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Over two weeks' time, hopping from capital to capital, pilots Field Morey and Conrad Teitell will spend 77 hours in the air, flying in Morey's Cessna Corvallis TTx and touching ground in municipal airports. They landed in Juneau on Tuesday evening.

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State proposes plan for road from Juneau

Today, 2:06pm

JUNEAU - The state Transportation Department is proposing a $570-million road project that would help connect Juneau to Alaska's main highway system.

Southeast art scene dwarfs that of US

Today, 12:09am

It doesn't just seem like Southeast Alaska has more artists than the rest of the country. It really does.
Southeast has almost three artists to every one United States artist, according to a study by Rain Coast Data for Southeast Conference.

Local photographer Huff releases debut book, 'Last Road North'

Today, 8:05am

“If one were to travel the Haul Road with Mr. Huff,” suggests the introduction to Juneau photographer Ben Huff’s debut book “Last Road North,” “topics like corporate rapaciousness, aggressive capitalism, peak oil or vanishing cultures of either men or animals wouldn’t much engage him… He seems more focused on what we do not know, on what we need to find out.”

'Learning to Listen': Authors to discuss cultural assumptions in Alaskan literature

Today, 8:11am

More than a decade ago, Ernestine Hayes entered the MFA program at the University of Alaska Anchorage, working on what would become "Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir." One of her teachers in the program was Sherry Simpson.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of city time capsule

Today, 3:09pm

A celebration will be held at the U.S. Federal Building in Juneau to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s time capsule. The city installed a time capsule in a sealed room on the ground floor of the Federal Building in 1994. The capsule won’t be opened until 2094.


Burglar lies in wait inside Costco, steals jewelry after hours

Today, 12:01pm

A burglar apparently laid in wait at Costco and stole from the business after hours Wednesday.
Police on Thursday said the suspect made off with $40,000 worth of jewelry from the Lemon Creek area store by smashing open a jewelry case.

UA to undergo sexual violence complaint review

Today, 11:00am

Federal officials plan to visit four University of Alaska campuses next month to review how they are handling sexual violence complaints.

Lawsuit: Lt. Gov. erred in campaign action

Today, 12:08am

ANCHORAGE - A civil lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell erred in issuing an emergency order that ultimately allowed two gubernatorial campaigns to merge.
The lawsuit filed in Anchorage Wednesday challenges Treadwell's Sept.


Empire Editorial: Be smart with your PFD - don't just spend, save

Amid much anticipation Wednesday, Gov. Sean Parnell announced this year's Permanent Fund Dividend amount to be $1,884. Sure, we'll take it. As will roughly 641,489 fellow Alaskans when checks are distributed on Oct. 2.

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Photos: Middle School Sports

Photos: Middle School Sports

Middle school runners will participate in their second meet of the season today at 3:30 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Read More


Wildlife Spy: A gathering of cranes

In a last, sunny blast of summer, this wildlife spy enjoyed the spectacle of sandhill cranes at the Tanana Valley Crane Festival at Creamer's Field State Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks.

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Arts & Culture

'Dream team' of artists assembled for Soboleff Center

Three major Northwest Coast Native art works will be permanently installed in Sealaska Heritage Institute's Walter Soboleff Center when construction is completed next year, and this week, SHI released the names of the artists who will create them.

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More than bows and tiaras

The word pageant sometimes brings to mind spoiled children in poufy hairstyles and expensive gowns. For a few community members, pageant means a chance to fundraise and to bring confidence to girls.

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