Gabe Donohoe, lead sewer, works on creating face shields for people with hearing loss. Rapid Response PPE, founded at the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic, is creating specialized PPE, allowing people with hearing loss or dead people to easily see the speaker’s face, May 29, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Local mask-making company continues to grow

In two weeks, they’ve produced and shipped more than 6,000 of the specialized face masks.

Seafood companies plan to merge parts of their operations

Comapny shares plans to merge parts of their operations.

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Quarantine expected to be lifted in favor of proof of test

State will provide tests for travelers

With a grim financial picture ahead, the University of Alaska Southeast, seen here on Monday, May 25, 2020, could be merged with one of the other two schools in the system. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: University Board of Regents will face tough choices in June

Like the virus, this budget challenge is real, painful and demands that we take swift action.

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Large cruises banned in Canada at least until Oct. 31

Alaska will feel the effects.

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Thomas Waerner, of Norway, celebrates in Nome his win in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Waerner is still waiting to return to his home in Norway. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Marc Lester | Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)

Virus strands Norway racer in Alaska after Iditarod win

Man and 16 dogs been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations.

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Glacier Valley Elementary School Sít’ Eetí Shaanáx students Faith Contreras and Johnny Hunter, who are both Tlingit, present at the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska elder’s luncheon. They collected 64 signatures at the luncheon in support of officially adding a second verse to the state song, “Alaska’s Flag.” Students say the new verse is culturally inclusive. (Courtesy Photo | Lorrie Heagy)

Students work to add second verse to state song

Their effort isn’t flagging.


The Alaska Department of Transportation uses the DaisyBell device to precisely trigger controlled avalanches above Thane Road, reducing the chances of a catastrophic natural avalanche, Feb. 11, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

An ounce of prevention: Alaska DOT triggers avalanches above Thane Road

A small noise with a big effect: using tech to trigger avalanches


Movie fan Lynn Roldan watches an older Star Wars movie as she waits for the 10 p.m. showing of the latest movie, “Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker” outside the 20th Century Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Roldan set up at 7 a.m. and expects more people to show up in the afternoon. Roldan said she was a little sad about the end of the series but happy to be waiting to watch it. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Video: The Force is strong with her

Last Star Wars movie for this saga to play at midnight.


Jake Musslewhite, a fisheries biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, pauses while searching for a radio fish tag in Dredge Lake on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Musslewhite has been conducting a study tracking adult coho salmon in the Dredge Lakes drainage system. Learn more by watching the video below. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Video: Salmon study at Dredge Lakes

Biologist follows coho with radio tags.


Wild flowers with Echo Ranch horses on the edge of Berners Bay. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Reader-submitted photos.

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Photos: Art in Unusual Places

Reader-submitted photos.

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Sara Steeves of Juneau competes in the one-hand reach at the 2020 Traditional Games held Saturday and Sunday at Juneau-Douglas High School: Kalé. (Courtesy Photo | Lyndsey Brollini, courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute)

Photos: Traditional Games athletes reach for glory in Juneau

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Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Reader-submitted photos.

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