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.

$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.