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The Serenade of the Seas arrives in Juneau early Friday morning. The Royal Caribbean cruise ship is the first large cruise ship to come to Juneau since the pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 cruise ship season and delayed the 2021 season. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)

They’re back: Large cruise ships return to Southeast Alaska

Juneau’s first large cruise ship since start of the pandemic arrived today.

The Serenade of the Seas arrives in Juneau early Friday morning. The Royal Caribbean cruise ship is the first large cruise ship to come to Juneau since the pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 cruise ship season and delayed the 2021 season. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)
Mount Juneau, looms above downtown Juneau in this April 2021 photo. More structures and swaths of land in downtown Juneau are located in avalanche or landslide-prone areas, according to new maps commissioned by the City and Borough of Juneau. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Mount Juneau, looms above downtown Juneau in this April 2021 photo. More structures and swaths of land in downtown Juneau are located in avalanche or landslide-prone areas, according to new maps commissioned by the City and Borough of Juneau. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Cathy Mendoza sits in the driver's seat of her ice cream truck on July 18. She recently launched the ice cream truck business in Juneau. She said that despite the concept being new to Juneau, sales have been brisk. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
Cathy Mendoza sits in the driver's seat of her ice cream truck on July 18. She recently launched the ice cream truck business in Juneau. She said that despite the concept being new to Juneau, sales have been brisk. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
This photo shows the view from Montana Creek Trail on June 17, 2021. This week, state officials said that a plan by the Juneau Off-Road Association to build a hardened trail and campground in Montana Creek to make it easier for people to operate all-terrain vehicles has been shelved. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Juneau Off-Road Association pulls request to build hardened trail in Montana Creek

CBJ announces survey as first step for master plan of the area

This photo shows the view from Montana Creek Trail on June 17, 2021. This week, state officials said that a plan by the Juneau Off-Road Association to build a hardened trail and campground in Montana Creek to make it easier for people to operate all-terrain vehicles has been shelved. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
City and Borough of Juneau City Manager Rorie Watt holds up a chart showing the increase in the size of cruise ships during a meeting of the Tourism Industry Task Force in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. At Monday’s meeting, members of the City Assembly’s Committee of the Whole discussed three of the committee’s recommendations-a discussion that was sidelined by COVID-19. (Michael Penn /Juneau Empire File)
City and Borough of Juneau City Manager Rorie Watt holds up a chart showing the increase in the size of cruise ships during a meeting of the Tourism Industry Task Force in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. At Monday’s meeting, members of the City Assembly’s Committee of the Whole discussed three of the committee’s recommendations-a discussion that was sidelined by COVID-19. (Michael Penn /Juneau Empire File)
This December 2020 photo shows a CCFR vehicle. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Man arrested on charges related to vehicle fire

No injuries were reported in the early morning fire.

This December 2020 photo shows a CCFR vehicle. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Beth McEwen, municipal clerk for the City and Borough of Juneau, holds a packet of forms in her office on Monday. The forms are ones candidates must complete to be added to the ballot for October’s municipal election. Candidates for the election must complete all filing steps by Monday, July 26 at 4:30 p.m. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)
Beth McEwen, municipal clerk for the City and Borough of Juneau, holds a packet of forms in her office on Monday. The forms are ones candidates must complete to be added to the ballot for October’s municipal election. Candidates for the election must complete all filing steps by Monday, July 26 at 4:30 p.m. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)
Junier Basulto Lorenzo, right, speaks at a rally to support protesters in Cuba on July 17 at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park. Janett Hampton, left, and Stacey Lacey, center, also attended the rally along with about 25 people. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

Residents gather to support protests in Cuba

Many supporters share close ties with the island nation

Junier Basulto Lorenzo, right, speaks at a rally to support protesters in Cuba on July 17 at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park. Janett Hampton, left, and Stacey Lacey, center, also attended the rally along with about 25 people. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
Michelle Bonnet Hale on July 14 at the office of the Juneau Empire. Hale is seeking a second, three-year term on the City and Borough of Juneau City Assembly. So far, she is the only candidate to announce a run for the District 2 seat in the valley. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)

Assembly member to seek reelection

She’s currently unopposed in District 2

Michelle Bonnet Hale on July 14 at the office of the Juneau Empire. Hale is seeking a second, three-year term on the City and Borough of Juneau City Assembly. So far, she is the only candidate to announce a run for the District 2 seat in the valley. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
Aukeman Triathlon supporters and volunteers cheer on a swimmer as they leave Auke Lake on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Juneau is being considered to host a three-year series of Ironman triathlons, the first of which would be held next August. (Nolin Ainsworth/Juneau Empire File)

Juneau is in the running to host an Ironman triathlon

Running, biking and swimming to the finish line

Aukeman Triathlon supporters and volunteers cheer on a swimmer as they leave Auke Lake on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Juneau is being considered to host a three-year series of Ironman triathlons, the first of which would be held next August. (Nolin Ainsworth/Juneau Empire File)
Brita Fagerstrom performs as Roman Wilde at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar on July 8. During the show, Fagerstrom performed show-stopping numbers as Wilde, including an homage to Queen, a roof-raising Bon Jovi tribute, and a fun turn as a retro crooner. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)

Kings are wild: Juneau Drag returns to live shows with a diverse cast of kings and queens

