Ben Hohenstatt

New-look, younger Assembly will shape future close votes

There’s been a lot of turnover.

Voter participation turns out to be about average

Not the best, but not the worst.

Steve Henrikson, Curator of Collections at the Alaska State Museum, displays a plastic replica of a Tlingit throwing stick before his presentation on spear throwing with Richard VanderHoek, State Archaeologist with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Office of History and Archaeology, as part of the Sharing Our Knowledge conference on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Rarely documented Tlingit tools were used to hunt

This conference talk got to the point.

Steve Henrikson, Curator of Collections at the Alaska State Museum, displays a plastic replica of a Tlingit throwing stick before his presentation on spear throwing with Richard VanderHoek, State Archaeologist with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Office of History and Archaeology, as part of the Sharing Our Knowledge conference on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Language, culture take center stage at conference opening

Academics, artists and indigenous people from throughout the state and Canada converged Thursday morning in Juneau.

Members of the Killer Whale clan support a replica of a sculpin clan hat on Ray Wilson, clan leader for the Kiks.ádi Clan, during a welcoming ceremony at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. The original hat was collected from the Kiks.ádi Clan in Sitka in 1884. The Smithsonian Institution used a 3D digitization process to document the hat and constructed the hat using traditional materials. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New technology brings old Tlingit hat back to Alaska

After 135 years away, it came back to Southeast Alaska.

Members of the Killer Whale clan support a replica of a sculpin clan hat on Ray Wilson, clan leader for the Kiks.ádi Clan, during a welcoming ceremony at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. The original hat was collected from the Kiks.ádi Clan in Sitka in 1884. The Smithsonian Institution used a 3D digitization process to document the hat and constructed the hat using traditional materials. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Erin Tripp, center, playing Aanteinatu, is welcomed into a new clan during the Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Devilfish” written by Vera Starbard on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Theater Review: ‘Devilfish’ is a hell of a play

Perseverance Theatre’s latest swings for the fences and connects.

Erin Tripp, center, playing Aanteinatu, is welcomed into a new clan during the Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Devilfish” written by Vera Starbard on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Peter Metcalfe speaks on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, about the upcoming “Sharing Our Knowledge: A Conference of Tlingit, Haida & Tsimshian Tribes & Clans” to be held in Juneau Sept. 26-29. Metcalfe has been involved in the conference since it’s inception. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Peter Metcalfe speaks on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, about the upcoming “Sharing Our Knowledge: A Conference of Tlingit, Haida & Tsimshian Tribes & Clans” to be held in Juneau Sept. 26-29. Metcalfe has been involved in the conference since it’s inception. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Drawn together by dinosaurs: Paleontologist and artist are longtime collaborators

A Smithsonian director and punny T-shirt artist work well together.

Election officials wait for voters in the Municipal Election at the Nugget Mall on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Estimates indicate Alaska has registered 109 percent of its eligible voters. This year’s election will be Oct. 1, and groups are spending in support or opposition of ballot measures. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Thousands of dollars are being spent on campaigns for and against the New JACC

Bumper stickers, signs and ads come at a price.

Election officials wait for voters in the Municipal Election at the Nugget Mall on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Estimates indicate Alaska has registered 109 percent of its eligible voters. This year’s election will be Oct. 1, and groups are spending in support or opposition of ballot measures. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Juneau Community Foundation names 2019’s philanthropist of the year

After 40 years, she’s still supporting projects.

Cheryl and Henry Jebe pose with their Tesla Model X as Juneau residents meet for the sixth annual Electric Vehicle Juneau Roundup on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Cheryl and Henry Jebe pose with their Tesla Model X as Juneau residents meet for the sixth annual Electric Vehicle Juneau Roundup on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau Artist Arnie Weimer stands next to his bucket sculpture and a pro-JACC sign in front of his 12th Street home on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Three ballot questions high-JACC local election

Here’s what they mean and how people feel.

Juneau Artist Arnie Weimer stands next to his bucket sculpture and a pro-JACC sign in front of his 12th Street home on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A male black bear chases spawning sockeye salmon in Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in August 2018. Saturday the visitor center will be the site of a Smokey Bear birthday celebration. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A male black bear chases spawning sockeye salmon in Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in August 2018. Saturday the visitor center will be the site of a Smokey Bear birthday celebration. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Dr. Rosita Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, speaks Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, about plans to build a Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus in the current location of the Sealaska Corporation parking lot. SHI this week received word that it received a federal grant of more than $5.6 million for the $12 million project, which, along with donations and grants from other sources, puts the project at 70 percent toward its funding goal. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New downtown arts campus could break ground by June 2020

The Walter Soboleff Building could have a new neighbor soon.

Dr. Rosita Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, speaks Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, about plans to build a Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus in the current location of the Sealaska Corporation parking lot. SHI this week received word that it received a federal grant of more than $5.6 million for the $12 million project, which, along with donations and grants from other sources, puts the project at 70 percent toward its funding goal. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
William Brown, a resident of Juneau Housing First Collaborative’s Forget-Me-Not Manor, talks about the positive impacts the home had made on his life on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. It is the two-year anniversary of the project that provides housing and support services to chronically homeless adults who have struggled with alcohol and are high utilizers of emergency services within the City and Borough of Juneau. Phase II to build another 32 apartments is currently underway and will open late next year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
                                William Brown, a resident of Juneau Housing First Collaborative’s Forget-Me-Not Manor, talks about the postive impacts the home had made on his life on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. It is the two-year anniversary of the project that provides housing and support services to chronically homeless adults who have struggled with alcohol and are high utilizers of emergency services within the City and Borough of Juneau. Phase II to build another 32 apartments is currently underway and will open late next year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Home Sweet Home: Once-controversial housing program seems like a success

Small rooms make big difference in the lives of Juneau’s homeless.

William Brown, a resident of Juneau Housing First Collaborative’s Forget-Me-Not Manor, talks about the positive impacts the home had made on his life on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. It is the two-year anniversary of the project that provides housing and support services to chronically homeless adults who have struggled with alcohol and are high utilizers of emergency services within the City and Borough of Juneau. Phase II to build another 32 apartments is currently underway and will open late next year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
                                William Brown, a resident of Juneau Housing First Collaborative’s Forget-Me-Not Manor, talks about the postive impacts the home had made on his life on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. It is the two-year anniversary of the project that provides housing and support services to chronically homeless adults who have struggled with alcohol and are high utilizers of emergency services within the City and Borough of Juneau. Phase II to build another 32 apartments is currently underway and will open late next year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Erin Tripp, right, playing Aanteinatu, rehearses with Rio Alberto, playing a magical wolf, in Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Devilfish” written by Vera Starbard on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Erin Tripp, right, playing Aanteinatu, rehearses with Rio Alberto, playing a magical wolf, in Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Devilfish” written by Vera Starbard on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Concerts bring music by women out of the shadows

Women musicians and composers take center stage in upcoming shows.