Around town for Thursday, Oct. 22

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel.Open lab computer training, 9 a.m.-11 a.m, The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way.Storytime, 11 a.m., Douglas… Continue reading

Travis Mead, a captain with Capital City Fire/Rescue, kisses his wife, City Attorney Amy Mead, after receiving the Ken Akerley Fire Service Leadership of the Year award from Mayor Merrill Sanford at the beginning of Tuesday's Assembly meeting. Firefighter/EMT Meg Thordarson was also recognized with the Dell Moffit Award.

Photo: Firefighter awards

Travis Mead, a captain with Capital City Fire/Rescue, kisses his wife, City Attorney Amy Mead, after receiving the Ken Akerley Fire Service Leadership of the… Continue reading

Travis Mead, a captain with Capital City Fire/Rescue, kisses his wife, City Attorney Amy Mead, after receiving the Ken Akerley Fire Service Leadership of the Year award from Mayor Merrill Sanford at the beginning of Tuesday's Assembly meeting. Firefighter/EMT Meg Thordarson was also recognized with the Dell Moffit Award.

Icebreaker to hold open house Friday

The Coast Guard icebreaker Healy will hold an open house on Friday as it stops in Juneau at the conclusion of its summer 2015 research… Continue reading

Ketchikan sees record rain

Alaska’s First City saw a record amount of rain on Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, 5.38 inches of rain was measured at Ketchikan… Continue reading

Josh Keaton, left, and Emil "Robert" Mackey field questions during a Juneau Board of Education candidate forum held in September. Keaton and Mackey were the only two board members to vote in favor of creating  new STEM charter school, which failed 5-2 during Tuesday's school board meeting.

Concerns block STEM charter school

Despite a willingness to soften strict enrollment criteria and a deferment to the Juneau School Board on other issues, the proposed elementary STEM charter school… Continue reading

Josh Keaton, left, and Emil "Robert" Mackey field questions during a Juneau Board of Education candidate forum held in September. Keaton and Mackey were the only two board members to vote in favor of creating  new STEM charter school, which failed 5-2 during Tuesday's school board meeting.
A momentary dash of sun creates a double rainbow over downtown Juneau on Monday.

Photo: Double rainbow over Juneau

A momentary dash of sun creates a double rainbow over downtown Juneau on Monday.… Continue reading

A momentary dash of sun creates a double rainbow over downtown Juneau on Monday.

Observing ‘Back to the Future’ Day with blasts from Juneau’s past

Today is “Back to the Future” Day.Mobile users may see the infographic here.In the reels of the film “Back to the Future II,” starring Michael… Continue reading

Greg Fisk shakes hands with City Attorney Amy Mead after she swore him into his Mayor seat on the Assembly Tuesday night.

Gastineau demo bid OK’d

Shortly after the city attorney swore in Juneau’s new mayor and two returning Assembly members, it was back to business with the awarding of a… Continue reading

Greg Fisk shakes hands with City Attorney Amy Mead after she swore him into his Mayor seat on the Assembly Tuesday night.

Police & Fire for Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Fire and medical• On Friday, Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to eight EMS calls, an agency assist call on Teslin Street, a two-vehicle car crash on… Continue reading

City Attorney Amy Mead swears in Loren Jones, center, and Jerry Nankervis into their second terms on the Assembly Tuesday night.

Photos: Sanford sendoff; swearing in

Mayor Merrill Sanford shares a laugh with Deputy Major Mary Becker as the Assembly thanks him for his service to the city Tuesday night.… Continue reading

City Attorney Amy Mead swears in Loren Jones, center, and Jerry Nankervis into their second terms on the Assembly Tuesday night.

Around town for Wednesday, Oct. 21

Computer Basics, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry way.Parks and Recreation Wednesday hike, 9:30 a.m., Nugget Creek Trail. No dogs or firearms. Details:… Continue reading

Bill Meier, a trustee of Faith Lutheran Church, walks through the church's kitchen Tuesday afternoon after a cooking fire. Capital City Fire/Rescue estimated the church sustained $40,000 worth of damage.

Cooking fire smokes out local church

A Juneau church may have sustained $40,000 worth of damage following a kitchen fire Tuesday afternoon, the fire department says.Twenty-plus Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters rushed… Continue reading

Bill Meier, a trustee of Faith Lutheran Church, walks through the church's kitchen Tuesday afternoon after a cooking fire. Capital City Fire/Rescue estimated the church sustained $40,000 worth of damage.
Attendees at Cancer Connection's health forum listen to Dr. Astrid Pujari as she discusses the health relationship between mind and body.

Mindfulness and cancer prevention

More than 100 people seated at tables in Centennial Hall sat up straight in their chairs, and in unison, breathed out as one. With their… Continue reading

Attendees at Cancer Connection's health forum listen to Dr. Astrid Pujari as she discusses the health relationship between mind and body.

Eaglecrest PFD sale fails to win back many season pass holders

Eaglecrest Ski Area is fighting an uphill battle to win back season-pass holders after last year’s record-shattering short season. So far, it’s losing.Despite cutting prices… Continue reading

Madeline Germain, 10, helps Wayne Jensen draw a winning name during the Seward Statue raffle drawing at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Monday. The winners were Dennis Watson and Cindy Brady. Both won two tickets each to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies. About 150 people paid $100 per ticket to help pay to erect a life-size statue of William Henry Seward at the Dimond Courthouse Plaza.

Photo: Alaska Day in the Capital

Madeline Germain, 10, helps Wayne Jensen draw a winning name during the Seward Statue raffle drawing at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Monday.… Continue reading

Madeline Germain, 10, helps Wayne Jensen draw a winning name during the Seward Statue raffle drawing at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Monday. The winners were Dennis Watson and Cindy Brady. Both won two tickets each to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies. About 150 people paid $100 per ticket to help pay to erect a life-size statue of William Henry Seward at the Dimond Courthouse Plaza.

Improv festival announces schedule

The 2016 Alaska State Improv Festival has announced that Texas-based group Parallelogramophonograph will headline its 2016 event in Juneau.The festival is a four-day event of… Continue reading

UA seeks nominees for Bullock Prize

The University of Alaska is seeking nominations for a student, faculty, staff or volunteer worthy of the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence.The prize is… Continue reading

Police blotter for Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in… Continue reading

American Seafoods seeks grant applicants

The American Seafoods Community Advisory Board is accepting applications for its community grant program.A total of $37,000 will be distributed to community projects addressing local… Continue reading

Around town for Tuesday, Oct. 20

Computer Basics, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry way.Parks and Recreation Wednesday hike, 9:30 a.m., call for location. Details: 586-0428.Day of quilting, sewing… Continue reading