$100,000 grant to bring Native art classes to Juneau prisoners

Sealaska Heritage Institute has sponsored art classes in the Juneau prison as funding allows, including two multi-day art workshops with formline design artist David A.… Continue reading

Thursday Valley Library talk to focus on transgender children

“Transgender Children in Today’s Society: A Conversation” is a community dialogue open to everyone, said Juneau Public Libraries community outreach librarian Andi Hirsh.One goal of… Continue reading

Photo: New dock in use

The Holland America Line’s Westerdam ties up at the new cruise ship terminal dock on Monday. The dock is the first of two new docks… Continue reading

A screengrab from the US National Weather Service Alaska Facebook page

Smile: Sunshine is coming

It’s going to be sunny and warm in Juneau.Temperatures in the latter half of this week could top 70 degrees in Juneau for the first… Continue reading

A screengrab from the US National Weather Service Alaska Facebook page

School district, teachers union reach tentative 3-year contract agreement

The Juneau School District and the teachers union reached a tentative agreement on a new contract Saturday.The Juneau Education Association is the district’s largest employee… Continue reading

Glacier Valley Elementary School kindergarten teacher Joann Steininger, right, and parent Kayla Tripp help students Aubrey Ridle, left, Alexander Tripp, center, and Parker Henderson learn about what lives in the intertidal zone during Monday's low tide at Auke Recreation Beach.

Photos: Fun at low tide

Elin Antaya, a sixth grader at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, examines a small crab while investigating the intertidal zone at Point Louisa on Monday. Monday's… Continue reading

Glacier Valley Elementary School kindergarten teacher Joann Steininger, right, and parent Kayla Tripp help students Aubrey Ridle, left, Alexander Tripp, center, and Parker Henderson learn about what lives in the intertidal zone during Monday's low tide at Auke Recreation Beach.

Around Town

Today, May 10Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:15 a.m., St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Parish Hall. A safe, fun environment to learn public speaking skills. Details: Jim, 789-3074.Women,… Continue reading

A Bonaparte's Gull downs a small fish on the fly near the Don D. Statter Harbor in Auke Bay on Monday.

Photo: Fast food

A Bonaparte's Gull downs a small fish on the fly near the Don D. Statter Harbor in Auke Bay on Monday.… Continue reading

A Bonaparte's Gull downs a small fish on the fly near the Don D. Statter Harbor in Auke Bay on Monday.
Grand jury indicts driver in high-speed police chase through Lemon Creek to North Douglas

Grand jury indicts driver in high-speed police chase through Lemon Creek to North Douglas

Police say a Juneau man confessed to drinking half a bottle of whiskey on the same day he allegedly stole an F-150 pickup and then… Continue reading

Grand jury indicts driver in high-speed police chase through Lemon Creek to North Douglas
The Sealaska Corporation building in Juneau, May 2015.

For first time in 30 years, Sealaska turns to seafood, buys stake in Seattle company

Southeast regional Native corporation Sealaska has announced the purchase of a minority stake in Independent Packers Corporation, a Seattle-based seafood processor.The announcement, made by email… Continue reading

The Sealaska Corporation building in Juneau, May 2015.
Ian Fisk, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and Rep. Sam Kito III attend the Blessing of the Fleet and Dedication of Names at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in Juneau on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Photos: Blessing of the Fleet

Girl Scout Lauren Stichert, 9, of Troop 4018 hands out flowers during the Blessing of the Fleet and Dedication of Names at the Alaska Commercial… Continue reading

Ian Fisk, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and Rep. Sam Kito III attend the Blessing of the Fleet and Dedication of Names at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in Juneau on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Gov. Bill Walker signs a bill creating an Alaska Salmon Day with the help of Maverick Sprague, 5, left, and his brother, Oden, 6, during the Juneau Maritime Festival at Marine Park in Juneau on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Photo: Alaska Salmon Day

