Ben Hohenstatt

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)
The cast and crew behind “A Tlingit Christmas Carol” smile on a Zoom call. (Courtesy Image / Perseverance Theatre)
The cast and crew behind “A Tlingit Christmas Carol” smile on a Zoom call. (Courtesy Image / Perseverance Theatre)
This September photo shows a sign in downtown Juneau encouraging people to get tested for COVID-19. Recent analysis shared by Alaska Department of Health and Social Services shows the majority of Alaskans have at least one underlying health condition that increases risk of serious illness from COVID-19. (Ben Hohesntatt / Juneau Empire File)

Report: Most Alaska adults have conditions that increase risk for serious illness from COVID-19

Obesity, smoking and diabetes among common health issues, according to health officials.

This September photo shows a sign in downtown Juneau encouraging people to get tested for COVID-19. Recent analysis shared by Alaska Department of Health and Social Services shows the majority of Alaskans have at least one underlying health condition that increases risk of serious illness from COVID-19. (Ben Hohesntatt / Juneau Empire File)
This composite image shows independent candidates Al Gross, left, and Alyse Galvin, right, during campaign events in Juneau. Both Gross and Galvin conceded Friday to Republican incumbents. Gross lost to Sen. Dan Sullivan. Galvin lost to Rep. Don Young. (Juneau Empire)

Gross and Galvin concede respective races

The AP called the races on Wednesday.

This composite image shows independent candidates Al Gross, left, and Alyse Galvin, right, during campaign events in Juneau. Both Gross and Galvin conceded Friday to Republican incumbents. Gross lost to Sen. Dan Sullivan. Galvin lost to Rep. Don Young. (Juneau Empire)
"The Spirit of the Valley" is Perseverance Theatre's latest play. (Courtesy Image / Perseverance Theatre)

Sense of play: New production blends message with fun

“The Spirit of the Valley,” the latest live, virtual offering from Perseverance Theatre, deftly hides its vegetables. A play geared toward younger audiences with a… Continue reading

"The Spirit of the Valley" is Perseverance Theatre's latest play. (Courtesy Image / Perseverance Theatre)
This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 particle isolated from a patient, in a laboratory in Fort Detrick, Md. Coronaviruses, including the newest one, are named for the spikes that cover their outer surface like a crown, or corona in Latin. Using those club-shaped spikes, the virus latches on to the outer wall of a human cell, invades it and replicates, creating viruses to hijack more cells. (NIAID / NIH)

State announces more than 1,100 COVID-19 cases over weekend

The state announced over the weekend more than 1,100 COVID-19 cases, including a new single-day high for new cases. On Saturday, Alaska Department of Health… Continue reading

This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 particle isolated from a patient, in a laboratory in Fort Detrick, Md. Coronaviruses, including the newest one, are named for the spikes that cover their outer surface like a crown, or corona in Latin. Using those club-shaped spikes, the virus latches on to the outer wall of a human cell, invades it and replicates, creating viruses to hijack more cells. (NIAID / NIH)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a virtual town hall meeting on Sept. 15. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Governor urges Alaskans to change behavior amid rising case counts

He cited virus’ impacts on the military and emergency responders.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a virtual town hall meeting on Sept. 15. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Blank Unemployment Benefits form
Blank Unemployment Benefits form
Rep. Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, gets her temperature taken as she enters the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, May 18, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Rep. Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, gets her temperature taken as she enters the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, May 18, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
A sign seen near Twin Lakes on Sept. 17 encourages residents to wear cloth face coverings while in public. State public health officials reiterated that advice during a news briefing Thursday.(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

State counts new deaths, sheds light on old ones

77 people have died so far, according to data.

A sign seen near Twin Lakes on Sept. 17 encourages residents to wear cloth face coverings while in public. State public health officials reiterated that advice during a news briefing Thursday.(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy at a press conference in Anchorage on Aug. 11, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Watch: Gov. Dunleavy holds COVID-19 news conference

Watch live beginning at 5 p.m.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy at a press conference in Anchorage on Aug. 11, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Frank Henry Kaash Katasse is the writer and director of the new play "The Spirit of the Valley." The all-ages comedy began as something like a writing exercise for Katasse's wife and kids. It's his first time writing and directing a full-length play. “This is certainly a different beast than anything I’ve ever been a part of," he said. “It’s been a really fun experience.” (Courtesy Photo)

Stage is set for all-ages comedy with a message

Thinking green and green screens factor into new play.

Frank Henry Kaash Katasse is the writer and director of the new play "The Spirit of the Valley." The all-ages comedy began as something like a writing exercise for Katasse's wife and kids. It's his first time writing and directing a full-length play. “This is certainly a different beast than anything I’ve ever been a part of," he said. “It’s been a really fun experience.” (Courtesy Photo)