Clarise Larson

2022 marks the 76th year the Goldern North Salmon Derby has existed in Juneau. The derby, which also doubles as a fundraiser, has raised nearly $2 million and given scholarships to more than 300 local high school and graduate students. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

A dawdling derby

This year’s salmon derby seemed to lack numbers, participants according to officials

2022 marks the 76th year the Goldern North Salmon Derby has existed in Juneau. The derby, which also doubles as a fundraiser, has raised nearly $2 million and given scholarships to more than 300 local high school and graduate students. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
A resident of downtown posted a series of photos on “Juneau Bear sightings” Facebook page that showed a bear eating garbage in the area on Thursday evening. According to the source, no amount of noise was able to scare the bear away from the area. (Courtesy / Angelique Buzzek)

Officials urge locals to lock car doors after bears caught opening vehicles

Bear activity is back on the rise and will only increase as hibernation grows nearer said officials.

A resident of downtown posted a series of photos on “Juneau Bear sightings” Facebook page that showed a bear eating garbage in the area on Thursday evening. According to the source, no amount of noise was able to scare the bear away from the area. (Courtesy / Angelique Buzzek)
City Borough of Juneau’s senior project planner Beth McKibben sits outside Foodland IGA on Saturday to talk to residents about the public review draft of the CBJ’s blueprint area plan for the future of downtown Juneau, which recently was released for the public to comment on. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
City Borough of Juneau’s senior project planner Beth McKibben sits outside Foodland IGA on Saturday to talk to residents about the public review draft of the CBJ’s blueprint area plan for the future of downtown Juneau, which recently was released for the public to comment on. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Colby Nelson throw one of the 11 fish he and Patrick Willis caught on Saturday for the derby. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

A slow derby doesn’t stop local fishermen

Slow and steady wins the… salmon derby.

Colby Nelson throw one of the 11 fish he and Patrick Willis caught on Saturday for the derby. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Two king salmon sit in ice after being weighed at the Auke Nu Cove weigh station. The fish were caught by James Jack SR at 14.4 pounds and Leonard Johnson, at 11.1 pounds. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire) (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Getting down and derby

Salmon derby kicks off with slow start

Two king salmon sit in ice after being weighed at the Auke Nu Cove weigh station. The fish were caught by James Jack SR at 14.4 pounds and Leonard Johnson, at 11.1 pounds. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire) (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
This combination photo shows hiring signs in the windows of businesses in downtown Juneau this spring. As of Wednesday, the City and Borough of Juneau has 23 open employment positions, some with multiple vacancies within them according to the CBJ website. (Peter Segall/ Juneau Empire)

Help wanted Juneau: City feels the sting of the nationwide worker shortage

Openings include multiple City and Borough of Juneau departments.

This combination photo shows hiring signs in the windows of businesses in downtown Juneau this spring. As of Wednesday, the City and Borough of Juneau has 23 open employment positions, some with multiple vacancies within them according to the CBJ website. (Peter Segall/ Juneau Empire)
This is a photo of a young Gabrielle Shaawatgoox George-Frank smiling as she holds a fish caught near Angoon, Alaska where her family originates from. George-Frank is one of the five students who received this year’s Golden North Salmon Derby’s annual scholarships. (Courtesy Photo / Gabrielle Shaawatgoox George-Frank)

Salmon derby scholarship helps local student reach longtime goal

She shares what the upcoming event’s scholarship means to her.

This is a photo of a young Gabrielle Shaawatgoox George-Frank smiling as she holds a fish caught near Angoon, Alaska where her family originates from. George-Frank is one of the five students who received this year’s Golden North Salmon Derby’s annual scholarships. (Courtesy Photo / Gabrielle Shaawatgoox George-Frank)
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Aaron Surma, the executive director for National Alliance on Mental Illness Juneau and the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition, leads a safety plan workshop Tuesday night hosted by NAMI and the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition. The workshop was a collaborative brainstorming session with Juneau residents about how to create a safety plan that people can use to help someone who is experiencing a mental health or suicide crisis.

Study shows a rise in anxiety and depression among children in Alaska

Increase may indicate growing openness to discussing mental health, according to experts.

Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire 
Aaron Surma, the executive director for National Alliance on Mental Illness Juneau and the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition, leads a safety plan workshop Tuesday night hosted by NAMI and the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition. The workshop was a collaborative brainstorming session with Juneau residents about how to create a safety plan that people can use to help someone who is experiencing a mental health or suicide crisis.
Radio equipment sits atop Saddle Mountain near Juneau. The Juneau Police Department shares this equipment with other agencies. JPD is currently operating on a radio system that was dated to stop working eight years ago and faces an $11 million gap in funding to pay for a new one according to the police chief who presented a slideshow on the topic at the Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Police Department)

Juneau Police Department seeks to update radio system

The department faces an $11 million gap in funding to pay for a new one

Radio equipment sits atop Saddle Mountain near Juneau. The Juneau Police Department shares this equipment with other agencies. JPD is currently operating on a radio system that was dated to stop working eight years ago and faces an $11 million gap in funding to pay for a new one according to the police chief who presented a slideshow on the topic at the Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Police Department)
on Monday night the Assembly gave the OK for Docks & Harbors to begin formulating a plan that would use $20 million of city funds to go toward electrifying two city-own cruise ships docks and redo some of the work at Juneau’s’s already existing electrified dock built in 2001. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

City takes step toward dock electrification

“There are many pieces to plugging in”

on Monday night the Assembly gave the OK for Docks & Harbors to begin formulating a plan that would use $20 million of city funds to go toward electrifying two city-own cruise ships docks and redo some of the work at Juneau’s’s already existing electrified dock built in 2001. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire
Laird Jones, a Juneau resident who attended a sharing event Friday, shares the story of his great-aunt’s death while attending the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. She is still buried in one of its graveyard’s 14 unmarked graves, Jones said. His family is on a mission to bring her home to Alaska and to share her story.
Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire
Laird Jones, a Juneau resident who attended a sharing event Friday, shares the story of his great-aunt’s death while attending the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. She is still buried in one of its graveyard’s 14 unmarked graves, Jones said. His family is on a mission to bring her home to Alaska and to share her story.
An update on the possible expansion of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center gives the public a glimpse at three new alternative action plans. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Forest Service announces reworked Mendenhall area plans

A suppemental statement is expected this fall.

An update on the possible expansion of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center gives the public a glimpse at three new alternative action plans. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
A sign points to a weigh-in station for the Golden North Salmon Derby in 2021. This year, the Auke Bay weight station will be at Auke Nu Cove, near the ferry terminal. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
A sign points to a weigh-in station for the Golden North Salmon Derby in 2021. This year, the Auke Bay weight station will be at Auke Nu Cove, near the ferry terminal. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
An athlete takes a photo of the Ironman Village sign placed at the entrance of Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday afternoon. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
An athlete takes a photo of the Ironman Village sign placed at the entrance of Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday afternoon. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
A shopper reaches for some fruit in the produce section at Super Bear IGA. City and Borough of Juneau members OK’d an ordinance that approves funding for a third party to survey Juneau residents on whether the city should remove the sales tax on unprepared food — and how it should make up for the potential lost revenue. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
A shopper reaches for some fruit in the produce section at Super Bear IGA. City and Borough of Juneau members OK’d an ordinance that approves funding for a third party to survey Juneau residents on whether the city should remove the sales tax on unprepared food — and how it should make up for the potential lost revenue. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Select North Douglas residents are expected to experience an emergency water line shut down Thursday.
Select North Douglas residents are expected to experience an emergency water line shut down Thursday.
City Manager Rorie Watt chats with member of the Assembly during a break in Monday night’s meeting. (Clarise Larson/ Juneau Empire)

City nixes ordinances that would allow city to advocate for ballot initiative outcomes

“Information is one thing, but weighing in on an election is another”

City Manager Rorie Watt chats with member of the Assembly during a break in Monday night’s meeting. (Clarise Larson/ Juneau Empire)
Ivan and Iryna Hrynchenko give a short speech at the City Borough of Juneau Assembly meeting Monday night. The mother and son are the first refugees from the war in Ukraine to be welcomed to the capital city. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s first Ukrainian refugees receive special recognition from the city

The mother and son duo were welcomed to Juneau in late June.

Ivan and Iryna Hrynchenko give a short speech at the City Borough of Juneau Assembly meeting Monday night. The mother and son are the first refugees from the war in Ukraine to be welcomed to the capital city. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
The Assembly met Monday night to determine what will be on the ballot for the upcoming municipal election among other topics that scattered throughout the multiple hours of discussions. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Assembly OKs 3 initiatives to appear on local ballots

Sales tax extension and bond packages go to voters.

The Assembly met Monday night to determine what will be on the ballot for the upcoming municipal election among other topics that scattered throughout the multiple hours of discussions. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
A cruise ship nears the glaciers near Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Glacier Bay is implementing a cruise ship inspection program that works similar to the inactive Ocean Ranger program. (Courtesy Photo / U.S. National Park Service)

Glacier Bay implements cruise ship inspection program to replace Ocean Rangers

“The hope is that the Ocean Ranger program may revive because we’d rather not have this program”

A cruise ship nears the glaciers near Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Glacier Bay is implementing a cruise ship inspection program that works similar to the inactive Ocean Ranger program. (Courtesy Photo / U.S. National Park Service)