Ben Hohenstatt

A brown bear stands on Chichagof Island. "A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears" tells both firsthand and historic stories of human interactions with brown bears. The book is scheduled to be released Feb. 15 on Mountaineers Books. (Courtesy Photo / Bjorn Dihle)

Bearing it all: New book offers nuanced look at human-ursine interactions

Bjorn Dihle wanted to write a book about brown bears, man and how the two species get along that wasn’t scary. “I didn’t want to… Continue reading

 

This photo composite shows Alaska’s congressional delegation, from left to right, Sen. Dan Sullivan, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Rep. Don Young, all Republicans. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Alaska senators vote for veto override

It’s the first veto override of the Trump presidency.

This photo composite shows Alaska’s congressional delegation, from left to right, Sen. Dan Sullivan, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Rep. Don Young, all Republicans. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
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This composite image shows a Tongass National Forest sign that stands near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Juneau Police Chief Ed Mercer at an event held following the killing of George Floyd, a man voting in the November general election, the effects of early December storms in Juneau and a health care worker at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site.

5 stories that shaped Juneau’s 2020

The year was defined by more than COVID-19.

Composite Image / Juneau Empire staff and Unsplash
This composite image shows a Tongass National Forest sign that stands near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Juneau Police Chief Ed Mercer at an event held following the killing of George Floyd, a man voting in the November general election, the effects of early December storms in Juneau and a health care worker at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site.
The Juneau Empire is offering an advertising stimulus program to help local businesses get the New Year off to a good start. To apply for an advertising grant visit: www.soundcommunitygrant.com. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Empire launches advertising stimulus program

Grant applications are available till the end of June.

The Juneau Empire is offering an advertising stimulus program to help local businesses get the New Year off to a good start. To apply for an advertising grant visit: www.soundcommunitygrant.com. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium patrols Auke Bay during an exercise in 2018.  A response boat similar to the one in the photo was used to rescue two hunters on Admiralty Island on Thursday. (Lt. Brian Dykens / U.S. Coast Guard)

Coast Guard rescues 2 near Juneau on Christmas Eve

“Fortunately the hunters were prepared for the weather and low visibility.”

A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium patrols Auke Bay during an exercise in 2018.  A response boat similar to the one in the photo was used to rescue two hunters on Admiralty Island on Thursday. (Lt. Brian Dykens / U.S. Coast Guard)
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Wesley Mann rehearses for “This Wonderful Life,” a one-actor adaptation of the Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The digital production can be streamed through Christmas. (Courtesy Photo / Perseverance Theatre)

Review: Viewers can have a ‘Wonderful’ Christmas time at home

Perseverance production works whether you love the source material.

Wesley Mann rehearses for “This Wonderful Life,” a one-actor adaptation of the Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The digital production can be streamed through Christmas. (Courtesy Photo / Perseverance Theatre)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during an August news conference. On Tuesday, Dunleavy proposed reorganizing the state’s largest department, the Department of Health and Social Services, into two smaller departments. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during an August news conference. On Tuesday, Dunleavy proposed reorganizing the state’s largest department, the Department of Health and Social Services, into two smaller departments. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Pharmacist Katrina Green administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Justin Washburn, a CRNA student at Alaska Native Medical Center. (Courtesy Photo / Shirley Young, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)

Chief medical officer: Vaccine reactions should be considered in context

Negative reactions to medicine aren’t uncommon, said Dr. Anne Zink.

Pharmacist Katrina Green administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Justin Washburn, a CRNA student at Alaska Native Medical Center. (Courtesy Photo / Shirley Young, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)
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, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. (Photo by the Canadian Press/AP-NIAID-RML via AP)

State reports 18 COVID-19 deaths

Of 18 deaths, five were recent, according to the state.

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, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. (Photo by the Canadian Press/AP-NIAID-RML via AP)
Capital City Fire/Rescue responds to a wreck in which a pickup truck slid off the road near Twin Lakes. (Courtesy Photo / CCFR)

Slick roads create hazards, lead to multiple wrecks

Authorities responded to multiple wrecks.

Capital City Fire/Rescue responds to a wreck in which a pickup truck slid off the road near Twin Lakes. (Courtesy Photo / CCFR)
The Alaska State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

State announces support for Texas-led election lawsuit

The state expects the Supreme Court to act quickly to decide this matter.

The Alaska State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Kelsey Riker and Taylor Vidic are co-producers of the upcoming variety show “From Juneau With Love.” The show will livestream on Friday, Dec. 18. (Courtesy Photo / Sydney Akagi)

‘This is a variety show of the best kind’: Dozens of Juneau artists contribute to digital production

With dozens of acts performing and more than 40 artists involved, “From Juneau With Love” is like a “12 Days of Christmas” line on steroids.… Continue reading

Kelsey Riker and Taylor Vidic are co-producers of the upcoming variety show “From Juneau With Love.” The show will livestream on Friday, Dec. 18. (Courtesy Photo / Sydney Akagi)
Wes Mann, who will embody multiple characters in Perseverance Theatre’s upcoming “This Wonderful Life,” holds up a copy of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” which was adapted into a one-actor stage show, while standing in front of a green screen that will be transformed via digital effects. “This Wonderful Life” will be available on demand beginning the evening of Dec. 19. (Courtesy Photo / Perseverance Theatre)
Wes Mann, who will embody multiple characters in Perseverance Theatre’s upcoming “This Wonderful Life,” holds up a copy of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” which was adapted into a one-actor stage show, while standing in front of a green screen that will be transformed via digital effects. “This Wonderful Life” will be available on demand beginning the evening of Dec. 19. (Courtesy Photo / Perseverance Theatre)
“When a Woman Loves a Man: A Coloring Book for Lovers,” is a new adult coloring book co-created by Juneauite Erika Stone. Stone said the new work is meant to be sex-positive and empowering without being exploitative. Color for the books cover came from Juneau artist Richard Carter. (Courtesy Image)
“When a Woman Loves a Man: A Coloring Book for Lovers,” is a new adult coloring book co-created by Juneauite Erika Stone. Stone said the new work is meant to be sex-positive and empowering without being exploitative. Color for the books cover came from Juneau artist Richard Carter. (Courtesy Image)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
David W. Schade is director of the state Division of Agriculture. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: Now that industrial hemp is legal, Alaska’s industry must follow law

By David W. Schade The battle to legalize industrial hemp in Alaska was won in the halls of Congress and the Alaska State Capitol in… Continue reading

David W. Schade is director of the state Division of Agriculture. (Courtesy Photo)
Volunteer Linnell Bush helps Jeremy Schlosser load up the trunk of a vehicle with meals in downtown Juneau on Thursday, Nov. 26. Schlosser then distributed those meals to Fireweed Place, the St. Vincent de Paul Society shelter and Trillium Landing. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Volunteer Linnell Bush helps Jeremy Schlosser load up the trunk of a vehicle with meals in downtown Juneau on Thursday, Nov. 26. Schlosser then distributed those meals to Fireweed Place, the St. Vincent de Paul Society shelter and Trillium Landing. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)