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Christal Rose Higdon, a geospatial data specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, enters a lactation room to breastfeed her eight-and-a-half month-old daughter, Matilda, at the Federal Building on Friday.

Meals with moms

Matilda Higdon visits her mom almost everyday at work for lunch. It's a tradition they've had for most of her life, all eight months of it.


Soggy July sets wet record in Juneau

July started with a bang. It ended with a fizzle.

Nude taxi driver fired from job

A naked taxi driver spotted - and photographed - in the parking lot of the Nugget Mall on Sunday afternoon has been fired, his employer confirmed Monday.

When the landing gear won't go down

Imagine the dread. You're in a car, sitting at a stoplight. In your rearview mirror, you notice an oncoming truck. It's moving quickly - too quickly. It won't stop in time.

First Nation elders blockade Taku tributary mine exploration

Elders from the Tahltan Nation blockaded a mining company’s access to a tributary of the Taku River in early July — and after speaking with the protesters, mine officials have promised they will not drill or explore for the rest of the...

Photo: En route to victory

A young man competes in the Kake Dog Salmon festival's watermelon-eating contest, en route to a victory on Saturday. In order to win, competitors had to eat everything down to to the rind, seeds and all. Find more in this week's CCW.

Pole fire cuts power downtown

A power pole caught fire at dinnertime Sunday in downtown Juneau, leaving much of the capital city's core without electricity for several hours.

Around Town for Monday, Aug. 3

Tai Chi class for ages 60 and older, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Gruening Park, community room. Enrollment is based on a first come, first served basis. Details: Josielind, 463-6181. Senior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details:...

Police and fire dispatches for Aug. 2, 2015

This report contains information provided 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. Assault • At 6:29 p...

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Sunday, Aug 2, 2015

Coast Guard invades Juneau for 'roundup'

The Coast Guard is coming. Starting today, expect to see Juneau's downtown waterfront crowded with ships bearing the crossed anchors and red stripe of the U.S. Coast Guard.

William Morris IV named CEO of Morris Communications

Augusta, Ga. - William S. (Will) Morris IV has been named chief executive officer of Augusta-based Morris Communications Co. Morris is the parent company of the Juneau Empire. The appointment was ...

Heat lamp causes fire at Super 8

A fire early Saturday morning caused about $25,000 in damage to Juneau's Super 8 motel, and one motel guest was injured as the building's occupants fled in the night.

Photos: Fun in the sun at the Southeast Alaska State Fair

Teegan McNeel, 3 of Juneau, dances as the Wet City Rockers perform at the 47th Southeast Alaska State Fair on Saturday in Haines.

At National Guard reunion, veterans reminisce, swap stories

Morris Carrillo missed his fellow Alaska Army National Guard members, whom he served with every day for 27 years, after he retired in 2007. On Thursday, he was surrounded by them at a steak dinner ...

Police & Fire for Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015

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

Around Town for Sunday, Aug. 2

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

Dog doo returns, Twin Lakes closes again

City officials announced Twin Lakes swimming area is closed again due to another high fecal bacteria test sample. The closure, which will remain in place until further notice, is the second in a ...

Reduced reading hours at State Library

Hours for the State Library Historical Collections' Reading Room will be reduced this week until further notice. Beginning Aug. 3, new hours for the room will be 1-4:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Finance Committee debates senior sales tax

The City and Borough of Juneau Finance Committee voted Thursday to move its proposed changes to the senior sales tax exemption on to the Assembly for consideration.

A taste of sustainability

Concern for the future of clean water in Southeast Alaska brought together two seemingly unlikely groups - chefs and activists. Naturally, food was involved.

Police & Fire for Friday, July 31, 2015

Child abuse/neglect • At 9:06 a.m. Thursday, confidential investigation into child abuse. Conditions violation • At 2:16 a.m. Thursday, 36-year-old Donald Abbott was arrested for violating ...

Around Town for Friday, July 31

Storytime, 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Details: 586-5267. Medical Fundraiser for Bob Stevenson, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, Edward K. Thomas Building. Bob has been ...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tipsters help ID suspected credit card thief

Juneau police say tipsters have helped them identify a man suspected of stealing a credit card from the State Office Building and using it to withdraw $500 from a Wells Fargo ATM.

UA system appoints new president

The UA Board of Regents announced Tuesday that Jim Johnsen will succeed Patrick Gamble as the president of the university system. Johnsen will step into his new role on Sept. 1, but he is no ...

Police share video of assault suspect near Capitol

Police are still searching for an unidentified man who reportedly threatened a stranger outside the Alaska State Capitol with a gun and a baseball bat in the early morning hours of July 16.

The indictment that couldn't wait

A Juneau grand jury failed to indict Brian Hogan for first-degree assault for allegedly burning his girlfriend with nail polish remover and a lighter at her Douglas home on July 7.

Around Town for Thursday, July 30

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel. Women, Infants, and Children walk-in clinic, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor.

Correction for July 30, 2015

A Wednesday story gave an incorrect translation of the Japanese phrase "watashi wa", which means "I am", not "excited" as was stated in the story. To report an error or request a correction, email ...

Photo: Not your average boat

Not your everyday fishing boat seen at the Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay, a helicopter sits on top of the Westport 164-foot megayacht Evviva on Tuesday. As of February, the yacht ...

Police & Fire for Thursday, July 30, 2015

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


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