Jordan Cooper, left, and Brady Allio receive their first-place certificates in videography from Roger Healy for the Jan Neimeyer iDida Photography and Video Contest at Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday. Healy is the husband of Neimeyer, a local art teacher who died in August 2013.

Juneau iDida digital arts contest celebrates departed teacher

In the Thunder Mountain High School library, a crowd of parents, high school students and elementary students alike filled the available seating to watch the… Continue reading

Jordan Cooper, left, and Brady Allio receive their first-place certificates in videography from Roger Healy for the Jan Neimeyer iDida Photography and Video Contest at Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday. Healy is the husband of Neimeyer, a local art teacher who died in August 2013.

After four months, progress on removing sunken tugboat

Four months after the 96-foot tugboat Challenger sank in Gastineau Channel, detailed efforts to remove the hulk are about to begin.On Friday, U.S. Coast Guard… Continue reading

Donald Stokes, a loading dock supervisor for Walmart, left, listens to Jeff Smith, the Southeast Regional Adult Basic Education Coordinator for The Learning Connection, during a special job fair for Walmart employees held at Gruening Park on Friday. Juneau's Walmart is slated to close Feb. 4.

Walmart workers shop for jobs as closure looms

On a typical day, Krista Harris leaves Walmart during her lunch break and walks to her home nearby to eat with her two young boys.… Continue reading

Donald Stokes, a loading dock supervisor for Walmart, left, listens to Jeff Smith, the Southeast Regional Adult Basic Education Coordinator for The Learning Connection, during a special job fair for Walmart employees held at Gruening Park on Friday. Juneau's Walmart is slated to close Feb. 4.

Woman arrested in unsolved 2014 death

Alaska authorities on Friday arrested a 28-year-old woman in connection to a homicide that has gone unsolved in Juneau for more than a year, according… Continue reading

Polaris House pauses for Skeek

Friends and family members of Linda Skeek gathered at Polaris House in Juneau for an informal memorial service on Friday. “She was just a really… Continue reading

Vicki Soboleff displays her Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages during the 2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts & Hunanities held at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center in Juneau on Jan. 28, 2016.
Vicki Soboleff displays her Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages during the 2016 Governor's Awards for the Arts & Hunanities held at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center in Juneau on Jan. 28, 2016.
Artist-in-residence Edward Littlefield directs Floyd Dryden Middle School music students during an assembly on Friday. 'Telling Our Stories: Voices on the Land' is a residency sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute that allowed Littlefield to explore culture and music with over 180 students during the three week program.

Photo: Voices on the land

Artist-in-residence Edward Littlefield directs Floyd Dryden Middle School music students during an assembly on Friday. ‘Telling Our Stories: Voices on the Land’ is a residency… Continue reading

Artist-in-residence Edward Littlefield directs Floyd Dryden Middle School music students during an assembly on Friday. 'Telling Our Stories: Voices on the Land' is a residency sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute that allowed Littlefield to explore culture and music with over 180 students during the three week program.

Around Town

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

Facebook bans gun sales

The Juneau Firearms Buy-Sell-Trade Facebook page is in for a change.Facebook announced Friday that it will no longer allow private or person-to-person gun sales, according… Continue reading

Photos: Juneau Symphony

The Juneau Symphony will present its winter concert this weekend at the Thunder Mountain High School Auditorium.  The concert will open with Mozart’s Overture from "The Magic… Continue reading

Around Town

GED orientation class, 9 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. GED orientation is designed to improve the success rate of those taking the tests.… Continue reading

Juneau delegation invites public input Sunday

On Sunday, Juneau’s delegation to the Alaska Legislature will hear Juneau residents’ opinions on the state’s budget situation and other issues affecting Alaska.Rep. Sam Kito… Continue reading

Police calls for Friday, Jan. 29, 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

Candlelight vigil for those battling, lost to heroin

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence will sponsor a candlelight vigil to remember those lost and continuing to struggle with addiction.From 7-7:30 p.m.… Continue reading

Shelly Wright holds her coat during a blast of wind and rain downtown on Thursday. The National Weather Service forecast for Friday calls for numerous rain showers, highs around 39. Southeast wind 10 mph.

Photo: Battling wind and rain

Shelly Wright holds her coat during a blast of wind and rain downtown on Thursday. The National Weather Service forecast for Friday calls for numerous… Continue reading

Shelly Wright holds her coat during a blast of wind and rain downtown on Thursday. The National Weather Service forecast for Friday calls for numerous rain showers, highs around 39. Southeast wind 10 mph.

Klondike Highway reopens two days after avalanches

Travelers can once again move between Skagway and Whitehorse after crews from the Yukon Department of Highways and the Alaska Department of Transportation cleared a… Continue reading

Concerned call leads to arrest

The Juneau Police Department is continuing its investigation into a mid-day disturbance near the Bergmann Hotel after a woman suffered a possible knife injury Wednesday.Officers… Continue reading

Mitch McGraw uses an excavator to topple the Gastineau Apartments walls facing Franklin Street on Wednesday. See a video of the demolition at juneauempire.com.

Photo: Gastineau demolished

Mitch McGraw uses an excavator to topple the Gastineau Apartments walls facing Franklin Street on Wednesday. A video of the demolition can be found on… Continue reading

Mitch McGraw uses an excavator to topple the Gastineau Apartments walls facing Franklin Street on Wednesday. See a video of the demolition at juneauempire.com.

JPD officers aid man, dog with ice cream bars

It’s not how officers typically resolve a situation, but sometimes a little creativity — and ice cream — can get the job done.On Tuesday, a… Continue reading

Nakenna Kotlarov, left, Finn Morley, Ambrose Bucy, Toby Minick, Zander Kotlarov and Aaron Blust watch their Lego robot perform a task during  practice at Juneau Charter Community School on Tuesday. The team won the regional tournament in Juneau and went on to place second in the state tournament in Anchorage.

Saving the world, one Lego at a time

From afar, the kids hanging out after class on the second floor of the Juneau Community Charter School are just playing with Lego pieces —… Continue reading

Nakenna Kotlarov, left, Finn Morley, Ambrose Bucy, Toby Minick, Zander Kotlarov and Aaron Blust watch their Lego robot perform a task during  practice at Juneau Charter Community School on Tuesday. The team won the regional tournament in Juneau and went on to place second in the state tournament in Anchorage.