Clarise Larson

Charlie Blattner, a Juneau-based Dungeness crab fisherman, holds two live Dungeness crabs he caught in the past few days around the Juneau area. Blattner said fall Dungeness crab harvest for his boat has been “hit or miss.” (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Dungeness crab summer harvest drops $10M from previous season

Some Southeast fishermen skipping fall season entirely, other’s say season has been “hit or miss”

Charlie Blattner, a Juneau-based Dungeness crab fisherman, holds two live Dungeness crabs he caught in the past few days around the Juneau area. Blattner said fall Dungeness crab harvest for his boat has been “hit or miss.” (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Tuesday night at the Juneau School District school board meeting Superintendent Bridgette Weiss presented her formal letter of retirement from her position, prompting the members to give the OK to start the process of finding someone to fill the position come July 1, 2023. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Weiss is resigning as Juneau School District superintendent — what’s next?

District begins the process of filling the position by July.

Tuesday night at the Juneau School District school board meeting Superintendent Bridgette Weiss presented her formal letter of retirement from her position, prompting the members to give the OK to start the process of finding someone to fill the position come July 1, 2023. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
Courtesy / Huna Totem Corp.
This rendering depicts a proposed community park that is included in Huna Totem Corp.’s plans to develop a new pier and cruise terminal for the downtown waterfront.

Big change could be on deck for Juneau’s waterfront

Huna Totems plan for developing the land is still on track

Courtesy / Huna Totem Corp.
This rendering depicts a proposed community park that is included in Huna Totem Corp.’s plans to develop a new pier and cruise terminal for the downtown waterfront.
KinderReady Preschool students from Harborview Elementary frolic in a pile of dried leaves at Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday. The leaf jump is an annual event organized by Linda Torgerson and has been happening in Juneau for around 25 years. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
KinderReady Preschool students from Harborview Elementary frolic in a pile of dried leaves at Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday. The leaf jump is an annual event organized by Linda Torgerson and has been happening in Juneau for around 25 years. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit smiles in front of some of her pieces displayed in her new solo exhibit “Midnight at the Fireworks Stand” featured at the Alaska State Museum. Bremner’s 17 piece-collection of contemporary art depicts different stories and aspects of Tlingit and Indigenous life that often go unnoticed, through bright colors, unusual objects and humor.(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit smiles in front of some of her pieces displayed in her new solo exhibit “Midnight at the Fireworks Stand” featured at the Alaska State Museum. Bremner’s 17 piece-collection of contemporary art depicts different stories and aspects of Tlingit and Indigenous life that often go unnoticed, through bright colors, unusual objects and humor.(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
The fifth Governor of Alaska, Bill Sheffield, second from right, speaks to Alaska State Archives staff during a visit to present a copy of his book, “Bill Sheffield: A Memoir, From the Great Depression to the Governor’s Mansion and Beyond” at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building in September 2018. Admiral Richard Knapp, right, who was Commissioner of Transportation during Gov. Sheffield’s administration, also attended the event. Sheffield died Friday at age 94. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Former Gov. Bill Sheffield dies at 94

Bill Sheffield, Alaska’s fifth governor and a prominent public service figure in the state, died in his Anchorage home Friday morning at the age of… Continue reading

The fifth Governor of Alaska, Bill Sheffield, second from right, speaks to Alaska State Archives staff during a visit to present a copy of his book, “Bill Sheffield: A Memoir, From the Great Depression to the Governor’s Mansion and Beyond” at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building in September 2018. Admiral Richard Knapp, right, who was Commissioner of Transportation during Gov. Sheffield’s administration, also attended the event. Sheffield died Friday at age 94. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows downtown Juneau in late October. A recent study looked at the causes of worsening affordability and availability of housing in Juneau and found that demographic change in Juneau’s population is among the largest factors. ( Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Study suggests demographic change as largest factor in Juneau’s housing shortage

Short-term rentals contribute to shortage, but are not the root cause

This photo shows downtown Juneau in late October. A recent study looked at the causes of worsening affordability and availability of housing in Juneau and found that demographic change in Juneau’s population is among the largest factors. ( Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
A Juneau Police Department vehicle parks in front of Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalè in early September. Two high school students were arrested Thursday after reports that the students had allegedly communicated a plan to commit acts of violence toward a group of students from JDHS, according to Juneau Police Department. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Police say no increased threat day after students arrested

The two boys are being held at the Johnson Youth Center

A Juneau Police Department vehicle parks in front of Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalè in early September. Two high school students were arrested Thursday after reports that the students had allegedly communicated a plan to commit acts of violence toward a group of students from JDHS, according to Juneau Police Department. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Alaska State Museum conservator Ellen Carrlee stands in a raised bucket of a truck provided by Alaska Electric Light & Power as she inspects the Yaxté Totem Pole at the Auke Village Recreation Area. (Courtesy / Pete Schneider)

Standing strong: Community effort helps inspect 80 year-old totem pole

“We couldn’t have done it without them”

Alaska State Museum conservator Ellen Carrlee stands in a raised bucket of a truck provided by Alaska Electric Light & Power as she inspects the Yaxté Totem Pole at the Auke Village Recreation Area. (Courtesy / Pete Schneider)
Participants sit in “jail” Wednesday afternoon at a reentry simulation at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall hosted by the Juneau Reentry Coalition. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Reentry simulation gives a glimpse of life after incarceration

Juneau residents and stakeholders learn about the challenges faced by former convicts

Participants sit in “jail” Wednesday afternoon at a reentry simulation at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall hosted by the Juneau Reentry Coalition. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
A Juneau Police Department vehicle parks in front of Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalè in early September. Police are currently investigating social media threats reported by students from both Thunder Mountain High School and Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé High School. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Police: 2 students arrested on threat charges

The threats are being investigated by JPD’s threat assessment team.

