Ben Hohenstatt

In this stock photo, a person’s blood is collected during blood donation. Next week, residents of Gustavus will have blood samples taken for a study that will determine what quantities of so-called “forever chemicals” are in their blood and how that may correlate to the chemicals present in drinking water. (Unsplash | LuAnn Hunt)

Gustavus residents test blood for PFAS

PFAS is in their water, what has it done to their blood?

In this stock photo, a person’s blood is collected during blood donation. Next week, residents of Gustavus will have blood samples taken for a study that will determine what quantities of so-called “forever chemicals” are in their blood and how that may correlate to the chemicals present in drinking water. (Unsplash | LuAnn Hunt)
David Michael Kennedy, acclaimed photographer, speaks about the state of photography while at the Alaska State Museum on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Kennedy is in town as the juror of the museum’s Alaska Positive photography exhibit. Kennedy is giving a lecture at the museum on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
David Michael Kennedy, acclaimed photographer, speaks about the state of photography while at the Alaska State Museum on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Kennedy is in town as the juror of the museum’s Alaska Positive photography exhibit. Kennedy is giving a lecture at the museum on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Claire Scott, 16, a junior at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé, shows off her second published comic book, A Most Peculiar Alarm Clock, at Alaska Robotics Gallery on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Scott’s first book, Meow Cats United, was published last year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Claire Scott, 16, a junior at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé, shows off her second published comic book, A Most Peculiar Alarm Clock, at Alaska Robotics Gallery on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Scott’s first book, Meow Cats United, was published last year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sasha Soboleff talks about his father, Walter Soboleff, during a celebration of Soboleff at the Walter Soboleff Center on Walter Soboleff Day, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Friends and family remember Walter Soboleff on his day

“It’s not what he did. It’s what he was.”

Sasha Soboleff talks about his father, Walter Soboleff, during a celebration of Soboleff at the Walter Soboleff Center on Walter Soboleff Day, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Evan Wood, one of the owners of Devil’s Club Brewing Company, talks in August about what proposed rule changes for Alaska’s breweries and distilleries would mean for his business. Those changes weren’t adopted because of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decision Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Evan Wood, one of the owners of Devil’s Club Brewing Company, talks in August about what proposed rule changes for Alaska’s breweries and distilleries would mean for his business. Those changes weren’t adopted because of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decision Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Swap co-organizer Miranda McCarty moves a pile of clothing to be processed by volunteers at the community clothing swap Saturday, Nov. 9. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

It’s ridiculously hard to get rid of clothing in Juneau. This could help.

There’s a new way to get rid of unwanted clothes.

Swap co-organizer Miranda McCarty moves a pile of clothing to be processed by volunteers at the community clothing swap Saturday, Nov. 9. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Clare Boily brings her and Hal Turman’s “The Siren” to life at the Wearable Art show at Centennial Hall February 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Clare Boily brings her and Hal Turman’s “The Siren” to life at the Wearable Art show at Centennial Hall February 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Beth Weigel, Director of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, gives an overview of the newly announced Marie Darlin Prize during a meeting of the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. A cash award of $5,000 will be given to the recipient of the prize starting next September. Nominations of writers, practitioners of visual, plastic, graphic, fiber or traditional arts and crafts, and performers, directors or creators of theater, music, film or dance will be accepted between Nov. 1 and April 3. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New prize will continue lifetime of advocacy

Nominations are now being accepted.

Beth Weigel, Director of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, gives an overview of the newly announced Marie Darlin Prize during a meeting of the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. A cash award of $5,000 will be given to the recipient of the prize starting next September. Nominations of writers, practitioners of visual, plastic, graphic, fiber or traditional arts and crafts, and performers, directors or creators of theater, music, film or dance will be accepted between Nov. 1 and April 3. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Mumbi the Wicked Witch, played by Olivia Bolin, finds the ruby boots to be a shocking experience during rehearsal for the Thunder Mountain High School production of “Choose Your Own Oz” at TMHS on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Mumbi the Wicked Witch, played by Olivia Bolin, finds the ruby boots to be a shocking experience during rehearsal for the Thunder Mountain High School production of “Choose Your Own Oz” at TMHS on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
PINZ lanes sit open for bowlers Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted to renew Taku Lanes liquor license during the meeting on Tuesday. It will now need to be transferred to PINZ in order for the bowling alley to serve wine and beer. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Bowling alley is closer to serving wine and beer

There’s still more paperwork to be done.

PINZ lanes sit open for bowlers Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted to renew Taku Lanes liquor license during the meeting on Tuesday. It will now need to be transferred to PINZ in order for the bowling alley to serve wine and beer. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Killah Priest, who is known for his appearances on Wu-Tang Clan member albums as well as over a dozen solo efforts, will be in Juneau for a Dec. 20 concert. (Courtesy Photo | Killah Priest)
Killah Priest, who is known for his appearances on Wu-Tang Clan member albums as well as over a dozen solo efforts, will be in Juneau for a Dec. 20 concert. (Courtesy Photo | Killah Priest)
In this July 7, 2015 file photo, Jim Johnsen is greeted by Rep. Sam Kito, right, as then-new University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield, center, looks on during a gathering at Centennial Hall. Caulfield announced Friday he will be retiring. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

University of Alaska Southeast chancellor announces retirement

He wraps up 35-year career in June 2020.

In this July 7, 2015 file photo, Jim Johnsen is greeted by Rep. Sam Kito, right, as then-new University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield, center, looks on during a gathering at Centennial Hall. Caulfield announced Friday he will be retiring. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo from Sept. 15, 2016, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen makes a presentation to the university’s Board of Regents at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreation Center. Johnsen and the UA board discussed tuition increases and budget concerns Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo from Sept. 15, 2016, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen makes a presentation to the university’s Board of Regents at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreation Center. Johnsen and the UA board discussed tuition increases and budget concerns Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

How US reached ‘rock bottom’ of American Indian law

A year after ending segregation, the Supreme Court denied Native Americans Fifth Amendment rights.

Matt Barnaby, co-owner and brewer at the Barnaby Brewing Company, photographed on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, has added his name to a list of commenters who don’t like a proposed definition change by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that would limit the sorts of activities that can happen in breweries and distilleries. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Brewery and distillery regulations widely panned in public comments

The people have spoken, and they don’t like a proposed definition change.

Matt Barnaby, co-owner and brewer at the Barnaby Brewing Company, photographed on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, has added his name to a list of commenters who don’t like a proposed definition change by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that would limit the sorts of activities that can happen in breweries and distilleries. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sarah B. Aronson, who was born and raised in Juneau, recently had her first poetry collection published. (Courtesy Photo | Sarah B. Aronson)
Sarah B. Aronson, who was born and raised in Juneau, recently had her first poetry collection published. (Courtesy Photo | Sarah B. Aronson)