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The United States Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake, a 100-foot Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender, docks at USCG Station Juneau on Sunday behind the 225-foot buoy tenders Fir, from Astoria, Ore., and Spar, from Kodiak. Nine buoy tenders will be in Juneau this week for the annual District Buoy Tender Roundup.

Meet the crew working behind the scenes

Today is the 225th birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard, and it promises to be a busy day for the Waterways Management crew in Juneau.

by JAMES BROOKS

A year later, suspect confesses to robbing coffee stand

Juneau police have long suspected Joseph R. Lofstrom of robbing the Heritage Coffee drive-thru stand in Lemon Creek last August. Now, they say they can prove it. A Juneau Police Department detective re-questioned Lofstrom about the Aug.
EMILY RUSSO MILLER

City seeks more control from state marijuana board

The City and Borough of Juneau Committee of the Whole voted without objection Monday to send a letter to the state Marijuana Control Board requesting more room for municipal regulation of the marijuana industry.
SAM DeGRAVE

Nude cabbie loses more than just clothes

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

Murkowski staff to tour Southeast

The office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski is hitting the road this month, with scheduled stops in six Southeast Alaska communities beginning next week before heading north.

Juneau sees record-high temperature Monday

A few days removed from the end of a record-wet month, Juneau has set another weather record, and this one is quite a bit brighter. On Monday, buoyed by strong sunshine and limited wind, the temperature reached 80 degrees in the capital...

Helping Hands auction, dinner to benefit needy

Helping Hands, a local non-profit dedicated to providing food for those in need, is holding its annual auction and dinner fundraiser Aug. 8 at Valley Church.

Three men scale Capitol, steal flags

Thirty-year-old activist Brittany "Bree" Newsome made national news when she climbed a flagpole on the South Carolina state Capitol grounds and removed the Confederate battle flag. This is not that case.
EMILY RUSSO MILLER

Around Town for Tuesday, Aug. 4

Parks and Recreation Wednesday hike, 9:30 a.m., call for location. Details: 586-0428. Day of quilting, sewing and good fellowship, 10 a.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

Police & Fire for Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Assault/criminal trespass • At 8:08 p.m. Sunday, investigation continues into a report of an assault and criminal trespass in the 9100 block of Cinema Drive. Burglary • At 10:58 a.m.

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Monday, Aug 3, 2015

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.
By PAULA ANN SOLIS

Soggy July sets wet record in Juneau

July started with a bang. It ended with a fizzle.
By JAMES BROOKS

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.
By JAMES BROOKS

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sunday, Aug 2, 2015

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.

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.
By JAMES BROOKS

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.
By JAMES BROOKS

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 ...
By EMILY RUSSO MILLER

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.
By SAM DeGRAVE

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.
By PAULA ANN SOLIS

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.

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