Clarise Larson

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listens as President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt forgiveness in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Washington. The Department of Education recently announced $35 million in grants to support Alaska Native education projects in the state. “I am excited to announce 28 new Alaska Native Education program projects, which will help better meet the needs of Alaska Native students at this critical moment and continue to strengthen the relationship between the Department and Alaska Native Organizations,” said Cardona in a statement. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Feds award $35M to support Alaska Native education projects

The 28 grantees across the state received more than $35 million in federal funds combined

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listens as President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt forgiveness in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Washington. The Department of Education recently announced $35 million in grants to support Alaska Native education projects in the state. “I am excited to announce 28 new Alaska Native Education program projects, which will help better meet the needs of Alaska Native students at this critical moment and continue to strengthen the relationship between the Department and Alaska Native Organizations,” said Cardona in a statement. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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A completed ballot is dropped into the ballot drop box in the Don D. Statter Harbor parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.
Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire 
A completed ballot is dropped into the ballot drop box in the Don D. Statter Harbor parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.
A rainy Monday morning marked the first day of fall semester at the University of Alaska Southeast which comes just days before the university announced its search for a new chancellor to begin June 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
A rainy Monday morning marked the first day of fall semester at the University of Alaska Southeast which comes just days before the university announced its search for a new chancellor to begin June 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

UAS announces search for new chancellor

Current chancellor is set to retire in late June after serving three years in the position.

A rainy Monday morning marked the first day of fall semester at the University of Alaska Southeast which comes just days before the university announced its search for a new chancellor to begin June 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
A rainy Monday morning marked the first day of fall semester at the University of Alaska Southeast which comes just days before the university announced its search for a new chancellor to begin June 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
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The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced Thursday it will use the software Everbridge Emergency Notification System, which reaches multiple platforms, to send emergency notifications to tribal citizens that may be at risk during a critical event.

Tlingit and Haida launches emergency response platform for tribal citizens

It will allow tribal officials to send safety notifications to citizens across multiple platforms

Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire 
The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced Thursday it will use the software Everbridge Emergency Notification System, which reaches multiple platforms, to send emergency notifications to tribal citizens that may be at risk during a critical event.
This March 2020 photo shows the Juneau’s current City Hall. A lot near Centennial Hall has emerged as a preferred location for a proposed new City Hall. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
This March 2020 photo shows the Juneau’s current City Hall. A lot near Centennial Hall has emerged as a preferred location for a proposed new City Hall. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
A bus is raised for repairs at the City Borough of Juneau Capital Transit’s bus barn. Capital Transit announced last week that it is set to be awarded close to $2.3 million from a federal grant which will go toward infrastructure replacement to aid the city’s long-term goal of electrifying its transit system moving forward. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
A bus is raised for repairs at the City Borough of Juneau Capital Transit’s bus barn. Capital Transit announced last week that it is set to be awarded close to $2.3 million from a federal grant which will go toward infrastructure replacement to aid the city’s long-term goal of electrifying its transit system moving forward. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
People walk the docks as the sun sets in downtown Juneau on Monday night. The City and Borough of Juneau recently signed a memorandum of agreement with member companies of Cruise Lines International Association to come to an agreement on a number of tourism management issues in Juneau. (Clarise Larson/ Juneau Empire)

City, cruise lines agree on goals to manage tourism impacts

The list includes communication on scheduling, less landfill waste and a focus on local businesses

People walk the docks as the sun sets in downtown Juneau on Monday night. The City and Borough of Juneau recently signed a memorandum of agreement with member companies of Cruise Lines International Association to come to an agreement on a number of tourism management issues in Juneau. (Clarise Larson/ Juneau Empire)
The City Borough of Juneau Assembly and the Planning Commission members convened at a joint meeting Monday to discuss city priorities and to hear an update on the city’s community development department. Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

City officials discuss ‘carrot or stick’ approach to addressing housing issues

Assembly and Planning Commission talk priorities and housing crisis, no action taken

The City Borough of Juneau Assembly and the Planning Commission members convened at a joint meeting Monday to discuss city priorities and to hear an update on the city’s community development department. Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Students smile as the walk to their classes for the first day of fall semester at the University of Alaska Southeast on Monday morning. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Fall semester starts at the University of Alaska Southeast

For many returning students, it also marks the first day back after the news of loan forgiveness

Students smile as the walk to their classes for the first day of fall semester at the University of Alaska Southeast on Monday morning. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Bruce Abel, the president of Don Abel Building Supply, raises his hand to ask City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Wade Bryson a question at his speech at the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday. Abel said he doesn’t follow the math Bryson laid out in the presentation, and said he finds a problem with the lack of clarity and information being given to the public on such a large-scale topic. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Bryson dishes on City Hall plans at chamber luncheon

CBJ Assembly member Wade Bryson shares his opinion of the importance of a new city hall

