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Juneau, cruise industry make nice at regional conference as decision to appeal lawsuit lingers

The Southeast Conference Mid-Session Summit brought community leaders together in Juneau this week to talk about the region’s economy. Tourism has been a major driver of growth lately. While that’s good for local economies, it’s also strained the relationship between Juneau and the cruise ship indus


Curious Juneau: Why do Norah Jones tickets cost over $500?

Juneau mom Mara Jennings said she was over the moon when she found out Norah Jones was playing a concert in Juneau. Over the years, she’s sung the nine-time Grammy Award winner’s songs like lullabies to her kids at night.


Alaska House elects a Speaker after more than a month of gridlock

The Alaska House of Representatives finally has a speaker after more than a month of gridlock that left Juneau unable to begin action on a new governor’s agenda. State Rep. Bryce Edgmon, who earlier this week changed his voter affiliation from the Democratic Party to undeclared, won the 21 votes nec


Alaska Airlines' Horizon flight makes emergency landing at SJC due to weather

A flight bound for San Francisco from Orange County made an unplanned stop in San Jose on Friday afternoon due to weather. The flight, Horizon flight 2798 — a regional affiliate of Alaska Airlines — landed at San Jose Mineta International Airport at 12:47 p.m., according to SJC spokesperson Rosemary


Dunleavy administration tries to silence me in the most bizarre way possible

On Wednesday, not long before Governor Michael J. Dunleavy (R – Alaska) held a press conference where he unveiled his budget, I got a phone call from his Communications Director asking me to meet. What ensued was one of the most bizarre interactions I have ever had. I posted a summary on Facebook la


Juneau’s legislative delegation looks to get ahead of potential cuts to state jobs

With Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s budget set for release Wednesday, some in Juneau are concerned by what $1.6 billion in cuts to state government could mean for the capital city. That includes Juneau’s new legislative delegation. According to the Juneau Economic Development Council, state government jobs


Alaska court strikes down 'medically necessary' abortion law

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday struck down as unconstitutional a state law and regulation seeking to define what constitutes medically necessary abortions.


Signal detected from missing Guardian Flight plane

Searchers have detected an underwater beacon from the Guardian Flight air ambulance that vanished en route to the Southeast community of Kake, the company said in a statement Tuesday.


Friday in the Sun (Feb. 15): The ‘Mr. Dunleavy, I don’t feel so good…’ edition

The House finally elected a permanent speaker on Thursday, stopping the clock on the longest-ever impasse at 29 days, 21 hours and 29 minutes by our count (the clock started a little after 1 p.m. on the first day). Newly undeclared Dillingham Rep. Bryce Edgmon was elected to his second term as House


AKLEG Day 30: Republicans, Democrats push back against Dunleavy’s cuts to school, seniors and rural Alaska

Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s budget sure delivered the cuts. There’s plenty of push back from Democrats and the public, but thanks to the governor’s avoidance of using a draw from the Constitutional Budget Reserve (meaning everything can get done with a majority vote) it’ll take at least a few Republi


Gov Says All Alaska To Feel Budget Cuts

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed sweeping budget cuts Wednesday that he said are necessary to resolve an ongoing deficit. Critics called his plan reckless and said it would devastate key services such as education.


Alaska Airlines Wants to Quadruple Its Number of Black Women Pilots

African-American women make up less than one percent of the total number of commercial airline pilots. By some estimates, there are fewer than 150 Black women in the U.S. who hold airline pilot, commercial, military, or certified flight instructor licenses.


The Latest: Abortion rights advocates hail Alaska ruling

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on an Alaska abortion law struck down by the state’s Supreme Court (all times local):. Abortion rights advocates are lauding an Alaska Supreme Court decision. That ruling found that a state law and regulation seeking to define what constitutes a medically necessary a


House majority coalition finalizes its leadership team

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The newly formed Alaska House majority coalition has finalized its leadership team. Fairbanks Rep. Steve Thompson will be majority leader and Anchorage Rep. Chuck Kopp will be House Rules chair. Both are Republicans. Those roles are changed from what Speaker Bryce Edgmon told r


Data suggests opioid-related overdose deaths in Alaska down

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Preliminary numbers released by the state indicate the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Alaska fell between 2017 and 2018. Andy Jones, director of the state Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention, told a Senate committee Thursday that this suggests steps


Alaska fishing towns to forfeit $28 million in fish tax

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposals for balancing the state’s budget include a plan to stop sharing of millions of dollars in taxes on commercial fishing with coastal communities.


Here's What Happened When an Alaskan City Took Fluoride Out of Their Drinking Water

Despite what dentists keep telling us about the protective effects of fluoride on people's teeth, virulent myths insisting otherwise somehow manage to persist. These kinds of mistaken beliefs might be false, but their consequences are very real. Like when, in 2007, the people of Juneau, the capital


Producers plan TV show set, filmed in southeast Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A couple of Los Angeles-based producers are working to develop a TV series that would be set and filmed in southeast Alaska. The Juneau Empire reports Helena Sardinha and Rafael Thomaseto are planning an eight-episode anthology series called “Sitka” through their production com


Witness Heard JAL Flight 1628 UFO Incident

“I lived up in Juneau, Alaska at the time of JAL flight 1628 UFO incident. I was listening to my shortwave radio as Capt. Terauchi made his radio calls to Anchorage Tower. I listened as a couple of jet interceptors flew out to get a visual on the object. After the radio reception went dead I called