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<b>Empire</b> Exclusive: A Q&amp;A with Rep. Don Young

Wed, 2018-02-21 18:11
Don Young speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Wednesday, Feb. .... The liberal left-wing press is absolutely trying to destroy him because they lost their sweetheart. ... Q: Think there's any chance in the transportation plan, whatever comes out of it, of support for a road out of Juneau?

Police searching for culprits in Lemon Creek break-in

Wed, 2018-02-21 15:11
At least two people conspired to break into a Lemon Creek business in mid-January, and the Juneau Police Department is still searching for them, according to a release from JPD. At about 6:30 a.m. Jan. ... Crime Line is a nonprofit organization that takes anonymous tips about crimes in the community.

ADN owners acquire three new publications

Wed, 2018-02-21 10:07
Binkley said Tuesday he was traveling and unavailable for comment. The Binkley Company did not disclose the purchase price. The sale is expected to be finalized Friday. Morris Communications announced in August it was selling three other Alaska newspapers: the Juneau Empire, the Peninsula ...

Controversial Outfit Cut from Fashion Show After Accusations of Cultural Appropriation

Wed, 2018-02-21 08:03
Designed by artist Beth Bolander, who is not of Asian descent, the “Doragon” outfit ended up winning third place in the contest, despite a number of complaints, reported Alex McCarthy of the local newspaper Juneau Empire. Particularly vocal was Christy NaMee Eriksen, a Korean-born local artist and ...

Angoon concerns not irrelevant

Wed, 2018-02-21 06:56
The Juneau Empire stories I have read suggest to me that the concerns of the Angoon people (regarding being annexed by the Juneau borough), are being brushed off, by the majority vote of Juneau Assembly members, as being irrelevant. I was not at the meeting in question. I do not know the ...

Death in our schools

Wed, 2018-02-21 06:56
After the Columbine school shooting in 1999, I wrote a letter to the editor where I lived in Michigan at the time. I am unable to remember the wording but do recall the overall content. It started like this: Children learn by example. We verbalize to our children the need for peaceful conflict resolution. But we ...

To boost election security, Alaska suspends electronic absentee program

Wed, 2018-02-21 06:11
According to Division of Elections statistics, 8,411 absentee ballots were returned electronically in 2016. That represents about 7 percent of the 123,239 absentee ballots voted in the most recent statewide election. According to the Department of Homeland Security, Alaska's voting system was one of 21 ...

Number of cruise visitors expected to leap in 2019

Wed, 2018-02-21 06:00
More tourists visit Juneau in the summer than any other city in the state, she said. Binkley debuted these numbers at the Southeast Conference's Mid-Session Summit on Feb. 14 in Juneau, showing that about 1.09 million cruise visitors came to Alaska in 2017 (a record). That was on 33 ships and just ...

Red Cross looks to prepare volunteers for large fire scenario

Wed, 2018-02-21 06:00
Tom Mattice, Emergency Programs Manager at City and Borough of Juneau, goes over a list of needed supplies during training with one of six emergency shelters in Southeast Alaska at the Mt. Jumbo Gym on Aug. 31, 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File). If you've ever wondered what you'd do if ...

Innovation Summit starts today

Wed, 2018-02-21 06:00
“Driving Innovation through Diversity” is this year's motto as 250 attendees and more than 40 presenters from Alaska and beyond will examine current and future innovations at the seventh annual event, produced yearly by the Juneau Economic Development Council with the help of sponsors.

Number of cruise visitors expected to leap in 2019

Wed, 2018-02-21 06:00
Binkley reported that cruise visitors in 2017 spent $176.6 million in Juneau in 2017, which CLIA projects will grow to above $200 million in 2019. This precipitous rise is the result of major cruise ... Contact reporter Alex McCarthy at 523-2271 or amccarthy@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at ...

Airport Board accepting public comment on upcoming demolition project

Wed, 2018-02-21 06:00
As part of that review, the board would like to hear from the public. To share thoughts, community members can send comments to Cynthia Johnson at cynthia.johnson@jnuairport.com or 586-0703. They can also send letters to the Juneau International Airport, 1873 Shell Simmons Dr., Ste. 200, Juneau ...

University of Alaska president says he is proud and confident yet concerned about system

Tue, 2018-02-20 16:52
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File). In his annual “State of the University” address, University of Alaska president Jim Johnsen urged Alaskans to support increases in funding ...

Street construction begins downtown

Tue, 2018-02-20 16:52
Mariyan Aleksiev, of Earthmovers, cuts into the pavement at the intersection of Franklin and Front Streets on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. A section of Front Street will be closed as remodeling work to replace utilities, pavement, sidewalk and lighting fixtures take place over the next few months. (Michael Penn ...

University of Alaska president says he is proud and confident yet concerned about system

Tue, 2018-02-20 16:52
The Anchorage location of Johnsen's speech was a departure from last year's event, which took place in Juneau's Hangar Ballroom as part of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce's luncheon series. Johnsen will return to Juneau Wednesday for a Lunch and Learn presentation to be held at noon in the ...

Former fighter pilot nominated for Senate seat vacated by Dunleavy

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:45
Alaska's Republican and Democratic parties have created procedures that allow local party officials to draft short lists of candidates to guide the governor's decision, but the governor is not bound by those lists. After Kowalke was rejected, the governor nominated Tom Braund, a Mat-Su Republican who ...

Winter conditions lead to morning crash

Tue, 2018-02-20 13:07
The driver of a Subaru Outback sat in the turn lane on Egan inbound, waiting to turn left onto Highland Drive a little before 9 a.m., as Juneau Police Department Officer Ken Colon told the Empire. The driver of a Toyota SUV headed outbound then lost control of their car on the ice and the car slid into the ...

Young halibut fisherman, grandfather, to accept award today

Tue, 2018-02-20 12:45
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has invited a young Tlingit fisherman and his grandfather to accept an award from the Juneau Economic Development Council and the Alaska State Committee for Research (SCoR), which announced the induction of the traditional wood halibut hook into the Alaska ...

Prosecutors consider charges against former Rep. Fansler

Tue, 2018-02-20 06:00
In January, according to the account of a Juneau woman who spoke to the Empire, Fansler struck her while the two were on a date. ... In a message sent Monday to reporters, Alaska Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley said local Democrats considered five candidates for the open seat.

Alaska House votes to legalize hemp farming

Tue, 2018-02-20 06:00
The Alaska House of Representatives has voted unanimously to legalize hemp farming in Alaska, a move that puts the 49th state on track to become the 35th in the country to legalize cultivation of the non-intoxicating form of cannabis. Senate Bill 6, drafted by Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, now returns ...