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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File
Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, listens to debate on the crime bill earlier this legislative session.

Special session begins — slowly

Alaska lawmakers convened the fourth special session of the 29th Alaska Legislature today, but though the state is 38 days from a government shutdown, urgency was as absent as the lawmakers.

by JAMES BROOKS

High school runner dies after collapsing at competition in Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS - A high school freshman has died after collapsing at his region's track and field championships.

Fairbanks inmate escapes halfway house, then comes back to try to free others

FAIRBANKS - A minimum-security prisoner who escaped from a halfway house in Fairbanks came back three hours later, but it wasn't to turn himself in.

Seward resident charged with firing shots at man

SEWARD - A 38-year-old Seward man has been charged with attempted murder following a shooting Saturday morning at a remote site 60 miles north of the city. Alaska State Troopers say Alexander Herlant fired shots at another man.

Analyze that: Kenai students puzzle over vexing global issues

KENAI - While some students worry about math tests or an upcoming sporting competition, a handful at Aurora Borealis Charter School and Kenai Central High School are puzzling over some of the most vexing current global issues.
MEGAN PACER

Sitka Hospital expects bottom line to improve in 2017

SITKA - Budget projections have Sitka Community Hospital with a positive bottom line in 2017. Assembly members unanimously approved a $25.5 million hospital budget last week for the fiscal year that starts July 1, the Sitka Sentinel...

Hospital culinary manager balances tastes, nutrition

FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks Memorial Hospital's senior culinary manager gets to be creative with the menu. Ray Flores, 51, likes to make new recipes. Recently, he's been thinking about adapting a chicken Margherita pasta recipe he makes at home.
SAM FRIEDMAN

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Monday, May 23, 2016

High school runner dies after collapsing at competition in Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS - A high school freshman has died after collapsing at his region's track and field championships.

Special session begins — slowly

Alaska lawmakers convened the fourth special session of the 29th Alaska Legislature today, but though the state is 38 days from a government shutdown, urgency was as absent as the lawmakers.
By JAMES BROOKS

Fairbanks inmate escapes halfway house, then comes back to try to free others

FAIRBANKS - A minimum-security prisoner who escaped from a halfway house in Fairbanks came back three hours later, but it wasn't to turn himself in.

Seward resident charged with firing shots at man

SEWARD - A 38-year-old Seward man has been charged with attempted murder following a shooting Saturday morning at a remote site 60 miles north of the city. Alaska State Troopers say Alexander ...

Hospital culinary manager balances tastes, nutrition

FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks Memorial Hospital's senior culinary manager gets to be creative with the menu. Ray Flores, 51, likes to make new recipes. Recently, he's been thinking about adapting a ...
By SAM FRIEDMAN

Sitka Hospital expects bottom line to improve in 2017

SITKA - Budget projections have Sitka Community Hospital with a positive bottom line in 2017. Assembly members unanimously approved a $25.5 million hospital budget last week for the fiscal year ...

Analyze that: Kenai students puzzle over vexing global issues

KENAI - While some students worry about math tests or an upcoming sporting competition, a handful at Aurora Borealis Charter School and Kenai Central High School are puzzling over some of the most ...
By MEGAN PACER

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sullivan: Doping allegations undermine Olympic confidence

JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan says allegations of doping by Russian athletes undermine the confidence in the competitive process of the Olympics and a spirit of respect among nations.

Ketchikan superintendent: Schools funding cut 'cowardice'

A last-minute move made by the Alaska House-Senate Conference Committee on the state budget that could decrease Ketchikan School District funding by $237,000 has Ketchikan School District ...
By MEGAN PETERSEN

Alaska's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hold steady

JUNEAU - The state Department of Labor says Alaska's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.6 percent in April. That's the same rate as March but is higher than the comparable U.S. ...

Man dies while being sought for questioning in disappearance

ANCHORAGE - A man sought for questioning in the disappearance of a remote Bering Sea island woman killed himself before he could be questioned by Alaska State Troopers, authorities said Friday.
By Dan Joling

Hooper Bay students help dig grave for school worker's son

ANCHORAGE - Months after a school secretary in the western Alaska village of Hooper Bay lost her son to an accidental death, she says she finally has some closure thanks to a group of students who ...

Observatory lowers threat level for Alaska volcano

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Volcano Observatory has lowered the threat level for a remote volcano near the Aleutian Islands.

Search to resume for Texas man missing at Alaska lake

ANCHORAGE - A search was to resume Friday for an Air Force airman from Texas man missing on a kayaking trip at an Alaska lake. Alaska State Troopers said Robert Brown was last seen Monday at ...

Troopers shoot young male bear near Kodiak school

KODIAK - A state wildlife trooper shot and killed a brown bear in Kodiak following a week of reported bear sightings in the community, including near an elementary school where the animal was ...

Friday, May 20, 2016

After being mauled by a brown bear, Juneau man is glad to be alive

ANCHORAGE - Kenneth Steck doesn't know why a large brown bear that charged and mauled him in the thick brush near the Southeast Alaska town of Yakutat stopped its attack.
By JERZY SHEDLOCK and CHRIS KLINT

Police arrest suspect in shooting at Anchorage gas station

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested a suspect in a shooting that left a man wounded at a busy gas station. Police say 37-year-old Hershell Ray Shelton II was arrested just before 11 p.m. at ...

Boy suffers accidental gunshot wound while hunting near Tok

TOK — A boy is recovering from an accidental shooting near Tok.

Elaine Abraham, Tlingit elder, dead at 86

In the Tlingit idiom, Elaine Elizabeth Abraham "walked into the forest" early Monday morning. The much-accomplished Tlingit woman from Yakutat died around 1:30 a.m. at the Alaska Native Medical ...
By MIKE DUNHAM

Nome morgue at center of mix-up over unidentified caskets

NOME - Nome officials say things are under control at the city morgue after police sent an email to community members requesting assistance in identifying bodies.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Scholars study chances of giant Alaska quake

HONOLULU - A new study by University of Hawaii researchers says there's a 9 percent chance that an earthquake measuring magnitude 9 or greater will strike Alaska's Aleutian Islands within the next ...
By AUDREY McAVOY

Ketchikan sees two wolf attacks

KETCHIKAN - North Tongass residents are being warned to keep a close watch on their pets after two wolf attacks in the area. One dog was killed and another injured.
By NICK BOWMAN

Walker signs bill clearing way for Dave & Buster's

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker has signed into law legislation that would clear the way for the restaurant Dave & Buster's to do business in Alaska.

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