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

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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.

Around Town

Open trap shooting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club, 1 Mile Montana Creek Road. The Juneau Gun Club is open to members and public trap… Continue reading

Southeast communities strike it big thanks to Gold Rush Historical Park

More than 900,000 people visited the Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park in Skagway and spent about $180 million in nearby communities last year, according to… Continue reading

Police & fire for Sunday, May 8, 2016

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Correction

An article in Friday’s Juneau Empire incorrectly stated that approximately 11,000 births in Alaska were midwife-assisted. According to the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics, there… Continue reading

Temsco helicopter crash in Skagway claims life of pilot

A Temsco helicopter crashed on a glacier in Skagway Friday night, claiming the life of the pilot who was dropping off supplies at a sled… Continue reading

NOAA’s Auke Bay Station up for surplus

The Auke Bay Marine Station, owned by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is up for surplus, and at least two organizations in town are interested… Continue reading

Rorie Watt, city manager for the City & Borough of Juneau, speakers to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its luncheon at the Hangar Ballroom on Thursday.

New city manager stresses open government

Juneau’s new city manager is excited about climate change, and he plans to do everything he can to speed it along. He wasn’t talking about… Continue reading

Rorie Watt, city manager for the City & Borough of Juneau, speakers to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its luncheon at the Hangar Ballroom on Thursday.

Anchorage detox center to resume admitting opiate patients

After a one-week pause, Anchorage’s inpatient detox center will begin admitting opiate patients today.“Friday is our day to get those protocols in place,” said Rebecca… Continue reading

Police & fire for Friday, May 6, 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