The budget is passed and lawmakers have gone home

Now, it’s time to wait and see.

Centennial Hall, left and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, center, seen in this August 2019 photo are providing shelter for homeless people in Juneau in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent spell of cold weather. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

JACC opens for cold weather, overnight sheltering

People will be able to shelter in Centennial Hall during the day.

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, gray, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. Experts say researchers racing against time to provide a proven treatment for COVID-19 will have to balance scientific rigor against speed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP

More COVID-19 cases and deaths reported in Alaska

A third Alaskan has died as cases in the state topped 100 over the weekend.

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Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios | U.S. Coast Guard 
                                An MH-60 Jayhawk crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka carries out training in Juneau on June 26, 2018.

Coast Guard flies pump to vessel taking on water

Civilian vessels also responded to the situation.

The Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Legislature approves budget, PFD

Budget includes COVID-19 relief.

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Hal Daugherty shows off his hood design, to be put into production at his all-volunteer Southeast Regional Personal Protective Equipment Fabrication Facility, stood up in his sterilized workspace at Capital Canvas, March 27, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Juneau residents work to prevent mask shortage before it happens

They’re working to support those on the frontlines of the outbreak.

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 Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

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

More than 125 athletes from more than 18 locations came to compete Continue reading...

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Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Reader-submitted photos.

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Photos: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Juneau

Scenes from today’s community celebration.