City votes against funding pre-K pilot program

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 17:51
Education advocates trying to bring Best Starts program to Juneau disappointed in committee’s 3-6 decision

The Best Starts for Juneau pre-kindergarten pilot program is not receiving funding from the city this year.

Coast Guard hoists man in distress on boat in Chatham Strait

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 16:36

Coast Guard Sector Juneau personnel assisted in the rescue of a man who was experiencing possible signs of a stroke in Chatham Strait on Wednesday, according to a release from the Coast Guard.

Meet the new head of Alaska’s Coast Guard

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 18:48
In Wednesday Change of Command ceremony, Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister passes command to Rear Admiral Matthew T. Bell, Jr., a ‘shipboard guy’

There’s a new top official in charge of Coast Guard operations in Alaska.

Ceremonies around state honor fallen officers

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 12:20
Two events happening in Juneau on Friday

Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that Friday night’s ceremony is taking place at 6 p.m., due to misinformation from an Alaska Department of Public Safety press release. The ceremony is taking place at 5:30 p.m. The Empire regrets this error.

Board mulls reduced size, switch to diesel to save auto shop

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:49
School may look into using half the space at half the cost

If the Juneau School District automotive program is going to make a return for the 2018-19 school year, the shop itself may have to reduced in size.

February arrest was related to stolen guns, authorities say

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 06:54
Derick Skultka allegedly was involved in theft of 24 firearms

In February, about 24 firearms and multiple gold items were stolen from the home and business of a Juneau resident, according to an indictment filed in Juneau Superior Court this week.

Firearm experts to exchange evaluations in murder trial

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 17:16
Trial comes to abrupt pause as unexpected testimony arises

Five words from an expert witness Tuesday brought the murder trial of Mark De Simone to a halt.

Boat wrecks near Coghlan Island Monday night

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:26
No reported injuries

A boat hit a rock about 50 yards from Coghlan Island Monday night and began taking on water, prompting a search and rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard and private vessels in the area who heard the distress call.

Coffee shop burglar caught, thanks to surveillance camera

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:20
Tablet, clothes, food stolen from Franklin Street store Sunday morning

A Juneau resident is behind bars after allegedly burglarizing a coffee shop Sunday morning, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

Explosion leads to boat condo fire

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 14:26
Boat blaze began with spark in wiring, fire marshal says

A boat owner was working on the wiring of his boat Sunday when he inadvertently caused a spark and triggered an explosion, Capital City Fire/Rescue Fire Marshal Dan Jager said Monday.

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