Photos: The bear minimum

A black bear cub was caught playing and eating outside city limits on Saturday. Black bear mating takes place anytime from June through July. At other times they are usually solitary except for sows with cubs. Cubs usually remain with their mother through the first winter following birth. Black bears occupy most islands in Southeast Alaska except Admiralty, Baranof, Chichagof and Kruzof, largely due to the fact those islands have brown bears. Spring feeding consists of freshly sprouted green vegetation. They will eat winter-killed animals and prey on newborn moose calves. As summer progresses feeding shifts to salmon. In areas without salmon bears rely primarily on vegetation. Berries, especially blueberries, are an important late summer and fall food item. Ants, grubs, and other insects help to round out their diet. Adult males may occasionally prey on their own young.


Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:26

Police & Fire for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement and public safety agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. Anyone with information about a crime can report a tip anonymously to

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:13

This day in Juneau history: Feb. 19

On Feb. 19, 1987, Gov. Steve Cowper and the Alaska Legislature formed a budget plan for the upcoming year. The House Finance Committee passed a bill giving Gov. Cowper permission to spend the $428 million reserve fund, and representatives described meetings with Gov. Cowper “wonderful”.

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:11

Libraries accepting food for fines

The Juneau Public Libraries are accepting food donations to pay off library fines during the entire month of February.

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:12

Senate Bill 54 aims to roll back some provisions of criminal justice reform

Changes to Senate Bill 91 — a controversial bill was enacted last summer in an effort to reduce Alaska’s prison population — are being rolled out as part of Senate Bill 54, introduced on the floor on Feb. 10.

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