Bruce Abel, the president of Don Abel Building Supply, raises his hand to ask City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Wade Bryson a question at his speech at the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday. Abel said he doesn’t follow the math Bryson laid out in the presentation, and said he finds a problem with the lack of clarity and information being given to the public on such a large-scale topic. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
The kennels manager and park ranger Denali National Park and Preserve David Tomeo’s son, Will, runs down a trail while the five puppies chase him. This year marks 100 years since the national park began the program of owning and raising Alaskan Huskies to serve as sled dogs throughout the park — which continues to remain the only sled dog operation in the federal government. (Courtesy / David Tomeo)
The kennels manager and park ranger Denali National Park and Preserve David Tomeo’s son, Will, runs down a trail while the five puppies chase him. This year marks 100 years since the national park began the program of owning and raising Alaskan Huskies to serve as sled dogs throughout the park — which continues to remain the only sled dog operation in the federal government. (Courtesy / David Tomeo)
President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt forgiveness in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Washington. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listens at right. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

How will the student loan forgiveness plan impact Alaskans?

Biden’s $10K relief effort will aid 20 million people who are expected to have their debt completely.

President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt forgiveness in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Washington. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listens at right. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)
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Juneau resident Corrie Weikle heads to to finish line during the Ironman Alaska in early Aug. Weikle has qualified for the VinFast Ironman World Championship and preparation is already underway to get ready to race in just under six weeks.

Juneau Ironman Alaska athletes head to the world stage

A group of local Ironman Alaska finishers prepare for Ironman World Championship in Hawaii

Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire File 
Juneau resident Corrie Weikle heads to to finish line during the Ironman Alaska in early Aug. Weikle has qualified for the VinFast Ironman World Championship and preparation is already underway to get ready to race in just under six weeks.
Mercedes Muñoz smiles at her dog, Coco, as she works on shaping ceramic pieces on her potter’s wheel. Muñoz is set to host first ever show at the her late grandmother’s galley, the Rie Muñoz Gallery, on Sunday which will feature her summer collection of work. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Mercedes Muñoz smiles at her dog, Coco, as she works on shaping ceramic pieces on her potter’s wheel. Muñoz is set to host first ever show at the her late grandmother’s galley, the Rie Muñoz Gallery, on Sunday which will feature her summer collection of work. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Courtesy / Owen Squires
Steven Ireland-Haight sits in his kayak as he continues his journey traveling across the country to raise awareness about climate change. Born and raised in Juneau, Ireland-Haight said the capital city is what nurtured his love for the outdoors.
Courtesy / Owen Squires
Steven Ireland-Haight sits in his kayak as he continues his journey traveling across the country to raise awareness about climate change. Born and raised in Juneau, Ireland-Haight said the capital city is what nurtured his love for the outdoors.
Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire 
A for sale sign sits outside a house in the Mendenhall Valley area. The City and Borough of Juneau’s finance staff recently released an online FAQ dedicated to answering a series of frequently asked questions about the borough’s real estate mandatory disclosure policy.

Disclosure FAQ met with more questions

Local Realtors share their take on new web page; city officials say more answers coming.

Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire 
A for sale sign sits outside a house in the Mendenhall Valley area. The City and Borough of Juneau’s finance staff recently released an online FAQ dedicated to answering a series of frequently asked questions about the borough’s real estate mandatory disclosure policy.
This photo shows an aerial view of the Montana Creek area. A master plan draft for the area is currently in the works. (Courtesy / CBJ Parks and Recreation)

Montana Creek’s draft master plan takes another step forward

It proposes projects like new public use cabins, parking areas, new trails and maintenance.

This photo shows an aerial view of the Montana Creek area. A master plan draft for the area is currently in the works. (Courtesy / CBJ Parks and Recreation)
This photo shows polls at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal along with all other poll stations opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Unpredecented election draws strong interest, some confusion

Juneau voters turn out steadily as world watches ranked choice vote, famous candidates

This photo shows polls at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal along with all other poll stations opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
In this October 2018 photo, Bjorn Dihle inspects the acid mine drainage flowing into the Tulsequah River from a containment pond filled by effluent from the Tulsequah Chief Mine in British Columbia, Canada. (Courtesy Photo / Chris Miller)

Cleanup could be coming for Tulsequah Chief mine

Environmental groups welcome end of receivership after decades of limbo.

In this October 2018 photo, Bjorn Dihle inspects the acid mine drainage flowing into the Tulsequah River from a containment pond filled by effluent from the Tulsequah Chief Mine in British Columbia, Canada. (Courtesy Photo / Chris Miller)
Sockeye salmon return to Steep Creek to spawn. Alaska’s overall commercial salmon harvest across all species is currently up 15% from 2021 (2020 for pinks) with Bristol Bay and the Prince William Sound largely carrying the weight while other regions lag, according to data from the most recent Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute weekly salmon harvest update. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Sockeye salmon return to Steep Creek to spawn. Alaska’s overall commercial salmon harvest across all species is currently up 15% from 2021 (2020 for pinks) with Bristol Bay and the Prince William Sound largely carrying the weight while other regions lag, according to data from the most recent Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute weekly salmon harvest update. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)