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Parents sue after Juneau officer fatally shoots son

Jul. 1, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The parents of a man who died after being shot by a Juneau police officer in December sued the officer, city and others Wednesday, alleging wrongful death and civil rights violations. Kevin and Virginia Stephens, parents of Kelly Michael Stephens, want to know what happened, attorneys...

Former Walmart building in Juneau for sale at reduced price

Jul. 1, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Walmart Inc. store that has been vacant since 2016 is for sale in Alaska at a significantly reduced price. The asking price for the building in Juneau is $6 million, about $2.3 million below the value placed on the property by the city assessor’s office, KTOO-FM...

Energy surplus and wet weather lower Juneau electric bills

Jul. 1, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Electric Light and Power customers are expected to experience lower electric bills as a result of surplus energy and a rainy June. The company’s cost of power adjustment is scheduled to lower the current rate beginning Wednesday, The Juneau Empire reported. Wet weather...

Alaska reports 36 virus cases among residents, a daily high

Jun. 30, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska reported its largest one-day increase in coronavirus cases among residents Tuesday, with 36. The state has reported 940 total cases among residents and 195 among nonresidents. The state's virus website had the number at 194 but the state health department said that didn't...

Juneau fireworks show canceled after mask mandate fails

Jun. 30, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau's fireworks show has been canceled after assembly members failed to agree on a masking requirement for spectators. The assembly previously agreed to allow the show, which was scheduled to begin July 3 at 11:59 p.m. to celebrate Independence Day. But that vote was with the...

Program would give restaurants virus funds to feed homeless

Jun. 30, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposed project in Alaska’s capital city would use federal coronavirus funds to help restaurants feed residents experiencing homelessness or food insecurity. The Juneau Cares Act program administered by the United Way of Southeast Alaska would pay up to $1 million to...

3 injured when boat, humpback whale collide in Alaska waters

Jun. 29, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Three people on a recreational boat were injured, one seriously, after it collided with a humpback whale, authorities said Monday. The collision happened Saturday just outside Auke Bay, north of Juneau, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said in a statement. ...

Anchorage to order use of masks in certain public settings

Jun. 26, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's largest city will begin requiring masks in certain public settings, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Friday, calling it an act of community responsibility amid the coronavirus pandemic. The order, set to take effect Monday, will apply to indoor public settings,...

Alaska SeaLife Center takes on 6 rescued harbor seal pups

Jun. 26, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska SeaLife Center has increased its occupancy by six after a group of newly rescued harbor seal pups arrived at the facility this month. The center in Seward began housing four female seals and one male found in the Cook Inlet area and another male pup that was rescued in...

Federal court blocks timber sale in Alaska's Tongass Forest

Jun. 25, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge has blocked what would have been the largest timber sale in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest in decades. Wednesday's ruling ends the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to open 37.5 square miles (97 square kilometers) of old growth forest on Prince of Wales Island...