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This photo shows Hannah Wolf, who grew up in Juneau and is directing Perseverance Theatre’s upcoming production of “Fun Home.” Wolf described herself as a fangirl of Alison Bechdel, whose graphic novel memoir serves as a basis for the Tony Award-winning musical. (Courtesy Photo)
This photo shows Hannah Wolf, who grew up in Juneau and is directing Perseverance Theatre’s upcoming production of “Fun Home.” Wolf described herself as a fangirl of Alison Bechdel, whose graphic novel memoir serves as a basis for the Tony Award-winning musical. (Courtesy Photo)
Linda Buckley, a retired Juneau educator, has written her second children’s book “The Humpback in the Herring.” Like her first book, “The Bear in the Blueberry,” the book examines the relationship between organisms big and small. (Courtesy Photo)

Children’s author is back with a whale tale

First there was “The Bear in the Blueberry.” Now, there’s “The Humpback in the Herring.”

Linda Buckley, a retired Juneau educator, has written her second children’s book “The Humpback in the Herring.” Like her first book, “The Bear in the Blueberry,” the book examines the relationship between organisms big and small. (Courtesy Photo)
Maddox Rogers, 14, of Haines participates in the scissor broad jump Saturday morning shortly after the beginning of the 2022 Traditional Games at Thunder Mountain High School. Maddox set a new record for his age group of 26 feet and 7 3/4 inches. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

PHOTOS: Traditional Games return to Juneau

Over 100 athletes from over 20 communities compete.

Maddox Rogers, 14, of Haines participates in the scissor broad jump Saturday morning shortly after the beginning of the 2022 Traditional Games at Thunder Mountain High School. Maddox set a new record for his age group of 26 feet and 7 3/4 inches. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This December 2021 photo shows Erin Heist on stage in Juneau. Heist's debut album "From the Land of Rusted Dreams" is set to be released on April 8. The album is heavily shaped by connections Heist has made through the Alaska Folk Festival, which is held annually in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo / Annie Bartholomew)
This December 2021 photo shows Erin Heist on stage in Juneau. Heist's debut album "From the Land of Rusted Dreams" is set to be released on April 8. The album is heavily shaped by connections Heist has made through the Alaska Folk Festival, which is held annually in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo / Annie Bartholomew)
Kristine Paulick and Bill Paulick rehearse in a music classroom in Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School ahead of an upcoming Juneau Community Bands Horns a Plenty concert set for Sunday at Thunder Mountain High School. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Pardon their French horns: Live music returns with Horns A-Plenty concert

Unless you were in New York City two years ago, you haven’t heard this played live before.

Kristine Paulick and Bill Paulick rehearse in a music classroom in Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School ahead of an upcoming Juneau Community Bands Horns a Plenty concert set for Sunday at Thunder Mountain High School. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Sunlight shines on the U.S. Capitol dome on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Murkowski highlights spending bill’s impact on Alaska

Senator tours earmarks’ return, VAWA reauthorization and aid for Ukraine.

Sunlight shines on the U.S. Capitol dome on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
JDHS' Orion Dybdahl (20), a junior, rises for a shot in the Region V 4A Tournament championship game against Ketchikan High School. A buzzer-beater by Dybdahl secured the Crimson Bears and tournament win and state tournament berth. (Jeff Lund / Courtesy Photo)

JDHS boys secure state tournament berth in dramatic fashion

Down by three to Revion V champs in about 30 seconds.

JDHS' Orion Dybdahl (20), a junior, rises for a shot in the Region V 4A Tournament championship game against Ketchikan High School. A buzzer-beater by Dybdahl secured the Crimson Bears and tournament win and state tournament berth. (Jeff Lund / Courtesy Photo)
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JDHS’ Skylar Tuckwood (13) dribbles while defended by TMHS’ Ashlyn Gates (2). The JDHS girls won the game 54-29 in large part due to Tuckwood’s 20 points and seven steals.
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JDHS’ Skylar Tuckwood (13) dribbles while defended by TMHS’ Ashlyn Gates (2). The JDHS girls won the game 54-29 in large part due to Tuckwood’s 20 points and seven steals.
Thomas Baxter throws down a dunk to score two of his game-high 29 points on Friday night at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Thomas Baxter throws down a dunk to score two of his game-high 29 points on Friday night at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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New series seeks to empower people, provide tools for fighting climate change

“The whole idea is providing people with tools and empowering people.”

