow to stay independent, local

Alaskan Brewing Co. has a new CEO.In a visit to the Empire on Wednesday afternoon, company founders Geoff and Marcy Larson announced that the company’s… Continue reading

Marcy and Geoff Larson, co-founders of the Alaskan Brewing Company, speak in January of this year about their company's 29 year history of making craft beers in Juneau.

Marine Parking Garage painting to limit parking

Parking in the Marine Parking Garage, beneath the downtown library, will be limited tonight through Sunday.Workers will be repainting parking space lines in sections, which… Continue reading

The Planning Commission approved the city's first ever conditional use permit for a marijuana retail shop during its regular meeting Tuesday night. The shop is the apparel store for Rainforest Farms LLC, seen here at its location on Second Street in downtown Juneau where the Heritage Coffee used to be.

Without much ado, city OKs first retail pot shop permit

Without objection — and with very little discussion — the Planning Commission approved the first conditional use permit for a marijuana retail shop in the… Continue reading

The Planning Commission approved the city's first ever conditional use permit for a marijuana retail shop during its regular meeting Tuesday night. The shop is the apparel store for Rainforest Farms LLC, seen here at its location on Second Street in downtown Juneau where the Heritage Coffee used to be.
Former NBA all-star and Juneau-Douglas High School standout Carlos Boozer made a surprise visit during the JDHS Basketball Awards Banquet at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Tuesday evening. Boozer came to help celebrate the team’s first state championship since he helped JDHS win one 18 years ago.

Boozer comes back

The state champion Crimson Bears boys basketball team held a banquet on Tuesday night at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, bookending a Juneau-Douglas High School season… Continue reading

Former NBA all-star and Juneau-Douglas High School standout Carlos Boozer made a surprise visit during the JDHS Basketball Awards Banquet at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Tuesday evening. Boozer came to help celebrate the team’s first state championship since he helped JDHS win one 18 years ago.

An update on Cope Park construction

Construction has begun at Cope Park, but contractors have experienced some delays in the installation of the utility lines, according to a Tuesday city press… Continue reading

Photo: All work and no play

Robbie Prescott, of Robertson Industries of California, installs a rubber path that will be wheelchair accessible at the Twin Lake playground on Tuesday. The playground… Continue reading

Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who… Continue reading

Police & fire for Wednesday, May 11, 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 surveillance camera image, provided by the Juneau Police Department, shows a man who robbed the Northrim Bank branch in the Mendenhall Valley on April 17, 2015. The Juneau Police Department later identified him as Larry Randolph Powell of Bay Minette, Alabama.

Bank robber sentenced, alleged PFD swindler indicted

A Juneau judge sentenced a man who robbed Northrim Bank last year to serve three years in prison for carrying out a crime in an… Continue reading

This surveillance camera image, provided by the Juneau Police Department, shows a man who robbed the Northrim Bank branch in the Mendenhall Valley on April 17, 2015. The Juneau Police Department later identified him as Larry Randolph Powell of Bay Minette, Alabama.