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Alaska candidate faces charges over food stamp benefits
JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska legislative candidate and her husband have been accused of misleading the state in applying for food stamps.Candidate Rebecca Halat says the last year has been hard on her family, with her husband being laid off. She says she’s not scared by “false allegations from those t
Tazlina christened at Ketchikan shipyard
Alaska first lady Donna Walker breaks a champagne bottle on the hull of the new state ferry Tazlina in Ketchikan on Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo courtesy Alaska Governor's Office)The Alaska Marine Highway System’s newest ferry Tazlina is the first state-owned ferry ever built in Alaska.During a ceremony Sa
Perseverance Theatre names new leader
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be working at an organization that focuses on new plays, which is not a sexy thing to sell to audiences,” he said. “And yet, I was pretty successful in the last four years in selling that to our audiences.”
Young adults become largest group in town
People ages 20-39 made up the largest group in Juneau in 2017, according to Department of Labor and Workforce Development numbers released this week by the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC). That marks the first time at least in the past decade where the 40-59 demographic hasn’t been the la
Have an eye on the sky? Become a weather spotter for Sitka! - KCAW
Weather spotters report severe and hazardous weather conditions to the National Weather Service (NWS), helping meteorologists with their forecast decisions. Voveris talks with KCAW’s Katherine Rose about this critical role and the process of becoming a volunteer from the Sitka area. “We’d really lik
Countdown to Election 2018: It’s complicated
Editor’s Note: The Empire will be publishing a weekly column from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters leading up to this year’s elections, in the hopes that it will help inform voters about the process. Here is a note from League member carolyn Brown, as well as the first column from Trish Turner
Senate candidate charged with illegally receiving benefits
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A candidate for the state Senate and her husband have been accused of illegally receiving food stamps. ...
Quorum offers to aid Sitka Community Hospital's transition to SEARHC - KCAW
SEARHC’s proposal to take over Sitka Community Hospital includes leasing the city-owned facility for five years, until it replaces its own, 70-year old facility pictured above. (SEARHC photo)
Donlin Gold Mine acquires 2 permits from federal agencies
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A massive gold mine proposed in western Alaska has cleared a regulatory hurdle, acquiring permits from federal agencies.
Senator who often stood alone runs for state's highest office
“My goal wasn’t to pass a lot of bills,” Dunleavy said. “My goal was to go down there, and in many cases , and ensure that certain things didn’t happen to Alaskans, such as taxes. Worked hard at trying to preserve the PFD, the permanent fund, fell short. But once I get in as governor, I’m going to w
Fresh blood bank: Juneau to get permanent Blood Bank of Alaska office
BBA announced Tuesday that it’s planning to make the capital city the location of their fifth permanent donation office. The office, slated for a space in Jordan Creek Center on Glacier Highway, joins two offices in Anchorage, one in Fairbanks and one in Wasilla.
Klukwan man found in stable condition after two days missing in woods
A 74-year old Klukwan resident who was missing for nearly two days in a remote area of the Chilkat Valley has been found in stable condition, according to Haines Police.Valentino Burattin was reported missing to local police when he failed to return from a berry picking trip on Friday.His vehicle wa
Juneau adds third ambulance crew
Travis Wolfe, head of the local firefighters union, praised Monday night’s action. But he reiterated the union’s position that the community needs an ambulance crew staffed around the clock.
Best Starts initiative fails to make October ballot
Joy Lyons, executive director of the Southeast chapter of the Association for the Education of Young Children, addressed the Juneau Assembly before the vote.
Tracking Domestic Violence in Sitka - KCAW
Martina Kurzer has light brown hair cut short, a broad smile, and a palpable passion for educating the public about domestic violence. She calls it “interpersonal abuse” or “interpersonal violence” because many people think domestic sounds outdated. She meets with me in KCAW’s studio and shares the
Man dies from gunshot wound
The man, identified as 63-year-old Juneau resident Bruce Alan Owens, had gone with a friend to a business in the 1700 block of Crest Street for recreational shooting, according tothe release. There were witnesses and the shooting was caught on the store’s video surveillance system, police say, and t
Next phase of downtown construction to start
A driving lane will remain open on North Franklin until Sept. 1, though there will be several one-day street closures prior to that to allow for utility crossings. After Sept. 1, North Franklin will be closed to vehicles.
No foul play suspected in death of man at gun range
Police do not suspect foul play after aman suffered a fatal gunshot woundSaturday at a Juneau gun range.According to a Juneau Police Department news release, Bruce Owens, 63, and a friend went to Juneau Mercantile & Armory in Mendenhall Valley on Saturday to do some recreational shooting.A 911 call
Court: Some sex offenders don't need to register in Alaska
Defense attorney Darryl Thompson, whose client's case was one of two that spurred the ruling, says the department was unrestricted in making that determination. He says the ruling calls for legislative solutions.
Crowded races abound in municipal election
At that point, an hour and a half before the deadline for candidates to file to run in this fall’s election, the first domino fell. Norton Gregory filed his paperwork to run for mayor, which also signaled his resignation from the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly.