A bald eagle perches on top of the whale statue at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park on May 26, 2020. The pump rooms for the whale have been repaired after being damaged by flooding last October, but theywill remain turned off for now to save costs and discourage gatherings. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Thar she doesn’t blow: Whale statue all fixed up, but will remain off for now

Cost-saving and crowd-prevention will keep the statue quiet for now.

With social distancing making signature-gathering difficult, the Recall Dunleavy campaign has had to find new ways to get people to sign. There’ll be drive-thru signings in Anchorage and Fairbanks this weekend but nothing’s yet planned for Juneau. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)

Drive-thru Recall? Not in Juneau

Doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

JPD: Man subdued after trying to grab officer’s sidearm during arrest

The suspect was charged with 17 separate offenses, including drug and firearm charges.

Opinion: We are all each other’s Island Trader

We’re entering a long phase, where we need to figure out collectively what the duration looks like.

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Assembly may approve $1M for child care providers

Vote expected on Thursday.

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Bog plants and bird feeder begin to bustle

Right now, it’s busy outside.

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Living & Growing: Gratitude can be true happiness

What is happiness? An essential question that we should all ask ourselves at some point in our life.

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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.


<strong></strong>An orca peers above the water near Point Retreat in Southern Lynn Canal. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

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: Yadaa.at 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

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