Dana Zigmund

Viktor Bell rehearses his role in "The Nutcracker" on Saturday, Nov. 27. Lead soldiers Grace Bultez and Ainsley Mallott stand guard. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)

‘The Nutcracker’ returns to the stage

Family tradition returns with four live shows this weekend

 

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The Nieuw Amsterdam sails into Juneau on July 26, 2021. On Monday night, city leaders reviewed the results of a community survey aimed at learning more about community attitudes about the impact of large cruise ships.

Tourism survey yields ‘remarkable,’ ‘interesting’ data

Questionnaire shows little movement in public opinion despite visitor surge

 

Luke Metcalfe sets up his record shop at Juneau Public Market on Friday, Nov. 26. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)

Thanksgiving weekend tradition returns

Public Market is open at Centennial Hall

 

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Owen Rumsey and Pacific Ricke, both Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé freshmen, move a Christmas tree during the swimming and diving team’s annual tree and wreath sale. The JDHS and Thunder Mountain High School swim and dive teams are selling Christmas trees and wreaths. Trees start at $50 and wreaths are $40, delivery is offered for $25. The sale will be open every evening but with different hours on weekends. Weekdays, the sale will be open from 5-7 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends. Online ordering is available at jdswimdive.org.

PHOTOS: Diving into holiday decorating

Swimmers and divers sell trees and wreaths

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Owen Rumsey and Pacific Ricke, both Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé freshmen, move a Christmas tree during the swimming and diving team’s annual tree and wreath sale. The JDHS and Thunder Mountain High School swim and dive teams are selling Christmas trees and wreaths. Trees start at $50 and wreaths are $40, delivery is offered for $25. The sale will be open every evening but with different hours on weekends. Weekdays, the sale will be open from 5-7 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends. Online ordering is available at jdswimdive.org.
Sandra Mulkey and her son Caleb, 3, set up a Christmas tree at the Mendenhall Mall on Nov. 24. Mulkey is kicking off a toy drive for foster children. She said that she has not collected toys at the Mendenhall Mall for the last few years because of low traffic. However, she said the increased traffic at the now mostly-full mall prompted her to set up there. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

Mall together now

Community focus revitalizes mall

Sandra Mulkey and her son Caleb, 3, set up a Christmas tree at the Mendenhall Mall on Nov. 24. Mulkey is kicking off a toy drive for foster children. She said that she has not collected toys at the Mendenhall Mall for the last few years because of low traffic. However, she said the increased traffic at the now mostly-full mall prompted her to set up there. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
FedEx trucks sit outside the Juneau Fed Ex office on Nov. 25. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
FedEx trucks sit outside the Juneau Fed Ex office on Nov. 25. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
Wilson Valentine (right) and John Staub rehearse ahead of the Juneau Symphony’s return to in-person performances in October. Earlier this month, Christopher Koch was named music director of the symphony. He will conduct his first concert in that role in late January. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Wilson Valentine (right) and John Staub rehearse ahead of the Juneau Symphony’s return to in-person performances in October. Earlier this month, Christopher Koch was named music director of the symphony. He will conduct his first concert in that role in late January. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
A Carnival cruise ship arrives in Juneau early in the morning on Aug. 14. Local business owners say that the short and significantly scaled back 2021 cruise season was welcome after the cancelation of the 2020 season. However, they say it was not enough and they are struggling to survive. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
A Carnival cruise ship arrives in Juneau early in the morning on Aug. 14. Local business owners say that the short and significantly scaled back 2021 cruise season was welcome after the cancelation of the 2020 season. However, they say it was not enough and they are struggling to survive. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
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Alexandra Pierce, a planning manager at the City and Borough of Juneau, gives a presentation to the Visitor Industry Task Force in the Assembly chambers on Dec. 3, 2019. Task force members suggested creating a Tourism Manager role. On Monday, city officials named Pierce to fill the newly created role.

CBJ employee named to new tourism manager post

The job is a Visitor Industry Task Force recommendation

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Alexandra Pierce, a planning manager at the City and Borough of Juneau, gives a presentation to the Visitor Industry Task Force in the Assembly chambers on Dec. 3, 2019. Task force members suggested creating a Tourism Manager role. On Monday, city officials named Pierce to fill the newly created role.
Jerel Humphrey, Intermin CEO at Bartlett Regional Hospital. (Courtesy photo/Bartlett Regional Hospital website)
Jerel Humphrey, Intermin CEO at Bartlett Regional Hospital. (Courtesy photo/Bartlett Regional Hospital website)
Dan Earls shows off some of the scenes on display at Earls' Haunted Garage. On Oct. 28, he was adding finishing touches to his display in anticipation of thrill-seekers who will stop by for a scare over Halloween weekend. His haunted garage resulted in 1,563 pounds of donated food headed to local food banks. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

Haunting yields more than 1,500 pounds of food

Local Halloween attraction shares more than candy

Dan Earls shows off some of the scenes on display at Earls' Haunted Garage. On Oct. 28, he was adding finishing touches to his display in anticipation of thrill-seekers who will stop by for a scare over Halloween weekend. His haunted garage resulted in 1,563 pounds of donated food headed to local food banks. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
The Norwegian Encore sails past Douglas Island on Sept. 8, 2021. The Encore was visiting Juneau as part of an abbreviated cruise season this summer after COVID-19 canceled the 2020 season. The City and Borough of Juneau recently conducted an online survey for residents to share their views on the tourism industry. Local cruise critics say they are eagerly awaiting survey results. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
The Norwegian Encore sails past Douglas Island on Sept. 8, 2021. The Encore was visiting Juneau as part of an abbreviated cruise season this summer after COVID-19 canceled the 2020 season. The City and Borough of Juneau recently conducted an online survey for residents to share their views on the tourism industry. Local cruise critics say they are eagerly awaiting survey results. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
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Shoppers wend their ways amid displays of cranberry sauce, green beans and soups set up for Thanksgiving Day feasts in a grocery store Tuesday in southeast Denver.

