Ben Hohenstatt

Juneau, like the rest of the state has seen a declining population in recent years, according to a report from the Alaska Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Population continues to decline in Southeast and state

Decline percentages were nearly identical.

Juneau, like the rest of the state has seen a declining population in recent years, according to a report from the Alaska Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A recent sale of waterfront property to Norwegian Cruise Lines will likely have a ripple effect on the assessed value of waterfront property in Juneau. Alaska is a so-called “non-disclosure” state, so typically sales property transaction prices aren’t shared with the public, but bids for land previously owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority were publicly unsealed in September. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
A recent sale of waterfront property to Norwegian Cruise Lines will likely have a ripple effect on the assessed value of waterfront property in Juneau. Alaska is a so-called “non-disclosure” state, so typically sales property transaction prices aren’t shared with the public, but bids for land previously owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority were publicly unsealed in September. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
City and Borough of Juneau Visitor Industry Task Force Chair Carole Triem and Vice Chair Craig Dahl listen to testimony Saturday, Jan. 11 during a public input task force meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

‘What we used to have’: Locals testify about need to regulate tourism

Should the city cap number of cruise ship visitors to Juneau?

City and Borough of Juneau Visitor Industry Task Force Chair Carole Triem and Vice Chair Craig Dahl listen to testimony Saturday, Jan. 11 during a public input task force meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Glacier in retreat: What the Taku is teaching us about climate change

A changing climate has caught up with the glacier.

Cruise ship visitors gather for their tours on the Seawalk on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Empire Live: Visitor Industry Task Force hears from the public

It’s the first public input meeting, here’s what people are saying.

Cruise ship visitors gather for their tours on the Seawalk on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

House-passed bill could lead to PFAS cleanup

It needs to get past the Senate and President, too.

Ron Laiti drops his ballot into a ballot box after voting in the Douglas Indian Association’s election on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Ron Laiti drops his ballot into a ballot box after voting in the Douglas Indian Association’s election on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Perseverance Theatre announced the hiring of new managing director Frank Delaney and interim artistic director Leslie Ishii. (Courtesy Photo | Perseverance Theatre)

Empire Live: Here’s what’s new with Perseverance Theatre

Theater leaders talk at chamber meeting.

Perseverance Theatre announced the hiring of new managing director Frank Delaney and interim artistic director Leslie Ishii. (Courtesy Photo | Perseverance Theatre)

Theater leaders discuss Perseverance’s finances and future

Money’s in the bank, and bills are being paid, manging director said.

Inari Kylänen stands near her painting, “Act of Doing Nothing is Still an Act II The Southern Border” during an opening reception for the new exhibition “A Nation of Immigrants” Friday, Jan. 3, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)
Inari Kylänen stands near her painting, “Act of Doing Nothing is Still an Act II The Southern Border” during an opening reception for the new exhibition “A Nation of Immigrants” Friday, Jan. 3, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)
Monica Devine’s book “Water Mask” is a collection of autobiographical essays related to her time as a speech therapist working in more than 60 villages in Alaska. (Courtesy Photo | Monica Devine)
Monica Devine’s book “Water Mask” is a collection of autobiographical essays related to her time as a speech therapist working in more than 60 villages in Alaska. (Courtesy Photo | Monica Devine)
Diane Fleeks, left, Shelley Virginia, center, and Margeaux Ljungberg rehearse in front of an invited audience for Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Silent Sky” on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly)
Diane Fleeks, left, Shelley Virginia, center, and Margeaux Ljungberg rehearse in front of an invited audience for Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Silent Sky” on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly)
Capt. Steve White, from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau, gives a presentation to the Visitor Industry Task Force in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Capt. Steve White, from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau, gives a presentation to the Visitor Industry Task Force in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Steve White makes a presentation to the Visitor Industry Task Force during its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Empire Live: Tourism task force hears from Coast Guard

A presentation and discussion are on the agenda.

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Steve White makes a presentation to the Visitor Industry Task Force during its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Alaska State Troopers say Shirley Skeek, seen in this June 2018 photo, was killed. Skeek’s remains were found off of the Seward Highway in May and identified in December. Monday, troopers said an autopsy report indicated homicide led to Skeek’s death. (Courtesy Photo | Amy Skeek)

Homicide latest in string of tragedies for Juneau family

Local family receives more bad news.

Alaska State Troopers say Shirley Skeek, seen in this June 2018 photo, was killed. Skeek’s remains were found off of the Seward Highway in May and identified in December. Monday, troopers said an autopsy report indicated homicide led to Skeek’s death. (Courtesy Photo | Amy Skeek)

Get ready to dip into the new year

Time for the annual polar plunge.

About 50 artists stand with their work in front of the Sealaska Heritage Institute on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, to protest heavy cuts to state arts programs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The 5 biggest arts stories of 2019

The near-vetoes, protests and more that made the year.

About 50 artists stand with their work in front of the Sealaska Heritage Institute on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, to protest heavy cuts to state arts programs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Here’s what the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly writers watched, read, heard and played this year. (Courtesy Photos | Unsplash)
Here’s what the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly writers watched, read, heard and played this year. (Courtesy Photos | Unsplash)