Ben Hohenstatt

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)
Sally Schlichting, on flute, left, and Jetta Whittaker, on oboe, rehearse for the Con Brio Chamber Series’ September concerts. Friday and Saturday, Con Brio is presenting a pair of flute society concerts. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sally Schlichting, on flute, left, and Jetta Whittaker, on oboe, rehearse for the Con Brio Chamber Series’ September concerts. Friday and Saturday, Con Brio is presenting a pair of flute society concerts. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Organized Village of Kake President Joel Jackson, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson and Organized Village of Saxman President Lee Wallace were among Alaska Native tribal leaders who met with United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Jim Hubbard in Juneau Saturday, Nov. 2. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Organized Village of Kake President Joel Jackson, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson and Organized Village of Saxman President Lee Wallace were among Alaska Native tribal leaders who met with United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Jim Hubbard in Juneau Saturday, Nov. 2. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Mercedes Muñoz holds a ceramic plate at her home studio on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Muñoz is showing her work at Coppa for First Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Mercedes Muñoz holds a ceramic plate at her home studio on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Muñoz is showing her work at Coppa for First Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
In this July photo Ivette Naida, left, receives HIV medication from social workers from the IDEA Exchange. HIV medication is part of the reason transmission rates of the virus are low in Alaska. (AP Photo | Lynne Sladky)

Alaska has some of the highest STD rates, but the lowest HIV rates. Why?

While HIV and STD rates are different, they’re not totally unrelated.

In this July photo Ivette Naida, left, receives HIV medication from social workers from the IDEA Exchange. HIV medication is part of the reason transmission rates of the virus are low in Alaska. (AP Photo | Lynne Sladky)
City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee didn’t spend Saturday morning alone. About a dozen people were in attendance as the city reviewed its spending priorities. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

City reviews its spending priorities in king-sized meeting

Assembly members ranked 80 programs and projects.

City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee didn’t spend Saturday morning alone. About a dozen people were in attendance as the city reviewed its spending priorities. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Team Forget Me Not, a synchronized figure skating team, practices before a performance at Treadwell Arena, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Team Forget Me Not, a synchronized figure skating team, practices before a performance at Treadwell Arena, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Alaska’s aviation average is deadlier than national norms

Loss of life wasn’t just in Southeast Alaska.

Chris E. McNeil, Jr., the owner of Native Strategy Group and former president and CEO of Sealaska Corporation, speaks about Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska v. United States Friday, Nov. 1, inside Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Building. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Chris E. McNeil, Jr., the owner of Native Strategy Group and former president and CEO of Sealaska Corporation, speaks about Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska v. United States Friday, Nov. 1, inside Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Building. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Leslie Ishii, newly named Artistic Director for Perseverance Theatre, talks about her goals for Juneau’s professional theater during an interview on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Leslie Ishii, newly named Artistic Director for Perseverance Theatre, talks about her goals for Juneau’s professional theater during an interview on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Darren Jaeckel smiles near a jack-o’-lantern he carved underwater at the Sixth Annual Spooktacular Dive and Underwater Pumpkin Carving event Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Divers carve out time to make underwater jack-o’-lanterns

They had to wait to light candles.

Darren Jaeckel smiles near a jack-o’-lantern he carved underwater at the Sixth Annual Spooktacular Dive and Underwater Pumpkin Carving event Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Deborah Parker, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center board member, activist and survivor of sexual and physical violence, delivers the keynote speech at a domestic violence awareness summit Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
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Deborah Parker, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center board member, activist and survivor of sexual and physical violence, delivers the keynote speech at a domestic violence awareness summit Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
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The state of Alaska is readying for the 2020 census, which will help determine how much federal money the state receives and impact the redistricting process.
The state of Alaska is readying for the 2020 census, which will help determine how much federal money the state receives and impact the redistricting process.