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Masking requirement dropped for most city facilities

Schools, the hospital, the airport and public transit are subject to different rules.

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Alaska Science Forum: Dave Covey made the world a calmer place

He left us last week — a quiet exit that was totally Dave.

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Juneau City Hall on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Juneau City Hall on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
In this Jan. 6, 2017 photo, Juneau residents participate in the World’s Largest Lesson at Eaglecrest Ski Area. On Monday, CBJ Assembly conditionally approved acquisition of a new gondola for the ski area. Before it can come to town, the lift system will need to be inspected and a further report will be given to city officials. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

City takes big step toward acquiring $2M gondola

A split vote breaks in favor of buying the lift system.

In this Jan. 6, 2017 photo, Juneau residents participate in the World’s Largest Lesson at Eaglecrest Ski Area. On Monday, CBJ Assembly conditionally approved acquisition of a new gondola for the ski area. Before it can come to town, the lift system will need to be inspected and a further report will be given to city officials. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
The City and Borough of Juneau announced on Monday it is lowering its community risk level. The move means masking will no longer be required inside indoor, public spaces. Currently, masks are required in city facilities, but a chance is expected in the near future, said Deputy City Manager Robert Barr. (Pam Menegakis / Unsplash)

City lowers community risk level

Masks are recommended, but no longer required.

The City and Borough of Juneau announced on Monday it is lowering its community risk level. The move means masking will no longer be required inside indoor, public spaces. Currently, masks are required in city facilities, but a chance is expected in the near future, said Deputy City Manager Robert Barr. (Pam Menegakis / Unsplash)
Thunder Mountain High School seniors (from left to right) Grace Sikes, Sydney Strong, Jo Pasion, Olissa Oliver and Jorda Basiliso stand with coach Andy Lee (center) before Saturday’s senior night game against Ketchikan. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Thunder Mountain falls to Ketchikan at home

But more games are ahead as season nears its end.

Thunder Mountain High School seniors (from left to right) Grace Sikes, Sydney Strong, Jo Pasion, Olissa Oliver and Jorda Basiliso stand with coach Andy Lee (center) before Saturday’s senior night game against Ketchikan. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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Senior Matthew Hartsock prepares to launch a 3-point shot while his teammates and coaches look on. Hartsock, who sank two 3-pointers in the game, was part of a hot shooting night for TMHS.

TMHS seniors help power 30-point win in season’s last home game

“It was just a special night all around.”

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Senior Matthew Hartsock prepares to launch a 3-point shot while his teammates and coaches look on. Hartsock, who sank two 3-pointers in the game, was part of a hot shooting night for TMHS.
This October 2019 photo shows Kensington Gold Mine's tailing treatment facility. On Thursday, the U.S. Forest Service announced a final record of decision that clears the way for a phased approach to a plan expanding the life of the mine by at least a decade. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Forest Service OKs phased approach for plan to extend life of Kensington Gold Mine

The proposed plan generated hundreds of public comments from residents, organizations and agencies.

This October 2019 photo shows Kensington Gold Mine's tailing treatment facility. On Thursday, the U.S. Forest Service announced a final record of decision that clears the way for a phased approach to a plan expanding the life of the mine by at least a decade. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Delia (Vivian Melde) is illuminated by a flashlight's beam following a frightening encounter with a ghost during a rehearsal for Perseverance Theatre's "The Brothers Paranormal." (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Delia (Vivian Melde) is illuminated by a flashlight's beam following a frightening encounter with a ghost during a rehearsal for Perseverance Theatre's "The Brothers Paranormal." (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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This photo provided by Nick Jans shows the wolf known as Romeo, famous for his friendly interactions with locals and their pets. Romeo inspired a series of events this month that culminates in “Wolf Songs,” which will premiere two original works inspired by the wolf. Jans who wrote the book “A Wolf Called Romeo” is credited with the text for a musical piece of the same title.

Songs in the key of wildlife

‘Wolf Songs’ features original works about Juneau’s famous Romeo.

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This photo provided by Nick Jans shows the wolf known as Romeo, famous for his friendly interactions with locals and their pets. Romeo inspired a series of events this month that culminates in “Wolf Songs,” which will premiere two original works inspired by the wolf. Jans who wrote the book “A Wolf Called Romeo” is credited with the text for a musical piece of the same title.