A Juneau Police Department vehicle parks in front of Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalè in early September. Police are currently investigating social media threats reported by students from both Thunder Mountain High School and Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé High School. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Michael Christenson, Juneau resident and producer of Moonlit Poets, reads his poetry at Moonlit Poets’ soft opening event hosted in early September. The poetry group is set to kick off its grand monthly entrance in downtown Juneau at the Crystal Saloon’s back room this Friday night. (Courtesy Photo / Summer Koester)
Michael Christenson, Juneau resident and producer of Moonlit Poets, reads his poetry at Moonlit Poets’ soft opening event hosted in early September. The poetry group is set to kick off its grand monthly entrance in downtown Juneau at the Crystal Saloon’s back room this Friday night. (Courtesy Photo / Summer Koester)
From left to right, AWARE’s 2023 honorees are Kate Wolfe, Jeni Brown, LaRae Jones and Susan Bell. The four are set to be honored at the upcoming 26th annual Women of Distinction Gala at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall set to take place on March 4 of 2023. (Courtesy / AWARE)

AWARE announces 2023 Women of Distinction honorees

The four women will be honored at the organization’s upcoming gala

From left to right, AWARE’s 2023 honorees are Kate Wolfe, Jeni Brown, LaRae Jones and Susan Bell. The four are set to be honored at the upcoming 26th annual Women of Distinction Gala at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall set to take place on March 4 of 2023. (Courtesy / AWARE)
Greens flourish in the bright lights of one of the six hydroponic units located in the hydroponic cultivation and demonstration facility at the Chatham School District building in Angoon. The room, lined with plastic and filled with six indoor hydroponic growing pods, was built after receiving a Department of Early Education and Development American Rescue Plan Act grant this spring, which funded the renovation of its science lab into the new facility. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Growing greens and resiliency: Angoon school hopes to increase village’s food sovereignty

“I think the most important thing I have learned is that change can be realistic and possible”

Greens flourish in the bright lights of one of the six hydroponic units located in the hydroponic cultivation and demonstration facility at the Chatham School District building in Angoon. The room, lined with plastic and filled with six indoor hydroponic growing pods, was built after receiving a Department of Early Education and Development American Rescue Plan Act grant this spring, which funded the renovation of its science lab into the new facility. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Luke, Wesley and Elsie Stevens smile alongside other trick-or-treaters as they walk down Franklin Street Monday afternoon during the downtown trick-or-treat event. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Luke, Wesley and Elsie Stevens smile alongside other trick-or-treaters as they walk down Franklin Street Monday afternoon during the downtown trick-or-treat event. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
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A Capital Transit bus drives near the site of the new Mendenhall Valley transit center on Mall Road. The center is set to open Nov. 7.
Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire 
A Capital Transit bus drives near the site of the new Mendenhall Valley transit center on Mall Road. The center is set to open Nov. 7.
Children sit in a dugout canoe Wednesday in the Southeast Alaska village of Angoon. The dugout was dedicated to mark the 140th anniversary of the bombardment of Angoon. In 1882, the U.S. Navy opened fire on Angoon, burning the village and destroying all but one in its fleet of canoes. The new dugout was carved by Tlingit master carver Wayne Price and students in the Chatham School District. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

‘Once again, Angoon has a dugout’: Village residents welcome dugout canoe 140 years after bombardment

It’s the first dugout canoe in Angoon since the U.S. destroyed the village’s fleet in 1882.

Children sit in a dugout canoe Wednesday in the Southeast Alaska village of Angoon. The dugout was dedicated to mark the 140th anniversary of the bombardment of Angoon. In 1882, the U.S. Navy opened fire on Angoon, burning the village and destroying all but one in its fleet of canoes. The new dugout was carved by Tlingit master carver Wayne Price and students in the Chatham School District. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
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Colleen Torrence and Kathryn Kurtz express mock terror during rehearsal for “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas.”
Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire
Colleen Torrence and Kathryn Kurtz express mock terror during rehearsal for “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas.”
In this Sept. 27 2021, photo Bridget Weiss, superintendent of Juneau Public Schools, stands outside the classroom of former math teacher and basketball coach Bill Szepanski, who inspired her to pursue a degree in education and a teaching and coaching career. Weiss recently informed district staff she will be stepping away from her position at the end of June.  (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire File)

Weiss departing as Juneau School District superintendent

Announcement comes after intense few years, and she is stepping away at the end of June.

In this Sept. 27 2021, photo Bridget Weiss, superintendent of Juneau Public Schools, stands outside the classroom of former math teacher and basketball coach Bill Szepanski, who inspired her to pursue a degree in education and a teaching and coaching career. Weiss recently informed district staff she will be stepping away from her position at the end of June.  (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire File)
City and Borough of Juneau Assembly members unanimously agreed on a city ordinance which appropriates $700,000 — pulled from the Affordable Housing Fund — to fund a predevelopment loan for the proposed Gastineau Lodges project which, if developed, would create a 72-unit apartment building in downtown Juneau. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Downtown housing project takes step forward

Assembly agrees to predevelopment loan for 72-unit Gastineau Lodges project.

City and Borough of Juneau Assembly members unanimously agreed on a city ordinance which appropriates $700,000 — pulled from the Affordable Housing Fund — to fund a predevelopment loan for the proposed Gastineau Lodges project which, if developed, would create a 72-unit apartment building in downtown Juneau. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)