Ben Hohenstatt

Alfie Price, left, and Tristen Washington, 9, perform with the Xaadaas Dagwii Dance Group for Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates the people, places and names that were here first

Indigenous Peoples Day speeches focus on progress.

Alfie Price, left, and Tristen Washington, 9, perform with the Xaadaas Dagwii Dance Group for Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Kent Ficek, a Juneau homebrewer, smiles after tying for best in show in the Alaskan Homebrewing Competition, Oct. 12, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Kent Ficek, a Juneau homebrewer, smiles after tying for best in show in the Alaskan Homebrewing Competition, Oct. 12, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Jacob Adams an attorney and cultural heritage researcher, speaks in the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Can appropriation be appropriate?

Cultural conversation requires thoughtfulness.

Jacob Adams an attorney and cultural heritage researcher, speaks in the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Wayne Fitzgerald, prolific and prodigious title sequence designer, is flanked by his grandsons, Bodhi and Portern Nelson of Juneau. All three hold awards earned by the late Fitzgerald over the course of his long career. (Courtesy Photo | Courtney Mico-Nelson)

Juneau woman remembers her stepfather, a titan of titles

You’ve almost certainly seen a lot of Wayne Fitzgerald’s work.

Wayne Fitzgerald, prolific and prodigious title sequence designer, is flanked by his grandsons, Bodhi and Portern Nelson of Juneau. All three hold awards earned by the late Fitzgerald over the course of his long career. (Courtesy Photo | Courtney Mico-Nelson)
Dr. Kayla Luhrs in her business, Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc., located on Seward Street on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Dr. Kayla Luhrs in her business, Moon Cycle Medicine, Inc., located on Seward Street on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rosemary Walling, a volunteer and board member of Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium, views Saturn and its moons’ orbits as projected by a visiting digital projector from Seattle’s Museum of Flight on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. The planetarium is currently raising money to replace its aging mechanical projector with a digital one. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Star power: Planetarium shows what fundraising could bring to town

Projections look bright for Juneau’s planetarium.

Rosemary Walling, a volunteer and board member of Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium, views Saturn and its moons’ orbits as projected by a visiting digital projector from Seattle’s Museum of Flight on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. The planetarium is currently raising money to replace its aging mechanical projector with a digital one. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Guitarist Rowan Robertson formerly of Dio, Todd Kerns bassist and vocalist for Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, and vocalist Johnny Solinger former of Skid Row stand on stage at Centennial Hall, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. The rockers are part of the Raiding the Rock Vault lineup. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

They’ve played with Ozzy and Slash, now they’re playing Juneau

All-star tribute show ready to rock Centennial Hall.

Guitarist Rowan Robertson formerly of Dio, Todd Kerns bassist and vocalist for Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, and vocalist Johnny Solinger former of Skid Row stand on stage at Centennial Hall, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. The rockers are part of the Raiding the Rock Vault lineup. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Esau Sinnok of Shishmaref speaks at a news conference after the Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in Anchorage in a lawsuit that claims state policy on fossil fuels is harming the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate. Sinnok and 15 other Alaska youths in 2017 sued the state, claiming that human-caused greenhouse gas emission leading to climate change is creating long-term, dangerous health effects. They lost in Superior Court, but appealed to Alaska’s highest court. (AP Photo | Mark Thiessen)
Esau Sinnok of Shishmaref speaks at a news conference after the Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in Anchorage in a lawsuit that claims state policy on fossil fuels is harming the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate. Sinnok and 15 other Alaska youths in 2017 sued the state, claiming that human-caused greenhouse gas emission leading to climate change is creating long-term, dangerous health effects. They lost in Superior Court, but appealed to Alaska’s highest court. (AP Photo | Mark Thiessen)
Election Canvass Review Board members Stuart Sliter, left, and Shirley Campbell make one last review of the municipal election results at City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Breaking: Elections results are official

Assembly and School Board members expected to be sworn in soon.

Election Canvass Review Board members Stuart Sliter, left, and Shirley Campbell make one last review of the municipal election results at City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Absentee and questioned ballots count changes outcome for bonds proposition

Absentee and questioned ballots say yes for Prop 2.

Juneau’s Cooper Kriegmont runs against Bartlett’s Kainoa Duarte at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Juneau won 67-24. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Tilt against Bartlett won’t be the Huskies last home game

Big win sets up first home Juneau playoff game in 8 years

Juneau’s Cooper Kriegmont runs against Bartlett’s Kainoa Duarte at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Juneau won 67-24. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Cash only? Bill could change the way Southeast’s marijuana businesses work

SAFE Banking Act might be the end of cash-only operations.

Mud splatters across the face of Alexander Andrews, 7, as he finishes second in the Douglas Dirt Derby Youth Bike Race for 5 to 7-year-olds at Savikko Park and the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The event was organized by the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

It was mind over splatter in Douglas bike race

Colorful bikes and helmets under gray skies.

Mud splatters across the face of Alexander Andrews, 7, as he finishes second in the Douglas Dirt Derby Youth Bike Race for 5 to 7-year-olds at Savikko Park and the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The event was organized by the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Vera Starbard speaks at an Evening at Egan lecture last month. Perseverance Theatre announced Friday its partnership with the playwright would be extended. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Vera Starbard speaks at an Evening at Egan lecture last month. Perseverance Theatre announced Friday its partnership with the playwright would be extended. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Juneau Police Department is looking for a man JPD suspects of breaking into a downtown business and stealing more than $5,000 worth of controlled drugs. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Police Department)

JPD seeks information about drugstore burglar

Juneau Police Department is looking for a man suspected of stealing more than $5,000 in medications from a downtown drugstore. An unknown suspect broke into… Continue reading

Juneau Police Department is looking for a man JPD suspects of breaking into a downtown business and stealing more than $5,000 worth of controlled drugs. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Police Department)
Paul Neal walks his dog, Taku, along the downtown waterfront during the first snow of 2018 on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Snow could possibly fall this week, but a meteorologist said it doesn’t seem likely. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Snow possible, but unlikely this week

Snow time like the present.

Paul Neal walks his dog, Taku, along the downtown waterfront during the first snow of 2018 on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Snow could possibly fall this week, but a meteorologist said it doesn’t seem likely. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute, gives a presentation at the “Sharing Our Knowledge” on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, on blood quantum and how it relates to enrollment of shareholders in Native corporations. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Blood simple: Is it time to rethink how Native is defined?

It’s a problem facing many Native organizations.

Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute, gives a presentation at the “Sharing Our Knowledge” on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, on blood quantum and how it relates to enrollment of shareholders in Native corporations. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Downtown bookstore is on the move

They’re booking it from Front Street.