In this undated photo, bergy bits cover the surface of College Fjord in Prince William Sound. Iceburgs that threaten tanker ships carrying oil from Valdez are predicted to get smaller and more numerous over the next two decades.

More, smaller icebergs could show up in Alaska tanker lanes

ANCHORAGE — Icebergs that threaten tankers carrying oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline are likely to be smaller but more numerous over the next two decades,… Continue reading

In this undated photo, bergy bits cover the surface of College Fjord in Prince William Sound. Iceburgs that threaten tanker ships carrying oil from Valdez are predicted to get smaller and more numerous over the next two decades.

Crisis team sent to village after trio of suicides

ANCHORAGE — A Native village on Alaska’s western coast is reeling from back-to-back suicides of three young adults — with each subsequent death influenced by… Continue reading

Josephine "Josie" Bahnke started her new job as the director of the Division of Elections on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Bahnke, née Hardy, comes from Nome, where she served as city manager for seven years.

Meet the Nomeite in charge of Alaska’s elections

On the third floor of the court plaza building is Josephine Bahnke’s boat.For the new head of the Alaska Division of Elections, it’s one of… Continue reading

Josephine "Josie" Bahnke started her new job as the director of the Division of Elections on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Bahnke, née Hardy, comes from Nome, where she served as city manager for seven years.

Researchers investigate uptick in stranded and dying otters

KENAI — Researchers are trying to figure out what has been causing more dead and dying sea otters to wash up on Kachemak Bay beaches… Continue reading

Familiar face becomes APFC pope

Angela Rodell will be the next executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation.Analogous to Alaska’s pope, the director holds no direct political power but… Continue reading

A bullet casing is marked at the scene of a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1.

University system takes steps to ready for shooting response

JUNEAU — Immediately after the shooting at an Oregon community college, students, faculty and staff at the University of Alaska Anchorage received an email.That correspondence… Continue reading

A bullet casing is marked at the scene of a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1.

Ferry system cuts terminal positons

KETCHIKAN — The Alaska Marine Highway System has cut 20 shore positions as officials deal with a scaled back budget.In the past week, 14 people… Continue reading

In rare event, the remnants of Pacific hurricane hit Southeast

JUNEAU — Remnants of Pacific Hurricane Oho battered Alaska’s southeast coast on Friday, the latest unusual weather event to hit a state that so far… Continue reading

Jenn-Marie Mann, a flight attendant with Alaska Airlines, demonstrates how carry-on roller bags fit up on their sides in new larger luggage bins installed a Alaska Airlines 737-900ER airplane on Friday in Seattle. The new overhead compartments, which Boeing calls "Space Bins," can hold six standard-size bags in the same space that used to hold four. Alaska Airlines will be the first to use the new bins, both on new and retrofitted planes.

Alaska Airlines debuts bigger overhead bins

Alaska Airlines is rolling out a new feature that fliers are sure to appreciate — larger overhead storage bins.The “Space Bins” debut today as Alaska… Continue reading

Jenn-Marie Mann, a flight attendant with Alaska Airlines, demonstrates how carry-on roller bags fit up on their sides in new larger luggage bins installed a Alaska Airlines 737-900ER airplane on Friday in Seattle. The new overhead compartments, which Boeing calls "Space Bins," can hold six standard-size bags in the same space that used to hold four. Alaska Airlines will be the first to use the new bins, both on new and retrofitted planes.

Bodies of 2 more men identified in 1952 plane crash

ANCHORAGE — The remains of two more U.S. service members who died in a plane crash outside Anchorage in 1952 have been identified.The Alaska Dispatch… Continue reading

Trio of suicides leaves Alaska village in grief

ANCHORAGE — An entire village on Alaska’s western coast is grieving the back-to-back suicides of three young adults —with each subsequent death influenced by the… Continue reading

Biologists track unusual fish sightings on Alaska’s coast

ANCHORAGE — Biologists say unusual fish are appearing near Alaska’s shores, likely because of warmer ocean temperatures caused by El Nino and the patch of… Continue reading

Young not in running for Speaker of the House

As the U.S. House of Representatives scrambles to find its next Speaker, there are few certainties.One of them is that Rep. Don Young, Alaska’s sole… Continue reading

Correction

A story in the Wednesday, Oct. 7 edition of the Juneau Empire incorrectly stated the length of a first term for the replacement of an… Continue reading

Walker makes pitch for opening ANWR to Obama administration

ANCHORAGE — Gov. Bill Walker has lobbied members of President Barack Obama’s administration on opening up parts of an Alaska refuge to oil drilling.Walker met… Continue reading

1 dead in small plane crash near Alaska high school

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say a small plane crashed and caught on fire Thursday near an Alaska high school, killing the pilot.Troopers say 23-year-old… Continue reading

No ferry reservations on Sunday

The Alaska Marine Highway is closing its website and reservations system from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to upgrade its computer data center and… Continue reading

Permanent Fund to pick director today

The Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees will meet for a special meeting at 10 a.m. today in the corporation’s offices on 10th Street in… Continue reading

Bethel residents support liquor store, advisory vote finds

BETHEL — Unofficial election results from a non-binding advisory vote in Bethel show that most residents would support a liquor store in the city.Early results… Continue reading

Alaska VA launches pilot program to schedule appointments

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has launched a pilot program to revert the process of scheduling appointments to how it was before… Continue reading