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After delay, jury selection begins Wednesday in murder trial

Tue, 2018-04-24 15:26
Jury selection is now slated to start Wednesday morning in the trial of Mark De Simone, accused of the 2016 homicide of 34-year-old Juneau man Duilio ... Last week, Bradshaw told prosecutors he had given an interview to Anderson a few weeks after the incident (which happened May 15, 2016).

Rep. Justin Parish drops out of election; Assemblyman Rob Edwardson will run instead

Tue, 2018-04-24 11:07
One of his former staffers, Juneau Assembly member Rob Edwardson, will run in Parish's place as an independent for the Valley seat, Edwardson confirmed. Edwardson will participate as an independent in the Democratic primary. “Justin asked me to run,” Edwardson told the Empire by phone Tuesday.

Fines for illegally parking in loading zones at airport will be rising

Tue, 2018-04-24 10:11
In an effort to make the loading/unloading zones safer and for security purposes, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly voted 6-1 to raise the fine for those who are not actively loading/unloading at the Juneau International Airport during its regular meeting at Assembly Chambers Monday.

New internship program designed to make students job-ready

Tue, 2018-04-24 07:11
That is the idea behind the inaugural Juneau Project SEARCH Alaska internship program for young adults with developmental disabilities at Bartlett Regional Hospital. The program is holding ... Contact reporter Gregory Philson at gphilson@juneauempire.com or call at 523-2265. Follow him on Twitter ...

Man sentenced for dealing meth in <b>Juneau</b>, Anchorage

Tue, 2018-04-24 07:11
A man who pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine throughout Alaska — including Juneau — was sentenced in Federal Court last week, ... read, Cardenas trafficked meth and other illegal controlled substances throughout Southcentral and Southeast Alaska, including Anchorage and Juneau.

Judge Debra O&#39;Gara runs Tribal Court with comforting, serious demeanor

Tue, 2018-04-24 07:11
Tribal Court Presiding Judge Debra O'Gara walked into the courtroom on a morning in early April and took a seat at the front of the courtroom, within reach of three stuffed animals. Many of the cases O'Gara deals with in Tribal Court, including this one, deal with custody or child support. There weren't ...

Murder trial pushed back

Mon, 2018-04-23 14:41
Mark De Simone, a former Arizona legislator, was scheduled to go on trial starting Monday for the 2016 shooting death of Juneau man Duilio Antonio “Tony” Rosales. As prosecutors conducted final interviews with witnesses last week, Assistant District Attorney Amy Paige explained in court Monday, one ...

High school students learn lifesaving, leadership skills in CCFR cadet program

Mon, 2018-04-23 06:59
Some of the participants are sons or daughters of current firefighters. Homeschool student James Zuiderduin, 15, joined the program because his parents had both been firefighters and he wanted to see what it was like. Others, such as Juneau-Douglas High School student Finn Adam, 16, just wanted to ...

Volunteers needed to help clean up wetlands

Mon, 2018-04-23 06:59
Juneau Community Wetlands City-wide Cleanup is hosting a cleanup from 8-10 a.m. that day. Cleanup points will be at Sunny Point and Engineer's Cutoff. Bags will be available at the following locations: Douglas Fire Hall, 1016 3rd St., Douglas; Duck Creek Market, 9951 Stephen Richards Memorial Dr.

Public hearing on City, <b>Juneau</b> School District budgets scheduled for Wednesday

Mon, 2018-04-23 06:59
The program, which is taught at the University of Alaska Southeast Technical Education Center, across from Juneau-Douglas High School, costs the district $40,000 in rent. JSD Chief of Staff Kristin Bartlett wrote in an email to the Empire that “There is strong student interest in this program. More than 90 ...

Front Street construction update

Mon, 2018-04-23 06:48
Pedestrian access to North Franklin Street will be maintained during this work, but pedestrians should watch for marked routes. The City and Borough of Juneau expects the North Franklin traffic closure to last approximately two weeks. Due to this traffic revision, Capital Transit will suspend bus service ...

Services, funding dwindle for those living with FASD

Sun, 2018-04-22 07:11
She lived in Juneau for much of her adult life, dealing with Schizoaffective disorder and substance abuse in addition to her FASD. She ran out of options in Juneau, ... Last year, for example, Fiscus and others organized a summer camp near Juneau for children with FASD. The FASD Workgroup, created ...

Battling Parkinson&#39;s together

Sun, 2018-04-22 06:48
Parkinson's Resources in Juneau. BIG and LOUD Program. Bartlett Regional Hospital, 3260 Hospital Drive. BIG run by Rachelle Cummins, LOUD by Marisha Bourgeois. Contact: 796-8431. Monthly Parkinson's Support Group. Meetings: Last Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Juneau Pioneers ...

<b>Juneau</b> Community Foundation awards $1.8 million in grants

Sun, 2018-04-22 06:48
“This is our biggest annual award by far and it's our largest grant process that we do,” Executive Director Amy Skilbred told the Empire in a Friday phone interview. Months of community input helped JCF decide where its dollars were needed most, according to a release provided to the Empire.

Art behind bars: Lemon Creek art program benefits inmates, regional nonprofits

Sun, 2018-04-22 06:48
(Michael Penn | Juneau Empire) ... The last time Watkins had been in there, he had taught more basic mask-making techniques. ... Whether it's working with Bennett to help haul wood or operate the program somehow, or whether it's finding a nonprofit locally, he said he wants to find a way to help out.

Coppa scooping out free ice cream Saturday

Sun, 2018-04-22 06:48
Coppa has held the same event for the previous three years and last year scooped more than 30 gallons of ice cream. This year's event will help Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE) as all tips will be donated to the nonprofit. “We are grateful to Coppa for recognizing AWARE's work ...

&#39;The Tired Paddler&#39;s Song&#39;: at rally, AK Natives speak out against violence against women

Sat, 2018-04-21 18:48
The family spoke to the Empire on the margins of Friday's Violence Against Women Awareness Rally at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. ... After the discovery of Howard's body, Kake locals were left to guard the crime scene overnight as they waited for troopers to respond from Juneau, Demmert said.

<b>Juneau</b> man found deceased in Gastineau Channel

Sat, 2018-04-21 18:15
JPD and Coast Guard personnel arrived to find Edward P. Boudreau, 64, of Juneau deceased, the release reads. The cause of death is unknown, police say, and next of kin has been notified. No foul play is suspected, according to the release, and the body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner's ...

Tribal Assembly honors award winners

Fri, 2018-04-20 09:37
... James, of San Francisco; Emerging Leader: Eva Rowan, of Klawock; Hold Each Other Up: Barbara Franks, of Anchorage; Inspiring Educator: Ronnie Fairbanks, of Craig; Language Warrior: Ben Young, of Ketchikan; Tribal Ally: Nancy Barnes, of Juneau; and Youth Mentor: Barbara Dude, of Juneau.

City Finance Committee approves funding for two <b>local</b> entities

Fri, 2018-04-20 06:37
Travel Juneau's proposed budget for FY19 stands at $1,233,100 which is down from FY18 actual budget projection of $1,380,600. It includes funding from the hotel bed tax ($860,000) and from Marine Passenger Fee Grant ($237,000). The hotel bed tax stands at 5 percent in Juneau. The bed tax was ...