Doug Chilton yells out a command during a Coming Ashore Ceremony at Douglas Harbor on Wednesday.

Celebration: Keeping culture alive with canoes

The thump of rawhide drums and the voices — chanting and singing — of those beating them carried over the embankment separating the Douglas Harbor… Continue reading

Doug Chilton yells out a command during a Coming Ashore Ceremony at Douglas Harbor on Wednesday.

Celebration to cause street closures, traffic delays

Juneau residents should prepare for downtown street closures, traffic delays and other changes to city operations Wednesday through Saturday for Celebration 2016.Savikko Park (Sandy Beach)… Continue reading

William Horton picks salmonberries along Thane Road on Tuesday. Horton said he makes wine from the eight to 10 gallons of berries he picks yearly. Horton said he has been picking berries in the same area since 1955.

Photo: A yearly tradition

William Horton picks salmonberries along Thane Road on Tuesday. Horton said he makes wine from the eight to 10 gallons of berries he picks yearly.… Continue reading

William Horton picks salmonberries along Thane Road on Tuesday. Horton said he makes wine from the eight to 10 gallons of berries he picks yearly. Horton said he has been picking berries in the same area since 1955.
Wayne Price of Haines reaches for the dock at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive as he skippers one of two canoes arriving from Hoonah Tuesday for Celebration 2016. The canoes will take part in a Coming Ashore Ceremony sponsored by the One Peoples Canoe Society at Sandy Beach on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A dozen canoes, each carrying 10 people, will be arriving from Kake, Ketchikan, Sitka, Angoon, Hoonah and Yakutat.

Canoes to arrive today for Celebration kick-off

Celebration, a biennial festival of Alaska Native culture, officially starts today. But for a handful of paddlers from multiple Southeast communities it started about a… Continue reading

Wayne Price of Haines reaches for the dock at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive as he skippers one of two canoes arriving from Hoonah Tuesday for Celebration 2016. The canoes will take part in a Coming Ashore Ceremony sponsored by the One Peoples Canoe Society at Sandy Beach on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A dozen canoes, each carrying 10 people, will be arriving from Kake, Ketchikan, Sitka, Angoon, Hoonah and Yakutat.

What not to miss at Celebration 2016

With 50 dance groups, 30 events and about a dozen different venues, Celebration 2016 may seem a little daunting. For first time attendees, here’s a… Continue reading

Police & fire for Wednesday, June 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

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

Shellfish unsafe across Southeast

The Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins (SEATT) partnership has been collecting phytoplankton samples throughout southeast Alaska to monitor for plankton species that can produce toxins and… Continue reading

John Borbridge Jr. Courtesy of CCTHITA

Celebration: In Memoriam

In honor of Celebration, here is a look at a few people who left a big impact on the Alaska Native community before “walking into… Continue reading

John Borbridge Jr. Courtesy of CCTHITA

First Juneau Haida language gathering to be held

This year marks the 15th International Haida Language Gathering in Southeast Alaska, and the first to be held in Juneau. This event is open to… Continue reading

JPD dispatcher rescues abandoned ducklings on Juneau airport runway

After an eagle scared a mother duck away from her ducklings on the Juneau International Airport runway Sunday night, one woman made sure they wouldn’t… Continue reading

CCFR on scene at the fire Tuesday afternoon

Flames ruin downtown Douglas shed, boat

A scorched metal frame is all that remains of a downtown Douglas shed after it was engulfed by flames Tuesday afternoon.Homeowner Eleanor Laurent said the… Continue reading

CCFR on scene at the fire Tuesday afternoon
Juneau residents and visitors crowd into the Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum during the grand opening on Monday. See the full slideshow of pictures from the opening by clicking the link in the story, or by clicking the link on the Empire's homepage.

Grand SLAM: New state museum opens

After 12 years and about $140 million in development, Alaska has a new state museum.The Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum, affectionately known… Continue reading

Juneau residents and visitors crowd into the Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum during the grand opening on Monday. See the full slideshow of pictures from the opening by clicking the link in the story, or by clicking the link on the Empire's homepage.
Beth Weldon is pictured in August 2012 after retiring from a 20-plus year career from Capital City Fire/Rescue.

This ‘fourth generation Douglasite’ is running for an Assembly seat

The candidate-filing period for Juneau’s next municipal election won’t be open for another two months, but that hasn’t stopped one resident from announcing an Assembly… Continue reading

Beth Weldon is pictured in August 2012 after retiring from a 20-plus year career from Capital City Fire/Rescue.

Assembly considers making sales tax permanent, talks marijuana tax

Since 1983 Juneau voters have been approving a “temporary” sales tax to pay for city government operations with a ballot question every three years. City… Continue reading

Auke Lake Boat Launch open

The City and Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation has opened the Auke Lake Boat Launch to the public after installing seasonal regulatory buoys.Boaters are… 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 Tuesday, June 7, 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

Alaska Airlines VP to speak at chamber luncheon

A vice president from Alaska Airlines will be speaking at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce’s weekly luncheon Thursday.Joe Sprague, senior vice president in charge of… Continue reading

Coast Guard and emergency medical personnel transfer patients from an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to an ambulance in Kodiak, Thursday.

Arson suspected in Lemon Creek fire

Capital City Fire/Rescue is investigating a fire that engulfed an entire outdoor carport Sunday as a possible arson case.CCFR Fire Marshal Dan Jager said in… Continue reading

Coast Guard and emergency medical personnel transfer patients from an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to an ambulance in Kodiak, Thursday.