Laraine Derr, left, is presented with the American Association of Retired Persons' Andrus Community Service Award by First Lady Donna Walker during a luncheon at TK Maguire's on Wednesday. The award is the AARP's most prestigious state volunteer award for community service.

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Loraine Derr, left, is presented with the American Association of Retired Persons’ Andrus Community Service Award by First Lady Donna Walker during a luncheon at… Continue reading

Laraine Derr, left, is presented with the American Association of Retired Persons' Andrus Community Service Award by First Lady Donna Walker during a luncheon at TK Maguire's on Wednesday. The award is the AARP's most prestigious state volunteer award for community service.

Egan Drive access limited as signal pole replaced

Traffic control revisions will limit access to Egan Drive for motorist traveling from Riverside Drive today.Starting at 8 a.m., a road crew will cover the… 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

U.S.S. Juneau’s silver service to be unveiled Sunday at reception

The U.S.S. Juneau (CL-52)’s silver service will be unveiled this Valentine’s Day, the 74th anniversary of its christening of the Juneau which tragically sank during… Continue reading

Jamie Bursell

Assembly fills vacant D2 seat

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly is whole again. Mayor Mary Becker announced today at the Business Roundtable Luncheon that the Assembly has chosen… Continue reading

Jamie Bursell

Former Wings owner files for bankruptcy

The Portland-based commuter airline SeaPort Airlines, Inc., which used to own Wings of Alaska, recently filed for bankruptcy.The Feb. 5 filing does not affect the… Continue reading

Rorie Watt

CBJ city manager search finally over

The City and Borough of Juneau didn’t have to look far to find its new city manager after all.After working as a city employee for… Continue reading

Rorie Watt

‘Chuck-e-Cheese legislation’ passes Senate

The Alaska Senate voted unanimously, 20-0 on Wednesday, to approve a measure that clarifies the state’s gambling laws with respect to businesses like Chuck-e-Cheese and… Continue reading

Hunt for city manager drags on

The half-year hunt for Juneau’s next city manager is nearing its end, but not as quickly as some people, Assembly members included, had hoped. After… Continue reading

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speaks at the Native Issues Forum sponsored by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday.

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Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speaks at the Native Issues Forum sponsored by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at… Continue reading

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speaks at the Native Issues Forum sponsored by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday.

AMHS gets OK to power Matanuska with Rolls Royce

The federal government has granted the Alaska Marine Highway System permission to install a Rolls Royce propeller, shafts and gearing aboard the ferry Matanuska.Federal permission… Continue reading

University of Alaska to talk realignment next week

The University of Alaska Board of Regents will meet on Thursday and Friday next week to consider its “Strategic Pathways” program radically realigning the programs… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

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

Yup’ik singer Byron Nicholai to perform Friday and Saturday

Yup’ik singer Byron Nicholai who gained national attention through his Facebook page “I Sing. You Dance” will perform in Shuká Hít (the clan house) at… Continue reading

Around Town

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.,… Continue reading

A telephone wire for 700 Juneau phone lines is sprawled across the left turn lane on Vintage Drive Wednesday after an Arrow Refuse truck's garbage lift hooked on the line, bringing it down and traffic to a stop.

Disconnected: Truck driver takes out 700 phone lines

An Arrow Refuse driver brought down a telephone line while making a right turn onto Riverside Drive Wednesday morning, potentially interrupting several phone calls in… Continue reading

A telephone wire for 700 Juneau phone lines is sprawled across the left turn lane on Vintage Drive Wednesday after an Arrow Refuse truck's garbage lift hooked on the line, bringing it down and traffic to a stop.
Attorney Sheldon Winters, of Lessmeier & Winters, LLC, argues in front of Alaska Supreme Court Justices Peter Maassen, left, Dana Fabe, Craig Stowers, Daniel Winfree and Joel Bolger, right, in the case of Erin O'Kelley Long v. Robert Arnold at the Dimond Courthouse Tuesday.  The justices heard oral arguments in three other cases, including one involving the alleged wrongful firing of an Alaska Airlines employee.

State Supreme Court hears case against Alaska Airlines for firing employee

The Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments in four separate cases in Juneau court Tuesday, including one case alleging the wrongful firing of an Alaska… Continue reading

Attorney Sheldon Winters, of Lessmeier & Winters, LLC, argues in front of Alaska Supreme Court Justices Peter Maassen, left, Dana Fabe, Craig Stowers, Daniel Winfree and Joel Bolger, right, in the case of Erin O'Kelley Long v. Robert Arnold at the Dimond Courthouse Tuesday.  The justices heard oral arguments in three other cases, including one involving the alleged wrongful firing of an Alaska Airlines employee.
Nora E. Thomas, 28, speaks to Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland during her arraignment in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday for the death of 50-year-old Christopher K. Kenney in 2014.

Defendant in 2014 homicide pleads not guilty

A 28-year-old woman arrested in connection to a fatal stabbing in 2014 pleaded not guilty through her attorney during her arraignment Tuesday.Nora Edith Thomas, a… Continue reading

Nora E. Thomas, 28, speaks to Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland during her arraignment in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday for the death of 50-year-old Christopher K. Kenney in 2014.

Police & fire for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Fire and medical• On Sunday, Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to 12 EMS calls, two transport calls, and a fire alarm at a building on Glacier… Continue reading

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, Commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Northern Command, speaks to the Joint Armed Services Committee to give an Alaskan Command update at the Capitol on Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Bryan Owens, Commander General of the U.S. Army Alaska, Laurie Hummel, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard and commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Rear Admiral Daniel B. Abel,Commander of the 17th Coast Guard District, also spoke to the committee.

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, Commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Northern Command, speaks to the Joint Armed Services Committee to give an Alaskan Command… Continue reading

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, Commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Northern Command, speaks to the Joint Armed Services Committee to give an Alaskan Command update at the Capitol on Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Bryan Owens, Commander General of the U.S. Army Alaska, Laurie Hummel, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard and commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Rear Admiral Daniel B. Abel,Commander of the 17th Coast Guard District, also spoke to the committee.