Gov. Bill Walker signs a bill creating an Alaska Salmon Day with the help of Maverick Sprague, 5, left, and his brother, Oden, 6, during… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker signs a bill creating an Alaska Salmon Day with the help of Maverick Sprague, 5, left, and his brother, Oden, 6, during the Juneau Maritime Festival at Marine Park in Juneau on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Irat De La Mora acknowledges the crowd after showing his talent for slicing up coho salmon at the Juneau Maritime Festival at Marine Park in Juneau on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Photos: Maritime Fest

Irat De La Mora acknowledges the crowd after showing his talent for slicing up coho salmon at the Juneau Maritime Festival at Marine Park in… Continue reading

Irat De La Mora acknowledges the crowd after showing his talent for slicing up coho salmon at the Juneau Maritime Festival at Marine Park in Juneau on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Monday, May 9, 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

Helicopters sit outside the Era Group Inc. location in North Douglas on Thursday evening. An Era helicopter crashed on the Norris Glacier earlier in the day, and the only person on board - the pilot - sustained injuries and was transferred to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Era Helicopters suspends Juneau flights after crash

The pilot flying the helicopter that crashed Thursday on Norris Glacier near Juneau was in serious medical condition as of Friday afternoon.Thirty-nine-year-old Jiri Hanis was… Continue reading

Helicopters sit outside the Era Group Inc. location in North Douglas on Thursday evening. An Era helicopter crashed on the Norris Glacier earlier in the day, and the only person on board - the pilot - sustained injuries and was transferred to Bartlett Regional Hospital.
Michele Stuart Morgan, left, chats with First Lady Donna Walker, right, before the First Lady's Volunteer of the Year award ceremony Wednesday at the Governor's Mansion. Morgan is one of 12 Alaskans recognized this year for their service to the state. She is the founder of "Juneau - Stop Heroin, Start Talking."

Juneau woman honored for helping in fight against heroin addiction

Guarding the state’s fiscal future is a hot topic in Alaska, but First Lady Donna Walker took a step back from that conversation to recognize… Continue reading

Michele Stuart Morgan, left, chats with First Lady Donna Walker, right, before the First Lady's Volunteer of the Year award ceremony Wednesday at the Governor's Mansion. Morgan is one of 12 Alaskans recognized this year for their service to the state. She is the founder of "Juneau - Stop Heroin, Start Talking."
David Timothy is sworn in by Chief of Police Bryce Johnson as a "Friend of the Force" during the department's quarterly awards ceremony on Friday.

JDHS student sworn in with JPD as ‘friend of the force’

Down syndrome didn’t stop David Timothy from earning his basketball jersey at Juneau-Douglas High School, and it certainly didn’t stop him from taking the police… Continue reading

David Timothy is sworn in by Chief of Police Bryce Johnson as a "Friend of the Force" during the department's quarterly awards ceremony on Friday.
AWARE's new women's transitional housing in Juneau is shown on Wednesday. The new 12-unit building will provide transitional housing and programs to allow women to gain their footing after an abusive relationship in a way the emergency shelter cannot.

New AWARE housing allows women to find independence, self-worth

After years of feeling like an empty shell, Karen cried tears of relief when she first moved into her one-bedroom apartment in AWARE’s transitional housing… Continue reading

AWARE's new women's transitional housing in Juneau is shown on Wednesday. The new 12-unit building will provide transitional housing and programs to allow women to gain their footing after an abusive relationship in a way the emergency shelter cannot.
The driver, who did not wish to be identified, walks by his upended truck at the Westridge Condominiums on Hermit Street in downtown Juneau on Friday. The driver was unhurt in the accident that happened about noon on Friday. The driver, with a construction company working at the condominiums, said his brakes failed to work.

Photo: Driver blames brakes for accident

The driver, who did not wish to be identified, walks by his upended truck at the Westridge Condominiums on Friday. The driver was unhurt in… Continue reading

The driver, who did not wish to be identified, walks by his upended truck at the Westridge Condominiums on Hermit Street in downtown Juneau on Friday. The driver was unhurt in the accident that happened about noon on Friday. The driver, with a construction company working at the condominiums, said his brakes failed to work.