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Specialist: State ferries equipped with water treatment systems from the '70s 

updated 11:29am

Cruise ships frequently draw the ire of environmentalists and locals for offloading their treated wastewater into Gastineau Channel and other Alaska water bodies, but another culprit has gone largely unnoticed.

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Photos: On the water

Purse seiners anchor in front of Pearl Harbor as they wait for a salmon opening on Monday.

Pipeline inspected by WALL-E look-alike


ANCHORAGE - It's not just humans watching over the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline, making sure oil continues to pump across the state.

Photo: Aerial view

Paraglider Gerry Donohoe rides an updraft of air off of Grand Child Peaks Monday with Mount McGinnis in the background.

Anchorage police say human jawbone found


ANCHORAGE - Police are investigating the discovery of a human jawbone near an Anchorage road.
Police say dispatchers were contacted Sunday evening by an individual who reported finding the bone in a wood line at a park near Brayton Drive.

Troopers: 2 missing people found dead near Denali Highway


ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a man and woman reported missing from a campsite off the Denali Highway have been found dead.

Firefighters battle two Juneau wildfires


U.S. Forest Service firefighters are battling two wildfires in the Juneau area, and both likely were started by still-smoldering, abandoned campfires, officials say.

Report: Plane in deadly Alaska crash had safety technology


ANCHORAGE - A sightseeing floatplane that crashed in a mountainous site in southeast Alaska, killing all nine on board, was equipped with technology to provide better information about the terrain, according to a federal accident report.

Searchers find body of missing man


Juneau searchers have found the body of a Florida man who went hiking alone on Mount Roberts, bringing a tragic end to a seven-hour search on Sunday.

Hull damage forces Shell Arctic support ship back to dock

ANCHORAGE — An icebreaker carrying a key piece of equipment for Arctic drilling planned by Royal Dutch Shell off the northern coast of Alaska was forced to return to dock after a hole more than ...

Juneau girls top Ketchikan

It was 75 degrees on the Melvin Park Field and over 90 in the Juneau Junior Softball All-Stars’ batters’ box as the Gastineau Channel girls put up 24 runs on the Ketchikan Little League All-Stars ...

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Empire Editorial: Ferries need to find a better solution for their wastewater

We love our ferries here in Southeast. We also love the pristine waters in which they sail. We'd like to keep both. That's why the Alaska state ferries are long overdue for an upgrade in their water treatment practices.

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Juneau girls top Ketchikan

It was 75 degrees on the Melvin Park Field and over 90 in the Juneau Junior Softball All-Stars’ batters’ box as the Gastineau Channel girls put up 24 runs on the Ketchikan Little League All-Stars ... Read More


JIRPers start 68th summer on the Juneau Icefield

JUNEAU ICEFIELD, CAMP 17 — At the Juneau Icefield Research Program’s Camp 17 this week, 32 students — and more faculty — got comfortable on skis, started ecological surveys, and settled in after ... Read More

Arts & Culture

A soldier's - and a poet's - wilderness station

Juneau writer Aleria Jensen’s first experience with poetry in wild places was an unexpected and “magical” one as she was hiking in Maryland’s Shenandoah Mountains with her mother.

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Gimme a Smile: Life lessons from Alaska

On July 4, we celebrated the birthplace of our nation, but it's the day after that holds a special place in my heart.
On July 5, 1993, at 2 a.m. my husband and I arrived in Juneau on the ferry.

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