Juneau Hot Topics

Senate seat nominee withdraws name after controversial abortion post surfaces

Thu, 2018-02-15 18:33
Braund's appointment and withdrawal is the latest turn in a process that began when Mike Dunleavy resigned from the Alaska Senate in January to pursue a run for governor. Almost a ... The sticker, which Rauscher said stayed up for only 40 minutes on a Sunday, came after a Juneau woman said Rep.

Tumult engulfs open Senate seat as governor's second choice withdraws his name

Thu, 2018-02-15 16:07
Tom Braund is seen in a 2010 Facebook photo. Braund was named by Gov. Bill Walker late Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 to an Alaska Senate seat vacated by Mike Dunleavy. Less than 18 hours later, Braund withdrew his name from consideration. (Screen capture). Tom Braund is seen in a 2011 ...

City considering having YMCA run <b>Juneau&#39;s</b> pools

Thu, 2018-02-15 16:07
Swim instructor Patty Morgan leads Glacier Valley Elementary School students in teacher Elizabeth Kent's fourth and fifth grade class through swimming instruction at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center last week. The students are from left: Corinne Rather, CJ Terrill, Gracie Brooks and Jordan Casulcan.

Hoonah man arraigned for selling thousands of opioid pain pills

Thu, 2018-02-15 14:26
A Hoonah man is facing charges of trafficking thousands of opioid pain pills throughout Alaska and beyond. Nickolas Cakmis, 39, was arraigned in Anchorage on Wednesday after a joint investigation by the United States Postal Inspector, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Federal Bureau of ...

Alaska Senate votes to regulate out-of-state prescription drug wholesalers

Thu, 2018-02-15 13:52
The Alaska Senate has approved a new bill that allows the Alaska Board of Pharmacy to regulate wholesale prescription drug distributors, even if they are located outside of the state. Senate Bill 37 passed the Senate in an 18-0 vote Wednesday and now advances to the House for consideration.

&#39;Chionomisia&#39; for the win

Thu, 2018-02-15 12:56
“Hi Tara, I'm an assistant editor at Alaska Magazine and I'm reaching out because I read your piece from earlier this year in the [Juneau] Empire about snow being a floathouse's kryptonite. Our March issue is themed 'snow' and I thought it'd be cool to write a little piece for the front of Alaska Magazine ...

<b>Juneau</b> students get new science lessons in 2019

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00
A year and a half in the making, the new material got its final stamp of approval from the JSD Board of Education at a Tuesday meeting in Juneau-Douglas High School. The 82-page document guides teachers in lesson and unit planning. It was developed with extensive input from local scientists, Tlingit ...

Backers of ferry reform seek backing from Alaska Legislature

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00
Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, right, speaks alongside Marc Luiken, Commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities during a breakout ... The plan for reforming the ferry system, which has suffered from budget cuts in recent years, is to turn it into a public corporation instead of part of the ...

New finds at Greens Creek promise to extend mine&#39;s life

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00
Exploration work at Greens Creek Mine has yielded results that could extend the mine's life, it announced this week in a press release. Greens Creek wrapped up its 2017 exploration work ... Contact reporter Kevin Gullufsen at 523-2228 and kevin.gullufsen@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at ...

Power outage darkens Valentine&#39;s Day for 2000 in <b>Juneau</b>

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00
According to figures released by AEL&P earlier this year, the average Juneauite was without power for only 94 minutes last year. That figure is well below the national average and was a record low in the company's 125-year history. Driscoll said Juneauites should remember to keep clear of any downed ...

Republicans reject Gov. Bill Walker&#39;s pick for vacant Alaska Senate seat

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00
“I went into the service, and I prayed for the governor, I prayed for the Senate, I prayed for the people of District E, and I prayed for Alaska,” Kowalke said of his reaction to the governor's news. ... Those procedures allow local Republicans and Democrats to select a short list of candidates. That list is then ...

Neighbors band together to stop dryer fire

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00
(Michael Penn | Juneau Empire). Dawn Houston was watching a movie about wildfires, “Only the Brave,” around noon Wednesday when a fire broke out in her home. Houston, 52 ... Contact reporter Alex McCarthy at 523-2271 or alex.mccarthy@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @akmccarthy.

Initiative looks to promote Native art, make it economic driver for Southeast

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00
At the moment, Harris and Sealaska are also working to fight with Alaska Native artists against a recent regulation. Etsy.com, a site where artists can sell their work, recently banned the sale of artwork that uses certain animal parts including ivory. Though the regulation is likely meant to fight elephant ...

Birth control is not controversial

Thu, 2018-02-15 05:48
Undermining access to contraception is just one aspect of this current administration's broader attack on women, and women stuck in the cycle of physical abuse will suffer most. Lack of means to support themselves and/or children financially, or limited access to cash, bank accounts, or assets, is just ...

Looks can be deceiving

Thu, 2018-02-15 05:48
Who would think in my life time at least 40 percent of my miles have been used driving a first responder on 911 calls? You'd never know it from how Juneau is treating me. First, six months ago, while parked at Park Shore Condos, my battery was taken out so I could not start. That meant my silver-haired ...