Kathleen Turley, second from right, waits with supporters for the Juneau District Court to open for a lawsuit against her by trapper John Forrest for interfering with his traps on the Davies Creek Trail in December.

Judge: Trap-springer liable, but won’t pay

A Juneau hiker was not justified when she set off two fur-bearing traps after she rescued an ensnared bald eagle, but she won’t owe the… Continue reading

Kathleen Turley, second from right, waits with supporters for the Juneau District Court to open for a lawsuit against her by trapper John Forrest for interfering with his traps on the Davies Creek Trail in December.
City employees, employees of North Pacific Erectors and their familes take a walk onto the new sea walk starting in front of Taku Smokeries after a ribbon cutting by the city assembly in April 2011.

Seawalk, whale statue bid busts

The city will cancel the bids for the construction of the Downtown Seawalk leading to a bronze whale statue after they came in millions higher… Continue reading

City employees, employees of North Pacific Erectors and their familes take a walk onto the new sea walk starting in front of Taku Smokeries after a ribbon cutting by the city assembly in April 2011.

Judge: Hiker liable for springing traps, but trapper did not prove damages

A Juneau hiker was not justified in setting off two fur-bearing traps after she rescued an ensnared bald eagle, but she won’t owe the trapper… Continue reading

Kye Stensrud, left, a sixth-grader in the  Raven Correspondence School program, watches fish technician Kyler Baines squeeze the milt from a male coho salmon into buckets containing eggs removed from females at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery on Thursday. The students visit is part of the hatchery's Fall Salmon Education Program for students preschool through middle school.

Photo: Salmon education

Kye Stensrud, left, a sixth-grader in the  Raven Correspondence School program, watches fish technician Kyler Baines squeeze the milt from a male coho salmon into… Continue reading

Kye Stensrud, left, a sixth-grader in the  Raven Correspondence School program, watches fish technician Kyler Baines squeeze the milt from a male coho salmon into buckets containing eggs removed from females at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery on Thursday. The students visit is part of the hatchery's Fall Salmon Education Program for students preschool through middle school.
Juneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave speaks to John Forrest after closing statements in Forrest's lawsuit against Kathleen Turley for springing his traps on the Davies Creek trail in December. Judge Nave is to issue a judgment by noon on Friday.

Judge to decide trapping lawsuit

A Juneau hiker accused of deliberately setting off a trapper’s snares will hear her judgment in court today.Kathleen Turley was so upset after finding a… Continue reading

Juneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave speaks to John Forrest after closing statements in Forrest's lawsuit against Kathleen Turley for springing his traps on the Davies Creek trail in December. Judge Nave is to issue a judgment by noon on Friday.

Around town for Friday, Oct. 16

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

Police & Fire for Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Conditions violation• At 12:15 a.m. Thursday, 42-year-old Ivan Sabon was cited and released for violating conditions of release in the 100 block of Franklin Street.… Continue reading

Mandee Smith, a junior at Thunder Mountain High School, watches as a technician takes a pint of her blood during a blood drive by the Blood Bank of Alaska at TMHS on Wednesday. The blood drive continues on Thursday at the University of Alaska Southeast from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at Centennial Hall on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo: Sharing a liter

Mandee Smith, a junior at Thunder Mountain High School, watches as a technician takes a pint of her blood during a blood drive by the… Continue reading

Mandee Smith, a junior at Thunder Mountain High School, watches as a technician takes a pint of her blood during a blood drive by the Blood Bank of Alaska at TMHS on Wednesday. The blood drive continues on Thursday at the University of Alaska Southeast from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at Centennial Hall on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
University of Alaska Southeast instructor Forest Wagner, left, leads Casey Burkert, center, and Makaila Olson across Auke Lake in pack rafts during his Outdoor Leadership Class on Wednesday.

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University of Alaska Southeast instructor Forest Wagner, left, leads Casey Burkert, center, and Makaila Olson across Auke Lake in pack rafts during his Outdoor Leadership… Continue reading

University of Alaska Southeast instructor Forest Wagner, left, leads Casey Burkert, center, and Makaila Olson across Auke Lake in pack rafts during his Outdoor Leadership Class on Wednesday.
Gulls follow a pod of three orcas north of the Douglas Bridge in Gastineau Channel on Wednesday.

Photo: Orcas delight

A bull orca surfaces near the Douglas Bridge as a pod of three toured Gastineau Channel on Wednesday.… Continue reading

Gulls follow a pod of three orcas north of the Douglas Bridge in Gastineau Channel on Wednesday.

Around town for Thursday, Oct. 15

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

Auke Lake to host construction

The Auke Lake wayside parking launch and boat ramp will close Oct. 19 to accommodate construction equipment.The City and Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation… Continue reading

Frank Zmuda gives Floyd Dryden Middle School sixth-grade students a lesson in holding a rifle at the Hunter Education Indoor Training Center as part of their Outdoor Skills class on Wednesday. Volunteers assisting in teaching Juneau sixth-graders are from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, U.S. Coast Guard, Taku River Sportman's Associaton and the U.S. Forest Service.

Photo: Hunter education

Frank Zmuda gives Floyd Dryden Middle School sixth-grade students a lesson in holding a rifle at the Hunter Education Indoor Training Center as part of… Continue reading

Frank Zmuda gives Floyd Dryden Middle School sixth-grade students a lesson in holding a rifle at the Hunter Education Indoor Training Center as part of their Outdoor Skills class on Wednesday. Volunteers assisting in teaching Juneau sixth-graders are from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, U.S. Coast Guard, Taku River Sportman's Associaton and the U.S. Forest Service.

Klukwan center gets big loan

The Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center in Klukwan, north of Haines, has been awarded a $350,000 loan by the federal government.The loan, from the U.S.… Continue reading

Around town for Wednesday, Oct. 14

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

A delivery truck splashes through flooding on Riverside Drive near Melvin Park on Tuesday. The National Weather Service forecast for Wednesday calls for mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Highs around 50. Southeast wind 10 mph.

Photo: Slick commute

A delivery truck splashes through flooding on Riverside Drive near Melvin Park on Tuesday. The National Weather Service forecast for Wednesday calls for mostly cloudy… Continue reading

A delivery truck splashes through flooding on Riverside Drive near Melvin Park on Tuesday. The National Weather Service forecast for Wednesday calls for mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Highs around 50. Southeast wind 10 mph.

Planned Parenthood discusses ‘the talk’

About a dozen parents met in the Gastineau Elementary School library Tuesday night to talk about “the talk” with a representative from Planned Parenthood. The… Continue reading

Police and fire report for Wednesday, Oct. 14, 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

A wall washed up on the beach along Channel Drive could be from the tug boat Challenger that sunk inGastineau Channel in September.

One month on, wreck of tugboat Challenger isn’t moving anytime soon

The tugboat Challenger is breaking apart.One month after the 96-foot wooden boat sank in Gastineau channel, bits of it are starting to wash up.Spurred by… Continue reading

A wall washed up on the beach along Channel Drive could be from the tug boat Challenger that sunk inGastineau Channel in September.
Kathleen Turley, second from right, waits with supporters for the Juneau District Court to open for a lawsuit against her by trapper John Forrest for interfering with his traps on the Davies Creek Trail in December.

Out of a trap, into a pickle

In John Forrest’s eyes, anti-trappers have been springing his traps, stealing his catch, destroying his equipment and generally hindering his livelihood for years. The offenders… Continue reading

Kathleen Turley, second from right, waits with supporters for the Juneau District Court to open for a lawsuit against her by trapper John Forrest for interfering with his traps on the Davies Creek Trail in December.