Talkin’ turkey substitutions: New takes on Thanksgiving fare

How to find substitutes, add local flavor

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Shoppers wend their ways amid displays of cranberry sauce, green beans and soups set up for Thanksgiving Day feasts in a grocery store Tuesday in southeast Denver.
Christopher Koch has been named Juneau Symphony's music director. His first concert in the role will take place Jan. 29 and 30, 2022. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Symphony)

Juneau Symphony names new director

Koch beat out 50 candidates through a three-year search

Christopher Koch has been named Juneau Symphony's music director. His first concert in the role will take place Jan. 29 and 30, 2022. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Symphony)
The staff at Frenchie's Floral Studio downtown takes a break from preparing Thanksgiving arrangements on Friday, Nov. 12. Florist Heather Alducin, (left), floral designer, Nikki Box, (second left), stand with shop owners Jeremy Bauer, (center right), and Jason Clifton, (right). French bulldogs George (held by Bauer) and Gracie (on table), served as the inspiration for the shop's name. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

Local florists are blooming with Thanksgiving table ideas

Seasonal colors add a festive touch

The staff at Frenchie's Floral Studio downtown takes a break from preparing Thanksgiving arrangements on Friday, Nov. 12. Florist Heather Alducin, (left), floral designer, Nikki Box, (second left), stand with shop owners Jeremy Bauer, (center right), and Jason Clifton, (right). French bulldogs George (held by Bauer) and Gracie (on table), served as the inspiration for the shop's name. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
Kylie Morris argues NATO should have an increased presence in the Baltic states as a timer indicates time remaining during a drama, debate and forensics tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Debating on home turf

TMHS hosts first home tournament in two years

Kylie Morris argues NATO should have an increased presence in the Baltic states as a timer indicates time remaining during a drama, debate and forensics tournament Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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Chef Michael “MB” Brewer and his wife, Jennry, share a toast Saturday to their new adventures at Roma Bistro on the Wharf. The couple recently moved to Juneau to take on leadership roles at the Juneau Waterfront Restaurant Group, which includes Roma, The Hangar at the Wharf, The Alaska Fish and Chips Company, Pier 49, and Twisted Fish Company Alaska Grill.

Award-winning chef brings new flavors to Juneau

Former electrical engineer plans to brighten local menus

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Chef Michael “MB” Brewer and his wife, Jennry, share a toast Saturday to their new adventures at Roma Bistro on the Wharf. The couple recently moved to Juneau to take on leadership roles at the Juneau Waterfront Restaurant Group, which includes Roma, The Hangar at the Wharf, The Alaska Fish and Chips Company, Pier 49, and Twisted Fish Company Alaska Grill.
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An elementary school child gets a COVID-19 test at the Hegevig Regional Fire Training Center on Aug. 27. In early November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 12. Previously, the vaccine had only been OK’d for people 12 and older. The Juneau School district reported many COVID-19 cases in children who were not eligible to be vaccinated. In some cases, the positive tests led to classroom quarantines.

City officials consider COVID mitigation changes

Vaccination levels rise as cases fall

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An elementary school child gets a COVID-19 test at the Hegevig Regional Fire Training Center on Aug. 27. In early November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 12. Previously, the vaccine had only been OK’d for people 12 and older. The Juneau School district reported many COVID-19 cases in children who were not eligible to be vaccinated. In some cases, the positive tests led to classroom quarantines.
Jim Wild, left, and Mary Jo Lord-Wild, right, stand outside a weather collection station similar to one they have at their home in Elfin Cove. Lord-Wild recently received the Thomas Jefferson Award for her volunteer work collecting weather data over the last 47 years. (Courtesy photo/Kimberly Vaughan)

Local woman earns prestigious NOAA award

Thomas Jefferson award honors 47 years of volunteer service

Jim Wild, left, and Mary Jo Lord-Wild, right, stand outside a weather collection station similar to one they have at their home in Elfin Cove. Lord-Wild recently received the Thomas Jefferson Award for her volunteer work collecting weather data over the last 47 years. (Courtesy photo/Kimberly Vaughan)
Eldred Rock Lighthouse in the Lynn Canal served as a navigational beacon for generations of mariners. Local volunteers are working to preserve it for future generations of lighthouse enthusiasts. (Courtesy Photo/Matthew York)
Eldred Rock Lighthouse in the Lynn Canal served as a navigational beacon for generations of mariners. Local volunteers are working to preserve it for future generations of lighthouse enthusiasts. (Courtesy Photo/Matthew York)