Ben Hohenstatt

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)

Juneau’s almost entirely closed on Christmas

Hope you like movies.

Capital City Fire/Rescue CARES program manager Joe Mishler talks about the new sleep-off program on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. The center, located at St. Vincent de Paul, gives a safe place for up to four people found to be too inebriated to be left on the street. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sleeping it off: An inside look at Juneau’s sleep off program for chronic inebriates

Six months in, here’s what the program looks like.

Capital City Fire/Rescue CARES program manager Joe Mishler talks about the new sleep-off program on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. The center, located at St. Vincent de Paul, gives a safe place for up to four people found to be too inebriated to be left on the street. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Toby Russell, stars as Buddy the Elf, during rehearsal of “Elf the Musicial” at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Toby Russell, stars as Buddy the Elf, during rehearsal of “Elf the Musicial” at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Anastasia Hobson-George, right, works with weaver Lily Hope as the Artist-in-Residence at the Walter Soboleff Center in May 2019. Hobson-George is one of the youngest-ever winners of a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award. Applications for the awards are now open. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Anastasia Hobson-George, right, works with weaver Lily Hope as the Artist-in-Residence at the Walter Soboleff Center in May 2019. Hobson-George is one of the youngest-ever winners of a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award. Applications for the awards are now open. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)