GCI fixes undersea cable serving Sitka, Angoon

Almost two weeks after an undersea fiber-optic cable was frayed by tides and a rough seafloor, the cable repair ship Wave Venture has completed a… Continue reading

Around Town

Knights of Columbus Bishop Kenny Council brunch, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Paul’s Catholic Church. $10 for a family and $4 for an individual.Open trap shooting, 10… Continue reading

Juneau man reappointed by President Obama

David Benton, former executive director of the Marine Conservation Alliance, has been reappointed to the federal Arctic Research Commission by President Barack Obama.The reappointment was… Continue reading

Police & fire calls for Sunday, Feb. 21, 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

Economist: Alaska has bright future in global economy

When economist Greg Wolf talks about Alaska’s economy, the multibillion-dollar deficit isn’t the focal point. China is.Wolf, the executive director of World Trade Center-Alaska, told… Continue reading

The northern lights dance over the Mendenhall Towers on Wednesday night.
The northern lights dance over the Mendenhall Towers on Wednesday night.

Former Gov. Walker appointee indicted for PFD fraud

A former Alaska Board of Fisheries appointee was indicted this month on 12 felony charges for allegedly accepting Permanent Fund Dividend payments although not eligible… Continue reading

The Empty Chair Memorial installed at Capital Park in downtown Juneau.

“The Empty Chair” documentary to be shown tonight

The Day of Remembrance, an annual event held on Feb. 19 to preserve the memory of the injustice Japanese-Americans faced when placed in federal detention… Continue reading

The Empty Chair Memorial installed at Capital Park in downtown Juneau.
June Hall and Paul Disdier talk Thursday at their attorney's office about their plans to permit and build one of the first legal marijuana grow sites in Juneau at their North Douglas property.

First pot permit hits roadblock

Shortly after the state legalized the possession, production and sale of marijuana in November 2014 — the result of a voter initiative — longtime Juneau… Continue reading

June Hall and Paul Disdier talk Thursday at their attorney's office about their plans to permit and build one of the first legal marijuana grow sites in Juneau at their North Douglas property.

Police and fire calls for Friday, Feb. 19, 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

Paul Marks, left, and Mike Hoyt speak to a group of students at Thunder Mountain High School Thursday during an event that honored Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich. The event featured guest speakers from Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and Alaska Native storyteller and poet Ishmael Hope, and others who spoke about Peratrovich's life, the lasting importance of her efforts, and the political and legal implications of the Anti-Discrimination Act, which Peratrovich was instrumental in passing.

Photo: Honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich

Cultural Specialist Paul Marks, left, and English teacher Mike Hoyt speak to a group of students at Thunder Mountain High School Thursday during an event… Continue reading

Paul Marks, left, and Mike Hoyt speak to a group of students at Thunder Mountain High School Thursday during an event that honored Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich. The event featured guest speakers from Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and Alaska Native storyteller and poet Ishmael Hope, and others who spoke about Peratrovich's life, the lasting importance of her efforts, and the political and legal implications of the Anti-Discrimination Act, which Peratrovich was instrumental in passing.

Correction

The headline of a news brief in Thursday’s Empire incorrectly characterized the Inter-Island Ferry Authority as a private ferry system. The system is publicly funded… 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

My Turn: Alaska’s ferries – a successful socialist enterprise

“If you’ve got a business,” President Barack Obama said, “you didn’t build that.”By ignoring his preceding sentence, Republicans quickly turned that into one of the… Continue reading

Joshua Lehauli, 28, is shown in Juneau District Court on Thursday for his arraignment on charges of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery for reportedly assaulting another man with a baseball bat and holding him at gunpoint on Sunday. Lehauli was also wanted for a $5,000 arrest warrant connected to two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Man arrested in connection to home invasion attack

First, the suspect entered an apartment demanding someone open a safe. Then, after his demands were ignored, he used a metal baseball bat and a… Continue reading

Joshua Lehauli, 28, is shown in Juneau District Court on Thursday for his arraignment on charges of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery for reportedly assaulting another man with a baseball bat and holding him at gunpoint on Sunday. Lehauli was also wanted for a $5,000 arrest warrant connected to two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Study: Ferry system has $52 million impact

Inter-Island Ferry Authority, which operates out of Hollis, has a $52.2 million economic impact on Prince of Wales Island and in Ketchikan, a new report… Continue reading

Woman stabs man with steak knife during argument

An officer responding to a 911 call earlier this month found a man with puncture wounds in his upper body and blood stains on the… Continue reading

Dignitaries celebrate a ribbon cutting during the grand opening of the Terraces at Lawson Creek housing facility on Douglas Island on Wednesday. Phase one, with 40 units, was recently completed with one, two and three-bedroom units with an on-site community center. Groundbreaking for phase two is expected this spring for another 35 units.The project is run by Volunteers of America Alaska and received additional funding from the Alaska Housing Fnance Corporation and the Rasmuson Foundation. From left: Robin Keller, of Volunteer of Amercia Inc., Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Diane Kaplan, CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, Mayor Mary Becker, Elaine Dahlgren, President/CEO of Volunteers of American Alaska, Debbie Boiney, of the Rasmuson Foundation, and Bryan Butcher, CEO of the AHFC.

Photo: Affordable housing

Dignitaries celebrate a ribbon cutting during the grand opening of the Terraces at Lawson Creek housing facility on Douglas Island on Wednesday. Phase one, with… Continue reading

Dignitaries celebrate a ribbon cutting during the grand opening of the Terraces at Lawson Creek housing facility on Douglas Island on Wednesday. Phase one, with 40 units, was recently completed with one, two and three-bedroom units with an on-site community center. Groundbreaking for phase two is expected this spring for another 35 units.The project is run by Volunteers of America Alaska and received additional funding from the Alaska Housing Fnance Corporation and the Rasmuson Foundation. From left: Robin Keller, of Volunteer of Amercia Inc., Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Diane Kaplan, CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, Mayor Mary Becker, Elaine Dahlgren, President/CEO of Volunteers of American Alaska, Debbie Boiney, of the Rasmuson Foundation, and Bryan Butcher, CEO of the AHFC.

Juneau woman indicted for misusing more than $20K

The owner of a Juneau realty group noticed unusual activity by some of his tenants last year: they were trying to make non-certified payments for… Continue reading

City names chief housing officer

The city has filled its newly created chief housing officer position.Effective March 29, Scott Ciambor, a planner with the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory… Continue reading