Juneau Drag returns to live shows with a diverse cast of kings and queens

Brita Fagerstrom performs as Roman Wilde at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar on July 8. During the show, Fagerstrom performed show-stopping numbers as Wilde, including an homage to Queen, a roof-raising Bon Jovi tribute, and a fun turn as a retro crooner. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)
Troy Wuyts-Smith on July 12. Wuyts-Smith recently entered the race to replace long-serving City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Member Loren Jones, who is barred from seeking an additional term due to term limits. His entry means there are now three candidates for the seat. Paul Kelly and Barbara Blake have also announced bids to run. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

CBJ Assembly race heats up

A third candidate files to run for District 1 position

Troy Wuyts-Smith on July 12. Wuyts-Smith recently entered the race to replace long-serving City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Member Loren Jones, who is barred from seeking an additional term due to term limits. His entry means there are now three candidates for the seat. Paul Kelly and Barbara Blake have also announced bids to run. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
The Holland America Line Eurodam pulls into Juneau’s downtown harbor heading for the city-owned dock on Monday, May 6, 2019. The privately-owned South Franklin Dock, foreground, is currently the only dock set up to provide electric power to a ship while at berth in Juneau. However, city officials are hoping to get a federal grant to add electrified docks. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Plugging into federal money

City OKs match for potential electric docks grant

The Holland America Line Eurodam pulls into Juneau’s downtown harbor heading for the city-owned dock on Monday, May 6, 2019. The privately-owned South Franklin Dock, foreground, is currently the only dock set up to provide electric power to a ship while at berth in Juneau. However, city officials are hoping to get a federal grant to add electrified docks. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The second of two summer school terms offered by the Juneau School District started on July 6. Harborview School, shown here in May 2020, is one of the locations offering the program. Summer sessions offer an opportunity for students to brush up on content they may have missed over three semesters marked by COVID-19-related schedule disruptions. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Hitting the books this summer

In-person summer programs offer catch-up opportunity

The second of two summer school terms offered by the Juneau School District started on July 6. Harborview School, shown here in May 2020, is one of the locations offering the program. Summer sessions offer an opportunity for students to brush up on content they may have missed over three semesters marked by COVID-19-related schedule disruptions. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Team Waldon Trolls shows off their sandcastle, “Elephant Playing Checkers with a Troll,” which was awarded first place in the sandcastle competition sponsored by the Douglas Fourth of July committee on July 4, 2021. (Courtesy photo/Zane Jones)

Douglas Fourth of July Committee shares winners

The committee sponsored a wide range of contests

Team Waldon Trolls shows off their sandcastle, “Elephant Playing Checkers with a Troll,” which was awarded first place in the sandcastle competition sponsored by the Douglas Fourth of July committee on July 4, 2021. (Courtesy photo/Zane Jones)
Juneau businesses now offer rewards through the Local Frequency application. The smartphone-based app aims to give locally-owned businesses loyalty, rebate, and promotion opportunities with a community-based twist. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

New app offers rewards for shopping local

The Local Frequency app is now available

Juneau businesses now offer rewards through the Local Frequency application. The smartphone-based app aims to give locally-owned businesses loyalty, rebate, and promotion opportunities with a community-based twist. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Because of a worldwide shortage of fireworks this summer, the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska only received about one-third of the products they ordered to sell locally. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Global fireworks shortage led to decreased local sales

When the City and Borough of Juneau’s new fireworks ordinance took effect late last month, compliance with the new rules may have gotten a boost… Continue reading

Because of a worldwide shortage of fireworks this summer, the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska only received about one-third of the products they ordered to sell locally. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Juneau residents watch the city’s fireworks display on July 4, 2021. In late May, the city assembly passed an ordinance that banned loud, mortar-style fireworks in Juneau’s neighborhoods and imposed limits on the types, times, and locations where residents can use fireworks. This holiday weekend was the first test of the new rules. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

July 4 holiday tests city’s new fireworks rules

JPD fields complaints but issues no citations during a generally quieter holiday weekend

Juneau residents watch the city’s fireworks display on July 4, 2021. In late May, the city assembly passed an ordinance that banned loud, mortar-style fireworks in Juneau’s neighborhoods and imposed limits on the types, times, and locations where residents can use fireworks. This holiday weekend was the first test of the new rules. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Volunteers from the Juneau Raptor Center cared for this eaglet, who was found on the ground near Angoon and named Pearl. Local volunteers rescued the raptor and Alaska Seaplanes transported him to Juneau where volunteers fed him, administered fluids, and created a kennel with shredded paper to increase his comfort. Pearl is now at the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka. (Courtesy Photo/Juneau Raptor Center)
Volunteers from the Juneau Raptor Center cared for this eaglet, who was found on the ground near Angoon and named Pearl. Local volunteers rescued the raptor and Alaska Seaplanes transported him to Juneau where volunteers fed him, administered fluids, and created a kennel with shredded paper to increase his comfort. Pearl is now at the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka. (Courtesy Photo/Juneau Raptor Center)
Sherry Patterson, president of the Black Awareness Association of Juneau, will serve as a grand marshall in the Juneau parade on July 4. She is the first African-American to lead the city's parade.. (Michael S. Lockett /Juneau Empire File)

Building bridges and leading the way

Long-serving community members to serve as parade grand marshals

Sherry Patterson, president of the Black Awareness Association of Juneau, will serve as a grand marshall in the Juneau parade on July 4. She is the first African-American to lead the city's parade.. (Michael S. Lockett /Juneau Empire File)