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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Kirk Duncan, director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during its weekly luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday.

Parks and Rec updating master plan

When it comes to Juneau's Parks and Recreation dollar, two truths are constantly at odds: everyone has an interest in recreation and nobody wants to show up to a 12:45 p.m. public meeting when it's nice outside.

by KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Missing Nome man has ties to Juneau

As the search for former Juneau law clerk Joseph Balderas continued into its fourth day Thursday, his family and girlfriend were on their way to Nome, where he now lives, to help in the effort.
LISA PHU

Jury asked to choose between helpless 'black man' or 'victim' in closing arguments

Thursday's closing argument by a defendant representing himself in a felony trial was everything spectators who filled the room had likely expected - the unexpected.
PAULA ANN SOLIS

Flooding forecasted for start of July Fourth weekend

Several groups of rafters bobbed happily down the Mendenhall River Thursday afternoon, their laughs and hollers audible from the houses along river.
SAM DeGRAVE

Jökulhlaup begins, predicted to top last year's floods

The first jökulhlaup of the season has begun, and according to a National Weather Service hydrograph, this year's glacial outburst flood may be bigger than any from 2015.
SAM DeGRAVE

Forest Service announces changes to Tongass plan

The U.S. Forest Service has announced changes to its Tongass Forest Plan, which the agency hopes will alleviate conflicts between the timber industry, recreational users and conservation groups.

'Pray. Vote. Engage': Franklin Graham prayer rally in Juneau Friday

As the Juneau Assembly considers a city ordinance that would protect the rights of all, including those in the LGBTQ community, a religious group that thinks homosexuality is "sinful" is holding a prayer rally in the capital city Friday.
LISA PHU

Man gets six months for soliciting sex online from 13-year-old girl

A 20-year-old man will spend six-months in prison after asking a 13-year-old girl multiple times online to meet him for sex.
PAULA ANN SOLIS

With vetoes, Walker slashes into city budget

Wielding his veto pen like a set of spurs, Gov. Bill Walker cut into the state's budget Wednesday to the tune of about $1.3 billion — an effort, he said, to force the Alaska Legislature to fill the state’s $4 billion budget hole during its...
SAM DeGRAVE

Photo: Tug of war

Juvenile bald eagles fight over a remaining scrap of salmon near the DIPAC Macaulay Salmon Hatchery on Tuesday.
Michael Penn

This Day in Juneau History: June 30, 1986

On June 30, 1986, a U.S. Bureau of Mines employee died after falling down near Middle Peak, southeast of Juneau, while he and three other employees were searching for evidence of past mining activity in the area.
TASHA ELIZARDE

Juneau School District agrees to make website more accessible

The Juneau School District is one of 11 education organizations that voluntarily reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to ensure website accessibility for people with disabilities.

P&R director to speak at luncheon

Kirk Duncan, director of Juneau's Parks and Recreation Department, will be speaking at today's Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
SAM DeGRAVE

Police & Fire for Thursday, June 30, 2016

This report contains public information available 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.

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