First Lady Donna Walker gives the keynote address during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2016 Community Celebration at the St. Paul's Catholic Church on Monday.

Photos: MLK Day

First Lady Donna Walker gives the keynote address during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2016 Community Celebration at the St. Paul's Catholic Church on… Continue reading

First Lady Donna Walker gives the keynote address during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2016 Community Celebration at the St. Paul's Catholic Church on Monday.
Julee Faso-Formoso works with Vince Gonderzik, a fourth grade student at Chugiak Elementary School diagnosed with dyslexia. Faso-Formoso specializes in tutoring elementary students with the learning disability that causes reading challenges for otherwise intelligent children and adults that may suffer from the disorder. Letter reversals, omission of letters in sentences, dizziness and headaches when reading and transpositions when writing and reading are just some of the symptoms of the disability.

In Chugiak, extra support helps students with dyslexia shine

It’s pretty challenging to keep up in elementary school when one is learning to read but the letters are backwards, transposed or appear to be… Continue reading

Julee Faso-Formoso works with Vince Gonderzik, a fourth grade student at Chugiak Elementary School diagnosed with dyslexia. Faso-Formoso specializes in tutoring elementary students with the learning disability that causes reading challenges for otherwise intelligent children and adults that may suffer from the disorder. Letter reversals, omission of letters in sentences, dizziness and headaches when reading and transpositions when writing and reading are just some of the symptoms of the disability.

Around Town for Jan. 19

Introduction to Microsoft Excel, 9-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Learn to use Excel to organize and calculate data in the workplace. Free.… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Tuesday, Jan. 19, 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

Juneau observes MLK holiday

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a state and federal holiday.While government offices are closed and there will be no mail delivery, the Black… Continue reading

Convicted Tenakee murderer wins an appeal

A man convicted in 2005 of raping and murdering a woman in Tenakee has won an appeal for post-conviction relief, the Alaska Court of Appeals… Continue reading

Artist Marianne Manning, right, works with seventh-graders Amanda Lamburt, center, Amy Budke and eighth-grader Claire Schumacker, left, on a three by eight-foot glass mosaic based on a painting by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School on Wednesday. Manning is spending two weeks working with the middle school students on producing two glass mosaic panels as part of the Artist in the Schools Program.

Photos: Glass mosaic

Artist Marianne Manning, right, works with seventh-graders Amanda Lamburt, center, Amy Budke and eighth-grader Claire Schumacker, left, on a three by eight-foot glass mosaic based… Continue reading

Artist Marianne Manning, right, works with seventh-graders Amanda Lamburt, center, Amy Budke and eighth-grader Claire Schumacker, left, on a three by eight-foot glass mosaic based on a painting by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School on Wednesday. Manning is spending two weeks working with the middle school students on producing two glass mosaic panels as part of the Artist in the Schools Program.

Around Town for Jan. 18

Introduction to Microsoft Excel, 9-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Learn to use Excel to organize and calculate data in the workplace. Free.… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016

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Around Town for Jan. 17

Knights of Columbus Bishop Kenny Council brunch, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Paul’s Catholic Church. $10 for a family and $4 for an individual.Open trap shooting, 10… Continue reading

The force in motion

The Imperial March played as Darth Vader — lightsaber in hand, flanked by storm troopers — entered the room. Only this scene didn’t take place… Continue reading

Marcy and Geoff Larson, founders of the Alaskan Brewing Company, speak with brewer Chaz Lakit, right, on the company's brew deck on Thursday.

Amid craft beer shuffle, Alaskan vows to stay put

Alaskan Brewing Co. isn’t selling out.It isn’t closing down.It isn’t moving to the Lower 48, changing its name or owners.In an interview Thursday, brewery founders… Continue reading

Marcy and Geoff Larson, founders of the Alaskan Brewing Company, speak with brewer Chaz Lakit, right, on the company's brew deck on Thursday.
Two Empire journalists take on new roles

Two Empire journalists take on new roles

Two of the Juneau Empire’s senior journalists have accepted new roles with the newspaper.As of Jan. 12, managing editor Charles Westmoreland assumed duties as the… Continue reading

Two Empire journalists take on new roles
Photographer Kally Flynn talks to 10-month-old Luna, wearing a Batman costume, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 during a fundraiser for the Gastineau Humane Society at Alaskan Dames.

Photos: You can dress up your pet, but you can’t make them pose

Shalyn Harris smiles as she hides behind a candle display to avoid distracting her dog, Harbor, during a photo session Thursday with Kally Flynn at… Continue reading

Photographer Kally Flynn talks to 10-month-old Luna, wearing a Batman costume, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 during a fundraiser for the Gastineau Humane Society at Alaskan Dames.

Juneau man found dead

An employee of Juneau’s SuperBear grocery store was unexpectedly found dead Sunday.According to the Juneau Police Department, 39-year-old Robert Loren Lakey III was found dead… Continue reading

Ceivarenn Isaako walks with her daughter, Mareanna, 3, through the electronics department at Walmart in November. The Juneau Walmart will be among 154 stores in the U.S. that will close Feb. 5.

Juneau Walmart to close Feb. 4

By Feb. 4, Juneau’s Walmart will be closed. By the end of the following week — once all of the remaining merchandise has been removed… Continue reading

Ceivarenn Isaako walks with her daughter, Mareanna, 3, through the electronics department at Walmart in November. The Juneau Walmart will be among 154 stores in the U.S. that will close Feb. 5.
The Science on a Sphere, a global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, now has a purpose-built room of it's own at the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museums building.

One mantra, one goal for SLAM workers

Bob Banghart has a simple mantra for anyone who asks about the new State Library, Archives and Museum.“On schedule, on budget,” he said. “I mean,… Continue reading

The Science on a Sphere, a global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, now has a purpose-built room of it's own at the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museums building.

Police calls for Friday, Jan. 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

Freshman Elijah Rodriguez explains his design and lighting concept to Michele Elfers, a project manager for the City & Borough of Juneau, as part of his computer aided design class presentation at Juneau-Douglas High School on Thursday. Teacher Colin Dukes says students are given real world problems to work on and looks to city projects, such as the Franklin and Front Street reconstruction project, for student projects.

Photo: Future urban designers

Freshman Elijah Rodriguez explains his design and lighting concept to Michele Elfers, a project manager for the City and Borough of Juneau, as part of… Continue reading

Freshman Elijah Rodriguez explains his design and lighting concept to Michele Elfers, a project manager for the City & Borough of Juneau, as part of his computer aided design class presentation at Juneau-Douglas High School on Thursday. Teacher Colin Dukes says students are given real world problems to work on and looks to city projects, such as the Franklin and Front Street reconstruction project, for student projects.

Attorneys offer free legal advice on MLK Day

In keeping with the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, attorneys will be on hand at two different Juneau locations on Monday to provide… Continue reading