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Sam DeGrave | Juneau Empire
The location of a proposed asphalt plant near the Rock Dump in downtown Juneau, as soon earlier this month. The Planning Commission killed the proposal at its meeting Tuesday night.

Planning Commission denies asphalt plant permit

After four meetings of discussion and gridlock, the commission denied a conditional use permit that would have allowed an asphalt plant to be constructed near the Rock Dump at its Tuesday night meeting.

by SAM DeGRAVE

Juneau advocate, former Assemblywoman Kay Diebels dies at 82

Longtime Juneau resident and civic participant Kay Diebels died Friday afternoon at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 82. "She really cared about Juneau," said Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau. “She was a great lady and really worked her...
LISA PHU

Faced with developer concern, Assembly adopts Land Management Plan

The Juneau Assembly voted to adopt the 2016 Land Management Plan, which calls for the disposal and development of the Pederson Hill subdivision among other things, at its Monday night meeting. Several developers spoke out against doing so.
SAM DeGRAVE

Despite lower mill rate, property taxes expected to go up

In late March, several Juneau residents expressed concern about how the city's generally increasing property assessments would impact their property taxes. The Assembly has now answered that question. The Assembly set the mill rate at 10....
SAM DeGRAVE

First National Bank warns of text message scam

MasterCard customers across the state Tuesday reported receiving text messages in a fraudulent attempt to gain private banking information, according to a press release by First National Bank Alaska.

Photo: Preserving the meadow

Gary Miller volunteers his time to remove young trees and bushes encroaching on the picnic area at the Eagle Beach on Monday.
Michael Penn

Hospital arsonist avoids longer prison term

A Juneau man received a mostly suspended sentence in court this week nearly two years after a methamphetamine-driven delusion caused him to start a fire that flooded a hospital emergency room.
PAULA ANN SOLIS

Police tight-lipped about cause of fatal SUV crash

The Juneau Police Department are still not saying what contributed to the fatal SUV crash that killed a 77-year-old pedestrian on Willoughby Avenue earlier this month.
PAULA ANN SOLIS

Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor.

Police & Fire for Wednesday, May 25, 2016

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The road to recovery: Juneau man shares story of addiction with LA Salvation Army film crew

Four years ago, Wilson Nicklie Jr. would have reached for a bottle of alcohol — most likely some whiskey — to celebrate anything that was going right for him, which sums up everything that was ...
By PAULA ANN SOLIS

Police and fire for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in ...

Aquatic center to be closed Sunday

The Dimond Park Aquatic Center will be closed on Sunday, May 29, to honor Juneau area high school graduates.

Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Community dialogue on life after incarceration planned for Wednesday

Five formerly incarcerated individuals will tell their stories of what it's like reentering the community at the Juneau Reentry Coalition's May meeting Wednesday night.
By LISA PHU

Ex-Arizona lawmaker's murder trial set for August

The 53-year-old man accused of murdering a downtown Juneau jeweler during a hunting trip in Excursion Inlet entered a not guilty plea during an arraignment Monday.
By PAULA ANN SOLIS

Juneau woman escapes police custody while in hospital

After claiming to have swallowed drugs during an arrest, a Juneau woman evaded custody by escaping the hospital when police weren't looking.
By LISA PHU

Police & Fire for Monday, May 23, 2016

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in ...

Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor.

Coast Guard observes National Safe Boating Week in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard's National Safe Boating Week campaign is a public outreach effort held annually during the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend and is designed to help reduce boating ...

Juneau teen crashes car, arrested for drunken driving

A Juneau teen was arrested for drunken driving Saturday morning after he crashed and totaled his car near 19-mile Glacier Highway. Daniel Justin Stevens, 18, was speeding inbound on the highway ...

City celebrates new dock completion

Big scissors be damned. Instead of cutting a ribbon, city officials decided to celebrate the completion of the new Panamax cruise ship dock by hosting an infrastructure-appreciation party in the ...
By SAM DeGRAVE

School district expands free breakfast program

Beginning this August, every elementary student will be offered a free breakfast to start their day off right. The Juneau School District originally piloted the national School Breakfast Program ...
By LISA PHU

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Conflict boils over Pederson Hill development plans

Juneau's Lands and Resources Division has an ambitious plan to fight the high cost of housing. But where city officials see a solution, several developers in town see a problem.
By SAM DeGRAVE

Juneau man wants to start a mental health revolution through new nonprofit

Greg Fitch is starting a nonprofit that strives to give people experiencing mental illness "a voice in change.
By LISA PHU

Police and Fire for Sunday, May 22, 2016

Assault • At 2:15 a.m. Thursday, Phillip Drummer, 52, was arrested for assault in the 100 block of Franklin Street, and he was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center without bail.

Around Town

Open trap shooting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club, 1 Mile Montana Creek Road. The Juneau Gun Club is open to members and public trap shooting year-round. Loaner shotguns are available. Details: ...

Walker, Southeast Conference seek AMHS makeover

KETCHIKAN - A plan to remake the Alaska Marine Highway System earned attention from Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday, the same day the system's winter schedule was released for review.
By NICK BOWMAN

Friday, May 20, 2016

Driver in 2014 fatal car crash pleads guilty

The driver of a car that was involved in a fatal vehicle crash that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Juneau-Douglas High School senior in 2014 has pleaded guilty.
By PAULA ANN SOLIS

Juneau grand jury indicts ex-Arizona lawmaker for murder

A Juneau grand jury indicted the 53-year-old ex-Arizona lawmaker who allegedly murdered a downtown Juneau jeweler on a hunting trip in Excursion Inlet on Sunday.
By PAULA ANN SOLIS

Of the 7 local lawyers vying to become Juneau's next judge, 4 are women

The last, and only, female justice appointed to Juneau’s First Judicial District was Patricia Collins in 1999.
By PAULA ANN SOLIS

Torch Run to take place at Twin Lakes on Saturday

The Twin Lakes Trail will be in use Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon for the Special Olympics of Alaska Torch Run.

Seasonal clean closes pool for two weeks

The Augustus Brown Swimming Pool, located downtown on Glacier Avenue, will be closed for two weeks starting on Monday, May 23, for seasonal maintenance.

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