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.


This Day in Juneau History: Jan. 22, 1987

On Jan. 22, 1987, Gov. Steve Cowper prepared to discuss the final part of his fiscal plan: budget cuts. The total amount suggested to be cut by his temporary cabinet was $300 million, which tore funding from a variety of different programs. However, although what propositions Cowper accepted were still a mystery, Press Secretary David Ramseur confirmed that the cuts he did accept totaled at about $200 million. Cowper was to give a speech directly to the Alaska Legislature discussing the specifics of his recommended cuts.

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Fire calls for Jan. 22, 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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Man caught with 3 pounds of meth on Southeast Alaska-bound ferry sentenced to 20 months

A 21-year-old man who was caught transporting three pounds of methamphetamine — reportedly the largest seizure in Southeast Alaska in at least 10 years— on the ferry between Bellingham and Ketchikan last May was “a patsy, plan and simple,” his defense attorney argued.

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